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February 10, 2014

Message from the Department Head

Soon, the cold weather and snow will be but a memory.....at least that is my hope! The snow days last week provided an opportunity to focus and accomplish a great deal and I hope they were productive for you as well.

The end of the week found many of our students traveling to Kansas City to participate in the IIDA Portfolios & Professionals event held at 360 Architecture's office. As you can see from the photo in the header to this newsletter, it was certainly a well-attended event and included 84 students from seven programs at six universities. Thank you to the IIDA chapter and the professionals involved for putting on such a good event. One student participant's comments: "Additionally, we had a Q&A session after the critiques which was informative and each professional in the panel gave a history of their career. It's always refreshing to see how one degree can lead you down so many diverse paths so it was very cool to hear their backgrounds!"

Have a good week!

News and Events

Portfolios and Professionals
Friday, February 7th, 5th year students traveled to Kansas City for the IIDA Portfolios and Professionals day. While the goal of the event was the get feedback from professionals about their portfolios, there were prizes awarded as well. Prizes up for grabs included job shadowing at 360 Architecture. IAPD students swept the competition and we congratulate all students on their accomplishments! Follow the link to see portfolios.
     - Student Membership Winner - Kate Moeder
     - Best Portfolio in Progress - Marcus Appleby
     - Best Portfolio - Kayla Hales

New Webcam
Faculty, are you doing a Zoom meeting with a firm in Kansas City? Students, do you have a Skype interview? If you do, IAPD has invested in a new webcam for your use. This Logitech HD Pro Webcam has a built in microphone so you can schedule meetings and interviews without worry. The webcam is located on the MediaScape in Seaton 206. If you have questions about using it, please contact Mary in the IAPD office.

Weigel Library
Weigel library has added two more resources for your use. Now available are the following:
1) Cradle to Cradle – Home Design – Process and Experience
2) Sustainable Building Systems and Construction for Designers

Architecture professor David Sachs has served as the Victor L. Regnier Distinguished Faculty Chair for 2010-2013 and will be presenting his research today (Monday, February 10th) at 4:30 in the Little Theater. For more information, please contact Kari Lindeen (klindeen@ksu.edu).

Current Projects - IDSA
Professor Dave Richter O’Connell and Andrea Blair | Director, Student Access Center received a grant last semester and they are looking for brainpower from you! They will be using the grant to purchase a solar charging trailer to add to the campus shuttle golf cart. Dave is holding a meeting Tuesday, Feb 11th (tomorrow) to brainstorm ideas for ways to fabricate and add features to this cart. The meeting starts at 5:30 in the McGraw room. Pizza and pop will be served!


Design Emphasis 2014 at the International Woodworking Fair is quickly approaching with deadlines for submissions being March 31st. Registration will be done online and using a code specific to K-state (B8965). For more information, contact Rod Troyer or Dave Brown. You may also go to this website for information and registration.

Good Fulton & Farrell, a design firm in Dallas TX, is holding a recruiting event by invitation only on Friday, March 14th. To be invited to the event, submit a resume and portfolio to Taylor Caralano at recruiting@gff.com. For more information, visit www.gff.com/recruiting 

Internships & Study Abroad

Update from Kate Pruser’s blog: 


Yesterday, Marco gave a great lecture about the Greeks and the early Roman civilization. We will be taking a field trip to Rome on frosty and he is going to be giving us a walking tour of some of the main sites. After that I had my first Italian class with Serena and she may have spoken maybe fifty English words. I can’t really understand most of the time but she is really good and signing and breaking it down so we can figure out what she is trying to say. I think I’m going to get a lot more out of this Italian class than my previous one. After class my roommate Kelsey, Anna and I took a long walk on the rupa. Anna left us half way through but Kelsey and I made it all the way around Orvieto! It was great, very beautiful and very hilly!!

Today we had our second day of seminar and studio. Seminar is going to be a challenging class right now because it is challenging me to think in a more philosophical way. The discussions we are having are very insightful about the meanings of what is real and presences, significance, materiality and emptiness and how we can relate that to life and architecture. Until next time!


*To read more of Kate's blog, click here!

Faculty, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) is will be awarding $5,000 to the first place winner of their “Award for Excellence.” This award recognizes outstanding practices in interior design education. For information on how to apply, visit here.

Monday Feb 10 -
Victor L. Regnier Distinguished Faculty Chair Lecture – 4:30pm – Little Theater
Tuesday Feb 11 – IDSA Meeting – 5-6:30pm – McGraw Room (Pizza Provided!)
Thursday Feb 20 – IAPD Faculty Meeting – 11:30-1 pm – Seaton 202F
Thursday Feb 20-Friday Feb 21 – IIDA Student Conference Houston, TX
Thursday Feb 20-Friday Feb 21 – 5th years Schematic Design Review
Monday Feb 24 – Ekdahl lecture (ARCH) delivered by Laurie Hawkinson at 4:00PM - Little Theatre
March 15-23 – Spring Break
Wednesday April 2 – Sally Augustin, Environmental Psychologist 4:00 PM in the Little Theatre
Saturday April 5 – Open House
Monday April 7 – 10 - 3 DesignExpo in the K-State Alumni Center Ballroom
Saturday May 17 – APDesign Commencement