Fashion Professor and Graduate Student Receive Honorable Mention in International Architecture and Engineering Conference

BeTA Pavilion detailed imageKent State University Fashion School professor, Linda Ohrn McDaniel and student, Maame Amoah, from the school’s Fashion Industry Studies graduate program, recently teamed up with members from the KSU College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) to create the art piece, “BeTA Pavilion,” which received honorable mention during the 2019 International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS)  Conference and Symposium in Barcelona, Spain.


The annual conference covers all aspects related to material, design, computation, construction, maintenance, history, environmental impact and sustainability of shell, spatial, tension and inflatable structures in all fields of application.


“BeTA Pavilion” which stands for, Biotensegrity Textile Assemblies, explores the formal opportunities of biotensegrity logics using elastically bent glass fiber reinforced plastic rods and textiles that were knitted on a CNC knitting machine. Its bending-active systems (inspired by vertebrae typologies) is comprised of pre-stressed and self-stabilized tetrahedron modules that are arrayed and sequenced to produce structural equilibrium with a bandwidth of dynamic motion.


Ohrn, who specializes in knitwear and knit-design, jumped at the chance to work with the College of Architecture when they approached her several months prior. "It was fun working with a new element and shape outside of what I'm used to," said Ohrn. "It was invigorating to have the opportunity to explore new creative outlets and to work with materials that I didn't have a lot of experience with."


In addition to Ohrn and Amoah, the “BeTA” team is comprised of:

  • Diane Davis-Sikora, RA, Associate Professor, CAED
  • Rui Liu, PhD, Associate Professor, CAED
  • Haley DeRose, Graduate Student, CAED
  •  Fred Wolfe, Graduate Student, CAED


Every year, the IASS conference brings together some of the top architects and engineers in the world. “Maame and I were probably the only fashion designers in attendance,” said Ohrn, “But we had a great time.”

POSTED: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 5:23pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 12:09pm