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Architecture student Sarah Kimble named as a finalist in national furniture design competition

July 2, 2015   |   School

Congratulations to UK/CoD School of Architecture student Sarah Kimble.  Sarah’s furniture piece was chosen as a finalist in the “Fresh Wood 2015” National Student Furniture Design Competition to be held in July 22-25 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Sarah’s entry is a coffee table titled “Plane Spaces.”  The design is an intersection of two planes, on a skeletal structure skinned with plywood and walnut veneer, the second plane is plywood veneered with brushed aluminum. 

Sarah’s furniture piece was designed and constructed as the major project in the furniture studio under the direction of Architecture Professor Leonard Wujcik. 

The UK/CoD wishes Sarah good luck in the final judging. 

by Sarah Kimble

Leonard Wujcik Furniture Studio
University of Kentucky College of Design
School of Architecture

Mitzi Vernon appointed Dean of the College of Design

June 19, 2015   |   School

by Kathy Johnson
University of Kentucky Provost Tim Tracy today announced that Mitzi Vernon will assume the position of dean of the UK College of Design.
Vernon is currently professor of industrial design at Virginia Tech.  Vernon has works of architecture, furniture, interiors and product design in Phoenix, Los Angeles and Chicago. Subject to approval by the UK Board of Trustees, she will join the university in September.
"We are thrilled that Mitzi Vernon is joining the University of Kentucky in this critical leadership position," Tracy said. "Professor Vernon has a unique background and diverse set of scholarly interests that make her an outstanding fit for a college that blends different disciplines and is renowned for its quality and service across the Commonwealth."
"It is an honor to be selected to take forward the rich and long history of the College of Design," Vernon said. "I look forward with enthusiasm to joining a distinguished faculty and to a partnership with Provost Tracy and the other deans."
Vernon replaces Interim Dean Ann Whiteside-Dickson, who has served for more than two years following the departure of Michael Speaks, who left UK to assume the dean's position at Syracuse University.
"We are so appreciative of Ann's leadership over the past year and her steadfast commitment to the college and the entire university," Tracy said. "She represents so well what it means to be a leader and a colleague at the University of Kentucky."
Tracy said Whiteside-Dickson did an “incredible job through a leadership transition. Transitions are often very challenging, but Ann throughout maintained a reassuring presence and steady hand of leadership.” Moreover, throughout her tenure, the college maintained its national reputation for excellence as significant partnerships continued with manufacturers, energy providers and researchers. From small river towns to large metropolitan areas, College of Design faculty and students are engaged in important service projects that address both community and global challenges. And graduates continued to be placed in leading firms, corporations and in public service.
Vernon has excelled in teaching, research and service in her academic career. 
She is the recipient of three National Science Foundation Grant awards. Two grants are focused on design of nontraditional books and exhibits for teaching science and math to middle school students. The most recent grant, awarded in 2007, is a collaborative project examining the design studio as a model for teaching the design of software-intensive systems. Vernon’s current scholarship on product form led to the development of a new studio model called "form studio" and the student design and fabrication of a traveling exhibition called "FORM: Line-Plane-Solid." She has received multiple grants over the past several years to support this work.
Vernon is the primary inventor on three U.S. patents, and she has extensive experience with sponsored collaborative projects involving industrial design, architecture, physics, computer science, engineering, and education students. She received patents as the originator of the project "Fields Everywhere."
As a professor of courses in industrial design including design research and professional practice, Vernon has received numerous teaching awards including the most prestigious teaching award at Virginia Tech, the William E. Wine Award for Excellence in Teaching (2012) and was the inaugural awardee of the J. Stoeckel Design Studio Teaching Award in the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech (2012) for outstanding studio teaching.  She is currently the chair of the Academy of Teaching Excellence (ATE) at Virginia Tech; a past president of the Faculty Senate at Virginia Tech; and a member of the Virginia Tech STEM Outreach Board of Advisors.
Vernon received a Master of Science in engineering in product design from Stanford University in 1995; a Master of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1986; and a Bachelor of Science in interior design from the University of North Carolina (Greensboro) in 1984.
Prior teaching experience includes the California College of the Arts, the University of Southern California and Arizona State University. 

Professors Filson and Rohrbacher conduct design fabrication symposium in San Francisco

June 19, 2015   |   School

Professors of Architecture Anne Filson and Gary Rohrbacher collaborated with the Waag Society and One Architecture to conceptualize a future Design/Fabrication Laboratory in Amsterdam, and to develop a blueprint for a D/F Lab that will advance Amsterdam’s architecture, construction and development-ecology.
A symposium was held at the Maker Media Lab in San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts during Maker Week in May. Professors Filson and Rohrbacher conducted a hands-on workshop to conceptualize a laboratory dedicated to applied research and education that advances the AEC industry, and serves as a model for Maker Cities everywhere.
The Design/Fabrication Lab is an initiative to build an urban digital fabrication laboratory, school, and factory for the future. Based in Amsterdam, the D/F Lab endeavors to advance the Architecture Engineering Construction (AEC) Industry through applied research, construction manufacturing innovation, and maker-focused education. We envision an urban digital laboratory-school-factory that builds upon Amsterdam’s climate of design-driven, bottom-up, interdisciplinary, pragmatic applications, as well as The Netherlands’ well-established cultural and institutional infrastructure. It brings together highly complementary Dutch and US designers, technologists, educators and architects. The aim is to discuss the synergy between Dutch strengths in design, technology, open culture, and American innovations in business and technology.
Click here to read more about the Waag Society.

Interiors student Jessica Moore awarded place with Fulbright Summer Institute

May 27, 2015   |   School

by Whitney Hale, UKNow
Interiors junior Jessica Moore, a native of Bowling Green, Kentucky, has received a place with the Fulbright Summer Institute to study at Nottingham Trent University in one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programs operating worldwide.
The US-UK Fulbright Commission is the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship program, offering awards and summer programs for study or research in any field, at any accredited U.S. or U.K. university. The commission is part of the Fulbright program conceived by U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange. Award recipients and summer program participants are expected to be future leaders and support the “special relationship” between the U.S. and the U.K. 
As a participant, Moore has been selected from a strong applicant pool to experience the United Kingdom at a four-week summer program at Nottingham Trent University, in Nottingham, England. The theme of the institute is creativity, culture, history and heritage, with an emphasis on space, place and time. Students will follow a course that combines architecture, fine art and museum studies. At the end of the program, the students will create an exhibition to present their experience in a creative way, showcasing what they gained from the program.
"I am very excited to have been selected for this program and the opportunity it will give me to experience the United Kingdom through history, architecture and art. I have always wanted to visit the United Kingdom, and this program will allow me to do so while also studying areas that I am interested in and passionate about," said Moore, a member of the UK Honors Program.  
"A period of study abroad is a great way to broaden your horizons and make you stand out from the crowd," said Penny Egan, executive director of US-UK Fulbright Commission. "This is a wonderful opportunity to get a taste of British higher education, and as part of a high achieving cohort, this small group of students will gain immensely from the experience."
The commission selects participants through a rigorous application and interview process. In making these awards, the commission looks not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Program and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning.
Fulbright Summer Programs cover all participant costs. In addition, Fulbright summer institute participants receive a distinctive support and cultural education program including: visa processing, a comprehensive pre-departure orientation, enrichment opportunities in country, a re-entry session and opportunity to join the programs' alumni networks.
Created by treaty on Sept. 22, 1948, the US-UK Fulbright Commission fosters mutual cultural understanding through educational exchange between the U.S. and the U.K. The program achieves this through its awards program for U.S. and U.K. citizens and through its Advisory Service. The commission offers grants at postgraduate and postdoctoral level for study in any discipline and at any accredited institution in the U.S. and U.K., as well as a number of special exchange programs for shorter projects for younger scholars. It is funded by a range of partners including leading U.S. and U.K. universities, charities and both governments. For more information, visit
Each year, the commission supports around 60 U.K. and U.S. undergraduate students to undertake demanding academic and cultural summer programs at leading institutions in the U.S. and U.K. respectively. This year, the commission is hosting nine Summer Institute programs at host institutions across the U.K.: AIFS Summer Institute at Shakespeare's Globe; Durham University Summer Institute; King's College London Summer Institute; Nottingham Trent University Summer Institute; Queen's University Belfast Summer Institute; Scotland Summer Institute (at the University of Dundee and the University of Strathclyde); University of Bristol Summer Institute; University of Exeter Summer Institute; and Wales Summer Institute (at Cardiff University, Bangor University and Aberystwyth University). Click here for more information.
Students interested in applying for a Fulbright Summer Institute, should contact Pat Whitlow, director of the UK Office of Nationally Competitive Awards. Part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education, the office assists current UK undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni in applying for external scholarships and fellowships funded by sources (such as a nongovernment foundation or government agency) outside the university. These major awards honor exceptional students across the nation. Students who are interested in these opportunities are encouraged to begin work with the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards well in advance of the scholarship deadline.

“Food Tower” concept featured in West Liberty open forum

May 18, 2015   |   School

rendering by Ian Pangburn
by Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader
A 200-foot-tall "food tower" — a vertical greenhouse that would grow fruits and vegetables for sale — might be the signature structure that this tornado-ravaged community seeks as a symbol of its rebirth and as a draw for visitors.
Everyone admits it's a bold idea. But it captured local residents' imaginations when it was among the projects presented by University of Kentucky architecture students at a recent "town hall" meeting.
"It's the craziest thing, but by its essence, it's also the most interesting thing," said West Liberty retiree Brent Engle. "Maybe it's too outrageous for a lot of people to think of such a thing."
But Engle said he liked it because "it's an 'in your face' to a tornado." People in the audience applauded and whistled approval of Engle's assessment.
Ian Pangburn, a third-year student in UK's College of Design, was just relieved that people were intrigued by his idea for an urban farm.
"I'm excited to see what happens in the future," Pangburn said.
Other ideas presented by the UK students included a boutique hotel, a bike park and trail, a farm-to-table restaurant, a cultural heritage center, a recycling center, a theater and a fresh food market.
Whether any of these ideas actually come to fruition is not the point. The point is there's a lot of talk about West Liberty's future three years after the March 2012 tornado obliterated the downtown and left a mile-wide path of destruction.
That's a testimony to residents who, though grieved and saddened by the loss of six lives and familiar landmarks, see the rebuilding effort as an opportunity to set West Liberty apart from any other town in Kentucky.
"Where there is no vision the people perish," said small-business owner Dorcas Burton, quoting Proverbs 29:18. She said the ideas presented by the architecture students "may not all be attainable, but it gives you a starting point. It gives you a vision of what can be."
How that vision came to be can be traced to a little girl's empathy, and to the collaboration of local people with students of Gregory Luhan, associate dean for research in UK's College of Design and the John Russell Groves Endowed Professor of Architecture.
When the tornado hit West Liberty, Luhan was in Boston making a presentation at a conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. His then-9-year-old daughter, Miller, saw stories about the tornado in the newspaper, and when Luhan returned home, she told him, "Dad, we need to go to West Liberty."
She then went to her room and retrieved "two big bags of toys and stuffed animals that she wanted to give to the people of West Liberty," Luhan recalled.
So father and daughter went to Morgan County, and as they handed out toys to children, Luhan met various bankers and other leaders. From that visit Luhan got the idea to pair UK's expertise with the rebuilding effort.
Later, while on sabbatical in 2013-14 as a visiting associate professor of practice at Texas A&M University, Luhan and his students there held weekly meetings with West Liberty leaders via Skype. The students from College Station, Texas, also traveled to West Liberty to meet with residents.
Those discussions spoke of reinventing West Liberty as an ecotourism hub for the region's recreational attractions, such as Cave Run Lake.
When he returned to UK after the sabbatical, Luhan had students in Lexington develop prototypes for West Liberty that centered on how the community could take its strengths — agriculture, natural beauty, a keen sense of place and history — and turn them into something that would benefit local people and visitors.
"I think what everyone is looking for is a valuable concept that West Liberty can build back better and build back in a sustainable way," Luhan said. "This wasn't about us coming in with ideas. This was about working with the community, to get them to see things in different ways."
The students' ideas reflected global ideas — better food and health, energy efficiency — scaled to a hometown dimension.
Allyson Smith proposed a recycling center. Residents would drop off paper, plastic, cardboard, aluminum and glass at volunteer fire departments and other locations, and those materials then would go to a center to be made into secondary products for reuse.
Alexis Peneff noted that sorghum, a locally raised crop, could be used in making insulation.
"It could be used in all of your buildings and it is just as sustainable, if not more, than regular insulation that you can get," Peneff told the more than 120 people in the audience at the April 30 town hall meeting.
And then there was Pangburn's audacious idea for what he called an "urban farm."
His idea is to pump water from the Licking River, which meanders to the south and west of downtown, and use it to irrigate crops grown in a 200-foot-tall tower. The structure would be made of the same material used for the Bird's Nest stadium at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
The tower's height would allow it to "become a sort of beacon of sustainability," Pangburn said. Furthermore, it would be "a wayfinding device for the entire city. You know where it is at all times, and you can use that to position yourself in town."
What won the audience over was when Pangburn said the tower might be illuminated at night, "and it can become a sort of emblem of West Liberty. Or, I don't know, if you have a football game you can light it up whenever you guys are winning."
Overall, Pangburn said later, the tower is "meant to be something that's inspiring to people."
Burton, who owns a gift shop and country décor store called The Primitive Homestead, said she thinks the tower, like the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, "would be a wonderful thing to draw people into the community." Anyone interested in growing things would come to West Liberty to see it, she said.
"It's that one thing that will give Morgan County a signature," she added. "Nobody else has something like that around here."
Lisa Redding, human resources director for Morgan County ARH Hospital in West Liberty, acknowledged that "some of these ideas are a little bit too forward looking, because we are not the Jetsons."
But she reminded people that another crazy structure — the mirrored bean-shaped sculpture in Chicago's Millennium Park — draws thousands of tourists who then "go away and the town gets to be what it wants to be." Meanwhile, those tourists leave money behind at local businesses.
Later, when one resident asked where the money would come for these projects, Redding launched into an impassioned speech that could have come from Jimmy Stewart in a 1930s or '40s Frank Capra movie. She suggested money could be found from private sources like banks and from public sources such as the state Department for Local Government, whose commissioner, Tony Wilder, attended the town hall meeting.
"What it takes more than anything to make any of these ideas happen is the community will," Redding said. "Look at this room. Look to the left and right. You guys maintained hope for three years, even if it was just enough hope to come when I begged you. You came."
She concluded: "I know there are obstacles ... but I also know that when we work together as a group ... we can counter any obstacle. We can do it."
Perhaps no one knows that better than Billie "B.J." Conley, who owns the Giovanni's franchise in West Liberty.
The Italian restaurant that sold pizza, spaghetti and sandwiches was destroyed by the tornado, but thanks to Luhan's students, Conley plans to break ground for a new restaurant in July and reopen before the end of the year. The UK students helped design the space and made suggestions on details such as how the buffet bar should be positioned and how the building should be situated on the lot, she said.
"If it hadn't been for him and his group of students, I wouldn't be where I'm at today in trying to get Giovanni's back," Conley said. "They had the resources, they had the research and they came up with ideas you wouldn't think possible."

