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College of Architecture, Planning and Design


Allan Hastings with visitors at the Kansas City Auto Show (Photo courtesy Dustin Headley)

March 9, 2015

Department Head Notes

Design Expo is a time for you to explore more than 50 firms: how they approach design projects, outlooks on the horizon as well as what they hope for in interns and beginning designers. We are fortunate to have more than 100 representatives of these firms, who have traveled from throughout the country to be here today - I hope you will take full advantage of this exceptional opportunity!

Last week was a bit of a whirlwind with the NASAD accrediting team on campus. I am pleased to report to you that the team reported during the exit interview with the Provost, Deans and Department Heads that they found a "strong dedicated community" and extended their appreciation for the tremendous time and effort by students, faculty, and staff who affected their visit. They especially noted our display of work, and indicated their appreciation with the clarity, care, and design of the display. While with us a short time, the team mentioned they felt a strong sense of IAPD's community, engaged and engaging students, committed faculty and staff, and the effective and healthy integrative structure of our curriculum. A huge and heartfelt thank you to each of you for your participation in this visit and process!

The header above is from the Kansas City Auto Show, and you see Allan Hastings is recruiting more students for us! All reports from the event and photos show active participation by all age groups as they learned about our college and department, and enjoyed some hands-on sculpting. Thank you to Allan as well as all of the students who participated.


Design Expo

Design Expo is taking place TODAY in the Alumni Center from10am to 3pm. All years are invited to attend, network and possibly interview with firms (33 of the 53 firms are planning to conduct interviews).

Along with the number of firms in attendance, a professional photographer will be in there to take free head shots for all students. This is a great opportunity for you to get a professional photo for your LinkedIn page and personal websites. 

Win $2500 with Sherman-Williams

Sherwin-Williams is offering a unique canvas for design students to showcase their work - the fifth annual Student Design Challenge, accepting entries now - April 15, 2015.

Students may enter as individuals or as teams, with a commercial or residential design. Top winners from each category will receive a cash prize and have their work featured in the 2015 edition of STIR magazine and on Sherwin-Williams Facebook page. For full details, click here or visit the IAPD Competition Page. 

IAPD 391 Film Screening

The IAPD 391 Film Screening of Short Films on Design will take place on Wednesday, March 25th at 5:30pm in Pierce Commons. This annual event is highly anticipated! You will be entertained, educated, and enthused by the short films covering many topics. (Snacks will be provided.

Short Films

Scholarship Opportunities

There are a number of $500 scholarships being offered by the Blue Key Senior Honor Society. There are seven awards and within each award will be 1-3 winners. 

Applications are due Thursday, March 12th by 5pm in room 103 of the Staley School of Leadership Studies. To learn about the opportunities and how to apply,  click here. 

Faculty Reaching out to High School Students

Professor Vibha Jani will be visiting Topeka West High School on Tuesday, March 10th to share her Rotary Peace Fellowship Experience with students. She will be discussing her time living in Thailand and visiting Cambodia while on the Fellowship. 

The presentation will include various aspects of peace and conflict resolution strategies and why understanding other cultures, people and their socio-cultural, religious and other aspects including art, architecture, family and political structures can contribute to promoting peace. 

Woodworking Competitions

Stiles has three woodworking opportunities for woodworking students...and their educators! Click below for more information about...

What Will Your Teacher do for a Free Woodworking Machine? - Create a crazy, fun, and creative (but safe) short video with your woodworking teacher, demonstrating what they're willing to do to get a brand new machine shipped to your classroom. Due May 31st

AWFS Vegas (July 22-25) - AWFS Fair Registration is NOW OPEN and registration is FREE for qualified teachers and students! Due May 1st

Fresh Wood (July 22-25) - It's not too late to register your school for the Fresh Wood student woodworking competition and the AAW Turning to the Future student turning competition. Due May 1st 

Design Futures Forum 

The Design Futures - Public Interest Design Student Leadership Forum will be held from May 29th - June 2nd at the University of Kansas and you are invited to join! 

This will be a chance for you to work in interdisciplinary groups from all across the country to engender leadership and skill-building for future leaders in hopes to use design as a tool for social equality and positive change in undeserved communities. 

If you are interested in participating, learn more and register at their website

IAPD Events

- Design Expo 10am-3pm
10-15 - IDEC National Conference - Fort Worth, TX
16-20 - Spring Break
23 - Michael Bender & Meghann Day Lecture - 4-5pm - Hemisphere Room 
25 - IAPD 391 Film Screening - 5:30pm - Pierce Commons
26 - Amie Keener, Gensler Dallas and Brian Graham, Graham Design San Francisco - ADP Pro: NCIDQ and You
26 - Brian Graham, Graham Design San Francisco - Inspirations and Work - 5:30 Pierce Commons
25-29 - CELA Conference