At the Knowlton School of Architecture, we are dedicated to fostering an education that enables students to develop their own practice-based discipline. Practicing synthesizes performance, iteration, testing and the translation of ideas into action. That is, a practice is not so much the acquisition of a finite body of knowledge as the pursuit of a dynamic, ever-evolving area of expertise and intelligence. And yet, architecture is also a discipline — rooted in precision, order, focus and self-direction. While an architectural curriculum must include the factual knowledge necessary for a young professional to enter the field, architects typically mature as professionals many years after they graduate, long after the codes and technologies they studied in school have been superseded. We seek to empower the next generation with the tools to think and work like architects: to combine a creative practice with precision and rigor and to assimilate new and currently unimaginable materials and information — in short, to provide a means, rather than an end.
Columbus, Ohio, is often referred to as “Test Market, USA,” because of its mid-continental location and median demographics, so the school is geographically and intellectually situated to cultivate the exploration and investigation of new ideas. Rather than aligning itself with a single paradigm, the school fosters a wide range of disciplinary thought that has established it as a locus of intellectual and cultural activity. For students, the resulting breadth of educational opportunities better prepares them for the increasingly varied careers they pursue as the practice of architecture continues to expand beyond conventional disciplinary boundaries.
Opportunities for Students
The master’s degree programs in architecture culminate in a National Architectural Accrediting
Board-accredited professional degree. The three-year program is geared toward students with an undergraduate degree in a field other than architecture. Design studios and theory courses focus on architecture’s broader cultural implications while technology and construction courses prepare the student for application in practice. The two-year program is suited to students who hold an undergraduate non-professional degree and are eligible to place out of the first year of the master’s program.
The one-and-a-half-year master of architectural studies program is a non-professional degree for students wishing to pursue advanced research on a specific topic. The program has a criticism degree track with plans to add tracks in digital design and fabrication. The program is suited for students with degrees in architecture; however, prospective students with design-related degrees will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The M/I Homes Foundation Materials and Fabrication Laboratory, located on the ground floor of Knowlton Hall, is for the exclusive use of students in the school. The fab-lab, as it is commonly called, combines state-of-the-art computer numeric controlled digital machinery and analog equipment, including laser cutters, a large format 3-D prototype printer, 3-axe milling machines and digital foam cutter as well as a full range of woodworking and metalworking tools. Through the integration of fabrication into the curriculum, students learn material properties and gain hands-on experience with both conventional and cutting-edge construction practices.
KSA Digital Library
The KSA Digital Library’s state-of-the-art image collections support the architecture, landscape architecture, and city and regional planning curricula in the Knowlton School. Through online resources, faculty and students can access high-quality images and multimedia files for use in research, study or course work. The library’s exemplary teaching and research collections have helped to establish the school as an international resource for the study of design and planning.