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Kent State Center for Architecture and Environmental Design

Continuous sightlines through the building unite spaces of creation and critique, and encourage interdisciplinary discourse for students and faculty.

The “Design Loft” at Kent State Center for Architecture and Environmental Design, which was selected as the winner of an international competition, is a site for new connections. A continuous gallery anchors the building's main public level and opens up to a new esplanade. The ascending sequence of ground floor spaces support a broad range of activities including a café, gallery, 200-seat multi-purpose lecture room, library, classrooms, and reading areas. 

The 117,000-square-foot building, which is LEED Platinum certified, unites for the first time all of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design's programs inside an expansive 650-seat design studio. A series of critique rooms ascends at the south side of the studios, encouraging dialogue between beginning and advanced students and across design disciplines. Continuous sightlines through the building unite spaces of creation and critique, and encourage interdisciplinary discourse for students and faculty.

Large glazed areas of curtain wall on the north facade bring northern light into the studio spaces and provide panoramic views toward the campus and city. The iron-spot brick facade and custom brick fins, fired locally in a bee-hive kiln, relate to the materials of the surrounding campus and town. Sited strategically at a hinge between campus and city, the building establishes an innovative center for the design disciplines and forges new connections between the university and the recently revitalized downtown Kent.

Kent State Center for Architecture and Environmental Design Receives 2018 MCHAP Outstanding Project Prize
Kent State CAED Wins 2017 Architect's Newspaper Building of the Year Award