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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

Architecture Updates Through February 2016


Assistant Professor Genevieve Baudoin and Visiting Assistant Bruce Johnson were invited to participate in the Final Reviews held at Drury University’s Hammons School of Architecture – the reviews were held on Dec. 4th in Springfield, MO.


Outstanding design work by six third-year architecture students at Kansas State University's College of Architecture, Planning & Design, or APDesign, earned honors at the 17th annual Bowman Design Forum, Dec. 9, on the Manhattan campus.

Sponsored by BBN Architects Inc., Manhattan, and hosted by APDesign, the forum brought acclaimed architects to campus to discuss work by students in the architecture department. The forum is an opportunity for students to present their work to the architecture practitioners and educators for critiques.
One student from each of the department's six third-year studio sections was selected to present his or her design for "The Falls Brewpub | Cottonwood Falls, KS." Each student nominee prepared models, drawings and a PowerPoint presentation.

This year's invited guest jurors were Frank Harmon, fellow of the American Institute of Architects and owner of Frank Harmon Architect PA, Raleigh, North Carolina; Matthew Kreilich, principal of Snow Kreilich Architects, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Brent Bowman, Austin Massoth and Aaron Dyck, BBN Architects. Harmon and Kreilich each delivered a public presentation of their respective work following the forum. The jurors awarded $3,750 in scholarship monies to the following third-year architecture students:
Bradley Gollwitzer, Shawnee, $250 Finalist Award. Gollwitzer isa student in the studio of Wendy Ornelas, professor of architecture.
Tanner Lee, Blue Springs, Missouri, $250 Finalist Award. Lee is a student in the studio of Emily Koenig, visiting assistant professor of architecture.
Tyler Arndt, Independence, Missouri, $250 Finalist Award. Arndt is a student in the studio of Todd Gabbard, associate professor of architecture.
Alyssa Reynolds, Independence, Missouri, $500 Special Merit Award. Reynolds is a student in the studio of Bruce Wrightsman, assistant professor of architecture.
Claire Huffaker, Maysville, Missouri, $2,000 Honor Award. Huffaker is a student in the studio of Gary Coates, professor of architecture.
Dipen Patel, Raymore, Missouri, $500 Special Merit Award. Patel is a student in the studio of Michael McGlynn, associate professor of architecture.
"The Bowman Forum is a highlight each fall in third-year studio," said Matt Knox, professor and head of the architecture department. "The chance for our students to show off their best work in front of local and nationally distinguished architects is a huge plus for their education and is also an opportunity to illustrate the quality of our program."



Two Kansas State University graduates, Kourtney Bettinger, Denver, and Clemente Jaquez, Dallas, are the recipients of the K-State Alumni Association Student Alumni Board's 2016 Distinguished Young Alumni Award. 

The award recognizes two K-State graduates who are younger than 35 and are using the scholarship, leadership and service experience they acquired at K-State to excel in their professions and contribute to their communities. The K-State Alumni Association and Student Alumni Board will honor Bettinger and Jaquez when they return to campus Feb. 22-24 to give keynote presentations and visit with student groups and university classes.

"In fulfillment of the K-State Alumni Association's mission to serve alumni as their link for life to the university, we are pleased to support the Student Alumni Board in presenting this award to simultaneously honor some of our most accomplished young graduates while creating new ties among alumni, students and faculty," said Amy Button Renz, K-State Alumni Association president and CEO.

Jaquez, a native of Garden City, is the design director for Hoefer Wysocki Architecture in Dallas. He graduated from K-State in 2008 with a master's degree in architecture and has been recognized as an outstanding practitioner and community advocate.

While at K-State, Jaquez was an active member of Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, National Organization of Minority Architecture Students and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, among other roles. He also was a Rhodes Scholar national finalist, K-State Alumni Association Anderson Senior Award recipient, president of Sigma Lambda Beta fraternity and the Sigma Tau Delta Architecture student of the year.



Image of 2016 Manko Prize winning project, courtesy of Brock Traffas.