UK/CoD Architecture students featured in Shale Magazine

May 12, 2015   |   School

Four students in the UK/CoD School of Architecture were featured in the Spring 2015 edition of Shale, the Universtiy of Kentucky undergraduate arts journal.

Senior Matthew Ireland, sophomore Shelby Carpenter, and junior Connor Verteramo each had original art featured. Senior Paul Morini submitted a poem.

Architecture junior Sarah Wagner served as the journal's layout and design manager and junior Shannon Newberry served as art editor.

Copies of Shale are available free around campus.

Click here to learn more about Shale.

Two UK/CoD architecture students receive honorable mention in HMMD international design competition

May 5, 2015   |   School

Architecture students Addison Hughes and Nathan Tanner received honorable mentions in the HMMD Himalayan Mountain Hut architecture competition.
HMMD and the Nepal Mountaineering Association, with support from the Samarth - Nepal Market Development Programme, are working to develop a high altitude accommodation unit that will be the first of its kind to ever be established in Nepal. 
Of their design, Hughes and Tanner said:
The solution to accommodating trekkers and Himalayan explorers lies in the comprehensive design of “REFUGE” (Written in Nepali on the facade).  The expandable construction offers a spatial quality and functionality that is unlike most excursion shelters. Built from a steel rail system, the construct can compress while shipped and expand once delivered to the site. The compressed shape contains the free standing furniture during the shipment process. The outer steel rails are designed as a rolled section, providing the most durable structure possible. Beds for twenty occupants can thrive inside the pod with adequate storage space for equipment.  Washing stations are embedded into the design of the walls. All power needs of the construct are met by the solar array built into the roof structure. “REFUGE” offers safe drinking water, along with a single restroom for both staff and hikers. All components are enclosed into a minimal site delivery method, making on the ground assembly easy. Once placed on site, the pod will function on its own to provide a temple for all during any weather condition."

UK/CoD architecture student Thomas Grubbs awarded Singletary Fellowship

May 4, 2015   |   School

UK/CoD Architecture student Thomas Grubbs was awarded the prestigiousOtis A. Singletary Fellowship. The fund provides a fellowship of $12,000 to be awarded annually to a UK graduating senior who plans to continue in one of the university’s graduate or professional programs. Grubbs will pursue a masters in Geography.

This endowment was established in the memory of Otis A. Singletary who served as University of Kentucky president from 1969 to 1987.

UK/CoD architecture students featured on WYMT

May 1, 2015   |   School

Students from the UK/CoD School of Architecture presented their design strategies in an open forum for the citizens of West Liberty on Thursday, April 30. Their concepts outlined designs for the revitilization of Morgan County after the area was devasted by tornados in 2012.

Students from the UK/CoD School of Architecture presented their design strategies in an open forum for the citizens of West Liberty on Thursday, April 30. Their concepts outlined designs for the revitilization of Morgan County after the area was devasted by tornados in 2012.

Professors Anne Filson and Gary Rohrbacher complete design residency in Milan

April 22, 2015   |   School

Associate Professor Anne Filson and Assistant Professor Gary Rohrbacher in the UK/CoD School of Architecture recently completed a design residency in Milan during Milan Design Week. Their finished pieces, which were featured on the architecture and design website Domus, were the result of a collaboration with Opensource Wunderkammer Tecnificio and WeMake. During the course of three weeks, Professors Filson and Rohrbacher manufactured and assembled a plywood exhibition partition on which Tecnificio’s 3D printed work was displayed.
Additionally, as makers-in-residence, they gave a lecture on open source design that was streamed live via Design Library.
Their design firm, AtFAB, is an open-souce furniture design. The furniture has been customized and made locally by a global community of makers, has been commissioned by private clients, like MakerBot Industries, and has been exhibited in a wide range of venues from Maker Faires to MIT. The AtFAB 5-30 Minute Chair was recently acquired for the permanent collection of the Centre National des Arts Plastiques in Paris. Called an “IKEA Disruptor” and “iTunes for Furniture,” AtFAB has been featured by NPR, The Economist, and The Atlantic, as well as by MAKE Magazine, Treehugger, and Coolhunting.
The residency was funded in part by a research support grant from the Office of the Vice President for Research.

UK/CoD students receive Maurice A. Clay Awards

April 20, 2015   |   School

Fourth year Interiors student Brittany Holian and fourth year architecture student Tanner Smith were honored by the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society with the Maurice A. Clay Award. The students were recognized for their superior scholarship, leadership, and exemplary character.

The Clay Awards are one way in which the National Leadership Society can bestow on graduating seniors a “Mark of High Distinction”. They were named for Dr. Maurice A. Clay,  an educator and professor in the College of Education at UK from more than 60 years.  Dr. Clay was the epitome of service leadership, while assuming little recognition for himself. 

Professors Mark O’Bryan and Melody Farris Jackson to present at conference in Poland

April 14, 2015   |   School

Associate Dean for Administration Mark O'Bryan and architecture Professor Melody Farris Jackson will present at the 12th European Architectural Envisioning Association Conference in Lodz, Poland in September.

Their paper is entitled  their paper "Contexting our Perceptions of the Past: Transformations of Making".

The main topic of the conference is "Image, Perception and Communication of Heritage". 

The concept of heritage has been evolving from the static preservation to the pro-active, from singular buildings into urban complexes, and from the objects showing the “beauty of the past” to those encapsulating the importance of multifaceted cultural values. In consequence, the scope of heritage and the range of necessary interventions have broaden dramatically.

There will be an accompanying publication of the accepted papers.

Click here to read more about the conference.

First year architecture student awarded prize in the SAB Young Artist Competition

April 8, 2015   |   School

First year architecture student Lauren Delventhal was selected to display her artwork in UK's Rasdall Gallery as part of the SAB Young Artist Competition. She was awarded a $750 gift to Kennedy's Art Store.

The Young Artists Exhibit is an event that encourages young student artists on UK’s campus to present their work in a professional gallery. The work will be on display until April 9th.

UK/CoD Professors Anne Filson and Gary Rohrbacher work exhibited in Paris

March 26, 2015   |   School

The 5-30 Minute Chair, designed by Assistant Professors of Architecture Anne Filson and Gary Rohrbacher, has been chosen for the exhibition, “Oracles du design,” at the Gaite Lyrique in Paris, France.
Curated by renowned design educator Lidewij Edelkoort former director of the Design Academy Eindhoven and founder of the School of Form in Poland, Oracles of Design exhibits works from the permanent collection of the Centre National des Arts Plastiques. Edelkoort selected "oracular" works from the past three decades. 
Professors Filson and Rohrbacher's work stands alongside works by leading international designers which offer a reflection upon contemporary culture and embody a prophetic anticipation for the coming century.
"While objects in dialogue and new manufacturing methods open up fresh perspectives of society," Edelkooort explains, "Design Oracles brings together objects embedded with a prophetic power to anticipate or reveal our key lifestyles and the domestic landscape at large."
The 5-30 Chair was acquired by the Centre National des Arts Plastiques as part of their permanent collection in 2014. The design collection is one of the largest in Europe and reflects the diversity and transformation of the contemporary world.
The exhibition will be on display from April 3 to August 15, 2015. 
Click here for more information about the exhibit.

Professors Mike McKay and Liz Swanson exhibit at the Lexington Art League

March 11, 2015   |   School

UK/CoD Assistant Professor Mike McKay and Associate Professor Liz Swanson, both of the School of Architecture, will exhibit original works in the upcoming exhibition at the Loudoun House.

The exhibition, entitled "Currents: Horror Amour" is a celebration of local art currated by Georgia Henkel

Throughout history, cultures have demonstrated aesthetic preferences on how their personal space is occupied. Imagine the suffocating space of the Book of Kells, the cluttered interiors of the Victorians, even the busyness of Where’s Waldo books. Horror Vacui refers to extreme cases of dense imagery. It is a term coined by the Italian art critic, Mario Praz and literally means Fear of emptiness. Amor Vacui, its antithesis refers to a Love of emptiness. 
Artists were handed the challenge of constructing their own visual propensity based on these two extremes while trying to stay out of the middle. 
Currents artists include: Mike Goodlett, Mike McKay, Dronex, Inc., LA Watson, Liz Swanson, Ellen Molle, Ed Franklin, Colin Doherty, Leah Crews Castleman, Lawrence Tarpey, SmithTownsend Collaborative, and Lauren Argo.
The exhibition will be on display March 10 - May 10. Click here for more information.

UK/CoD graduate student Mark Manczyk wins first place in UK’s Venture Challenge

March 2, 2015   |   School

photo by Tom Eblen for the Lexington Herald-Leader
From the Lexington Herald-Leader
Architecture graduate student Mark Manczyk was awarded first place in University of Kentucky's Venture Challenge, a competition for student entrepreneurs. He pitched his idea for a company called re.3.
The company would sell consumer products with short use cycles — such as non-prescription sunglasses and iPhone cases — that are made by environmentally sustainable methods. The added touch would be that once a product had outlived its usefulness, the company would take it back for recycling.
The judges liked his idea because it was a creative approach to a problem that consumers are increasingly concerned about.
"It's all about 'Can you build that brand?'" Stevens told Manczyk, suggesting that he consider a "subscription club" sales model to better engage customers for repeat purchases.
"I think that was a fantastic idea," Manczyk said afterward, because it could help create a customer community. "It's about rethinking recycling: the object is in some ways less important than the idea of being able to continually recycle and reuse."
Ten teams pitched business ideas to a panel of three judges, who chose three winners to share $3,000 in scholarship prizes. The first- and second-place finishers advanced to regional and state competitions sponsored by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.

UK/CoD students design murals for new campus residence halls

February 27, 2015   |   School

Six architecture and interiors students in the UK College of Design competed to design murals for community spaces in UK’s new residence halls.
Students addressed design prompts for laundry rooms, study rooms, and multi-purpose areas in Woodland Glen III, IV, and V using themes and color schemes provided by EdR, the firm contracted to construct and decorate new halls. The new residence halls will open Fall 2015.
The winning students are:
  • Emily Corner (2nd year Interiors)
  • Emily Bottom (Architecture graduate student)
  • Richard Quick (3rd year Architecture)
  • Heather Beradi (2nd year Interiors)
  • Sarah Baker (2nd year Interiors)
  • Alexandra Travis (2nd year Interiors)
The winning designs were chosen by representatives from EdR and UK. Each student received a cash prize of $500.

UK/CoD students partner with Gatton College for MBA presentations

February 25, 2015   |   School

Students from the UK/CoD School of Architecture partnered with MBA students in the Gatton College of Business and Economics on business proposals for a variety of products and technologies.
In association with the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship, students participated in a course that provided an overview of the technology commercialization process. Students gained an understanding of how to develop a business plan, identify potential funding sources, conduct patent searches, and the legal issues that are involved in a business startup.
The College of Design was represented on three of the six teams.
Zaher Othman, a 4th year architecture student, served as his team’s Vice President of Development. The company, Parasight Delivery Company, explored diagnostic methods for children and pets.
Kaitlyn Minix, a 4th year architecture student, served as the Product Designer for REcollection, a company that designs and manufactures therapeutic tools for Alzheimer’s patients.
Architecture graduate student Mark Manczyk served as the Chief Operating Officer for re.envi, a company that creates and markets eco-friendly accessory products.
The students presented their plans to industry professionals, and also had the opportunity to compete in business plan competitions.
The mission of The Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship and Lexington Innovation and Commercialization Center accelerates the Kentucky economy by commercializing UK research, facilitating university-industry collaborations, and assisting entrepreneurs and small businesses in creating jobs. We work with faculty, clinicians, staff, and student innovators to create start-ups and spinoff companies.
Read more about the Von Allmen Center here.

UK/CoD faculty awarded sustainability grants

December 9, 2014   |   School

by Whitney Harder
The University of Kentucky President’s Sustainability Advisory Committee recently announced seven sustainability projects receiving grants, a total of $100,000 in funding, from the UK Sustainability Challenge Grant Program. A wide range of sustainability projects were chosen, from North Limestone neighborhood initiatives to "microcomputers" that monitor individual sustainability impact on campus.  
The grant program issued a campus-wide call for proposals Aug. 15 seeking interdisciplinary, sustainability-driven proposals. By the deadline of Oct. 15, the program received 22 proposals requesting more than $450,000. Through an extensive review process, seven projects were selected to fund this year.
Of the seven grants awarded, three were award to teams led by UK/CoD faculty.
"The campus response to the Sustainability Challenge Grant Program has been tremendous with outstanding proposals from nearly two dozen interdisciplinary teams," said Shane Tedder, University of Kentucky sustainability coordinator. "The seven projects selected for funding all demonstrated a clear focus on sustainability and transformational potential for the campus. These projects also involve high levels of meaningful student engagement and make innovative use of the campus as a living laboratory."
The Sustainability Challenge Grant Program was developed as a collaborative effort of the President’s Sustainability Advisory Committee, the Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability the Environment (TFISE) and the UK Office of Sustainability. As 2014 is the inaugural year for the program, the steering committee hopes to continue to offer the grants on an annual basis. 
"The support of a diverse group of administrators reinforces the ingenuity of the program and should help maintain its continuity into the future," said Rebecca McCulley, interim director for the TFISE and member of the Sustainability Challenge Grant steering committee. "The infusion of funds for faculty, student and staff-generated sustainability projects represents a significant commitment from our administration, and is testimony of their belief in the transformative force present on our campus."
Funding for the UK Sustainability Challenge Grant Program is provided by the Office of the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration, Office of the Vice President for Research and the Student Sustainability Council.

UK/CoD students featured in undergraduate arts journal

December 8, 2014   |   School

The newest edition of Shale, the University of Kentucky undergraduate arts journal, features the works of several UK/CoD students.
First year architecture student Irvin Shaifa, second year architecture students Pooya Mohoghegh and Shane Wireman, and third year architecture student Matthew Ireland each had original works published in the journal’s art section.
Additionally, architecture students Shannon Newberry and Sarah Wagner served as the journal’s auxiliary designer and layout and design manager, respectively.
Shale is a biannual publication produced by the UK English Department, in association with the Office of International Affairs, WRFL Radio, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the Department of Hispanic Studies, the Student English Association, Graphite Creative Writing Association, and the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence.
The Fall 2014 edition is now available.

