Design for Innovation




This new facility houses all three sections of the Knowlton School of Architecture. WSA Studio partnered with Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects on the design of this project. The structure is post-tensioned concrete construction and features a sophisticated exterior wall “rain screen”. Marble shingles and glass create a unique exterior aesthetic, while the interior is highlighted by a raw, stark exposed concrete and steel vernacular. The building harnesses state of the art cutting-edge technology to support the architectural educational process, and the open visually connected studios promote crossdiscipline intellectual growth.



In 2009, Knowlton Hall was selected as one of the top designs in the United States by the American Institute of Architects, the only building in Ohio to have received this honor in the past 25 years. Additionally, the American Library Association selected Knowlton’s library as a model example of leading-edge design outcomes. Enrollment at the Knowlton School of Architect has expanded, and administration has indicated that degree candidates are of higher caliber. Last year’s entry level class averaged a 29 on the ACT college placement test. Fifteen new faculty members, all thought leaders in their disciplines, have been added to the staff , and student work is being recognized in online journals for its excellence.


Year Completed: 2004
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Client: The Ohio State University
Square Footage: 165,000 SF
Consultants: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam, SMBH, HAWA Engineers, Bird+Bull Engineers
General Contractor: P.J. Dick