First Creek Park, in Tacoma, Wash., by Studio Zewde.
Metro Parks Tacoma First Creek Park, in Tacoma, Wash., by Studio Zewde.

The following is a press release announcing the schedule for the 2023 Exhibit Columbus design concept presentation. The 13 in-person presentations will lay the groundwork for installations at the fourth cycle of Exhibit Columbus, themed "Public by Design".

The 2023 Exhibit Columbus Design Presentations will be held all day at The Commons on Saturday, Feb. 25, and feature thirteen presentations of design concepts that will become installations in a free, public exhibition, Public by Design. This free, in-person event will begin at 8:00 am with coffee and pastries from Lucabe Coffee Co., a locally-owned business with a downtown shop. Throughout the day-long event, attendees will see short presentations by each of the Exhibit Columbus participants and then have the opportunity to provide feedback before they are constructed for the exhibition that opens on August 26 of this year. Attendees have the option to purchase a ticket for a buffet-style lunch offered by Fresh Take Kitchen, another locally-owned, downtown business.

“This part of Exhibit Columbus is a rare opportunity to see some of the most creative and talented architects, artists, and designers working today as they showcase their ideas and explain how they connect to Columbus and beyond,” said Richard McCoy, Executive Director of Landmark Columbus Foundation, the organization responsible for the program Exhibit Columbus. “With our curators, we are building a very special moment that builds off of our theme, Public by Design, to create meaningful connections between people and the public spaces they share.”

The day will unfold over the course of four sessions, starting with Communications Designer Chris Grimley of Signals (Boston, MA), who will provide an early look at the exhibition map and discuss how visitors to the 2023 Exhibition will be able to explore installations along a featured route. Attendees will then explore the twelve other sites and hear what will be created at each one.

Exhibit Columbus will have multiple ways for attendees to provide feedback on the concepts being presented. The six Exhibit Columbus Curatorial Partners, who created the theme for this cycle and led the selection of each participant, will provide feedback as well. “We are excited about this special event as we reveal all of the design concepts connected to this cycle, Public by Design,” said the Curatorial Partners. “Each participant visited Columbus for the 2022 Symposium, and now we get to see what they are proposing to create and how they arrived at their idea. Public engagement is really key to this year’s theme.” The day will also feature the special guest Matthew Graham, the seventh Indiana State Poet Laureate, reading a poem from his new collection, The Geography of Home (Galileo Press, 2018).

Event Details
The Design Presentations are organized to mimic the exhibition route with the map as a guide. Tickets are free; register through Eventbrite. AIA continuing credits are available.

Session One 8:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.Communication Design, Signals, Chris Grimley
PAU | Practice for Architecture and Urbanism
Molly Hunker and Greg Corso (Syracuse University)
Joseph Altshuler and Zack Morrison (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

Session Two 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.Jessica Colangelo and Charles Sharpless (University of Arkansas)
Halina Steiner, Tameka Baba, Forbes Lipschitz, and Shelby Doyle (The Ohio State University and Iowa State University)
Studio Zewde

Lunch 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Session Three 1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.PORT
Esteban Garcia Bravo and Maria Clara Morales (Purdue University)
High School Design Team Session

Session Four 3:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.Deborah Garcia (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Katie MacDonald and Kyle Schumann (University of Virginia)
Tatiana Bilbao ESTUDIO

2020-21 Exhibit Columbus Participants
Awarded to renowned national and international design practices who share J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller’s commitment to the transformative power of designing with public spaces, four J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Recipients were commissioned to activate the public spaces of popular downtown Columbus sites and create the most highly anticipated installations of the exhibition.

J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Recipients

Tatiana Bilbao ESTUDIOMexico City
Site: Library Plaza at Bartholomew County Public Library
Community Curator: Jason Hatton

PAUNew York City
Site: The Commons
Community Curator: Dave Hayward

PORTSite: Philadelphia and Chicago
Mill Race [Senior] Center
Community Curator: Dan Mustard

Studio ZewdeHarlemSite: Mill Race Park
Community Curator: Mark Jones

Awarded to leading professors of architecture, landscape architecture, and design from North American universities, seven University Design Research Fellows were selected to respond to recommendations from the 2021 Downtown Activation Study developed by James Lima Planning and Development (JLP+D) that looked at ways to activate the historic core of downtown Columbus. JLP+D’s work is supported by the City of Columbus and a National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town Grant”.

University Design Research Fellows

Joseph Altshuler and Zack MorrisonUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Architecture
Urbana-Champaign and Chicago
Site: Ovation Plaza

Esteban Garcia Bravo and Maria Clara MoralesPurdue University Department of Computer Graphics Technology
West Lafayette, Ind.
Site: Cummins Parking Garage

Jessica Colangelo and Charles SharplessUniversity of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design
Fayetteville, Ark.
Site: Cummins Office Building Headquarters

Deborah GarciaMassachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Architecture
Cambridge, Mass.
Site: Bartholomew County Public Library

Molly Hunker and Greg CorsoSyracuse University School of Architecture
Syracuse, N.Y.
Site: The Commons

Katie MacDonald and Kyle SchumannUniversity of Virginia School of Architecture
Charlottesville, Va.
Site: Columbus Area Visitors Center

Halina Steiner, Tameka Baba, Forbes Lipschitz, Shelby DoyleThe Ohio State University Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture and Iowa State University School of Design
Columbus, Ohio and Ames, Iowa
Site: Hotel Indigo

Communication DesignChris Grimley

High School Design Team High School Students
Trinity Carter, Haniel Cruz, Anushka Damle, Mariana DeLuca, Alexander DePaul, Isabel Garduno, Owen Hebert, Brooke Leslie, Sam Loheide, Nettie Meeks, Max Nash, Judah Nickoll, Bryce Olson, Ashley Perez, Gloria Phillips, Grishma Pitkar, Joycee Redman, Beatriz Santana, Trent Tyree, Vaughan Williams
Site: Cummins Parking Garage

Curatorial Partners

Paola AguirreUrban Designer, BORDERLESS

Chris MerrittLandscape Architect, Merritt Chase

Lauren M. PachecoCivic and Cultural Artist, Steel Studio Foundation

Bryony RobertsDesigner, Writer, Educator, Bryony Roberts Studio

Raymund RyanCurator at Large, The Heinz Architectural Center at Carnegie Museum of Art

Holly WarrenAssistant Director for the Arts, Economic and Sustainable Development Department, City of Bloomington