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APDesign Distinguished Lecture Series Presents Seattle Landscape Architect, Oct. 1 at 4pm
in the K-State Union Little Theatre

Shannon Nichol headshot

Shannon Nichol, founding principal of a Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, a Seattle-based landscape architecture practice, will present "Repair Works" at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in the Little Theatre at the K-State Student Union.

This lecture is part of the Kansas State University's College of Architecture, Planning & Design distinguished lecture series through the department of landscape architecture and regional & community planning.

Nichol's designs, including Lurie Garden in Chicago's Millennium Park, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation campus and Boston's North End Parks, are widely recognized for being deeply embedded in their neighborhoods and natural contexts. Her work incorporates complex functions into simple frameworks and refined landforms.

"The Olmsted era may seem to be over, but American landscape architects have far more work to do than ever before in carefully repairing, preserving and repurposing existing human-built environments," Nichol said.
Nichol's current projects include phase two of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation campus, Rainier Vista at the University of Washington and plans for Cleveland's historic Group Plan District and Civic Mall-Medical Mart and Convention Center.

Nichol is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, holds LEED AP certification and is an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, Seattle. Her work has received multiple Design Excellence and Honor Awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects and American Institute of Architects, and she and her partners received the 2011 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Landscape Architecture. Nichol lectures internationally, frequently juries for design awards and serves on advisory committees for universities and nonprofits.

APDesign Golf Tournament 2014

The Kansas State University College of Architecture, Planning & Design (APDesign) will host its Second Annual Alumni and Friends Golf Tournament on Friday, October 17, 2014, at the Manhattan Country Club, Manhattan, Kansas. The tournament is open to the first 24 foursomes to register and will benefit the students not currently receiving financial support through the APDesign Scholarship Fund.

Friday, October 17, 2014
Manhattan Country Club
Manhattan, Kansas

Registration deadline is Friday, October 10, and is limited to the first 24 teams or 96 players. Register online here or print and return this registration form. Payment will also be accepted the day of the tournament.

Corporate and hole sponsorship opportunities exist, and interested parties should contact Damon Fairchild, director of development, at 785-532-7524 or damonf@found.ksu.edu. Further information on the event and sponsorship levels can be found here.




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.