KNOWLTON.WORK celebrates student work from the 2019-2020 academic year at the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University.




UG2    UG3    UG4    G1    G2    G3






Aisha Cheema, Brenna Bierman, Andrew King and Zachary Slonsky
DESIGN FICTIONS OF THE FUTURE

“Speculative architects mostly create narratives about social, environmental, political and technological issues to see and test how these influences shape our thinking of space, culture and future societies. Our studio attempts to imagine new forms of agency within these territories. Design fictions are embedded with a whole lot of experimentation to construct images of future realities or opportunities in contrast to present realities. These experimentations can serve a range of territories...”

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SPRING 2020
UG4 OPTIONS STUDIO

Sandhya Kochar & 
Dow Kimbrell






Eleanor Lewis
FALL UG3

“From the naturally lit classrooms of the late-nineteenth century, to the open plan schools of the mid-twentieth century to the “campfires and caves” of today’s project-based learning environments, pedagogy and architecture go hand in hand. This project—a design for a Lower School—includes form, space, material, and environment as integral ingredients for a richly-imagined place for learning...students are asked to explore the tensions between collective order and individual autonomy on a variety of scales—unit and assembly, building and site, teachers and students, education and society...”

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FALL 2019
UG3 CORE STUDIO

Blostein
Diles
Gargus
Graf
Scavnicky
Wandel





Isaac Hamblin

SPRING UG2 

“This project explores the formal relationship between an object and its container. Students began by working through the development of three containers each with a different function: storage, reveal, and display. They used these formal design experiments to develop techniques to describe new relationships between interiors and exteriors. The result was the development of a display pavilion on the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany...”

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FALL 2019
UG2 CORE STUDIO

Bigham
Herrmann
Orchard
Scavnicky
Wilke




Patrick Sardo
PUBLIC WATER STUDIO: PREPARING TOLEDO FOR CLIMATE REFUGE
 

“Public Water Studio considers how architects can leverage ambiguities within the text of the Great Lakes Compact to design the future of industrial development in the Great Lakes Watershed with the enrichment of the public in mind. Public Water Studio investigates the possible mechanics of the Great Lakes megalopolis as a climate refuge, holding 20% of the world’s and 90% of the United States’ fresh water. The aquatic riches, and the relative stability of those riches, has the potential to invert the typical cycle of corporate prestige projects, with cities extracting concessions from future urban developments to prioritize the public good.”

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SPRING 2020
UG4 OPTIONS STUDIO

Galen Pardee,  LeFevre Fellow




Rachel Schmitmeyer, Sydeney Strawser, Kristen Perng

Rachel Schmitmeyer, Sydeney Strawser, Kristen Perng
GUI COMPETITION:  RANCHO LA BREA TAR PITS MUSEUM AND HANCOCK PARK
 
“The 2019 Gui Studio project invited students to reconsider the design of the existing La Brea Tar Pits Museum and its adjacent landscape. Los Angeles is home to the largest working oil field in the United States, and the history of local oil exploitation is linked to this cultural landscape. Invited proposals for the new La Brea Museum and grounds have resulted in the selection of a proposal by Weiss Manfredi.”

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FALL 2019
UG4 CORE STUDIO

Cañizares

Lewis
Jones
Pendleton-Julian
Roth
Turk









Rafael Armendariz
THING INSIDE A THING INSIDE A THING INSIDE A THING

“This studio focuses on form generation and the relationship between exterior and interior spaces. Techniques that are three-dimensional and offer alternatives to the dependency on orthographic projections (i.e., plans, sections) as the generative documents in architecture are explored. Studies move to projects with complex programs where success is contingent on the ability to translate form and interiority into a dynamic, cohesive building that balances public and private programs. Development will move from the diagrammatic to focus on the perceptual experience of the project...”