Three School of Interiors students honored awards in the Oswald Research and Creativity Competition

December 8, 2014   |   School

The University of Kentucky Office of Undergraduate Research honored three College of Design students with awards in the Oswald Research and Creativity Competition.
Morgan Black, a fourth-year interiors student, was awarded first place with her entry, Artful Adaptation/Empowerment Through Expression.
Jessica Funke, a fourth year interiors student, was awarded second place with her entry, Touchpoint.
Brittany Holian, a fourth year interiors student, received an honorable mention in the Design category.
Sarah Wagner, a third year architecture student, recieved an award for critical writing, bridging contemporary architecture and English.
Established in 1964 by then-UK President John Oswald, the Oswald Research and Creativity Program encourages research and creative activities by undergraduate students at UK. The objectives of the program are to stimulate creative work by undergraduate students, and to recognize individuals who demonstrate outstanding achievement.
This recognition emphasizes the importance the university places upon academic excellence.  Although these objectives have remained the same throughout the years, the number of categories has increased to include Biological Sciences; Design, including architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design; Fine Arts, including film, music, photography, painting, and sculpture; Humanities, from creative and critical-research approaches; Physical and Engineering Sciences; and Social Sciences.  All submissions are sent anonymously to faculty reviewers in related fields and are judged based on a rubric.
Awards in each category are: First Place: $350; Second Place: $200; and Honorable Mention, if applicable. Entries are judged on originality, clarity of expression, scholarly or artistic contribution, and the validity, scope, and depth of the project or investigation.

Professors Carll-White and Fay present at Healthcare Design Conference in San Diego

December 2, 2014   |   School

Professors in the School of Interiors, Lindsey Fay and Allison Carll-White recently presented at the Healthcare Design Conference in San Diego with Professor Kevin Real of the College of Communication and Information Sciences. Their presentation discussed outcomes from their analysis of communication in the newly constructed emergency department at the UK Chandler Medical Center.

This study is part of a post-occupancy evaluation being conducted in multiple phases, with a current assessment of the cardiovascular service lines at the medical center. 

Read more about their research here.

Read more about the conference here.

Professor Christopher Manzo advances in Olin Cup design competition

November 13, 2014   |   School

Christopher Manzo, an instructor in the UK/CoD School of Interiors, has advanced to the final round of competition in the Washington University Olin Cup. 

Professor Manzo's start-up company, Kit-Case, has designed a combination smartphone case and wallet. Read more about his design here.

Since 1988 the Olin School at Washington University in St. Louis has held an engaging competition for entrepreneurs to expand opportunities for collaboration, innovation and learning. With the support of the Skandalaris family, in 2003,the Olin Cup began awarding $70,000 in seed funding to competition winners and broadening the reach of the Olin Cup. Since 2005, the Competition has also awarded a $5,000 prize to a student founder or team supporter. The final round of competition will take place in January 2015.
Read more about the competition here.

Professor Mike McKay awarded McDowell Fellowship

October 31, 2014   |   School

Assistant Professor of Architecture Mike McKay was recently awarded the McDowell Fellowship in Architecture.

The fellowship was awarded by the McDowell Colony,a center whose mission is to nurture the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination.

While in residency, Professor McKay will address the production of space using anamorphic and perspectival techniques. His description of the research is as follows:

Architectural illusion and perspectival deceptions have been investigated since antiquity in order to alter the perception of a given space. From the Early Renaissance these techniques have been used primarily in an illusionary or optical manner and have never been directed at the creation of physical space. It is my intent to investigate how one might use projective techniques to create Architectural Space and Form.
Specifically, Anamorphic projection techniques in architecture offer the potential to create dynamic spatial experiences that are three-dimensional and go beyond simple projections; more than images/shapes simply painted onto an architectural surface. By using this process to make space, a reading of space emerges that is both real and perceived. 

UK/CoD staff and students honored with Lyman T. Johnson Awards

October 30, 2014   |   School

2014 marks the 65th year of an African American presence at the University of Kentucky. To commemorate the occasion, the UK Alumni Association Lyman T. Johnson Constituency Group recognized outstanding African American alumni, students, faculty, and staff in areas of scholarship, leadership, and service whose faith, hard work, and determination has positively impacted the lives of people in the UK community.
The UK College of Design is proud to be home three award recipients.
Kavwimba Mdumuka, a fourth-year architecture student, and Zoe Pittman, a third-year interiors student, were both recipients of the Torch Bearer Award.
Marla Spires, Student Affairs Coordinator, was honored with the Torch of Excellence Award.
These awards are named in honor of Dr. Lyman T. Johnson, the legendary human rights champion whose landmark legal victory in 1949 resulted in the desegregation of the University of Kentucky. 

Professor Robert Kelly designs for Kentucky Ballet Theatre’s production of La Sylphide

October 27, 2014   |   School

Architect Robert Kelly, PhD, an alumnus of the College of Design and part-time instructor in the School of Architecture, recently designed and fabricated a series of theatrical props for the Kentucky Ballet Theatre’s production of La Sylphide being performed at the Lexington Opera House. Over the past few years, Professor Kelly has designed and created many props for Kentucky Ballet Theatre productions, ranging from furniture to cannons; from a life-size (non-melting) snowman, to a giant witches’ cauldron complete with a glowing fire-pit.  

Professor Kelly worked in collaboration with KBT artistic director and choreographer, Norbe Risco to establish the needs and parameters of props for each of the productions. The show's light and sound designs were produced by Tanya Harper, the long-time Production Director for the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts.

Click here to read more about the production.

School of Architecture Director David Biagi honored by OSU

October 23, 2014   |   School

Professor David Biagi, Director of the UK/CoD School of Architecture, was honored by Ohio State Universtiy College of Engineering with the Distinguished Alumni Award. Professor Biagi graduated from OSU in 1987 with an ARCH MS degree.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards were established by the faculty of the College of Engineering to recognize distinguished achievement on the part of alumni in the field of engineering or architecture by reason of significant inventions, important research or design, administrative leadership, or genius in production. Nominations are judged by the College Committee on Honorary Degrees and Honors on behalf of the College faculty.
Read more about the awards here.

Professor Clyde Carpenter recognized with AIA Kentucky’s highest honor

October 13, 2014   |   School

photo by GLINTstudios
by Whitney Hale
Clyde Carpenter, professor of architecture at University of Kentucky College of Design, has been presented with the C. Julian Oberwarth Award from the Kentucky Society of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Kentucky). The award recognizes and honors an individual society member who has displayed a long-standing commitment to the betterment of the profession and well-being of architects in Kentucky, and who has dedicated extraordinary time and talent to this end.
The Oberwarth Award, presented to Carpenter on Oct. 3, at AIA Kentucky's annual convention, is the society's highest individual honor. The award is named for C. Julian Oberwarth, former executive director of the Kentucky Board of Architects and the first architect registered under the Kentucky registration law he championed, as well as the first recipient of his namesake award in 1981.
A native of Lexington, Carpenter received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from UK and his master's degree in architecture from University of Pennsylvania. After graduation and completion of his traveling fellowship, he joined the architecture faculty at UK.
During his time at UK, Carpenter has served as assistant to the dean of the College of Architecture and director of Academic Programs. He was later appointed an associate dean, a position he held until 2003, with the occasional stint as acting dean. Carpenter then served as chair of the newly formed Department of Historic Preservation and Clay Lancaster Endowed Professor in Historic Preservation until 2010. He remains a professor in both the School of Architecture and the Department of Historic Preservation.
For the past 50 years, Carpenter has educated, advised, inspired and befriended virtually every student who has gone through the architecture program at UK. He has been cited by many architects as the heart and soul of the School of Architecture and as the one person who most influenced them to become an architect.
Carpenter's nomination for the Oberwarth Award was accompanied by numerous letters of support from architects across the Commonwealth. Time and again, his former students spoke with great warmth and passion about the profound impact he had on them and their careers.
The esteem Carpenter's former students hold for him can probably be best summed up by one letter which noted “He led by being the finest example of a true professional in the practice of architecture. He has served as an extraordinary role model to senior professionals, as well as an inspiration to young students beginning their careers. He is a wise counselor, a standard bearer of integrity and civility, and is as highly respected as anyone in the field.”
As a practicing architect, Carpenter's work has involved historic preservation and adaptive reuse, as well as new construction. He has received four AlA Kentucky Honor Awards for architectural projects and four awards for his work in historic preservation. He serves on the advisory board for the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation, which has established the annual Clyde Carpenter Award for Adaptive Reuse in his honor.

UK Alumnus Publishes Book of Mid-Century Architecture in Kentucky

July 29, 2014   |   School

Larry Isenhour, a 1974 University of Kentucky architecture graduate, has authored a chronology of 43 mid-century Lexington-area homes designed by his father, noted architect and 1968 UK graduate Richard Isenhour. "The Houses of Richard B. Isenhour" shows the evolution of his creative home designs of the mid 20th Century. Both men studied at the UK College of Architecture (now the UK College of Design).  
The term mid-century refers to the design aesthetic that emerged after World War II. Typical elements include open floor plans, clean lines and the incorporation of natural elements. Presented chronologically, the homes featured in Isenhour's book were built between 1956 and 1978.
Larry Isenhour combined his father’s original drawings with photographs of the homes as they were originally built, as well as current photographs. Further contributions came from several current residents of the homes, including UK/CoD Associate Dean of Research Gregory Luhan, and alumni Steven M. White ’96 and Joseph E. Jones ’73.
Click here to read the Herald-Leader interview with Larry Isenhour.

Six UK Architecture Students Named Finalists in National Furniture Competition

July 9, 2014   |   School

by Courtney Eckdahl
Six students from the University of Kentucky School of Architecture in the College of Design have been selected as finalists in the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) "Design Emphasis" Student Furniture Design Competition in Atlanta, Georgia. The competition will be held in the Georgia World Congress Center the week of Aug. 18, 2014.
The six students who have been selected to compete are:
· Nikki Challita, architecture graduate student from Bellbrook, Ohio;
· Adam Eaton, 2014 graduate with a master's degree in architecture from Bellbrook;
· Adam Logsdon, architecture graduate student from Louisville, Kentucky;
· Mark Manczyk, architecture graduate student from Taylor Mill, Kentucky;
· Sarah Mohr, 2014 graduate with a master's degree in architecture from Smithton, Illinois; and
· Don Shepperson, architecture senior from Lancaster, Kentucky.
All six students in the competition were in the spring 2014 furniture studio taught by Professor Leonard Wujcik.
The "Design Emphasis" competition brings students from design schools across the nation to exhibit their work at IWF for judging by a panel of professionals made up of furniture industry designers, manufacturing and retail executives, and members of the trade press who have design-oriented backgrounds. The competition recognizes and rewards designs in five categories: seating, case goods, commercial/office/hospitality furniture, accent furniture/accent tables, and design creativity.
Over $10,000 in prize money will be awarded and presented in a ceremony following the judging of "Design Emphasis." As well as being involved in the competition, the students will also be able to attend the trade show itself, allowing them to make valuable career contacts and share ideas with fellow design students from across the country.
IWF is a trade show known around the world for offering new and innovative products and solutions for furniture manufacturing, cabinetry, architectural woodworking, material processing and other related industries, as well as bringing industry professionals from around the globe together for great networking opportunities. At IWF, visitors can view the newest products and trends and learn from those who have already troubleshot the solutions. 

UK/CoD Professors Scroggin and Takebayashi receive ASCA merit award

July 7, 2014   |   School

UK/CoD Assistant Professors of Architecture, Jason Scroggin and Akari Takebayashi [DOTS] received a special merit award at the 2014 ACSA/AIK International Conference: OPEN CITIES held June 21-23 in Seoul, South Korea for their project "Massimals: Interactive Assembly Models.” The project was included in the Research + Design Project Exhibition held during the conference at Ewha Womans University. Additionally, the project will be published in a catalog post-conference. Pritzker Prize winning architect Toyo Ito was the keynote speaker for the event. 
Jason attended and presented the work at the conference. The project, Massimals, is a set of 1:1 design objects that serve as prototypes to examine how physical form can engage the public realm. These constructs are abstractions of animal forms built in the manner of massing studies produced in an architectural design practice. Like massing models, they are volumetric, devoid of details, and fabricated from one material such as chipboard, polystyrene foam, and foam core. The suggestive forms and their specific arrangement imply docile behavior similar to animals in a petting zoo augmenting the way visitors approach and engage built form.
2014 ACSA/AIK International Conference

UK/CoD alumni honored by Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation

June 24, 2014   |   School

UK/CoD alumni were honored for their efforts in historic preservation by the Blue Grass Trust at the Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony. The honorees included:
  • David Buchta, MHP '05, Executive Director of the Commonwealth of Kentucky Division of Historic Properties and State Archivist, received the BGT Public Service of Preservation Award. David oversaw the restoration and renovation of the Kentucky State Capitol Building and the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion, as well as the restoration of the Kentucky Old Governor’s Mansion.
  • Sarah House Tate, B.Arch '71. and Robert Kelly, B. Arch '82 each received the BGT Clay Lancaster Heritage Education Award for their research on the work of Lexington architect Ernst Johnson.
  • Scott Guyon, B.Arch. '83, converted a storage building into The County Club restaurant, while Jeff Pearson, B.Arch. '75, and Maureen Peters, B.Arch. '87 adapted the former Blue Grass Seed Co. into an office building. Each received the Clyde Carpenter Adaptive Reuse Award for their designs. 
Read more about the awards at

UK architecture professor edits book to be presented at the Venice Biennale

May 29, 2014   |   School

UK/CoD Architecture Professor Wallis Miller co-edited Exhibiting Architecture, a book that investigates historical and contemporary practices of displaying architecture. Exploring questions of circulation and temporality, issues of institution and canon, and the discourse and politics of architectural spaces on exhibit, the book addresses the ambiguous status of architecture as an object of display, and reveals the centrality of the exhibition in defining and redefining the notion of architecture and its history.
The book will be presented in architect Sverre Fehn's Nordic Pavilion as part of the opening festivities at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale. Professor Miller co-edited the book with Professors Thordis Arhennius and Mari Lending from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design and Jérémie McGowan, Curator of Architecture at the National Museum in Oslo.

