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DesignIntelligence Survey!

DesignIntelligence, published by the Greenway Group, is again conducting its annual survey of design professionals, publishing the results in their annual "America's Best Architecture & Design Schools" issue. DesignIntelligence has requested that deans forward the links to this year's surveys to alumni professionals involved in the hiring process.

As a result of efforts to more widely distribute the survey the 2014 survey results were significantly increased in the amount of participation from across the nation. For this reason, our ranking last year was even more meaningful as they reflected a deeper pool of respondents, and in turn, a deeper appreciation for the quality of our graduates. Hopefully this year's broadcast will have the same result. 

All of us at APDesign would greatly appreciate your taking the time to complete the survey by clicking the link(s) as well as forwarding the following links to all appropriate parties:


Landscape Architecture

Interior Design

Also, please be reminded that all of our degrees are now GRADUATE DEGREES. While you personally may hold an undergraduate degree from APDesign, students are now enrolled in five-year master's programs exclusively, altered as necessary from the undergraduate model to meet the university requirements for graduate study. While we no longer offer undergraduate degrees, we strive to uphold the rigors of the practice-based paradigm and professional preparedness that have long distinguished our APDesign degrees. Thus we would appreciate focusing your evaluation on the graduate category for degrees offered in our College. 


Belanger earns Wayne Hunt McElwee Faculty Award

balangerBlake Belanger, associate professor in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design, or APDesign, and professional landscape architect and member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, is the 2015 Wayne Hunt McElwee Faculty Award recipient.
The award is given to a faculty member for being an outstanding teacher as designated by the dean of the APDesign based upon the recommendations of both students and faculty.

Belanger teaches landscape architecture, site planning and urban design across disciplines in APDesign as well as advises graduate students. His scholarship focuses on design process, with an emphasis on mapping methods and photo montage. His pedagogical approach is based on inspiration, creativity, interdisciplinary collaboration, critical thinking and community engagement. He has led or co-led numerous service-learning projects with communities in Kansas, Missouri and Colorado, many of which have been recognized with regional awards.

Michael Gibson receives Treanor Architects Faculty Award


The College of Architecture, Planning & Design's new Treanor Architects Faculty Award has been presented to Michael Gibson, assistant professor of architecture. This award recognizes one faculty member who best exemplifies the tie between practice and academy and who, in the last year, leveraged the relationship with his or her professional organizations and/or practices to advance students' knowledge, opportunities and research.

In the last school year, Gibson and his fifth-year architectural design studio, also named the "Curtain Wall Studio: Innovation in Curtain Wall Assembly Systems," worked closely with the profession, teaming up with Manko Window Systems in Manhattan and BNIM Architects in Kansas City.

Gibson was awarded $25,000 from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, which was granted specifically for his studio research recognizing the integration of the profession and research. This grant helped to fund the project. Gibson's studio developed and tested new curtain wall variants with these two offices and built one-to-one scale mockups of experimental systems. The students tested these models in outdoor enclosures. The students also participated in a hands-on demonstration of how glazed curtain walls are installed in the field, which was done by an experienced Manko installer.

New York architect Jay Siebenmorgen to be visiting Regnier chair for APDesign

Distinguished architect Jay Siebenmorgen, design principal of NBBJ's New York studio, will be the 2015-2016 Victor L. Regnier distinguished visiting chair in the architecture department at Kansas State University's College of Architecture, Planning & Design. (MORE)

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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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APDesign Students Win K-State Tunnel Dance Challenge

APDesign students dance their way to victory in the K-State Tunnel Dance Challenge.