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FALL 2019
G2 CORE STUDIO

Herrmann
Kochar







Megan Pettner, Rachel Seifert and Bailey Shurtleff
A SEMI-URBAN DESTINATION DISTILLERY

“Architecture as a profession is increasingly confronted with numerous demands in its quest for substantiation, from economic and environmental uncertainties to the narrow constraints of building codes. Architectural form, in its resistance of, neutrality towards, or submission to these demands is implicated.  Seen as limitations to exuberance, these under-appreciated constituents (and their associated institutions and conventions), are often left out of the academic design studio where formal novelty is promoted and validated.  While not fully rejecting this assumption, this Comprehensive Studio will bring into question the relationship between form and innovation as it pertains to architecture’s obligations as a cultural endeavor as well as a service profession. ”

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SPRING 2020
G2 CORE STUDIO

Blostein

Gannon







Emma Powers, Troy Schleich and Kaylee Enck
SPRING UG3

“Office buildings encode cultures of work in their built forms and interior environments. The past decade has seen the rapid rise of coworking spaces to serve the growing number of freelance workers—a group that is expected to grow to 50% of the American workforce during the next decade. Unlike the neutrality of a typical office plan, coworkingoffices are spatially and programmatically diverse. Their success rests on freelancers’ desires for both community and a diverse array of amenities. This project imagines a new purpose-built, steel-framed coworking tower for downtown Columbus, Ohio. Theproject seeks to move beyond the simple accommodation of existing desiresfor Class-A office space, offering newspatial, formal,and material possibilities forcoworking lifestyles.”

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SPRING 2020
UG3 CORE STUDIO

Baumberger

Diles

Congdon
Livesey Thomson
Overley
Wandel







Peter Larsen
THE MASTER PROJECT

“ The Master Project Studio is the culminating Studio of the Knowlton Master of Architecture sequence. It is taught in coordination with the Master Project Seminar. The Master Project Studio is focused on speculative design research that explores topical disciplinary problems. Each project is intended to address the current period of rapid disciplinary development precipitated by massive global and cultural transformations that have challenged conventions of practice and research.”

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SPRING 2020
G3 OPTION STUDIO

Roth







Nick Cap, Melissa Folzenlogen, Colton Jones
RE-CASTING CONCRETE

“This research-based studio investigated the architectural affordances of concrete 3D printing, for example: How is automated concrete deposition different from manual methods of forming concrete, e.g., pouring and casting? What can we, as architectural designers, gain from these differences? And how can we leverage these affordancesto speculate on new forms of architecture and new modes of architectural production? Studentsfirstunpackedthe computational, mechanical, and material parameters that are unique to concrete 3D printing through a series of short experiments. Through this unpacking, students developed their own experimental concrete 3D printing methodologies, including digital-to-material workflows, machine parts, and material protocols... ”

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SPRING 2020
UG4 OPTION STUDIO

Cohen, Yessios Fellow







Marian Hobson
FAKIN’ IT

“Fakin’ It investigated perceptions of reality and authenticity in the built environment and the paradoxes inherent in cultures of replication. The studio project centered around domestic environments: houses, apartments, and rooms. We prioritized techniques of copying, replicating, forging, twinning, mirroring, and simulating to produce imagery that suggests new forms of living. Parallel to this production of images, was a set of investigations into larger cultural phenomena dealing with “fakes” and variable perceptions of reality such as: fake sciences, fake news, fake humans, fake fashion, fake money, counterfactuals, counterfeits, alternate realities, alternate histories, and imaginary numbers. We relied heavily on literary texts like Byung-Chul Han’s writings on Shanzhai, Carrie Lambert-Beatty’s work on Parafiction, and other scholarly research on aesthetic forgeries...”

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SPRING 2020
UG4 OPTION STUDIO

Cañizares, Yessios Fellow








Matthew Albaugh
ARCHITECTURE IN THE AGE OF REMOTE SENSING

“Beyond the obvious social, ecological, and political implications of global systems of representation there is also an overlooked aesthetic implication to the mediation of the architectural landscape within these technologies. The fluid and at times delirious nature of representational systems such as Google Earth disrupt traditional architectural notions of site, context, ground and scale and force architects to reconsider questions of the situations in which architecture defines itself. The technology produces a number of visual and spatial effects such as blurring, pixelization, edge distortion and surface warping, that when registered against the new fluidity, alacrity and intensity of these mapping systems, combine in such a way so as to produce a new understanding of architecture’s place within the world... ”

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SPRING 2020
G3 OPTIONS STUDIO

Turk







Sarah Cymanski
CO-HOUSING

“We desperately need alternatives to American market-rate housing. Facing growing rates of poverty and poor offerings of affordable housing to accommodate families, single persons and the elderly, we are witnessing the erosion of stable, healthy communities and a rise in homelessness. A century of modern models for architectural forms and public spaces that serve a plethora of needs, cultures and economies are well known. This studio began with research of contemporary urban housing...”