Professor Gregory Luhan completes training in Bluegrass Academic Leadership Academy

May 21, 2014   |   School

from KYForward

The Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium announced that 42 fellows completed its inaugural Bluegrass Academic Leadership Academy at Eastern Kentucky University.
The Academic Leadership Academy is co-chaired by Bonnie Banker, academic dean at Asbury University, and Sherry Robinson, executive assistant to the provost and academic affairs at EKU.
The academy is a presidential initiative, led by the 12 presidents represented in the consortium, to build future academic leaders in the Bluegrass region.
The purpose of the academy is to encourage younger, mid-level faculty to consider leadership career paths and to provide guidance in developing the skills that are requisites for effective institutional leadership to ensure a sound and successful future for the institution.
Faculty from BHEC member schools receiving an ALA certificate of completion are: Scott Arias, Kristie Blevins, Russell Carpenter, Matthew Sabin and Randall Swain of EKU; Holly Barbaccia and Joy Bowers-Campbell of Georgetown College; Alan Bartley, Ellen Cox, Melissa Fortner and Mike LeVan of Transylvania University; Bruce Branan, Kevin Brown, Janet Dean, Josh Fee, Amanda Goodwin and Michele Wells of Asbury University; Allison Connolly, Brian Cusato, January Haile, Benjamin Knoll, Christopher Paskewich, Lesley Wiglesworth and Ian Wilson of Centre College; Yasemin Congleton, Kevin Dunn, Iddah Otieno, Melanie Williamson and Ben Worth of Bluegrass Community and Technical College; Adam Evans, Ronald Hockin, Sacha Pruitt, Jerry Sims and Jeffery Stone of Sullivan College; Nichole Huberfeld, Joneen Lowman, Gregory Luhan, Lien-Hang T.Nguyen, Mark Prendergast and Kelly Webber of the University of Kentucky; Marieta Simeonova-Pissarro of Morehead State University and Althea Webb of Berea College.
“The desired outcome,” said Banker, “is to create a cohort of leaders for Central Kentucky’s 12 institutions of higher education that have the proficiencies to work with their colleagues by effectively employing quality leadership skills and being able to have insight into the overall role of the university so as to strategically lead the next generation of learners.”
The academy also addresses one of the goals the presidents set in the signing of the charter agreement for the consortium last year: “To design professional development/leadership development opportunities for administration, faculty and staff.”
The class experienced two full-day sessions on Feb. 14 at Georgetown and May 16 at EKU. Interim reading and projects were also completed with faculty working together in teams to develop papers, posters and presentations on such topics as experiential learning, finance and budget, human resources, legal and ethical, technology, community partnerships, college and career readiness and more. One of the key objectives of the curriculum is to expand understanding of the environment in which institutional decisions are made in the 21st century.
Completed works from the class will be posted here under the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium tab.
The Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium was chartered in 2012 with the mission of advancing the region both economically and educationally. The 12 participating regionally accredited four-year institutions are: Asbury University, Berea College, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Centre College, Eastern Kentucky University, Georgetown College, Midway College, Morehead State University, Kentucky State University, Sullivan University, Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky. The presidents of each institution constitute the executive committee of the board of directors.

UK/CoD Professor to present at Arts in Society Conference in Rome

May 14, 2014   |   School

Associate Professor of Architecture Liz Swanson will present at the Arts in Society conference in Rome June 25-27.

With colleague Adrienne Whitt-Woosley, Associate Director of the Center on Trauma and Children and an clinical social worker at the University of Kentucky, Swanson will present the first phase of their research, entitled "Architecture and Opportunities for Reconciliation:  An Exploration of One Culturally Significant Building’s Potential for Healing a Community." The research examines the complexities and impact of the renovation of The Lyric Theater, an arts venue and African-American cultural center in Lexington, Kentucky’s East End neighborhood.

Click here for more conference information.

Architecture Alum featured in Kentucky Alumni Magazine for design work in Detroit

May 6, 2014   |   School

by Robin Roenker, Kentucky Alumni Magazine, Spring 2014
If you've read much about Detroit in the news lately, it hasn't been good. Facing $18 billion in debt, Detroit declared Chapter 9 bankruptcy last July, becoming the largest U.S. city ever to do so. Its population, having dwindled from a 1950s peak of 1.86 million, is now just 700,000. Roughly half of Detroit's residents aged 25-64 are unemployed. Its violent crime rate is one of the worst in the nation. Approximately 20 square miles of land within the city — roughly the size of Manhattan — sit empty, where abandoned and blighted buildings have been leveled. An estimated 80,000 abandoned buildings remain in pockets scattered across the city's 138 square miles.
To some, Detroit's challenges might seem hopeless, but not to Dan Kinkead, a 1997 architecture graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Design and native Detroiter. Last April, Kinkead was named director of Detroit Future City (DFC), a comprehensive, forward-looking, city-wide strategic plan charged with, in Kinkead's words, "transforming Detroit's current liabilities into future assets."
Transforming a city
Before his appointment at DFC, Kinkead — who followed his architecture degree at UK with a master's in architecture and urban design at Harvard University in 2002 — had made a career of designing innovative buildings like Wells Hall, a new language arts building at Michigan State University, which he had to situate, per the university's request, atop an older, already existing building on campus.
Just out of Harvard, while working as an urban design leader at the New York-based offices of renowned architecture firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Kinkead helped develop a master plan for Columbia University's expansion and redevelopment of an unused, former industrial section of West Harlem, among other projects in the United States, Europe and China.
As design principal at Detroit-based Hamilton Anderson Associates, Kinkead helped oversee the three-year-long development of the 350-page strategic framework that would become the basis of the "50-year land-use vision" at the heart of the DFC initiative.
"My whole education and career have been driven to understand what my clients are looking for and to find ways to translate their intrinsic objectives into something efficient and beautiful," Kinkead says. "In many ways, my work at DFC is no different. But the stakes are much higher. This is by far the most challenging thing I've ever done. This isn't about creating an individual building or an individual design. We're trying to fundamentally transform a major American city."
The DFC plan is multi-faceted, with goals to increase jobs and city safety, reduce blight, leverage the city's role as an inland port and logistics hub, develop neighborhoods that include capacity for food and clean-energy production, and transform unused land into city greenways and waterways.
"In Detroit, we have to move away from business as usual. But that's what is really exciting for us," Kinkead says. "I believe Detroit can be a leader in urban innovation, a model for how design, strategy and policy can impact legacy issues of older, industrialized cities."
Finding his calling
Growing up in Detroit, Kinkead knew he wanted to travel outside Michigan to attend college.
UK appealed to him because both his parents are alums, and he had spent his childhood summers around Kentucky's Rough River Lake.
While he'd always been a creative-minded child, forever drawing and building things, it wasn’t until driving from Detroit to UK for a planned college visit that Kinkead even considered architecture as a career.
"My dad and I were in the car, and I was flipping through UK's course catalog, those big blue books that they used to issue. I found the architecture listings and really got excited," he says. Kinkead set up a department visit and within five minutes of walking into Pence Hall, he knew he'd found his college home.
"We were greeted by professors Clyde Carpenter and Stephen Degar, and I saw all these models and drawings. They were building a structure that was sort of creeping out of one room and into the corridor," Kinkead says. "I knew right then and there that this was what I wanted to do."
Over the course of Kinkead's UK education, he had "many influential moments and a host of exceptional professors," he says. But two experiences stand out.
First, the opportunity to take part in the department's study abroad program in Venice, Italy, in spring 1995 under the tutelage of Maria Dallerba-Ricci was "transformative," Kinkead says. My studies came into sharp focus that semester, I formed a very tight bond with my classmates, and I came out of that experience a very different person."
Second, Kinkead's studies and subsequent teaching assistantship under UK faculty member Wallis Miller, who taught a course on the history and theory of modern architecture helped him understand how "context influences our work as architects, and how design can influence history itself," he says.
When Miller pegged Kinkead to be her teaching assistant, he says he felt it was the first moment someone saw something in him that was worthy of being elevated. "It was a foundational moment for me, and it gave me the confidence that I could do this work," says Kinkead.
"I want everyone to know what an incredibly strong program UK has. It's challenging, and has always celebrated creative curiosity and rigorous analysis," he says.
Measuring success
For Kinkead, helping Detroit realize a brighter future isn't just an academic or professional pursuit; it's also personal. Detroit is his hometown. It's where he and his wife are raising their children. They have a two-year-old daughter and are expecting twins this month.
"People ask me all the time, 'How will you know if you've succeeded with the DFC initiatives?'" Kinkead says. "That's a really difficult question. But what I can say is that, as a father, I focus on trying to make sure that this city is a place where my children can thrive as children and as adults. That it's a place where they can have a high quality of life and explore all the things they want to do. In many instances today, Detroiters struggle to realize that moment of success. So getting us there is a big thing for me. It's what keeps me going." 
Feature on Dan Kinkead reprinted from Kentucky Alumni magazine's spring 2014 issue, "Dan Kinkead: Designing Detroit's Future" by Robin Roenker.

Piece designed by UK/CoD professors acquired by the French National Centre for Visual Arts

May 5, 2014   |   School

The AtFAB 5 to 30 Minute Chair, designed by Assistant Professors Anne Filson and Gary Rohrbacher was acquired by the French National Centre for Visual Arts for its permanent collection. Filson and Rohrbacher's chair is among 72 designs acquired during 2013, including iconic works by Enzo Mari, Hella Jongerius, Konstantin Grcic, and Erwan & Ronan Bouroullec.
The AtFAB Chair fit the acquisition committee's mission this year to include representative works that engage emerging modes of production, like collaborative practices, open source, and DIY.
Click here to read more about the AtFAB Collection.

UK/CoD students design murals for new campus residence halls

May 1, 2014   |   School

Six architecture and interiors students in the UK College of Design competed to design murals for community spaces in UK’s new residence halls.
Students addressed design prompts for laundry rooms, study rooms, and multi-purpose areas in Woodland Glen I and II, Champions Court I and II, and Haggin Hall using themes and color schemes provided by EdR, the firm contracted to construct and decorate new halls.
The winning designs were chosen by representatives from EdR and UK. Each student received a cash prize of $1,000.

UK/CoD Professors participate in Festival des Architectures Vives

April 30, 2014   |   School

Assistant Professors Jason Scroggin and Akari Takebayashi (Design Office Takebayashi Scroggin) have been selected through an international competition to participate in the Festival des Architectures Vives (FAV) in La Grande Motte, France. Their project, Cloud Garden, will be installed in the courtyard of Église Saint-Augustin from the 21st to the 29th of June 2014. The installation explores the festival’s theme of “Sensuality” by allowing visitors to play in, on, and around its voluptuous shapes or simply relax and engage in conversation underneath the canopy of trees.
FAV aims to raise public awareness of the wide range of architecture. It seeks not only to highlight the work of a younger generation of architects, landscape architects, and urban planners, but also to discover unexpected urban areas.  The city of La Grande Motte, and more specifically the architecture of Jean Balladur, recognized by the French Ministry of Culture as "Heritage of the Twentieth Century," is put into perspective by these ephemeral installations.

Six students from the School of Interiors receive undergraduate research grants

April 29, 2014   |   School

Six students from the School of Interiors were awarded financial support from the University of Kentucky Office of Undergraduate Research.  Of the $95,400 distributed,  Interiros students $10,500 in support.  
The grant recipients are:
  • Katie Abushanab (2nd year), for a community-engagement project in the North Limestone neighborhood (Faculty Advisor: Rebakah Ison Radtke)
  • Katy Albert (3rd year), for a project to expand post-occupancy evaluation efforts across a wide range of building spaces (Faculty Advisor: Lindsey Guinther)
  • Morgan Black (3rd year), for a project to deepen efforts at understanding the health care interior and its impact on patients (Faculty Advisor: Lindsey Guinther)
  • Lucas Brown (2nd year),  for a community-engagement project in the North Limestone neighborhood (Faculty Advisor: Rebakah Ison Radtke)
  • Arden Cooper (2nd year), for a project focused on design thinking in educational environments (Faculty Advisor: Rebekah Ison Radtke)
  • Kristian Roberts (1st year), for a community engagement project at the site of West Sixth Brewery (Faculty Advisor: Rebekah Ison Radtke)

Architecture students featured in UK undergraduate arts journal

April 24, 2014   |   School

Several students from the College of Design were instrumental in the publication of Shale, the undergraduate arts journal. The journal's layout and design was managed by  Sarah Wagner, and Shannon Newberry served as art editor. Both are second year architecture students.

The journal's cover art was designed by architecture student Mitchell Watts. Matt Ireland and Stephen Schwab each have original work featured in the journal's art section.

Shale is a biannual publication produced by the UK English Department in association with the Office of Internation Affairs. The Spring 2014 edition is now available. 

UK/CoD professors published in research and design journal

April 22, 2014   |   School

University of Kentucky School of Interiors professors Allison Carll-White and Lindsey Guinther were recently published in the Heath Environments Research and Design Journal.

Their article, entitled "One Size Does Not Fit All: A Diagnostic Post-Occupancy Evaluation Model for an Emergency Department", presents a detailed account of processes and multiple methodologies used in conducting a diagnostic post-occupancy evaluation (POE) in an urban hospital emergency department. 

This study presents a comprehensive framework for diagnostic post-occupancy evaluation in healthcare design. The findings indicate that a systematic, multi-methodological approach developed around a conceptual framework, the client’s guiding principles, and the design team’s objectives can lead to higher quality evaluations.

Click here to read an excerpt of the article.

UK/CoD students part of multidisciplinary teams to present sustainability research at NSF-STFS

April 18, 2014   |   School

Undergraduate students who participated in the National Science Foundation-funded Systems Thinking for Sustainability (NSF-STFS) course at the University of Kentucky will present their research findings in a showcase Tuesday, May 6th, from 10:30 – 12:30pm in the Lexmark Public Room in UK's Main Building. This project showcase, which is free and open to the public, will display the range of multivalent viewpoints, issues investigated, and potential solutions discovered over the course of the spring 2014 semester. This is the third year of the curriculum development and includes a group of students from Texas A&M University, which were exposed to segments of the curriculum delivered by UK’s team and adapted by one of the UK’ team members.
The presentation agenda for the showcase is as follows:
  • Informal discussions with individual UK student teams 10:30 to 11 a.m. 
  • UK Student team presentations 11 a.m. to noon
  • A question and response session noon to 12:30 p.m.
This year’s NSF-STFS umbrella project titled "Campus Living" advances the research developed by the spring 2012 and spring 2013 STFS class. Using the last two year’s projects as springboards for deeper and more thorough approaches, the students’ projects explore sustainable issues through the lens of systems thinking as a means of simultaneously seeing and assessing the issues from multiple vantage points. The topics selected for this year’s projects are germane to ongoing campus planning initiatives and include topics such as open space utilization, building the campus community, sustainable transportation, energy and water usage, campus amenities, and enhancing the student center experience.
To further substantiate how knowledge generated at the University of Kentucky can be translated to meet other outcomes, the faculty have also been working with a number of universities both in the US and abroad to position the course beyond UK starting in spring 2014 semester. The NSF-STFS team introduced a series of hybrid and blended learning modules this year that allowed the faculty to introduce the course at Texas A&M University, College of Architecture, delivered by Professor Luhan. The Texas A&M students used the same course materials but focused their umbrella project on rebuilding the City of West Liberty, KY that was destroyed by tornadoes in 2012. Their umbrella project is entitled “Moving West Liberty Forward. Together.” The set of a few developed modules have also been tested at the Bern University of Technology, Bern, Switzerland as well.
The faculty who collaboratively taught the NSF-STFS course are Associate Professor Mechanical Engineering Fazleena Badurdeen; College of Design Associate Dean for Research Gregory Luhan; Associate Professor of Mathematics Education Margaret Mohr-Schroeder of the College of Education; Professor of Mechanical Engineering Dusan Sekulic; and Assistant Professor Leslie Vincent of Gatton College of Business and Economics. 
NSF-STFS focused on the development of an innovative team-taught interdisciplinary course that will transform STEM education for undergraduates.  This course features the interactive teamwork of four UK colleges, Business and Economics, Design, Education, and Engineering, that uses a problem-based and project-based learning approach to address issues related to sustainability and living on the UK campus. The hope and expectation of the three-year study is to enable students to engage in and learn from a systems thinking approach to solve problems in sustainability areas that will help students develop the perspectives and skills they need to work together in an increasingly cross-disciplinary world facing progressively more complex problems. The immediate benefit for many of the students, aside from working across disciplines through rigorous research-driven methods, is the synergistic link between the NSF-STFS course and their own discipline specific capstone projects and studio projects. 
The NSF-STFS faculty continue to analyze the data developed in the class to frame research papers, presentations, and to inform workshops at national and international conferences using the showcase as a valuable vehicle to demonstrate “proof-of-concept” approaches that bridge between research, pedagogy, and practice.