Outstanding design work by five fourth-year architecture students at Kansas State University's College of Architecture, Planning & Design, or APDesign, earned honors and one $5,000 scholarship at the 4th annual Manko Windows Design Competition, Dec. 11, on the Manhattan campus.
One student from each of the department's five fourth-year studio sections was selected to present his or her design. Each student nominee prepared models, drawings and a PowerPoint presentation. Two students connected via Zoom to present their work while studying abroad in Orvieto, Italy.

This year’s invited guest jurors included Paul Mankins of Substance Architecture is widely regarded as one of the leading design practitioners in the Midwest. During the last three decades, he has directed the design of significant corporate, residential, civic and higher education facilities recognized with over 90 design awards – including more than 50 awards from the American Institute of Architects. He has taught architectural design at Iowa State University since 1998. He is a graduate of Iowa State University and Yale University. Thomas Leslie was also a juror and is the Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture and the Director of Graduate Education for the Department of Architecture at Iowa State University, where he teaches building design, history, and technology.  Leslie has degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Columbia University. He is the author of Louis I. Kahn: Building Art, Building Science and Chicago Skyscrapers, 1871-1934, and several others. His teaching has been recognized with awards from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the American Institute of Architects. The third juror was Kevin Greischar leads DLR Group's K-12 practice in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. He has designed more than seven million square feet of educational space across the Midwest in his career. After a devastating tornado hit Joplin MO, he led relief efforts and relocated the high school and 1,200 students in about 3 months, which helped to earn the DLR Group the Council of Educational Facility Planners International James D. MacConnell award. Kevin is a graduate of K-State.

Brock Traffas of BNIM’s studio took home the $5,000 grand prize. Other students that competed included Kylie Schwaller of BNIM's summer studio, Zachary Pritchard of Prof. Todd Gabbard's summer studio, Thomas Crane of Prof. Genevieve Baudoin's studio, and Sydell Paul of Prof. Dragoslav Simic's studio.


Professor and Department Head of Architecture Matthew Knox attended the ACSA Administrator’s Conference November 11th through November 6th in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He also attended Autodesk University December 1st through December 4th in Las Vegas, NV.


The department hosted Gonçalo Byrne, a world renowned Portuguese architect, who lectured at K-State in the Little Theatre on November 9th. He will serve as the 2016-17 Victor L. Regnier Distinguished Visiting Chair.


Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture Chris Fein received the 2015 Mortar Board Faculty Member of the Year Award for APDesign on November 19.


Professor of Architecture David Seamon has published “Qualitative Approaches to Environment-Behavior Research: Understanding Environmental and Place Experiences, Meanings, and Actions,a chapter co-authored with environmental psychologist Harneet Gill, currently a doctoral student at Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand. The chapter is included in Research Methods for Environmental Psychology, published by Wiley/Blackwell and edited by environmental psychologist Robert Gifford, Professor of Psychology at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia.


The department held its spring faculty retreat on January 13 in the Alumni Center. Agenda and discussion items included the upcoming NAAB accreditation and the MARCH and MSARCH programs.


Professor David Sachs chaired the 2016 Heritage Trust Fund Grant Review Committee. On February 5th Sachs and two other members of the Kansas State Historic Resources Board reviewed 44 applications submitted in behalf of properties in Kansas listed on the national Register of Historic places. After careful deliberation, and in accordance with the guidelines of the Heritage Trust Fund, the Review Committee was able to recommend funding to assist in the preservation of 22 properties, with a total award of $1,332,290. Sachs announced the Committee’s decision at the quarterly meeting of the Kansas State Historic Resources Board on February 6th.


Assistant Professor of Architecture Bruce Wrightsman had a paper accepted to the 3rd International Conference on Structures and Architecture held this July in Portugal. Wrightsman is eager to have the chance to present his research on the work of architect Neil Astle and the innovative structural approach Astle developed in the design of his house in Omaha, Nebraska in 1968.The jury commented they liked the paper because "it aims to go forward reaching a new step of knowledge, from the architectural practice's point of view, involving new approaches for the development of technologies on housing's design".  Wrightsman is also collaborating with a colleague from Iowa State on the development of a book on Astle's work.  The house and the topic of Wrightsman’s paper is a key project in the book because it is first project which set the tone of innovative thinking for Astle’s other work.


Fifth year students in the Master of Architecture program participated in the ground breaking ceremony at YMCA Camp Wood at the end of the month.