The Center for Architecture and Design Relocates

Welcome to Our New Home

The new Center for Architecture and Design in the Lazarus building, located in downtown Columbus

The new Center for Architecture and Design in the Lazarus building, located in downtown Columbus

The Center for Architecture and Design has relocated from 380 E. Broad Street to a more centralized Downtown location in the Lazarus Building, in the heart of Downtown.

“As the gateway for education, conversation and debate about the importance of quality design and its impact on our city’s architecture, planning, urban infrastructure and quality of life, we realized that The Center’s location needed to be more centralized and have high pedestrian foot traffic,’’ said David Brehm, NBBJ, and chair of The Center Board of Trustees.

“Our new space in the Lazarus Building will provide the opportunity to better interact and connect with Downtown workers and residents, and people visiting for special events,” Brehm said.

The entrance to The Center for Architecture and Design is featured at the entrance to the Galleria

The entrance to The Center for Architecture and Design is featured at the entrance to the Galleria

Other benefits from the new location include proximity to the Scioto Mile, Columbus Commons and OSU Urban Art Space, located across the Galleria in the Lazarus Building, along with parking availability and access to public transportation.

“The Lazarus Building is a symbol of our Downtown’s renaissance,” said Guy Worley, President/CEO of the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, which owns the building. “We’re thrilled to have The Center for Architecture and Design move to Lazarus. It fits with our goal to draw people to the center of our city and activate the street front with energy and vitality.”

The new 2,400-square-foot space is leased by the Columbus Architecture Foundation, which oversees The Center. AIA Columbus (the American Institute of Architects, Columbus Chapter), which helped to launch The Center three years ago, will also occupy the space and will collaborate on programming.

“When we opened The Center in 2010, our goal was to extend the traditional reach of architects and design professionals more deeply into the creative culture of our region,” said James Bresler, Braun&Steidl Architects and 2012 AIA Columbus president. “Since then The Center has become a resource for central Ohioans who want to be in-the-know about design and the built environment. We look forward to supporting the Center’s mission of building stronger connections through exciting programs in our new space.”

The Center for Architecture and Design

The Center for Architecture and Design is a non-profit organization that aims to enhance public appreciation of architecture and design through lecture, exhibitions, tours, film series and collaborative programs with other organizations. The Center celebrates the richness of the built environment and design, explores creative possibilities for the future of our community, and highlights the contributions of architecture and design in central Ohio. For more information, visit www.columbuscfad.org.

AIA Columbus

The AIA was founded in 1857; the Columbus chapter was founded in 1929. Through education, government advocacy, community redevelopment and public outreach activities, the AIA and its 80,000 members work to achieve a more humane built environment and a higher standard of professionalism for architects. AIA Columbus has 650 members, serving a 32-county area from Mansfield to Marietta. For more information, visit www.aiacolumbus.org.

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