Professors Anne Filson and Gary Rohrbacher featured in France’s Le Monde

April 7, 2014   |   School

AtFAB, the open source furniture collection created by UK/CoD architecture professors Anne Filson and Gary Rohrbacher, was featured in France's premier newspaper Le Monde.

The article, entitled "Open Source Projects Are Changing the World" addresses the emergence of open source culture. AtFAB exemplifies the accessibility of design and how ideas and designs can be shared globally, but manufactured locally. Open source furniture designs are featured as part of France's Open Week, which celebrates the communally accessible.

Read the rest of the article here.

Additionally, AtFAB was featured on the French blog We Tomorrow. A group of writers and fabricators demonstrated the open source process from downloading to milling to assembly. You can watch the process here.

Click here to learn more about AtFAB.

Next phase of HBEER featured in The Lane Report

April 2, 2014   |   School

Groundbreaking in Whitley County, KY. Photo courtesy of The Lane Report
via The Lane Report
Local, state and federal officials joined community leaders Friday for a groundbreaking on the next phase of the energy-efficient Green Valley development in Whitley County.
The development will include 13 Houseboat to Energy Efficient Residences (HBEER) units, built by Stardust Cruisers in Monticello, Ky. The units are being funded through a $1 million community development block grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by the Kentucky Department for Local Government (DLG).
“Quality, affordable housing is an essential resource for every community,” DLG Commissioner Tony Wilder said. “The new ‘green’ HBEER units in Emlyn will not only provide affordable homeownership opportunities, but offer homeowners continued savings through low cost energy bills. The Beshear administration and DLG are proud to be a part of this partnership to build safe, modern housing in Whitley County.”
HBEER is a partnership among Kentucky Highlands Investment Corp., the University of Kentucky and Stardust Cruisers to create energy-efficient manufactured housing at the region’s houseboat plants. The project’s goals are to create green jobs, revive the houseboat industry, utilize Kentucky products and provide energy-efficient housing.
“Today’s groundbreaking takes another step toward making Emlyn, Ky., a shining light for other communities to see, and the opportunity to serve as a model of what can be accomplished when you bring together people and organizations committed to reducing the energy cost for homeowners,” Rural Housing Service Administrator Tony Hernandez said.
With solar power being sold back to the TVA grid, estimated energy costs at current rates are expected to be less than $1.75 per day — which is one-half to one-sixth of energy bills for other housing alternatives. In addition, more than 80 percent of the home value will be derived from products made in Kentucky and Kentucky labor, further increasing the jobs created or saved.
“This 13-unit development brings together two key components of our work: putting Kentuckians to work in good paying manufacturing jobs in the houseboat industry and providing home ownership opportunities to working families in our community,” said Jerry Rickett, president and CEO of KHIC. “This workforce housing would not have been possible without our many partners, who total more than 35 public and private organizations and businesses. In particular, I want to thank Judge Pat White and the Whitley County Fiscal Court, the Department for Local Government, USDA/Rural Development, Kentucky Housing Corp., Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency, Stardust Cruisers, Fahe (Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises), and the University of Kentucky’s College of Design.”
There also was a tour of one of the five near-zero energy homes, which are part of the development. The homes will not only save energy but also generate electricity that will be sold back to the electric utility. The best practices and innovations then will be shared with other affordable home developers.
“This partnership with Kentucky Highlands, to build energy efficient homes, has been a major asset for Whitley County,” said Whitley County Judge-Executive Pat White Jr. ”Mr. Rickett and his team have worked tirelessly to make sure these homes are top quality. These homes have placed Whitley County on the leading edge of energy efficiency. The Houseboat to Energy Efficient Homes program has not only provided homes with lower utility bills to our residents, but has played a part in saving one of the region’s largest industries and I’m proud to have been a part of this project.”
KHIC’s Southern Tier Housing Corp. is an implementation partner in the Promise Zone, where HBEER is an identified project. In addition, USDA Rural Development’s Strike Zone and the SOAR initiative will include housing components for the region.
Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, founded in 1968 to stimulate economic growth in nine counties in Southern and Eastern Kentucky, now serves 22 counties in the region and has created more than 18,000 jobs. For more information, visit

Three UK/CoD students receive Gaines Fellowships

March 27, 2014   |   School

By Whitney Hale, UKNow

The University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities has chosen 12 outstanding undergraduates as new scholars for the university's Gaines Fellowship Program for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years. Gaines Fellowships are given in recognition of outstanding academic performance, demonstrated ability to conduct independent research, an interest in public issues and a desire to enhance understanding of the human condition through the humanities. Three College of Design students, Kevin Bloomfield, Shannon Newberry, and Sarah Wagner, received fellowships.
Gaines Fellowships are awarded for the tenure of a student's junior and senior years, or for the last two years of a five-year program; students in all disciplines and with any intended profession are given equal consideration.
All Gaines Fellows are required to take a specially designed, four-credit hour per semester seminar in the humanities during both semesters of their junior year. In addition, each junior fellow must complete a jury project planning and optionally carrying out an improvement for a local community. In the senior year, each fellow must complete a major independent study project of six to 15 credit hours. At the conclusion of this project, a thesis paper must be submitted and defended in front of a thesis committee of three university faculty members and the director of the Gaines Center.
In addition to the course requirements, Gaines Fellows enjoy a rich program of field trips, lectures, and other activities designed to widen and deepen their educational experience.
For the students, being chosen as a Gaines Fellow is a tremendous honor and recognizes their dedication to academics. "I'm honored to be selected to join this long line of incredibly intelligent and accomplished fellows," said Trevor McNary. "I'm so excited that I am a small part of this amazing tradition."
Founded in 1984 by a generous gift from John and Joan Gaines, the Gaines Center for the Humanities functions as a laboratory for imaginative and innovative education on UK's campus. Part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education, the center is devoted to cultivating an appreciation of the humanities in its students and faculty. The center embraces varied paths of knowledge and particularly strives to integrate creative work with traditional academic learning.

Two UK/CoD professors awarded research fellowships

March 25, 2014   |   School

Two junior faculty in the College of Design - Assistant Professor Martin Summers in the School of Architecture and Assistant Professor Douglas Appler in the Department of Historic Preservation were awarded the 2013-2014 University of Kentucky Office of the Vice-President for Research Summer Faculty Research Fellowship for Regular Title Series faculty. The University of Kentucky Summer Faculty Research Fellowship enables new assistant professors to launch their research or develop creative activities that are evaluated on the substance and character of the research project and the research potential of the applicant.
The College of Design's faculty conducts substantive, innovative, and original research contributing to the theoretical and methodological foundation of the design world. As the College's research focus is pluralistic in nature, this range also affords our faculty a unique opportunity to pursue - in depth and breadth - an array of scholarship and then to disseminate this new knowledge through teaching, publication, and practice. Our traditional research outlets include peer-reviewed scholarly publications; books; creative applied research and designs; and funded research opportunities. 
Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation Douglas Appler’s research will document the activities of the Federal Urban Renewal Administration in Kentucky.  This work will generate scholarship on the transformative and disruptive effects of the Housing Act of 1949 and the subsequent Urban Renewal era on Kentucky’s major cities as well is its rural communities. As noted in Doug’s proposal, “By viewing the activities of Urban Renewal through a commonwealth-wide lens, this research will fill a major gap in the literature related to urban planning, planning history, and historic preservation.” Doug’s fellowship proposal is not only an opportunity to give voice to Kentuckians who have been both positively and negatively influenced by these legislative measures, but is also a formative opportunity to build upon the research and expertise of American journalists such as Louisville native Grady Clay. 
As noted in his proposal, Doug will use the summer of 2014 to visit the National Archives facility in Silver Spring, MD.  While there, he will explore the Kentucky-oriented archival material generated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Housing and Home Finance Agency between 1949 and 1974.  This research will also take him to the Kentucky state archives, and to several city and county archives as well.  
Assistant Professor of Architecture Martin Summers’ Kentucky Now proposal offers a glimpse into the systemic contexts of urban design today and how problems can be simultaneously addressed from multiple perspectives and thus, be used as an inclusive educational model. Assistant Professor Martin Summers’ submission is a logical offshoot of his Graduate thesis at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) developed under the mentorship of Thom Mayne, the Pritzker Prize Laureate, architect, and professor. Martin’s Summer Fellowship proposal entitled Kentucky Now, presents an immersive investigation that captures the influence of the social, political, and economic domains on urban development using the studio context as vehicle to explore the changing face of this topic within the academy. Using design-thinking methodologies, Martin’s proposal demonstrates the scalability of the proposal – from house to building to city to book to practice. More importantly, his research forms a synergistic bridge that takes into consideration the impact of often-overlooked human dimension at the urban scale.
Kentucky Now was initially developed as a studio exercise under Martin’s direction as part of the Culture Now project. As part of an expanded design discourse, Culture Now involves 13 institutions – The University of Kentucky, Princeton, Harvard, Columbia, MIT, Cornell, the University of Pennsylvania, Rice, Syracuse, RPI, Pratt, and UCLA. As the defacto Principal Investigator and project leader for UKY, Martin led several studios that were critiqued and advanced by this world-class peer group. His previous River Cities work was showcased in an exhibit that he designed at the International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam in 2012, and included in the Biennale’s exhibition catalog. The lesson plans and projects that he has developed for the Kentucky Now proposal continue to shape today’s theory and practice of architecture. Characterized by procedures that expand beyond the techniques of crafting spaces, this work includes broader design knowledge that expands to include heuristics, applications, pedagogies, and their often simultaneous influence on design processes and practices in the academic and professional realms. Martin’s proposal uses this pedagogically-driven experience to take the UKY-generated knowledge out to the world in two ways, first through a book entitled Kentucky Now and second, as a replicable model for other River Cities and towns in Kentucky and for future funded research.

IDSA hosts fundraiser for SOI scholarships.

March 20, 2014   |   School

The Interior Design Student Association is hosting a fundraiser for scholarships for students in the UK/CoD School of Interiors. In return for $5 contributions, donors will be placed in a drawing for a Haworth lamp designed by Pablo Pardo. The selected donor will be announced April 4.
For those interested in contributing to the scholarship fund, contact an IDSA representative, Interiors Professors Helen Turner or Eun Young Kim, or Development Director CJ Ryan.

Historic Preservation Department offering Graduate Certificates

March 19, 2014   |   School

UK/CoD Department of Historic Preservation is now offering graduate certificates. Students have a choice of four areas of concentration:  Preservation and Design; Preservation and Economic Development; Preservation and Planning; and Rural Preservation. The certificates require 12 credit hours.  

Graduate certificates can be earned concurrently with a master's degree in another field. The additional certification in a focused field of study can give architecture and interiors graduates an advantage in the competitive job market, as well as those studying history, anthropology, engineering, archeology, and landscape architecture.
"Knowledge of the values and legal framework that drives preservation decisions is useful to numerous professions in today's world," said Dr. Allison Carll-White, Chair of the Department of Historic Preservation. "Students will be exposed to preservation principles, tools, and techniques that will allow them to apply their base knowledge within a historic context."
For more information and program application, email Dr. Carll-White.

Professor Anne Filson to present at Design for Manufacturing Summit

March 13, 2014   |   School

Assistant Professor of Architecture Anne Filson has been invited to present her firm's research at the Design for Manufacturing Summit. She will share insights on the powerful role architects have in leveraging digital fabrication tools and networked organizations for lean product development.

The Design for Manufacturing Summit brings together industrial designers, digital entrepreneurs and manufacturers to explore the opportunities in the digital manufacturing revolution. Technological and cultural change offers the promise of shortened lines between all parts in the product development lifecycle, making manufacturing leaner, greener, more competitive and more profitable. In panels and keynotes the DFM Summits cover topics like CAD/CAM, DFM/DFx, 3D printing, lean manufacturing, new materials, open source hardware and the burgeoning maker scene. The semi-annual Design for Manufacturing Summits are the first part of the broader Design for Manufacturing Forum, a Modified Ventures project.
Click here for more information about the summit.

Professor Gregory Luhan elected to ACSA board of directors

March 4, 2014   |   School

Gregory Luhan, Associate Dean of Research at the University of Kentucky College of Design, has been elected to the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Board of Directors. Luhan's two-year term will begin July 1, 2014.
As Secretary, Luhan will serve as the Parliamentarian for the Association in connection with the Annual Meeting, maintain the Rules of the Board of Directors and review the Bylaws and Rules as well as all other documents required by corporate law, incorporating revisions and additions as required by action of the Association and the Board of Directors. As one of the four elected officers of the ACSA Board of Directors, the role of the Secretary requires collaborative, interpersonal, interdisciplinary skills and effective leadership attributes. Luhan had previously served a three-year term as the executive officer of the East Central regional constituent associations as the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) East Central Regional Director from 2010-2013. During that time he also served as the Chair of the Awards Committee and as Chair of the Director’s Committee.
Luhan currently serves on the board of directors for the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), as Editor-in-Chief for the Architecture + Environment, and on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC). At the university, Luhan serves the UK College of Design as the associate dean for research and as an Associate Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation.
ACSA's mission is to provide an inclusive forum to encourage dialogue, facilitate interdisciplinary research, scholarly and creative works, articulate and foster public awareness critical issues germane to architectural education, and advance architectural education through support of member schools, their faculty, and students. 

UK/CoD professors appointed to endowed professorships

February 7, 2014   |   School

UK/CoD Interim Dean Ann Dickson is pleased to announce the reappointment of Associate Professor of Architecture Bruce Swetnam to the Kentuckiana Masonry Institute Endowed Professorship.

Wallis Miller was reappointed as the Charles Parker Graves Endowed Associate Professor in Architecture.

Associate Professor Leonard Wujcik of Architecture was reappointed to the Robert Lynn Leininger Endowed Professorship.

