Exhibit Columbus has revealed the four recipients of its 2022-2023 Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize, as well as its new class of University Design Research fellows. Part of the Landmark Columbus Foundation, Exhibition Columbus explores design in Columbus, Ind. in a variety of ways, including commissioning "site-responsive installations."
“In this cycle, Exhibit Columbus will feature a group of artists, architects, and landscape architects who value collaborative co-creation to create meaningful and active public spaces,” states an Exhibit Columbus press release, which also notes the cycle’s “Public by Design” theme.
For this iteration, Miller Prize winners—identified, interviewed, and selected by a panel of four community members and six multidisciplinary “curatorial partners”—will be matched with public institutions to dream up installations that will be showcased during the 2023 exhibition, slated to debut next August. Curatorial partners include Paola Aguirre, of Chicago's Borderless; Chris Merritt, of Pittsburgh- and Indianapolis-based Merritt Chase; Lauren M. Pacheco, of Steel Studio Foundation in Gary, Ind.; Bryony Roberts, of New York’s Bryony Roberts Studio; Raymund Ryan, of The Heinz Architectural Center at Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh; and Holly Warren, of the Economic and Sustainable Development Department at City of Bloomington in Indiana.
The Miller Prize awardees are architecture studio Tatiana Bilboa Estudio, headquartered in Mexico City; Philadelphia- and Chicago-based PORT, a design and planning consultancy; architecture firm PAU, located in New York; and design firm Studio Zewde, also from New York. Tatiana Bilboa Estudio will work with Bartholomew County Public Library, focusing on the I.M Pei–designed Cleo Rogers Memorial Library Plaza. PORT’s team of landscape architects, architects, urban designers, and planners, meanwhile, will collaborate with Mill Race Center—a community space for the Columbus’s 50-plus population—created by William Rawn Associates. Led by Vishaan Chakrabarti, FAIA, and Ruchika Modi, AIA, PAU will work with the City of Columbus on the public spaces near the Commons—originally designed by Koetter Kim & Associates. Lastly, Studio Zewde will join forces with the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department, concentrating on Mill Race Park, which was revamped most recently by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.
As for the 2022-2023 University Design Research fellows, seven individuals and teams have been announced. Finalists were chosen by the curatorial partners and then presented to a jury of community stakeholders. According to the press release, the cohort includes “full-time university professors whose work is deeply rooted in design research.”
The fellows are Joseph Altshuler, School of Architecture at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Ill., and Zack Morrison, Chicago; Esteban Garcia Bravo, Department of Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.; Jessica Colangelo and Charles Sharpless, AIA, University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, Fayetteville, Ark.; Deborah Garcia, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Architecture, Cambridge, Mass.; Molly Hunker and Greg Corso, Syracuse University School of Architecture, Syracuse, N.Y.; Katie MacDonald, AIA, and Kyle Schumann, University of Virginia School of Architecture Charlottesville, Va.; and Halina Steiner, Tameka Baba, Forbes Lipschitz, Austin E. Knowlton School at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, and Shelby Doyle, AIA, Iowa State University College of Design, Ames, Iowa.