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Interior Architecture & Product Design Students Win at Annual Color & Couture

On Friday, October 10, the Kansas State University Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), had two teams competing at the 9th annual Color and Couture event at the Starlight Theater in Kansas City. This years’ interior architecture & product design (IAPD) team earned the coveted “Peoples’ Choice” and “Judges’ Choice” awards.

Color and Couture challenges design teams, both academic and professional, to use product samples from a chosen manufacturer to create a wearable, high fashion garment. A minimum of 70 percent of garment needs to be created from the provided materials and no more than 30 percent could be the team’s choice. Each team’s creation is presented before a panel of judges (and an audience of nearly 1,000) and exhibited down a runway, much like New York City’s fashion week, competing for six possible awards.

K-State’s interior architecture & product design’s team was comprised of approximately 30 students representing second through fifth year. Through hard work, countless hours and collaborative creativity, the students designed their original garment and then entered the fabrication stages, using an intense two weeks to completely construct the garment.

This year’s sponsor for the IAPD team was Bentley Carpet, a commercial carpet manufacturer. The requirements, aside of being constructed with the carpet material, also included that it be in the neutral and Radiant Orchid (the Pantone® color of the year) color palette.

Students were challenged to develop a theme and derive inspiration for the garment as they began with the term “Orchid.” While researching the meaning of the word orchid, they came across the notion that the Aztecs worshipped the Orchid flower as the gateway to the heavens. When the team seized that idea and began considering how it might translate to a garment, the image of a tribal deity came to mind.

 In creating the final design, students continued researching for additional inspiration from the original idea and this created a cycle of vision, design, and then technical work.

To construct the garment, materials provided by Bentley Carpet were un-raveled and used as thread. The original backing to the carpet was removed and artistically transformed into feathers.

The carpet thread was woven through laser-cut wooden frames. The only portions of the fashion piece not from the carpet samples were the wood frames and the snaps on the top of the garment.

The college of architecture, planning and design’s Katherine Ankerson, professor and head for the department of interior architecture & product design said “The energy and enthusiasm of the crowd increased exponentially as Rachel Botten began her dance down the runway to the rhythmic beat of the music, each reinforcing the “tribal” theme. Not only did this team of students illustrate an innovative approach to the transformation of carpet to fashion, but they additionally carried their generative intention through to the music and challenged the traditional runway “walk” of high-fashion models. This full spectrum approach to a design problem is indicative of IAPD and we are thrilled for their accomplishment!”

APDesign Dean, Tim de Noble was impressed as well. “Funny how art parallels life! Our students’ entry garnering both the Peoples' Choice Award and the Judges' Choice Awards at the IIDA Kansas City Color + Couture event shouldn’t surprise me. The inventiveness and beauty of their submission and the intensity of their effort in both design and execution, are

evident in their everyday pursuits in Seaton Hall. It is doubly exciting to see them go head to head with other programs and professional practices and be so highly recognized.”

Faculty, staff and students are very proud of the hard work done by these students and very pleased that they were awarded not only one, but two of the coveted awards. This annual event had twenty seven participating teams with all except five from professional design firms.




William T. Kemper Foundation gives $1 million boost to Seaton Complex

By Hayli Morrison

The Kansas City, Missouri-based William T. Kemper Foundation has made a gift of $1 million to the College of Architecture, Planning & Design (APDesign) at Kansas State University to support the Seaton Complex revitalization and expansion.

With expected groundbreaking in fall 2015, the $75 million project will renovate 80,000 square feet of Seaton Hall and add 114,000 square feet of new construction. The building will include consolidated fabrication capabilities, integrated design labs, collaborative spaces and a 300-seat auditorium. In recognition of the gift, the exterior amphitheatre will be named the William T. Kemper Foundation Amphitheatre. Upon completion, the amphitheatre will serve as a public gathering place for students, faculty and visitors to interact outdoors. (more)


Ben Barnert

Architect’s legacy helps K-State students build strong futures

By Hayli Morrison

Ben Barnert graduated from K-State’s College of Architecture, Planning & Design in 1977 and proceeded to work on legendary sports architecture projects like Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. After succumbing to an 18-month battle with cancer in July 2013, Barnert’s legacy continues at his alma mater with gifts from family, former coworkers and friends.

The Ben Barnert Memorial Scholarship will support architecture students at the university Barnert loved. Darla Barnert, Ben’s wife and high school sweetheart, looks forward to watching the professional journeys of the scholarship recipients.

“Ben would be so proud,” she said. “His thought was always, don’t be afraid to dream and step out there.”

One of Ben Barnert’s more memorable achievements while at K-State was his involvement with a committee to build a new house for Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. The house now stands near the eastern edge of campus and contains a conference room named after Ben.

“That’s really where he felt like he learned leadership and how to bring people together from all walks of life to work together for a common goal,” Darla Barnert said.

After college, during his three-decade career with Populous global design firm, he was promoted to senior partner and principal while leading more than 20 high-profile sports facility projects. Along the way, he developed a reputation as a terrific mentor and leader with strong problem-solving skills, fun-loving yet driven and dedicated to his work.

“Beyond his skills as an architect, he was simply one of the best people I have ever known,” said Rick Martin, retired senior principal of Populous. “He was caring of others, respectful, giving of his time, funny and compassionate. He was a great friend, and he is missed by all of us who were fortunate enough to have Ben in our lives.” 


Design Team Announced!

As many are well aware, last week was a major milestone in the history of APDesign. Thursday, four incredible design teams presented their qualifications to lead the process of reworking Seaton Hall into a 21st Century nexus of design and planning teaching, research and service. I am both thankful and proud of the showing made by our students, faculty, staff and alumni. Each session had approximately 200 in attendance, providing us with very useful feedback through completed questionnaires and commentary. (Click"more" to find out who was chosen)


Dean Tim de Noble interviewed on Orvieto TV

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