Interiors student Brittany Holian wins Go Tobacco Free logo design contest

February 5, 2014   |   School

by Ann Blackford, UK PR
The Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy (KCSP) at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing is launching a special initiative, Go Tobacco-free, that will provide valuable information for college campuses who have tobacco-free policies or who want to adopt a tobacco-free policy.
'Go Tobacco-free' will provide technical assistance using an evidence-based policy implementation approach with a focus on compliance and evaluation. A monthly newsletter will be distributed via the online listserv to share valuable resources. Additionally, Go Tobacco-free aims to create a collaborative network for individuals doing similar work.
"Considering the benefits of implementing tobacco-free policies on college campuses, it is important to share lessons learned with others advocating for or implementing these campus policies. We receive numerous requests from those facing barriers to implementing tobacco-free campus policies or those who just want to see what’s working. We decided it was important to make this information readily available and continue to connect individuals working on campus policies," said Melinda Ickes, director of Go Tobacco-free, assistant professor at the University of Kentucky.
Anyone who joins the network to become part of the tobacco-free movement will receive monthly updates on the current state of tobacco-free campuses; success stories will be shared by other campuses, barriers other campuses are facing will be discussed, and evidence-based strategies will be disseminated to promote successful policy adoption and compliance.
To kick-off the launch of Go Tobacco-free, the KCSP sponsored a competition last December for anyone who wanted to enter an original design to serve as the official Go Tobacco-free logo. Brittany Holian, a junior Interior Design major from Middletown, Md., won the $1,000 for her prize winning logo.
Holian has worked for the Center of Student Involvement and the Student Government Association as a graphic designer for two years. As a UK Visitor's Center campus tour guide, she walks the campus on a daily basis, answering questions about the Tobacco-free policy and UK's commitment to go tobacco-free.
"I entered the competition because within design, I am always attracted to the opportunity to have an effect on the environment and how users experience the environment -- whatever that may be -- an interior, a building, or a campus," she said.
"I want the logo I designed to communicate not just the typical 'stop smoking' message, but something greater than that.  I want the logo to provoke thought, and make people think about not the here and now, but the well as those around them.  The 'Live' represents the reader, the 'Breathe' represents themselves but also the actions of others around them, and the 'Be' is a statement of the future.  The Go Tobacco-Free lifestyle is not only for UK students now, but instead a life-long commitment to being healthy and tobacco-free."
The American College Health Association encourages all colleges and universities to promote a smoke- or tobacco-free environment.  Doing so decreases the risk of individual exposure to secondhand smoke, increases demand for tobacco cessation treatment, decreases tobacco-related healthcare costs, and sends a clear message about promoting health.
Click here to learn more about UK's tobacco free policy.

UK/CoD instructor Darren Taylor presents at Governor’s Mansion Centennial Symposium

January 30, 2014   |   School

Architecture instructor and UK/CoD alum Darren Taylor spoke at the Kentucky Govenor's Mansion Centennial Symposium on January 22 in Frankfort. 

His talk, "The Preservation and Valuation of Public Buildings as our Shared Heritage: Owning Everyone's Architecture" focused on the success stories throughout the commonwealth of public structures that serve their intended purpose and afford the public the opportunity to engage with historic architectures.

The Kentucky Governor’s Mansion reached an historic milestone this year, turning 100 years old on Jan. 20. This national landmark has been home to twenty-five Kentucky governors and has served as an impressive setting for welcoming dignitaries from across the globe as well as the citizens of the Commonwealth.
The Centennial is being marked with a yearlong celebration of events honoring the Mansion’s architectural, social and political history. Some of the many celebratory events include the premiere of a new documentary about the mansion’s 100 year history, a mansion symposium, a special legacy project involving all 120 Kentucky counties and more.
Read more about the symposium here.

Mark O’Bryan contributes to book about Lexington’s iconic Miller House

January 23, 2014   |   School

UK/CoD Associate Dean for Administration Mark O’Bryan and former School of Architecture instructor Melody Farris Jackson contributed to Et in Surburbia Ego, a book chronicling the design and construction of Lexington’s iconic Miller House. Jose Oubrerie, former dean of the UK College of Architecture (now College of Design), designed the house. Oubrierie was a protégé of famed French architect Le Corbusier and collaborated with him on many projects, including the church of St. Pierre de Firminy-Vert in France. The Miller House is considered one of the finest examples of residential architecture of the 20th Century.
In addition to authoring an article about the documenting the house, O’Bryan contributed technical drawings and photographs of the house’s interior and exterior.
The book is available from the Wexner Center for the Arts.

Interiors students to present at NCUR

January 16, 2014   |   School

UK/CoD School of Interiors students Kacy Rhoades, Anna Loxley, Andrea Burns, Brenna Murphy, and Abby Hyland were selected to present at the 2014 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).
The conference will be held at the University of Kentucky April 3-5.
The mission of the NCUR is to promote undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity done in partnership with faculty or other mentors as a vital component of higher education.
Click here for more conference information registration.

Professor Wallis Miller to lecture at the Centre Pompidou in Paris

January 8, 2014   |   School

Wallis Miller, Charles P. Graves Associate Professor of Architecture, will be speaking at the conference "Exposer L'architecture" at the Centre Pompidou in Paris on January 16 and 17.

The talk, "Models, Architecture, and the Academy Exhibiiton in Germany,"  will cover the period from the early Prussian Academy exhibitions in the late 18th century to the Bauhaus exhibition in 1923, linking the exhibition of models to the changing definition of architecture and the emergence of modernism.

Click here for more information.

UK/CoD’s Regina Summers Recipient of Kentucky Arts Council Emerging Artist Award

December 17, 2013   |   School

Four Kentucky visual artists and one media artist have been awarded and chosen as recipients of the Emerging Artist Award from the Kentucky Arts Council.  Emerging Artist Awards are given to emerging professional artists in the early stages of their work – up to 10 years – who demonstrate a high level of excellence and creativity. Emerging artists possess some professional experience but may not yet have established reputations as artists.  Regina Summers, of Lexington, Kentucky (Fayette County) was chosen in the experimental category.  "The arts council is glad we are able to continue to support individual artists early in their careers when they can especially use assistance while working to establish their professional careers," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. 
Regina Halcomb Summers was one of the five artists to be named the 2013-14 Kentucky Emerging Artists by the Kentucky Arts Council. The selection process for the Emerging Artist Award utilizes a "blind jurying" system that does not provide the selection panel with applicants' names; the panel reviews work samples digitally and applications according to application numbers only.  
Mrs. Summers’ work explores contemporary design and fabrication processes in combination with traditional craft to produce work that reflects her Appalachian heritage.  She explores techniques of drawing and simple scripting to image manipulation combined with scripting, producing patterns that are partially recognizable while also strange and new.  With each variation, the amount of manipulation increases and the limits of the material and pattern are tested.  Through the combination of digital fabrication techniques and sustainably based materials, products can be designed with infinite variety and minimal environmental impact.  
Regina has been an Instructor of Architecture at the University of Kentucky College of Design, teaching first year design studios for the past 3 years and was awarded the “Instructor of the Year” for the academic year 2011/2012.  Within her studios she explores organizational concepts, material combinations, layering, scale, and pattern that challenged her students to go beyond pre-conceived notions of architectural design.  These concepts also inform her research.  
As of August 01, 2013, Regina has taken on a new position within the College of Design as the Director of Recruitment working under the direction of the Dean and in coordination with the directors/chair to facilitate all recruiting efforts and activities for the School of Architecture, School of Interiors and Historic Preservation.   She is also the co-director of the UK/CoD Design Discovery Program; a summer program for high school students interested in pursuing a career in Design. 
Regina is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Architecture and received her Master’s of Architecture Degree from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). 
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Gregory Luhan appointed to the BHEC Academic Leadership Academy

December 1, 2013   |   School

UK/CoD Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Architecture Gregory Luhan was appointed to the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium’s 2014 Academic Leadership Academy.
The Academic Leadership Academy is co-chaired by Dr. Bonnie Banker, Academic Dean at Asbury University and Dr. Sherry Robinson, Executive Assistant to the Provost and Academic Affairs at Eastern Kentucky University. It is a presidential initiative, led by the 12 presidents represented in the consortium, to build future academic leaders in the Bluegrass Region. The purpose of the academy is to encourage younger faculty to consider leadership career paths and to provide guidance in developing the skills that are requisites for effective institutional leadership to ensure a sound and successful future for the institution.
Other University of Kentucky appointees include Mark Prendergast (Department of Psychology), Joneen Lowman, (Division of Communication Sciences & Disorders), Nicole Huberfeld, (College of Law), Kelly Webber, (Department of Dietetics & Human Nutrition), Lien-Hang Nguyen, (Department of History).
The Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium was chartered in 2012 with the mission of advancing the region both economically and educationally. The 12 participating regionally accredited four-year institutions are:  Asbury University, Berea College, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Centre College, Eastern Kentucky University, Georgetown College, Midway College, Morehead State University, Kentucky State University, Sullivan University, Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky. The Presidents of each institution constitute the executive committee of the board of directors.

UK/CoD Professor Michael Jacobs honored in AIA KY top ten list

November 22, 2013   |   School

AIA Kentucky and Kentucky Educational Television (KET) along with our partners have joined to celebrate and recognize Kentucky Architecture that has influenced the way Kentuckians live, work, and play.
In celebration of AIA Kentucky's 50th anniversary, the influence architects have had on life in Kentucky, and the awareness of how a building can impact an individual and/or a community, Kentuckians were invited to nominate significant, memorable and functional buildings of all sizes and styles online.
Over 170 buildings were nominated and 50 have been chosen for an online juried competition inviting Kentuckians to choose their favorites. Winners of both were announced at a grand reveal celebration on November 21, 2013.
Among the top ten designs is the Northern Kentucky University student union. The central hub of NKU's campus was designed by Omni Architects. One of the firm's principals, Mike Jacobs, also serves on the faculty of the UK/CoD School of Architecture.
The University of Kentucky University Health Service Building, also designed by Omni, was included in the top 50 designs.
Also in the top ten is The Ascent at Roebling's Bridge in Covington, Kentucky. The modern residential building was designed by former University of Kentucky lecturer Daniel Lieskind.
Visit the AIA Kentucky website for a complete list of buildings.
Click here to view KET's video about the top designs.

UK/CoD student lauded by Habitat for Humanity for volunteer service

November 22, 2013   |   School

From the November issue of the Lexington Habitat for Humanity newsletter
When Micah Johnson took an unpaid internship with the Lexington Habitat construction department, she had no idea she would make a connection that would change her life. In a few short months, she built much more than her resume -- she helped build a brighter future for a Habitat homeowner.  
A student at the UK College of Design, Micah was incredibly busy over the summer helping design Lexington Habitat's first, fully accessible home for future homeowner Misty Hess. Misty's new home is currently under construction on Ash Street and is sponsored by the UK Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter, Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council. Misty, born with cerebral palsy, required an accessible home to accommodate her needs. Micah's design includes a kitchen with cabinets Misty can reach from her wheelchair,  an elevated dishwasher and stove, a built-in shower chair, large closets, pocket doors on all interior rooms, outlets raised an additional 18 inches from standard level and light switches at wheelchair level.  
Designing the home was a challenge for Micah, who had little experience using the AutoCAD design program. Micah took on the challenge with gusto, learning to use the program and attending meetings to learn more about Misty and her special needs. Her experiences led her to join the UK Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter, and she is now helping students to build the home she so carefully designed. The experience is even more special to Micah because Misty is a UK alum. 
Read more about the UK Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter here.

UK/CoD students awarded honorable mention in PLAYscape competition

November 21, 2013   |   School

Architecture students Harrison Broadhurst and Kendall Latham were awarded an honorable mention in the PLAYscape design competition. The jury, which included design professionals from Building Trust Interntional, BMW Guggenheim Lab, and other firms found Broadhurst and Latham's proposal to have an innovative asthetic design with an interesting use of space.

PLAYscape invites entrants to submit proposals that transform neglected public spaces into playful, interactive spaces. 

Click here for more information about PLAYscapes.

Professor Wallis Miller presents at the Exhibiting Architecture conference in Germany

November 21, 2013   |   School

Wallis Miller delivered a talk at the conference "Architektur Ausstellen" [ "Exhibiting Architecture. The Mobile Order of The Immobile"] held on November 14 and 15 at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt, Germany.  
In "What is Architecture? Exhibiting Models in Germany Before World War I," she discussed the presence and absence of models in early architecture exhibitions in Germany and what it tells us about the definition of architecture as it became modern. The conference, organized by the Museum and the Institute of Art History at the Goethe Universität in Frankfurt, was held in German.
Click here for more information about the conference.

Professor Wallis Miller lectured at the KY Museum of Art and Craft

November 20, 2013   |   School

UK/CoD School of Architecture Professor Wallis Miller gave a lecture entitled "Saarinan in Context: Modern Architecture in the 20th Century" at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft in Louisville.

Using a selection of modern works from the U.S. and abroad, Wallis Miller, PhD lectured on how Saarinen’s work was a part of the constant exploration of new materials, technologies, and cultural ideologies that characterized modern architecture in the twentieth century. 

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

UK/CoD Professor Jason Scroggin to present at TxA Interactive

November 13, 2013   |   School

UK/CoD Assistant Professor of Architecture Jason Scroggin presents his paper, “Fabricating Play,” at the 2013 Texas Society of Architects Annual Convention and Design Expo as part of TxA Interactive taking place in Fort Worth, TX November 7-9. 

The panel discussion will focus on the use of digital fabrication, rapid prototyping, robotic craft and assembly, and responsive environments. Professor Scroggin will be presenting work from his practice, Design Office Takebayashi Scroggin (D.O.T.S.), and the result of his design fabrication elective course, The Play Lounge, recently published on Archinect. After the conven­tion, the full peer-reviewed papers will be printed in an annual publication.



Click here for more information on the Convention and Design Expo.

Click here for more information about D.O.T.S.

Click here to read the Archinect feature on The Play Lounge.

UK/CoD 3D printing featured on UKnow

November 12, 2013   |   School

UKnow recently sat down with Assistant Professor Martin Summers and grad student Hans Koesters to discuss how students implement 3D printing technology into studio projects.

"I think it’s incredible to have the opportunity because not every school in the country has it, in fact most don’t," Koesters said. "I was fortunate enough over the last six months before I came here to see firms adopting this technology and people having them next to their desk and being able to crank through. So I'm having that opportunity as a student to engage in architecture in the same way I can already see it happening in the field."

Watch the video and see more photos here.

Professors Filson and Rohrbacher present at panel in Rotterdam

November 4, 2013   |   School

Assistant Professors Anne Filson and Gary Rohrbacher presented at "New Technologies, New Business Models for Architects" at Het Niewe Instituut in Rotterdam, The Netherlands on November 11. They were joined by Ben van Berkel, Pierre Bismuth, One Architecture, and Jelle Feringa on a panel moderated by Nanne de Ru.
Digital technology has changed the business of architecture. The traditional designer-engineer-contractor model is becoming out of date. New production techniques are entering the building industry: mass-production of building elements, digital fabrication, DIY. New scales, both bigger and smaller, challenge the position and role of the designer. Design itself is rapidly becoming more and more democratic and community based.
Architecture is in essence one of the best-suited design disciplines for ‘open source design’: it is technically relatively simple, and it has a history of architects and builders copying elements of earlier works. And what do architects do these days? Are they designers of buildings? Of ideas? Of processes? Of communities? Are they consultants, coaches, activists, builders, members, or are they simply unemployed? Do architects initiate, share, invest? Where is the architect’s knowledge presently of greatest necessity and value? Can architects show a new value proposition to the marketplace? Who does the architect work for? Clients? Consumers? 
Within the framework of A Mies for All, a seminar at Het Nieuwe Instituut will explore the new business models for architects that come from these changes.

