Kent State Architecture Students Redesign Local City Following Downtown Fire

On March 22, 2014, a massive fire swept though historic Garrettsville, Ohio, destroying an entire commercial block and 13 businesses. Residents in the quaint Portage County village of just over 2,200 people immediately began pulling together, with efforts to relocate the local food bank, which was consumed in the blaze. Some business owners promised to rebuild, but it was clear that the tragedy dramatically changed the character of the village forever.

Kent State Architecture Graduate Students Earn High Honor in International Design Competition

Kent State University graduate students Jeff Jasinski of Wickliffe, Ohio, and Matt Dureiko of Stow, Ohio, both enrolled in the architecture and urban design program, placed second in an international design competition. The DawnTown 2014 Alternative Mobilities design competition, sponsored by the Miami Downtown Development Authority, asked designers to create a central hub where routes people take to move around downtown could meet. The proposal would boost Miami’s transportation network.

Kent State’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design to Offer New Master’s Degrees

Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design will offer three new master’s degrees beginning in fall 2014.  The new offerings will expand the depth and breadth of the college’s degree offerings and allow Kent State to better prepare architects, interior designers and other design professionals for the demands of the 21st century.

Design Architects of Kent State’s New Architecture Building Present Update on Jan. 16

Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi of WEISS/MANFREDI, the design architects of Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design new facility, will be on the Kent Campus to present an update on the design evolution of the building. The presentation takes place Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. in University Auditorium at Cartwright Hall. The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, go to

$5 Million Gift Is Largest Made to the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State University

Kent State University President Lester A. Lefton announced today a $5 million gift from John and Fonda Elliot through the family’s foundation which will create the “Elliot Studios for Design” at the new building planned for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State. The gift also will fund endowments for The Elliot Program for Healthcare Design, The Elliot Scholars and The Elliot Professorship in Healthcare Design.