College of Architecture and Environmental Design

From its island greenery and beautiful, clear beaches – to its vintage American cars and aged architecture – Havana, Cuba, is a place where few American college students have explored in more than 60 years.

But now that diplomatic relations are being restored between both countries, students from Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design and its Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative have an opportunity unlike any other.

Photo of Mark MisturMark Mistur, AIA, will become the new dean of Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design, the only architectural program in Northeast Ohio, effective July 15, 2016. Mistur currently serves as associate dean of the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

Graphic Novels/Novel Architecture Symposium takes place April 1 at Cleveland Museum of Art

Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design will hold a major symposium to explore productive relationships between comics and architecture. The symposium, which is scheduled for the afternoon of April 1 at the Cleveland Museum of Art, will provide a provocative forum for conversation among leading architects, scholars and graphic artists. 

Instead of sunbathing on a beach for spring break, a group of graduate students from Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design are in Havana, Cuba to help restore the waterfront.

The students have been studying the Cleveland, Ohio waterfront and will share what they have learned with officials in Havana. The students are also hoping to draw parallelisms between both industrial port cities.

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.

Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, the home of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design’s graduate program in urban design and architecture, has issued a call for proposals to communities throughout Northeast Ohio in need of urban design assistance.

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