Design firms to present plans for Exhibit Columbus architectural installations

Five design firms that have completed structures worldwide will present plans Jan. 19 for their temporary artistic architectural installations for the upcoming Exhibit Columbus exhibition.

Those firms are the J. Irwin and Xenia Miller Prize recipients. And they form the centerpiece of the event that celebrates Columbus’ Modernist design heritage while making it relevant to new audiences, according to organizers.

Their prize is named in memory of the local leadership couple who promoted excellence in art, architecture and design nationally and internationally for decades.

Plus, the Jan. 19 event at The Commons in downtown Columbus also will include presentations from University Design Research Fellows.

Representing eight universities, these fellows will translate their research into installations highlighting how architecture and design can improve cities and advance new practices, organizers said.

The upcoming presentations are especially significant since the last exhibition in 2017 attracted an estimated 40,000 people to Columbus over three months time. Also, notable, former community leader Will Miller, son of J. Irwin and Xenia Miller, pointed out during the last exhibition that his daughter thought it significant that young local residents were talking excitedly about architecture in local bars and restaurants.

For the complete story, see Wednesday’s Republic.