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New Kent State Architecture Building Generates Excitement in the Architecture Profession

Posted Oct. 1, 2012
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Pictured above is Taylor Hall, current location of the College
of Architecture and Environmental Design. The college will
get a new home along the Kent State University Esplanade,
and designs are coming in from top-rated architects.

The College of Architecture and Environmental Design will soon be getting a new home on the Kent State University Esplanade.

Kent State is hosting a design competition for the new building to be constructed near downtown Kent. The university is looking to pay $40 million.

“We are certain with the talents of the firms that are vying for this project, the end result will be a building that is a fantastic addition to our campus, an icon for one of Kent State’s signature programs and a model of forward thinking, sustainable design that will inspire a generation of future architects,” says Michael Bruder, director of design and construction at the Office of the University Architect.

Internationally recognized architects have already applied, giving Kent State a wide range of candidates to choose from. In all, 36 entries were received. Six will be chosen by Oct. 1.

“This list of architects is unprecedented for a Kent State project,” says Douglas Steidl, dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. “This is truly a significant list of 36 teams. Those who have applied include Zaha Hadid, who is deemed the leading female architect in the world; Coop Himelb(l)au, who created the Akron Art Museum; Thom Mayne of Morphosis; and numerous other designers of note. Seven of the teams contain AIA National Firm Award winners, geographically located from Boston to Seattle. Many are recognized for their work across the country and around the world.”

For a full list of the submitters, visit