March Design Lecture 2019

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Columbus is expected to gain one million residents by 2050. Meanwhile, concerns with climate change require that this development is sustainable, efficient, and contributes to the built environment.

Since 2007, the Knowlton Housing Studio has addressed this challenge. While meeting the NAAB accreditation requirement for a comprehensive studio, the Knowlton Housing Studio marshals the skills with which architects negotiate markets and offer alternatives to existing conditions.

The studio develops a students ability to produce a complete architectural project from schematic design through the detailed development of programmatic spaces, building assemblies, structural and environmental systems, and sustainability and life-safety provisions. To this end, the studio is coordinated with concurrent courses in construction, structures, and mechanical systems and the studio instructors are joined by a developer and three practitioners with Columbus housing expertise.

The studio program is housing with additional amenities in Columbus, Ohio. Each year, different site and building typologies are addressed, e.g.: downtown slab, suburban mat, and park highrise. The number of units, their type, and the nature of the additional program are determined by the collective efforts of the studio. The studio schedule has three phases: research defines project parameters and precedents; schematics generates building proposals; and development produces drawings and models that address comprehensive design criteria. More importantly, these student projects offer insights into how Columbus might creatively embrace its impending growth.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
1.0 LU|HSW
5 p.m. | Reception
6 p.m. | Lecture

Free | AIA Members, Affiliates, and Students
$20 | Non-Member Guests


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

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Speaker: Michael Cadwell, FAIA

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Michael Cadwell is the Walter H. Kidd Professor of Architecture and the Director of the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture. He received his BA in English Literature with Honors from Williams College and his master of architecture from Yale University. Before coming to Ohio State, Cadwell taught at the Parsons School of Design, the Rhode Island School of Design, and Williams College.  He also practiced in the offices of Turner Brooks and Cesar Pelli.  Before serving as Director of the School, Cadwell was Architecture Section Head (1997-2004). In 2015, Cadwell was elected to The College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects for his notable contributions “to the advancement of the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training, and practice.”

Cadwell designed and built a series of small wood buildings on remote New England sites and public sculpture parks, which were collected as Pamphlet Architecture 17 by Princeton Architectural Press and published extensively in architectural journals. Cadwell's small buildings received design awards from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the New York Architectural League and he has been a fellow at the Woodstock Arts Colony, the McDowell Arts Colony, and the American Academy in Rome. Cadwell also practices with Jane Murphy, focusing on residential commissions that have won two AIA awards.

In teaching and practice, Cadwell explores construction as a transformative cultural act. Cadwell's book Strange Details (MIT Press) articulates this interest through essays on canonic works of 20th century architecture. More recently, his writing on contemporary architecture has appeared in HunchHarvard Design MagazineLog, and Domus.

February Design Lecture 2019

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Want to know about the latest technological advances design and construction?

AIA Columbus TAP Committee invites you to explore products and services by local leaders in audio visuals, lighting, 3D scanning and systems simulations ahead of the Design Lecture February 19. Bluewater, Integrated Building Systems, IMAGINiT, Turner Construction, and KLH Engineers will be joining us at the Technology Mixer & Reception.

Enjoy a beverage while watching demonstrations of recent innovations. See first hand how these advancements could directly benefit your work. Stay after the Mixer for an in-depth presentation of 3D scanning of the built environment presented by IMAGINiT and Integrated Building Systems.


Have you ever field measured a project only to realize that you missed a critical dimension or the object was just out of a photograph? Do you have projects with little or no existing documentation? Those scenarios lead to additional field visits due to missing or inaccurate information. What if you could take 360 panoramic photographs and measure from them back at the office? What if you could reference those photographs into AutoCAD or Revit, have them show in 3D, and be accurate to 1/8"? Within the AECO industry, the benefits of 3D laser scanning are being realized.

Speaker: Greg Hale, CTO of HaleTiP

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Greg Hale, CTO and Co-Founder of Hale TiP, has worked in the AECO industry for the last 18 years with a background in construction management, structural engineering, BIM management  and consulting. He specializes in Autodesk Revit and Navisworks, 3D HD laser scanning, and mobile technology and provides training, implementation strategies, product optimization, and best practice solutions. Greg is a certified professional in Revit Architecture and has spoken at many professional events. He works as an adjunct professor at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.  In addition, Greg is founder of the WNY AEC Technology Group and has been a member of multiple NCS and NBIMS task teams.  In his free time Greg coaches his daughter's soccer team and enjoys spending time outdoors with his family. He has traveled to Haiti a number of times to provide engineering consultation and design services to the Haiti Providence University in Balan.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
1.0 LU|HSW
5 p.m. | Mixer & Reception
6 p.m. | Lecture

Free | AIA Members, Affiliates, and Students
$20  | Non-Member Guests

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Annual Chapter Meeting (October Design Lecture)

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Join us at our Annual Chapter Meeting (October Design Lecture)!

