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Your Pick: Kent State Architecture Proposals

More than 500 readers voted in our poll about the 4 proposed designs for Kent State's new architecture college. See who won.

The winning design proposal for Kent State University's new College of Architecture and Environmental Design building will be announced later this month.

But Kent Patch readers have already chosen their favorite.

During the course of several weeks more than 500 readers cast votes in our poll for the four design proposals. In the end, Patch readers preferred the design submitted by the partnership of Architecture Research Office and Bialosky + Partners.

Here's how the votes broke down:

  • 177 - Architecture Research Office Lead Designer with Bialosky + Partners as architect of record
  • 152 - Miller Hull Partnership Lead Designer with The Collaborative Inc., as architect of record
  • 149 - WEISS/MANFREDI Lead Designer + Richard L. Bowen & Associates Architect of Record
  • 94 - Westlake Reed Leskosky

The Patch poll has no direct bearing on which design will be chosen and constructed.

A five-person jury will determine the winning firm, which will be announced in February. The jury is comprised of: Vivian Loftness, professor at Carnegie Mellon University; Brad Lynch, Brinistool+Lynch Architecture Design; Joan M. Soranno, vice president FAIA; Douglas Steidl, dean of Kent State's architecture school; and Michael Bruder, director of design and construction in Kent State's architecture office.

The 122,000 square foot building will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified, which means the building will be highly energy efficient per the internationally recognized green-building standards.

Models of the proposals with further renderings will be on display in the Kent State Library for public viewing. University officials are asking the public to offer feedback on the four proposals via email at caedcomments@kent.edu.

The $40 million architecture building is part of $170 million in renovations planned for the Kent campus.

Brian February 09, 2013 at 08:17 PM
Coming from a 4th year architecture student here at Kent State, I am amazed at the results of this poll. The results are in the complete opposite order than the opinion of just about everyone in the school of architecture and architecture critics. I am just thankful that Kent patch readers have no influence on the results of the competition. I would be upset if Architecture Research Office with Bialosky + Partners or Miller Hull Partnership with The Collaborative Inc. won the competition not just because of their inferior designs, but also because of their lack of effort in the competition.
Brian February 09, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Coming from a 4th year architecture student here at Kent State, I am amazed at the results of this poll. The results are in the complete opposite order than the opinion of just about everyone in the school of architecture and architecture critics. I am just thankful that Kent patch readers have no influence on the results of the competition. I would be upset if Architecture Research Office with Bialosky + Partners or Miller Hull Partnership with The Collaborative Inc. won the competition not just because of their inferior designs, but also because of their lack of effort in the competition.

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