College of Architecture and Environmental Design

A senior pursuing a bachelor of science in architecture, Adam DeChant is currently working on a Senior Honors Thesis that explores material connections not covered in the standard curriculum.

For his project, DeChant is utilizing various metals such as steel, wood and other common architectural modeling materials to create a physical model that demonstrates the various material connections in the formulation of a baseball stadium scheme.

Scholar of the Month
Brian Peters
Assistant Professor  
College of Architecture and Environmental Design
2013-present

Brian Peters is an assistant professor in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. His research and teaching focuses on digital technologies in architectural design, including digital fabrication, parametric design and 3D printing.

This year, the Cleveland Botanical Gardens installed five locally designed treehouses as part of its "Branch Out" exhibit. Four of the five treehouses were designed or constructed by graduates from Kent State's College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

Learn more about "Branch Out"

 

Through a mutual agreement between Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design and Youngstown State University’s Center for Urban and Regional Studies, more than 75 Kent State students will spend the next year working on projects aimed at connecting downtown Youngstown, Ohio, with the Youngstown State campus. 

The goal is to spark revitalization by demonstrating the potential for reuse and redesign in the area, said Douglas Steidl, dean of Kent State’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design. 

Photo of N.J. AkbarKent State University’s N.J. Akbar, director of diversity outreach and development in the College of Education, Health and Human Services, and Brian Peters, assistant professor in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, have been named “30 for the Future” award recipients by the Greater Akron Chamber.

Scholar of the Month
Rui Liu
Assistant Professor
College of Architecture and Environmental Design
2013-present

Rui Liu is an assistant professor in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. His research primarily focuses on resilient infrastructure, especially in the areas of innovative construction materials, intelligent design, inspection, rating, maintenance and repair of infrastructure for sustainable development.

The groundbreaking for Kent State University’s new Center for Architecture and Environmental Design will be Oct. 3 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The building will serve as the new home of Kent State’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design, bringing all of the programs of the college under one roof. The building will be located between South Lincoln and South Willow streets, just south of the Lefton Esplanade and across the street from Franklin Hall.

Kent State University architecture students partnered with officials from the city of Sandusky, Ohio, for an opportunity to create new theoretical designs for some of downtown Sandusky’s vacant buildings and empty sites.

A team of Kent State University students and faculty has been awarded a $15,000 grant as part of a sustainability design competition funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Last year, a group of faculty representing three disciplines — biology, geology and architecture/environmental design — submitted an application for the EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grant competition. The P3 competition encourages college students to design innovative projects outside of the classroom in order to support the sustainability of the planet. 

In October 2014, three Foundations of Excellence: Building the Future events took place on the Kent Campus: the College of Architecture and Environmental Design broke ground on its new building, the College of the Arts celebrated the launch of the new Center for the Visual Arts, and the Department of Residence Services dedicated the newly remodeled Tri-Towers residence hall complex.

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