5:15 | Reception
6:00 | Meeting
6:30 | Lecture

Idea Foundry
421 West State Street
Columbus, OH 43215

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Lecture: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Education

The cognitive capacity of artificial intelligence is accelerating rapidly. This lecture will discuss how educational curricula will be altered to reflect the growing interdependence with artificial intelligence and how these changes will impact the way architects design schools that are safe and ultimately benefits everyone involved in the school environment.

Speaker: David Staley

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David Staley is the Director of the Humanities Institute and an Associate Professor of History at The Ohio State University.  He is the president of Columbus Futurists, and writes the monthly futures column "Next" for  He serves as host of CreativeMornings Columbus.  

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January Design Lecture 2019

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The LeVeque Tower was the entire skyline feature of downtown Columbus from construction completion in 1927 until the 1960s. It is still one of the most recognized symbols of our City. Constructed as a hotel annex and office building, it morphed into Class B office space and was later left to deteriorate by a series of out-of-town owners. Now, the LeVeque has undergone a seven year transformation into a boutique hotel, apartments, condominiums, a restaurant and bar, offices and a coffee shop. This program explores the history and significance of the building, describes some of the design and technical challenges of renovating an occupied building, addresses building envelope challenges, and touches on the financial incentives necessary for a project like this.

Tuesday, January 22, 2017

1.0 LU|HSW 
5 p.m. | Reception
6 p.m. | Lecture

Free | AIA Members, Affiliates, and Students
$20 | Non-Member Guests

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Speakers: Bob Loversidge, FAIA and Sam Rosenthal, AIA

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Bob is President and CEO of Columbus architectural firm Schooley Caldwell. One of his key strengths lies in his ability to work with a client to quickly identify a vision for complex projects and lead the design team in implementing this vision. Most of Bob’s projects involve large, diverse client organizations, political savvy, difficult code compliance issues, intricate financing and scheduling considerations, and tight budgets. His work is characterized by thorough research and documentation, by successfully integrating modern technology, by carefully considering future operational needs, by continuously monitoring the project budget, and by respecting the philosophy of original architects. His understanding often allows bold and creative changes that extend the useful life of historic buildings for generations.

Sam Rosenthal

Sam has managed some of Schooley Caldwell’s most complex projects over the past several years. A good example is the LeVeque Tower renovation, a multi-phase, $55 million project, which required intense coordination as it involved several separate owners, four construction managers, numerous consultants, and collaboration with other architects and interior designers on the hotel and apartment portions. Additionally, because of the historic nature of the building, there were unexpected issues that arose that required prompt communication and development of quick solutions to keep the project progressing.


September Design Lecture

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Presented by the Committee on Design. Part of the [Re]Visiting the House series.

The lecture, titled "What do You See?", explores both the customization and conversely the commoditization of the house and how these two contradicting trends are simultaneously shaping their current body of work. Residential clients, which include both private homeowners & multi-family developers, are often seeking ambitious proposals on highly constrained urban infill sites located within economically and culturally diverse neighborhoods. These sites, and the municipal and community organizations that oversee them, often serve as a point of departure for the firm to explore the latent potential within each project. Thus, their process renders unexpected results driven by a variety of unseen socioeconomic forces, regardless of whether the client's demands are highly personal or market-driven.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

5 p.m. | Reception
6 p.m. | Presentation

1.0 LU
Free for all Members, Affiliates and Students
$20 for Non-Member Guest

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Speakers: Michael Horton and Westleigh Harper of Horton Harper Architects.

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Horton Harper Architects is a contemporary American architecture studio led by Westleigh Harper and Michael Horton. Founded in 2011, the firm's efforts are focused on the creation of novel, yet contextual and program centered buildings. Their work has been recognized & exhibited for design excellence, most recently in Washington DC as part of the American Institute of Architect's Emerging Professionals Exhibit. The practice is currently involved in a wide range of custom residential, multifamily and mixed-use projects.

Michael Horton is principal and co-founder of Horton Harper Architects and a licensed architect in the State of Ohio. He has previously served as Adjunct Professor at Kent State University where he taught undergraduate design studios. Mr. Horton has lectured at the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative and served as a guest speaker for the American Institute of Architect's Cleveland Chapter. He is a graduate of Kent State University where he earned his Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architecture.

Westleigh Harper, principal and co-founder, has lectured at the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative and served as guest design critic at KSU's College of Architecture and Environmental Design, while also acting as Adjunct Professor at Ursuline College's Department of Historic Preservation. He is a graduate of Kent State University where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architecture.

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