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Firm-to-Studio

Industry partners play a critical role in the future of our students as they plan their professional careers. Your firm can make an impact today as the College of Design prepares its move to a state-of-the-art building that will transform the future of design education at the University of Kentucky.

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The Firm-to-Studio Campaign

Firm-to-Studio is an innovative philanthropic campaign that invites firms and industry partners to make an impactful pledge by naming one or more studios within the College, with the option to pay over five years. Not only does naming a studio help support the future of the College of Design, it also provides an opportunity to share your firm’s story, work and mission. Customized digital displays located respective to the named studios will run narratives, not only for students but for all visitors to the College.

At $25,000 each, with options to pay over time and through various means, Firm-to-Studio is an affordable way to promote your organization while simultaneously supporting the future design education at the University of Kentucky.

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Firm-to-Studio Partners

K. Norman Berry Associates Architects

As the inaugural Firm-to-Studio donor, K. Norman Berry Associates Architects (KNBA) continues its abiding support of the UK College of Design with a $50,000 gift to sponsor both an undergraduate and graduate studio in the new building. KNBA also serves as the Architect of Record on this project.

Elinor Bennett Markle

Realizing the significance her degree from UK had on her career, Elinor Markle (’87 alum) has pledged $25,000 for the Elinor Bennett Markle Landscape Architecture Studio, an undergraduate studio in the Department of Landscape Architecture.

Tate Hill Jacobs Architects Inc.

Tate Hill Jacobs Architects Inc. has pledged $25,000 for an undergraduate studio in honor of founding partner Sarah House Tate, one of the first women to become licensed to practice Architecture in Kentucky.

Luckett & Farley

Luckett & Farley has pledged $25,000 to go toward a fourth-year studio in the new building as part of the College’s Firm-to-Studio program.

Charles D. Polk

 Chad Polk (’94 alum) has pledged $25,000 for the Charles D. Polk – CDP Architecture, LLC, a first-year studio in the School of Architecture. 

JRA Architects

JRA Architects has pledged $25,000 to name a first-year studio in the new building as part of the College’s Firm-to-Studio program.

Omni Architects

Omni Architects has pledged $25,000 to name a graduate studio in the new building as part of the College’s Firm-to-Studio program.

RossTarrant Architects

RossTarrant Architects has pledged $25,000 to name a graduate studio in the new building as part of the College’s Firm-to-Studio program.

Jere & Christine Planck

Jere Planck, founding Principal of Archicon Architecture and Interiors, LLC, is pleased to pledge $25,000 for a first-year architecture studio in the new College of Design building.

floor plan of digital displays

Each magenta bar represents one of the large digital displays located throughout the open studio areas on both floors of the new building.