Dragons Den from The New Institute on Vimeo.

Professor Clyde Carpenter receives Ambassadorship Award

October 24, 2013   |   School

UK/CoD Professor of Architecture Clyde Carpenter received the Henry Clay Ambassadorship Award from Mayor Jim Gray in recognition for his dedication to Lexington and its architectural heritage.

The Ambassadorship Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Lexington community.

The University of Kentucky also recently recognized Professor Carpenter for fifty years of service.

UK/CoD alum Mark Ramler featured on Kentucky Life

October 14, 2013   |   School

UK/CoD Department of Historic Preservation alum Mark Ramler '08 was featured on KET's "Kentucky Life" program where he discussed the preservation efforts of the historic Camp Spring Community.

"The buildings in Camp Springs are very unique", said Ramler. "They don't fit into a certain style...they were built from rubble limestone in the creeks and the fields and built into the hillsides."

Ramler has also published a book about the community entitled "Camp Springs, KY: Preservation + Guidelines" as a manner of instructing the town's residents on how to maintain and preserve their 19th century homes.

Watch the feature online at

SOI Director Patrick Lee Lucas hosts mid-century architecture symposium in North Carolina

October 9, 2013   |   School

Patrick Lee Lucas, Director of the UK/CoD School of Interiors, is hosting "The Lowenstein Legacy: Modernism Tour and Symposium" in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The symposium addresses, among other topics, the legacy of architect Edward Loewenstein, and the view of mid-century architecture as a symbol of the social conditions in Greensboro, as well as the ideas homeowners had about Modernism in a community that valued the "tried and true".

The event concludes with a tour of ten mid-century homes in Greensboro.

Click here for more information about the symposium and tour.

Former Interiors Chairman Dick Rankin passed away

October 2, 2013   |   School

Former Chairman of the Department of Human Environments: Design and Textiles (part of which forms the current School of Interiors) Dick Rankin passed away on September 25, 2013.
Professor Rankin had an extensive professional design consultation career beginning in 1954 with work as Art Director of Lake Central Airlines (later Allegheny Airlines).  In addition to serving as the first director of the School of Interiors at the University of Kentucky from 1973-1981, he continued a prolific private practice, including contract commissions for Lexington Civic Center Mall and Lexington Mall.  
Rankin was the first educational Trustee to serve as Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Interior Design Educational Research (FIDER, now know as CIDA), the accrediting body for professional interior design education.  He was a charter member and President of the Interior Design Education Council (IDEC).  Through this work as an early leader in interior design education, he collaborated with many faculty members in a wide number of programs across the nation to establish standards for educating professional designers. 
Eileen Jones (Class of 1976) reflected on Prof. Rankin’s impact in the classroom:
"Dick Rankin taught me that design was more than just an "image".  He taught me that design was about communication, place-making, idea generation, and the beauty that comes from the collision of the pragmatic and the aesthetic.  He taught me to challenge my own thinking and that of others, to develop a rationale for design decision-making, and to look for precedents that support ideas.  He was an educator, a mentor, a champion of design and brought his passion for design to bear on everything he touched."
Faculty member Terry Rothgeb, hired by Rankin and later the second director of the School, remembers trips to early IDEC conferences in Louisiana and Minnesota – driving through the night to each destination with faculty member each taking a two-hour shift.  Other faculty remember him best for his demanding all-day Friday meetings.  Through these experiences, he established a solid foundation of the very thing many associate with the School of Interiors – the collegial outlook of its faculty, students, and alumni – a certain esprit de corps that has stood the School through time and many changes over the years.  
After leaving the University of Kentucky in 1981, Professor Rankin established the professional interior design program at North Dakota State University before retiring to Lexington in the early 1990s. 
A celebration of Dick's Life will by hosted by his family on campus at the Boone Faculty Center on Monday, October 7, 6:30-8:30 PM. 

Professor Wallis Miller to lecture at Yale University

September 30, 2013   |   School

Wallis Miller, the Charles P. Graves Professor of Architecture, is lecturing on "Exhibitions, Objects and the Emergence of Modernism in Germany"  at the symposium "Exhibiting Architecture. A Paradox?" to be held at Yale University on October 3-5.

The symposium brings together scholars, curators and designers to discuss the ways in which architecture has changed exhibitions and exhibitions have influenced the course of architecture.

Click here for more information.

Professor Julie Riesenweber appointed to Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board

September 24, 2013   |   School

Governor Steve Beshear has appointed Department of Historic Preservation instructor Julie A. Riesenweber to the Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board, to serve for a term expiring July 15, 2017.

The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board meets fours times a year to review and approve all nominations of Kentucky buildings, sites, and districts to the National Register of Historic Places.

Click here to view a complete list of the Governor's appointees.

UK/CoD work on display at Lexington Park(ing) Day

September 20, 2013   |   School

Photo by GLINTstudios.
Work from Assistant Professor Jason Scroggin’s Spring 2013 Elective Course will be installed on Short Street near Table Three Ten tomorrow from 4-11pm as part of Lexington Park(ing) Day 2013.
On display will be The Bubble Bunch, distributed on a white AstroTurf, filling the parking space.
The Bubble Bunch is one of three pieces developed as part of the The PLAY LOUNGE.
The PLAY LOUNGE is the result of a graduate elective course entitled Tectonics, Typology, and Distribution taught by UK/CoD Assistant Professor Jason Scroggin (DOTS) in Spring 2013 that investigates participatory design and interactive manufactured objects. The class is treated as a laboratory for exploring these issues through research, discussion, and fabrication. An analysis of simple toys set up the discussion and acts as the motivating driver for a series of material constructs that consider new relationships between digital design and assembly processes to examine how physical form can engage the public realm. The works produced were recently distributed for interaction of the 2013 Beaux Arts Ball held annually in Lexington, KY.
The resulting constructs took the form of:
The Bubble Bunch
An aggregation of rubber ball clusters contained in translucent stretch fabric that can be distributed into a variety of seating configurations.
The Foam Donut
A soft bench in the form of a geometric torus comprised of foam pool noodles.
The Rocker
A conjoined set of six rocking chairs lined with vinyl tubing for seating and a mirror-plated top.
Course Instructor:
Assistant Professor Jason Scroggin
Ryan Bashore                
Adam Eaton                  
Jeffrey Guiducci  
Ye Jin              
Jamie Lam                    
Edward Madden             
Joseph O'Toole              
Brian Richter     
Kevin Setser      
Eric Stephens     
Derek Taylor
Cynthia Trefilek             
Caroline Wahl   
Breana Woodville
These pieces were completed with support from the Beaux Arts Ball 2013 and The University of Kentucky College of Design.
Special thanks to UK/CoD Instructor Carrie Wahl for organizing the installation for Lexington Park(ing) Day.

UK/CoD Brazil studio featured in video

September 17, 2013   |   School

Image courtesy of GLINTstudios
Students from the College of Design are featured in a video highlighting their work in a preschool in the village of Igarai, Brazil.
The students, along with their instructor Rebekah Ison Radke, spent two weeks planning and executing design interventions for the school. After working with teachers to determine the school's needs, Interiors and Architecture students designed and constructed elements for the school's classrooms that would engage the young students and facilitate learning.
Read more about the studio here.

Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza & University of Kentucky - Igaraí Child Care Project 2013 from Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza FAF on Vimeo.

UK/CoD welcomes new faculty and staff appointees

September 3, 2013   |   School

There are many new faces in the College of Design in both faculty and administrative positions.

The new appointments to the Dean's staff include CJ Ryan as Director of Development. Mr. Ryan received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, his Master's in education from the University of Notre Dame, and a law degree from the University of Kentucky. His previous appointment was on the Council on Postsecondary Education and as a graduate fellow for the Legislative Research Commission.

Regina Summers joins the staff as the Director of Recruitment. Ms. Summers previously taught first-year architecture studio, and is the co-director of UK/CoD Design Discovery, a summer program for high school students interested in pursuing a career in design.

Rebecca Tucker serves as the administrative assistant to Dean Dickson. She previously worked at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor in the College of  Engineering, the School of Public Health, and the Office of the Registrar.

Several new instructors join the faculty of the School of Architecture. Recent UK/CoD graduates Carrie Wahl and Marc Gannon will teach first-year studio. UK alum Darren Taylor will teach second-year architecture students, and Christopher Manzo will instruct third-year students.

In the School of Interiors, Eun Young Kim and Kimberly Martin will teach first-year studios. Clifford Goss will teach both second-year studio and Digital Media.

In the Department of Historic Preservation, Julie Riesenweber was promoted to full-time lecturer, and Travis Rose returns this year as a lecturer.

NAAB grants Master of Architecture program eight-year accreditation

August 14, 2013   |   School

The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) has renewed accreditation for the Master of Architecture program in the UK/CoD School of Architecture.

After a thorough review process which included a campus visit in the fall of 2012, the NAAB voted to grant the program an eight-year accreditation. The program will be reviewed again in 2021.

The College of Design Master of Architecture program is the only accredited program in Kentucky, and is one the first in the country to get an eight-year accreditation from NAAB.

Click here to read the visiting team's report.

Professor Gregory Luhan appointed to advisory committee by Governor Beshear

August 5, 2013   |   School

UK/CoD Associate Dean for Research Gregory A. Luhan was appointed to the High Performance Buildings Advisory Committee by Kentucky governor Steve Beshear.

Professor Luhan will serve for the remainder of the unexpired term ending Aug. 22, 2014.

Click here for a complete list of appointees.

UK Design Interdisciplinary Team to present at Sigradi 2013

July 29, 2013   |   School

Professor Gregory Luhan, the Associate Dean for Research at the University of Kentucky College of Design and Robert Gregory, the Information Specialist at the University of Kentucky Institute of Research for Technology Development in the College of Engineering, developed a collaborative paper entitled "Across Disciplines: Triggering Frame Awareness in Design Education". This paper will be presented at the XVII Congreso de la Sociedad Iberoamericana de Grafica Digital Conference - Sigradi 2013, at the Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Valparaiso, Chile in November.
Luhan’s and Gregory’s paper examines the interactive exchanges and outcomes of their NSF-sponsored course entitled "Systems Thinking for Sustainability" that includes Engineering, Design, Business & Economics and Education faculty (Dusan Sekulic, Fazleena Badurdeen, Gregory Luhan, Margaret Schroeder, and Leslie Vincent) and interdisciplinary students who pursue team projects that address issues related to campus living. In the paper, relevant details of the research method and project work are used to form a translatable framework for others to learn, test, and adopt this approach to frame awareness in their home context as a means to develop a distinctive set of principles that represent their own individual methods of addressing design problems.
SIGraDi organizes a yearly Congress when the most recent and state of the art digital technologies and applications are presented and debated by international specialists. The 2013 Sigradi congress focuses on Knowledge-based Design and how Design Knowledge can be represented and manipulated within digital environments. The dialogue will focus on how knowledge is acquired through one's exposure to a large number of projects and establishes a set of patterns regarding organizations, techniques, procedures, heuristics, priorities and preferences.

UK/Cod Professor David Biagi featured in The Sentinel-News

July 25, 2013   |   School

Photo by Tricia Biagi

The home of David Biagi, the Director of the UK/CoD School of Architecture, was recently featured in the Sentinel-News

In the interview, Professor Biagi dicusses the house's construction, and how it was designed to maximize natural light and its effects. 

Read the interview and see more photos here.

UK/CoD Professor Doug Appler contributes to book on suburban histories

July 17, 2013   |   School

Assistant Professor Doug Appler was published in Temple University Press's Social Justice in Diverse Suburbs, a collection of essays about the growing diversity of suburban America and the impact on progressive social, economic, and political justice movements. 

Professor Appler's essay, entitled "Public Archaeology and Sense of Place in Alexandria, Virginia: An Exploration of the Changing Significance of Fort Ward Park" addresses the value of a public archaeology program and recognizing the significance of the African American community of Fort Ward.

For more infomation about the book, click here.

Dr. Patrick Lee Lucas named new Director of the School of Interiors

July 1, 2013   |   School

Dr. Patrick Lee Lucas has been named the new Director of the School of Interiors at the University of Kentucky College of Design.

“I see great promise at UK for advancing interior design education in a place that has a strong history for training young designers” said Dr. Lucas. “I am excited at the prospect of contributing to the design field in thinking through and operationalizing the program.”
Dr. Lucas comes to UK/CoD from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He received his Ph.D in American Studies from Michigan State University, his M.A. in interior design from the University of Kentucky, and B.Arch from the University of Cincinnati.
The author of numerous articles and research topics such as the built environments of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, Dr. Lucas has presented in conferences around the world.  His work includes the development of a manuscript entitled "Athens on the Frontier: Grecian Style in the Valley of the West, 1820-1860." His current research concerns Greensboro architect Edward Lowenstein and his mid-twentieth century design aesthetic.  
He received the UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011, recognizing his community-engaged approach to design and his commitment to quality education.
While at UNCG, Dr. Lucas participated on many faculty committees, and served as the Chancellor's Fellow to the Lloyd International Honors College, where he taught material and visual analysis. In 2010 and again in 2011, he was named the Faculty Fellow to the Office of Leadership Service Learning. Under this fellowship, he studied the impact of community engagement on the department.  In 2012-2013, he directed the Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons for the University.

UK/CoD Professors Anne Filson and Gary Rohrbacher featured in The Atlantic Monthly

June 24, 2013   |   School

AtFAB, the open-source furniture series by UK/CoD architecture professors Anne Filson and Gary Rohrbacher, was featured in a piece in The Atlantic technology section.
AtFAB is a range of open-source, digitally fabricated furniture designed for distributed manufacturing. AtFAB furniture pieces have been downloaded and fabricated locally by DIY Makers worldwide.
Read the feature here.
Learn more about AtFAB here.

UK/CoD Professor Jason Scroggin presents research at International Conference on Architecture

June 18, 2013   |   School

UK/CoD Assistant Professor Jason Scroggin is presenting his paper, “The Field in the Object,” at the 3rd Annual International Conference on Architecture hosted by The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), June 10-13 2013 in Athens, Greece.  The paper explores interactive form developed from a systematic approach to material assemblies.

Click here to find out more about the Athens Institute for Education and Research.

UK/CoD Professor Martin Summers to lecture at AIA Young Architects Forum

June 17, 2013   |   School

UK/CoD Assistant Professor Martin Summers will lecture at the AIA Young Architects Forum  on June 13 at the AIA office in Indianapolis. 

Professor Summers will be lecturing about iterative and digitally integrated design methodologies and how these processes lead to innovative design solutions.  The iterative process will be explored via a brief history of the main themes and their evolution within a design practice, an in depth discussion of two case studies and how this process affected the outcomes, and how this process has extended into current trajectories of his work.

There will be a reception preceding the lecture. One AIA/CES learning unit is available.

Click here to find out more about the AIA Young Architects Forum.

