Baumer Lecture Series: Doug Graf

The Knowlton School of Architecture Baumer Lecture Series Presents Doug Graf

Wednesday, October 2 
5:30 PM 

Knowlton School of Architecture
275 West Woodruff Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210

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Doug Graf will present a public lecture in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30PM on Wednesday, October 2. The lecture is sponsored by AIA Columbus, and will be the kick-off presentation to "ArChallenge," details forthcoming. This lecture is free and open to the public. 

Graf is a Professor of Architecture at the Knowlton School. He received an A.B. in architecture and urban planning from Princeton and an M.Arch. from Harvard. Graf currently teaches courses in design and architectural theory. His teaching career includes positions at the University of Kentucky, the University of Washington, and Yale, as well as positions in Britain, Germany, and Finland, where he first went on a Fulbright to study the work of Alvar Aalto. Graf has received five awards for teaching excellence.

Graf’s interest in design theory has a primary focus on formal analysis, which is applied not only to architecture but also to urban form, landscape, photography, painting, product design, and graphics. One of his signature investigations has been into the structure and use of diagrams as tools for 'close reading,' beginning with an article in Perspecta. Many of his investigations have explored 'metaphoric time' as a central design strategy with essays on buildings as diverse as the Sancturary of Aesklepios, Ronchamp, Villa Mairea, and Vaux-le-Vicomte. He has also written about the idea of the 'encyclopedic set' as a persistent means of modeling complexity and the use of 'fictive landscapes' to derive narratives for the city.


January Chapter Meeting: The Weight of Architecture - Architecture's Role in Viable, Healthy Communities


Tuesday, January 28, 2014
5:00 PM Open House Reception
6:00 PM Lecture

The Center for Architecture & Design
50 West Town Street, Suite 110
Columbus, OH 43215

Free for AIA Members, Affiliates, and Students (with valid ID)
$20.00 for Non-Members 

Register Here, or call 614-469-1973


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What role does architecture play in creating viable, healthy communities? Three prominent community advocates (two architects and a "social entrepreneur") will present their experiences when it comes to giving back and working for social change. Al Berthold, AIA from the Neighborhood Design Center will present about designing for a non-profit organization, Bart Overly of Blostein/Overly Architects, a for-profit firm, will present two case studies of collaborating with the non-profit community, and Matt Goldstein of Besa will present from the point of view of the non-profit organization. 1.0 HSW LU



Al Berthold, AIA

alAlfred Berthold, AIA is the Executive Director of the Neighborhood Design Center. Al is a 1968 graduate of The Ohio State University with a Masters of Architecture. He has lived in Columbus since graduation. His undergraduate degree is from Texas Tech University (B. Arch). Al is a licensed architect in Ohio, South Carolina and Georgia and holds a NCARB certificate. He is a member of the AIA and the Victorian Village Commission. He is a past Board President of the Vellore Christian Medical Hospital NYC in Tamil Nado, India. Al is also Chair of the Community Arts Fund for The Columbus Foundation. Al's career has been in the practice of architecture with Kenneth Bentsen Associates, Schooley Caldwell, NBBJ, and just prior to joining the Neighborhood Design Center he was in private practice as a sole proprietor. His work includes residential/resort, commercial/retail and health care. His projects include condominiums on the South Carolina coast, retail centers in the mid west, a mental health center and a medical office building associated with Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and a vertical expansion of Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. His international work includes projects planned and designed in Mexico, Chile, Taiwan and India. Al's responsibilities as Executive Director include marketing, project management, fiscal responsibility, and mentoring. 

Bart Overly

BartBart Overly is a partner, with Beth Blostein, of Blostein/Overly Architects and auxiliary faculty member of The Ohio State University's Knowlton School of Architecture, where he leads design studios focused on potentials for urban transformation in Columbus and elsewhere. 

Blostein/Overly Architects has been the recipient of numerous awards for their design and research work. In particular the studio has placed significant attention in the area of innovative housing and urban trends, with winning competitions for new affordable housing in New York City, artist housing in Kansas City's Crossroads Arts District, and senior housing in San Francisco. The studio's work has been featured in venues including Cincinnati's Contemporary Art Center, The Cleveland Institute of Art, The National Building Museum, and has been published widely. 

BL/OV's project, Elderquarters, which focuses attention on new potentials for integrated urban senior housing, is featured in the upcoming edition of BRAKET[at extremes], being published by Actar in spring 2014. 

Matt Goldstein

mattMatthew Goldstein is a social entrepreneur. He is originally from Philadelphia but has called Columbus home for nearly 15 years. In 2012, Matthew launed Besa, a Columbus-based nonprofit that connects busy professionals to community service. To date, Besa has managed over 85 service projects, as well as contributed $59,000 in goods and services and 1,700 volunteer hours, back to the local community. 

Matthew is a 2003 graduate of The Ohio State University with degrees in Marketing & Political-Science. He has been recognized as a "Person to Watch" by Columbus Alive and Besa is ranked as a Top 10 Local Nonprofit by ColumbusUnderground. Prior to Besa, Matthew was employed by Abercrombie & Fitch in the Market Research department. 






February Chapter Meeting: Shaping Healthier Communities Through Design

February Chapter Meeting: Shaping Healthier Communities through Design


Communities and organizations across the United States are tackling heart disease, obesity, diabetes and other chronic illnesses by means of active design. From the design of healthcare facilities to initiating public health policy changes, architects play a key role in encouraging people to burn calories through the creation of quality spaces and engaging environments. This program will be presented by Peter Bardwell, FAIA, FACHA, Principal with BARDWELL+associates and Rick Bell, FAIA of AIA New York. 1.25 HSW LU

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
The Center for Architecture & Design
50 West Town Street, Suite 110
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Reception | 5:00 PM
Lecture | 6:00 PM 

Free for AIA members, Affiliates, and Students | $20.00 for non-AIA and General Public

Register here, or call 614-469-1973


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March Chapter Meeting: The Evolution of Practice - Computational Thinking in the Design Studio

March Chapter Meeting: The Evolution of Practice - Computational Thinking in the Design Studio

Although parametric design and design computation came to prominence primarily through the formally complex work of early innovators, the real impact of data-driven design methodologies may actually be found far beneath the surface of today's best buildings. Forward-looking design firms are applying advanced computational design techniques to address questions of performance at all scales. This presentation will be given by Nicholas Desbiens, AIA of NBBJ, and is presented by the TAP Committee. 1.0 LU

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Center for Architecture & Design
50 West Town Street, Suite 110
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Reception 5:00 PM | Lecture 6:00 PM

Free for AIA members, Affiliates, and Students | $20 for Non-AIA

Register here, or call 614-469-1973

Read more: March Chapter Meeting: The Evolution of Practice - Computational Thinking in the Design Studio