A rapidly changing world needs more leaders who can address issues related to the climate crisis, socio-economic shifts, and issues of social justice and tectonic technological change.
In Kent, Ohio, one university is preparing and empowering students with the right skills to fill those roles: Kent State University.
It is College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) affects the lives of those who will have an impact on the world. An education here fosters responsible professionals who are committed to improving the quality of life, enhancing the physical environment and protecting the public good through the design of the built environment.
Architecture, urban design, construction management, and landscape architecture programs develop professional values of ethics, social justice, functionality, economics, aesthetics, and technology.
“I came here because of the strength of the programs, the exceptional faculty, our President’s vision, commitment to access and value, and the fact that we are a multidisciplinary college that is the future,” says Dean Mark Mistur.
Prepare for the future with CAED. Start with one of these programs:
That masters of architecture (M.Arch) programs welcome students from diverse backgrounds. It is designed to nurture progressive architectural leaders by helping them develop technical skills, professional knowledge, and design creativity through project-based learning.
What’s even better? The university is located in Northeast Ohio – a vibrant urban landscape steeped in history that serves as the perfect environment for academic learning. For more inspiration, you can study abroad in Florence, Italy.
Whether in Ohio or abroad, all students acquire professional values such as reason, independent thinking, productivity, honesty, integrity, justice, self-esteem, teamwork, and mutual support. Within a balanced curriculum of technology, visualization, history, theory and coursework in the design studio, they have a platform for scholarship, constructive discourse, project-based learning and debate.
That Master of Science in Construction Management prepares students to become leader in the Architectural Engineering Construction (AEC) industry. The program is ranked 220th in the nation (first in Ohio) by Great Business Schools – 2021.
More collaboration is needed between professionals in the AEC industry, as is a multidisciplinary understanding. This becomes increasingly important in the pre-build phase, which requires increased cross-industry integration.
The MSCM program prepares students for this new reality with its unique opportunities for collaborative learning experiences between building and design scholars, construction professionals and design practitioners. Add on-site visits, team collaboration, networking events, and student chapters from professional organizations, and MSCM students are primed for professional success.
masters of urbanism
That masters of urbanism The program aims to produce knowledgeable, industry-ready specialists who address the complex challenges of demographic change, sustainability and equity in urban development. Students are exposed to projects ranging from neighborhood plans to large-scale city and regional initiatives—while also addressing cultural and environmental concerns.
Take graduate student Alan O’Connell, for example. Although he had a master’s degree in urban and regional planning, he was seeking more to help him achieve his dream of becoming Cleveland, Ohio’s urban planning director.
The Master of Urban Design helped him acquire three key skills: Adobe Creative Suite, 3D modelling/rendering and GIS. “These three skills—along with my experience driving community focus and shaping Charrettes as President of Downtown Cleveland residents—are the ones I use every day. I wouldn’t have gotten my current job without them,” he says.
Master of landscape architecture
That Master of landscape architecture is a multi-layered program designed to prepare graduates with methods that are focused on issues related to urban landscapes, ecology and social concerns. The program aims to train and empower students for active, creative and leadership roles in the landscape architecture profession.
To get there, they can count on the MLA to help them develop a critical understanding while establishing a design process firmly grounded in research, technology and artistic expression. Some areas of focus include: Urban freshwater, stormwater and climate in the Great Lakes; Public spaces, city parks and cultural landscapes; as well as green urban infrastructure, ecology and social concerns of equity, health and pollution.
Students will also study topics ranging from hydrology in the Great Lakes – Ohio River Basins watershed to the role of urban landscapes in the context of industrial cities, among others.
CAED studio culture
CAED celebrates its students at the CAED X gallery. Exhibitions featuring the work of CAED students, faculty and invited guests are on display here. Contemporaneous or past, these works are exemplary – examples of the extraordinary achievements that emerge from workshops, courses and ateliers.
This is where visitors will find “The Bend”. This is the student project that won The Architect’s Newspaper Honorable Mention for the 2020 Best of Design Awards in the Student Work – Group category. The Bend prototype was constructed using the college fabrication laboratory for its location on the Kent State campus [directly off of Campus Center Drive] this offers the freedom to test the prototype within the relatively loose confines of public space.
Visitors will also find a memorial to the events that took place on campus on May 4, 1970. Students were asked to identify three additional words that should guide their design in response to today’s civil unrest and connection to the anniversary of the 1970 events in our current community and climate. The words “inquire, learn, reflect” are engraved on the current memorial.