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SPRING 2020
UG4 OPTIONS STUDIO

Jones







Brittney Wilson
CHOA CHU KANG CEMETERY (SINGAPORE)

“This studio considers site, the combination of (possibly inconsistent) logics, the nature of the cemetery, and the conflicts between traditions and contemporary stresses. These projects should operate as an assessment of and commentary on these issues…in addition to functioning as a solution to the problems they present. The project asks graduate students at the end of their first semester of study to gather all of their current technical, representational, and analytical skills to define a problem while determining the site, scope, scale, resolution, and program best suited to tackle it.”

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FALL 2019
G1 CORE STUDIO

Wilke







Mason Johnson and Evan Schlenk
COOL URBAN ARCHIPELAGO: CHILLING OUT IN TERRA THERMA

“The year is 2040, and the city-state of Chicago is but a few decades away from experiencing peak radical temperature rise rendering its climate profile identical to that of Atlanta's. In anticipation of this change, new Chicagoans enact an ordinance mandating that all new and adapted urban fabric be both internally and adjacently self-cooling.

The inaugural project is a large-scale recasting of Mies van der Rohe's Federal Center which transforms the decommissioned government complex into a municipal pool archipelago, comprising at least 3 frigidaria (small, medium, large) and ancillary functions. However, this is not just a place in which citizens escape extreme heat and humidity, willfully chase shadows to cool off and jump into freezing lagoons to chill out. For it is also a massive refrigerating apparatus and positive microclimatic catalyst. Once a poster-project for the type of architecture that accelerated climate change, the recommissioned ensemble of ferrovitreous skeletal figures and their unifying plaza becomes a climatic modifier. It is an archipelago of coolth that tempers the world around it...”

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FALL 2019
G3 OPTIONS STUDIO

Sharif,  Visiting Graduate Architecture Critic


Congdon







Kristian Hager
SPACEPORT

“ The Momentum Exchange Tether, or skyhook, reduces the cost of getting payloads into low-Earth orbit. Fundamentally, it operates by connecting a ‘hook’ mechanism opposite a heavy counterweight, with an orbiting station as a center of mass on which the system rotates. The skyhook is a natural steppingstone in enhancing space exploration before constructing a space elevator, as the skyhook requires far less material to build...”

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SPRING 2020
SEMINAR

Lewis






Peter Larsen
FALL G3 KIPNIS

“The ambition of the studio was to explore, discern and articulate in a design the difference between an architectural performance and a building performance, with mutual respect for the independent value of both. Since the question of such a discrimination was taken to be a relatively new undertaking for the discipline, the effort was largely devoted to recognizing representational occurrences of each not only in standard architectural practice media, but in media of all types: print, video, film, even non-visual (e.g. poetry and lyrics, abstract music.) The nominal vehicle for conducting the design investigation required that each student propose two variable prototypes – a duplex, and a triplex - and then arranged some number of them (between 4 and 20) together on a given topography. As a conjecture, I suggested that film might likely be the best representational medium for the architectural performance...”

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FALL 2019
G3 OPTIONS STUDIO

Kipnis








Rachel Schmitmeyer
PROJECTS FOR A SMALL TOWN IN OHIO

“In homage to Robert Venturi’s “Projects for a Small Town in Ohio”, the studio designed three buildings for the center of the town of Yellow Springs: a Library, a Town Hall, and an Inn. The Library was designed and overall site strategies and building locations were developed over the course of the first 7 weeks. The Inn and the Town Hall were investigated simultaneously over the last half of the semester. The goals were mixed: to produce an object that could be interpreted as a narrative; to deal with the site in ways that made use of existing fabric, but to build on it and make it work in unexpected ways...”

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SPRING 2020
UG4 OPTIONS STUDIO

Graf





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