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Architecture Students’ Work on Display in Baltimore City Offices

Posted Sep, 10, 2010

Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design has been invited to display projects done by its architecture students in an exhibit at the Baltimore City Planning Department offices located at 417 East Fayette St. in Baltimore, Md. The selected work represents projects undertaken by students of architecture in the Fourth Year Design Studio II, the comprehensive studio of Kent State’s professional program in architecture. 

Photo of Baltimore exhibitFor the past two years, fourth year architecture faculty have collaborated with the Baltimore City Planning Department to engage their support for the Integrated Design Competition project at the university. This support has been provided by Baltimore in several ways:
• Assistance in the location of appropriate project sites
• Providing base information, including the now public master plans for the city
• Approving as appropriate the design parameters of the projects
• Providing introductory presentations
• Selecting project jurors for the competition

In the spring of 2009, students studied three sites on Baltimore’s waterfront along the Key Highway. These sites were in a transitional/industrial section of the city. The students were then charged with designing a 350,000 square foot housing and mixed-use building. 

Two sites were chosen for the 2010 studio, one on Pratt Street across from the Inner Harbor and a second at Lancaster Street between South Central Avenue and Eden Street, adjacent to an Inner Harbor marina. Offices and mixed-use entertainment were programmed into these 200,000 square foot designs. 

“The exhibit demonstrates the remarkable design skills of Kent State’s architecture students,” said Douglas Steidl, dean of Kent State's College of Architecture and Environmental Design. “This senior-level studio is the culminating experience for Bachelor of Science in Architecture students, and the Integrated Design Competition provides an opportunity for students to advance their abilities through emphasis on the design development process, the use of sustainable systems and evidence-based approaches to building design. Their work must demonstrate that they have mastered the integration of the knowledge gained in the previous three and one-half years, resulting in a unified project design.”

One significant aspect of the learning experience is the realization that collaborative teamwork is necessary for successful completion of any project, Steidl commented. “With two students per team, the work must be shared so that the resulting project succeeds to a greater extent than would be possible individually, with each student focusing on their particular talents as the project progresses through the 15-week semester,” he said.

On exhibit are the required physical models, selected computer renderings and complete design development drawings for the six selected student teams.

For more information on Kent State’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design, visit www.kent.edu/caed.

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Media Contacts:
Jonathan Fleming, jpflemi1@kent.edu, 330-672-0934
Emily Vincent, evincen2@kent.edu, 330-672-8595