120,000 sq. ft.
Architect of Record
Engineer of Record
LEED Gold Target
Richard L. Bowen Associates is teamed with Weiss/Manfredi Architects on this highly visible project. Winner of an international design competition, "Design Loft" will become Kent State University's new home for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Weiss/Manfredi is the design architect and RLB+A is the architect of record and engineer of record.
Sited strategically at the hinge between campus and city, the Design Loft forms a new hub connecting the University with the community of Kent. The building establishes an innovative center for design disciplines and a beacon signaling the creative, artistic, and research-based programs of the College.
A continuous studio loft forms the heart of the program. Open design studios are configured to maximize flexibility to accommodate a growing program and evolving modes of learning in architecture and design education. Spaces will include studios, classrooms, administrative offices, fabrication shop, library and café. Conceived as a vertical campus quad, the Design Loft extends the spaces of the building into those of the campus. Connection of the building to the site is an important part of the design.