Columbus College of Art & Design Quadrangle

Columbus College of Art & Design Quadrangle Columbus, Ohio

Services Provided

Campus Planning and Design
Public Space Design
Construction Documentation

People Involved

Karen McCoy
Darren Meyer


2006 Ohio Chapter ASLA Merit Award

A creative plan for an urban-designed college quadrangle.

The Columbus College of Art & Design’s urban campus is spread over several blocks in downtown Columbus. Creation of the Quad established a campus centerpiece to link student dorms, the art gallery, and the student center.

Formerly a surface parking lot, the half acre green space was designed to accommodate the functions of a traditional campus quadrangle: recreation, walking pathways, open space for organized events, and comfort for outdoor studying and socializing. Those basic expectations were surpassed through design development of the quad and overall master planning that used a palette and form coinciding with the creative spirit of a design school. 


The hardscape elements consist of concrete pathways and seatwalls finished to match campus details. An accent of crushed stone, which is made of a regionally-sourced, aggregate material, is graded and compacted to provide an accessible walkway. Existing trees were preserved in open lawn areas near the residential area, and additional deciduous trees are planned for installation to shade the seatwalls. Collaboration with the architect of the adjacent Crane Student Center created a strong relationship between indoor and outdoor common space.