Close to Home


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SpecificationsISBN: 978-1-941806-30-2 Binding: Hardbound Pages: 200pp Publication Date: Spring 2019 Size: 10 x 10″ Square World Rights: Available

Close to Home presents the creative, award-winning work of Louisville architect Michael Koch, introducing readers to the simple elegance of his designs and meaningful contributions he has made to the landscape of Kentucky.

The projects featured in Close to Home are within a 15-mile radius of where Louisville architect Michael Koch was born, raised, and has practiced for almost forty years. Educated at the University of Kentucky School of Architecture during the Dean Anthony Eardley era, where he was taught by Guillermo Julian de la Fuente, Peter Carl, Stephen Deger, Judith DeMaio, Clyde Carpenter, and Herb Greene, Koch has created a body of work in the Ohio River Valley that is site-specific and expressive, translating Kentucky’s regional idioms into a vibrant modernism. From airy houses that take advantage of Louisville’s Olmstead-designed parks and local materials, to structures that are strikingly adapted to the Ohio River floodplain, to church-inspired metropolitan projects, Koch’s buildings are a memorable part of the city’s landscape. Close to Home presents the award-winning achievements of his firm Michael Koch and Associates Architects, and introduces readers to the simple elegance of his designs and meaningful contributions he has made to the architecture of Kentucky.

Dr. Gregory Luhan, is the John Russell Groves Endowed Professor of Architecture in the UK College of Design and an affiliate professor with UK’s Lewis Honors College and the College of Engineering Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments. Luhan holds a University Research Professorship and is a nationally recognized architect, scholar, author, professor and academic leader whose work investigates how design, emerging digital technologies, critical theory, pedagogy, practice and academic-industry partnerships intersect. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech, Master of Architecture from Princeton University, and doctorate at Texas A&M University. Dr. Luhan teaches Architecture and Historic Preservation digital studios and seminars on design theory, systems thinking and design computing. Dr. Luhan’s professional practice includes award-winning, research-driven projects which enabled him to forge collaborative relationships with disciplines outside architecture, most notably engineering, education, business, physics, arts & sciences, and the fine arts.

Michael Koch received his architectural education from the University of Kentucky, College of Architecture. He established Michael Koch and Associates Architects in 1983 and maintains his office in Louisville, Kentucky. The firm is the recipient of numerous AIA Kentucky Design Awards including the Distinguished Firm Award.







Publication date

Spring 2019


10 x 10" Square

World rights