Ann Dickson named UK/CoD Interim Dean

June 4, 2013   |   School

Professor Ann Dickson, former director of the University of Kentucky School of Interior Design, has been named interim dean of the College of Design by the UK Provost. Her term will begin July 1; she will serve in the position until a new dean is appointed by the University Provost.
"My main focus is to insure that the excellence and momentum established by the college is maintained, and that we continue to move forward as we search for a new dean", said Dickson.
Professor Dickson has been teaching at UK since 1980, and has recently stepped down as director of UK School of Interior Design after 12 years in the position. Alumnus and University of North Carolina at Greensboro faculty member Patrick Lee Lucas has been named the next director of the UK School of Interior Design. 

UK/CoD Professor Wallis Miller chairs seminar in Oslo

May 30, 2013   |   School

Bauhaus Museum in Weimar
Associate Professor Wallis Miller, currently a guest lecturer at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, is chairing a seminar entitled "Architecture and Design Museums in Germany" at the Oslo Centre for Critical Architectural Studies in Norway.
Joined by Andres Lepik, Director of the Architecture Museum in Munich, and Esther Cleven, head curator of Design at the Bauhaus Museum in Weimar, Professor Miller will lead discussions focusing on creating and recreating architecture and design museums, giving special attention to building collections, creating permanent and temporary exhibitions, confronting museum buildings and infrastructure, and articulating the relationship between the two fields.

Student and faculty installations featured on

May 24, 2013   |   School

The art and architecture publication Domus recently featured work by UK/CoD students and faculty.
Nine student-produced installations were commissioned for the Beaux Arts Ball, an annual event hosted by the student-run Beaux Arts Foundation. The Ball, now in its 45th year, is an art and music celebration that also serves as a fund-raiser for Lexington area charities and non-profit organization. The Beaux Arts Foundation also contributes student scholarships to the College annually.
Click here to photos and descriptions of the installations.

UK/CoD professors receive College awards

May 14, 2013   |   School

Three UK/CoD professors received awards from the College for their exemplary teaching and dedication to their students.

In the School of Architecture, Clyde Carpenter received the Professor of the Year award, for his example of dedication and professionalism. Kyle Miller was named Teacher of the Year, an honor awarded to non-tenured instructors.
In the School of Interior Design, Helen Turner was recognized for her excellence in instruction and was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year by students. 

Dean Speaks to serve on panel at Rumble 2013

May 1, 2013   |   School

Dean Michael Speaks will participate in Rumble 2013, UCLA's School of Architecture and Urban Design end-of-year exposition and symposium.
He will serve on a discussion panel entitled "Failure is an Option: Positions on Research and Experimentation", moderated by noted architect Neil Denari. This discussion will set out terms, redefine them in real time, and provide examples of what experiments are and how they come to bear on the discipline of architecture and design.
Read more about Rumble 2013 here.

UK/CoD students part of multidisciplinary teams to present sustainability research at NSF-STFS

April 18, 2013   |   School

On Tuesday, April 30, students who participated in the National Science Foundation’s Systems Thinking for Sustainability research course will present their research findings in a showcase in the Lexmark Public Room in the University of Kentucky’s Main Building. This student project showcase will display the research results, issues investigated, and potential solutions discovered over the course of the Spring 2013 semester and features students with the following majors: mechanical engineering, business, math, landscape architecture, science education and architecture.

This year’s Umbrella Project entitled Campus Living advances the research developed by the Spring 2012 STFS class. Using last year’s projects as springboards for deeper and more thorough approaches, the students’ projects explored sustainable issues through the lens of systems thinking as a means of simultaneously seeing and assessing the issues from multiple vantage points. The topics selected for this year’s projects are germane to ongoing campus planning initiatives and include topics such as open space utilization, building the campus community, sustainable transportation, energy and water usage, campus amenities, and the student center design. The presentation agenda is as follows:
10:30AM - 11:00AM - Informal discussions with the individual student teams
11:00AM - 12:00PM team presentations by the six (6) teams/ 10 minutes each
12:00PM - 12:30PM Questions and Responses
The faculty who collaboratively taught the NSF-STFS course include Design Associate Dean for Research - Gregory Luhan; Engineering - Dr. Dusan Sekulic, Dr. Fazleena Badurdeen; the Gatton College of Business - Dr. Leslie Vincent, and Education - Dr. Margaret Schroeder. 
The Systems Thinking for Sustainability (STFS) project is a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project focused on the development of an innovative team-taught interdisciplinary course that will transform STEM education for undergraduates.  This course features the synergistic teamwork of four UK colleges (Design & Architecture, Engineering, Education, and Business/Economics) that uses a problem-based learning approach to address issues related to sustainability and living on the UK campus.
The NSF TUES project, "Systems Thinking for Sustainability" (or STFS for short) started in the fall 2012 and will continue through the spring 2014 semester.  TUES stands for "Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM" (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The project involves designing and teaching a cross-disciplinary course in systems thinking for sustainability. Our hope and expectation is that learning a systems approach to solving problems in sustainability areas (the subject area for the course) will help students develop the perspectives and skills they need to work together in an increasingly cross-disciplinary world.

Funding for the University of Kentucky STFS course is Provided by NSF-TUES Award #1044232 Copyright © 2013. 

UK/CoD Professors Filson and Rohrbacher to exhibit AtFAB at MIT

April 11, 2013   |   School

UK/CoD Professors Anne Filson and Gary Rohrbacher will exhibit their AtFAB collection at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Keller Gallery April 18 - May 9.

The exhibition, entitled Incremental Change, is designed as a status report of the increasing global reach of AtFAB CNC Furniture downloads, and to make a case for the economic, environmental, and design potentials for distributed manufacturing.  

A video of the transformation applications (below), which change the dimension, shape, and/or module of each furniture object, will be projected alongside physical arrays of the objects that have been fabricated in a range of sizes, scales and materials. 

Read more about the exhibition here.

Find out more about AtFAB here.

Incremental Change | Exhibit at MIT from AtFAB on Vimeo.

UK Design Professor to lead BIM workshop at international conference

April 10, 2013   |   School

Professor Gregory Luhan, the Associate Dean for Research at the University of Kentucky College of Design and an international team of Building Information Modeling (BIM) experts will lead a BIM in Education Workshop at the TU Delft University of Technology, as part of the 2013 eCAADe International Conference on September 17, 2013.

The 2013 eCAADe conference entitled Computation and Performance focuses on the performative role of computation in both planning and design processes. The subtheme of 3D Model Performance concerns the role 3D models play in addressing performance issues in building design, including prototype models, detail or ornament models, analytical architectural models and urban context models.
A teaching with BIM team, organized by Dr. Mark Clayton of Texas A&M will include Dr. Milan Radosavljevic-the School Director of Teaching & Learning at the University of Reading; Arto Kiviniemi of the School of the Built Environment at University of Salford; Dr. Tuba Kocaturk of the University of Liverpool; Dr. Francisco Farías of Texas A&M; and Professor Luhan of the University of Kentucky. As part of their workshop, the BIM in Education Team will include a round table discussion and white paper that articulates strategies on how to effectively bring BIM into architecture and construction education. 
The following short presentations are planned:
  • BIM and Design Education, Arto Kiviniemi
  • Developing BIM-immersed construction curriculum, Milan Radosavljevic
  • BIM and sustainable design, Francisco Farias
  • Architecture theory and BIM, Mark Clayton
  • Design Creativity/Innovation and BIM, Tuba Kocaturk
  • Interdisciplinary BIM Exchanges, Gregory Luhan
BIM is no longer a specialization, but is rapidly becoming the new normal. As such, it is likely to become part of fundamental and basic education in architecture and construction, perhaps changing drafting, drawing, physical model building, and CAD. However, BIM process is intrinsically different from a traditional process -- BIM is not merely a static visual representation, but is more like a collaborative process that brings construction into a virtual environment, enabling build simulations like never before. Arguably, BIM is less abstract than drawing and drafting. Can BIM be used to teach the basic ideas and concepts behind architecture and construction, guiding the beginning student into the complex worlds of materials and methods, proportion and formal orders, interior climate, feasibility, environmental psychology, and other topics of theory?
The outcomes of the special focus session will serve as a research-based departure point for the panelists and subsequently develop into a white paper session at the 2013 Globalizing Architecture | Disruption and Flows Conference in Miami, FL next March (2014).

Dean Speaks to serve on Solar Decathlon panel at USC

April 10, 2013   |   School

On April 16, UK/CoD Dean Michael Speaks will serve on a interdisciplinary panel of experts on sustainability and design for a provocative conversation on the USC's entry in the Solar Decathlon competition. 

Other panelists include Thom Mayne, Founder/Principal of Morphosis and Pritzker Prize laureate; Neil Denari, Founder/Principal of Neil M. Denari Architects and Professor/Vice Chair of UCLA Architecture & Urban Design; Ralph Knowles, Professor Emeritus at the University of Southern California; Anuradha Mathur, Professor and Associate Chair of the Landscape Architecture Department at the University of Pennsylvania; and moderator Alice Kimm, Director of Undergraduate Architecture and Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Southern California.

The Solar Decathlon is a biennial competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy that challenges interdisciplinary collegiate teams to design a net-zero-energy single-family house. In doing so, the Department of Energy hopes to advance innovation in the area of single-family-home design and to help bring these innovations to the mass market.

Professor Wallis Miller continues research as visiting professor at Oslo School of Architecture

April 5, 2013   |   School

This spring, Wallis Miller, the Charles P. Graves Associate Professor of Architecture at UK/CoD, is a Visiting Scholar at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. The position is part of her work on a 4-year grant from the Norwegian Research Council for the research project Place and Displacement: Exhibiting Architecture.

Because the group is the first to hold a significant grant on exhibitions and architecture, it has been able to gather together scholars, curators, museum and gallery directors, and designers to make the project an international center for research on this topic.

Along with continuing her work on architecture exhibitions and German modern architecture, she is giving lectures, participating in seminars and advising Ph.D. students along with the other scholars on the research team. This semester the project will culminate in a symposium on architecture and exhibitions at the end of April that will include scholars and designers from around the world.

A book based on the symposium will be released at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014.

Read more about the project here.

HP Professor Doug Appler to present at UAA Conference

April 5, 2013   |   School

Historic Preservation Professor Doug Appler will be giving a talk entitled "Affordable Housing in National Register Districts: Mapping the Advantages of Historic Urban Neighborhoods" at the 43rd Urban Affairs Association conference in San Francisco.

Using the cities of Louisville and Covington as examples, Professor Appler will discuss the recent recognition of the intersection of modern public housing policy with the historic building stock found in many older U.S. cities and opportunities for innovation by the housing advocacy and historic preservation communities.  Some of those opportunities become more readily apparent, however, when the relationship between housing needs and historic urban fabric is explored from a spatial perspective.  

The Urban Affairs Association (UAA) is the international professional organization for urban scholars, researchers, and public service professionals. The 43rd Urban Affairs Association conference will be held April 3-6 in San Francisco.


UK/CoD students receive Gaines Fellowships

April 3, 2013   |   School

School of Architecture students Sarah Daley and Benjamin Neal were chosen by the University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities as two of the new scholars for the university's Gaines Fellowship Program for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years. Gaines Fellowships are given in recognition of outstanding academic performance, demonstrated ability to conduct independent research, an interest in public issues and a desire to enhance understanding of the human condition through the humanities.

Gaines Fellowships are awarded for the tenure of a student's junior and senior years, or for the last two years of a five-year program; students in all disciplines and with any intended profession are given equal consideration.
All Gaines Fellows are required to take a specially designed, four-credit hour per semester seminar in the humanities during both semesters of their junior year. In addition, each junior fellow must complete a jury project planning and optionally carrying out an improvement for a local community. In the senior year, each fellow must complete a major independent study project of six to 15 credit hours. At the conclusion of this project, a thesis paper must be submitted and defended in front of a thesis committee of three university faculty members and the director of the Gaines Center.
In addition to the course requirements, Gaines Fellows enjoy a rich program of field trips, lectures, and other activities designed to widen and deepen their educational experience.
Founded in 1984 by a generous gift from John and Joan Gaines, the Gaines Center for the Humanities functions as a laboratory for imaginative and innovative education on UK's campus. Part of the Division of Undergraduate Education at UK, the center is devoted to cultivating an appreciation of the humanities in its students and faculty. The center embraces varied paths of knowledge and particularly strives to integrate creative work with traditional academic learning.

AIAS hosts interview training for students

April 1, 2013   |   School

University of Kentucky AIAS and AIA East Kentucky and Central Kentucky hosted a panel discussion and interview training event for UK/CoD students.

Six AIA architects from Lexington and Louisville discussed their experiences in hiring interns and offered suggestions for students embarking on the application and interview process. 
Topics included application format, interview etiquette, and the future of the architecture profession as a whole.

Miller, Summers selected for AIA Center for Emerging Professionals Exhibition

March 26, 2013   |   School

Projects completed by Assistant Professors Kyle Miller and Martin Summers have been selected to be included in the 2013 AIA Center for Emerging Professionals Annual Exhibition at the AIA National Headquarters in Washington, DC. The work is on display now through April 30, 2013.

Changing the Face and Thick Skin, projects completed by Kyle Miller, will be included in the exhibition. Martin Summers’ recent project, nMAC, will also be on display.
The American Institute of Architects, Center for Emerging Professionals sponsors an annual exhibition of architectural work, art, and designs of emerging architectural professionals across North America. This annual exhibition promotes the compelling work of the rising generation of architects and designers and inspires professionals to continue to mentor and engage the many talented and motivated emerging professionals across the country.
The annual exhibition is presented at AIA National’s headquarters, the American Center for Architecture, in Washington, DC. The exhibition is on display each spring through the annual AIA Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference.
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Michael Speaks stepping down as UK/CoD Dean

March 19, 2013   |   School

After five years as Dean of the College of Design, Michael Speaks is stepping down after accepting a position as Dean of the School of Architecture at Syracuse University.

"This is, of course, bittersweet news", he said in a message to faculty and students. "Ours is a remarkable college and it has been my great pleasure and honor to serve as your dean…Working together, we have, in a short time, moved forward significantly the College of Design and I trust that with your continued support and guidance the next dean will be able to take the college to the next level of success. " 
“We are all disappointed that we are losing Dean Michael Speaks," said UK President Eli Capilouto. "In his five years at UK, he has been an incredible asset and leader not only for the university, but for the community and Commonwealth as well. He has brought a compelling global vision and set of international contacts to bear on local issues of importance. From the houseboat industry in Southeastern Kentucky to re-imagining Lexington’s downtown, Michael’s presence and leadership have been deeply felt from the moment he joined UK. It is no surprise that a School of Architecture that is perennially ranked among the best in the country at both the undergraduate and graduate levels would pursue Michael as its next leader.”
 "Michael Speaks has been a great partner for Lexington" said Lexington Mayor Jim Gray. "His outstanding reputation has helped us attract some of the world's best architects and planners. He's leaving Lexington and we will miss him. But he has enthusiastically offered to remain involved and continue to support our efforts to elevate our city."
Dean Speaks will remain with UK/CoD until June 30. A transition plan is currently being determined.
Read the Syracuse University press release here.