August 16, 2018 Architecture Professor Chosen as Design Research Fellow

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Marshall Prado, assistant professor in the School of Architecture, has been selected as a 2018-2019 Exhibit Columbus University Design Research fellow.

Exhibit Columbus in Columbus, Indiana, is an annual exploration of architecture, art, design and community that offers an international symposium and exhibition.  Since 2015, the event has drawn visitors from around the world.

As part of the fellowship, Prado will participate in the 2018 Exhibit Columbus Symposium.  He will join other fellows to present a conversation on States of Design Education and introspections of their innovative research.  Prado’s research centers on robotic fabrication of fiber composite structures in architecture and the integration of computation and fabrication techniques into material systems and spatial design strategies. Companies that support his research include Oak Ridge National Laboratory Carbon Fiber Technology Facility, Owens Corning and Hexion Inc.

Prado is one of nine fellows from eight universities. The Exhibit Columbus committee received 32 proposals from 10 universities.

Prado also will create an exhibit for the 2019 Exhibit Columbus Exhibition, which celebrates the role of architecture in a vibrant city.  Prado’s exhibit will be a large-scale fiber composites tower that showcases the potential of lightweight, highly efficient materials and advanced robotic fabrication process. This research-driven design/build project will be built in the college’s Fab Lab using new $400,000 robotics technology in collaboration with many academic and industrial partners.

His work, as well as 17 other projects, will be installed in downtown Columbus for three months in the fall of 2019.

“This is a rare opportunity to engage with Columbus’ remarkable legacy,” says Anne Surak, Director of Exhibitions. “[Fellows will] explore how architecture, art, and design improve people’s lives and makes cities stronger.”

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