Kyle Ezell is an associate professor of practice in city and regional planning at the Knowlton School of School of Architecture at OSU, where he has taught since 2005. Ezell has 22 years of experience as a practicing city planner. His work at the school involves students heavily in experiential learning, both in nearby communities in Ohio, and on the international travel programs he manages.
Ezell studies how communities implement ideas that shape their physical identities. His goal as a planner is to create unique and dynamic urban communities based on identifying original solutions for each project. His research and work relies on identifying locally-original ideas to create more original communities.
Ezell is the recipient of many awards for his teaching and practice including: OSU College of Engineering’s Distinguished Faculty – Charles McQuigg Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2014; The Ohio Chapter of the American Socieity of Landscape Architects Association’s Merit Award for his Essence of Athens, Plan; Faculty Award for University Community Members Who Have Made a Positive Influence on Ohio State Students, presented by Residence on 10th Hall, 2014; Award for Outstanding Commitment to Student Education, The Ohio State Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Association, 2012; Ohio State University Faculty Award for Excellence in Community-Based Scholarship, 2010; and the Ohio Planning Conference (OPC) Columbus Division Award for his studio course work, 2009.
Ezell has published two books, Retire Downtown: The Lifestyle Destination for Active Retirees and Empty Nesters (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2006) and Get Urban! The Complete Guide to City Living (Capital Books, 2004). He holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Master of Science, Geography, from South Dakota State University.