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College of Architecture, Planning and Design



June 24, 2015

Department Head Notes

I just returned from a couple of weeks away and am very happy that the funding for the building has been approved. As you might imagine, things are full force ahead here in the building, preparing to vacate these spaces. While away, I attended NeoCon and touched base with many - alumni, friends of the department, professional colleagues - in addition to experiencing design of exhibits for new introductions as well as classic pieces. You can read an excellent update of NeoCon in this week's OfficeInsights - click here to download the newsletter.

Hope your summer is going well, in addition to the moving activities, we have the Accelerated Summer Studio for 1st year students, the 802/803 IAPD Workshop, and of course internships, electives, and other courses occurring during this summer period!

I am also pleased to include a few of the photos (below) from the 2nd year product design studio prosthetic skin project here - Dustin has been 3D Printing and fitting the skins to the "clients" for the class. 
Photos courtesy Dustin HeadleyPhotos courtesy Dustin Headley

Building Funded!

The state of Kansas has passed a budget and the funding for the Seaton Hall Construction has been included! What does this mean for IAPD? 
  • The IAPD office will be moving to Seaton Hall 251 within the next month;
  • All faculty who have not moved their offices must work to complete this;
  • Faculty offices will move, so make sure to refer to the IAPD Faculty Page for their new office location;
  • Studios and a majority of your classes will take place in the "Seaton Far West" location by the airport (also referred to as the "Swing Space.. 
We are very excited this project has been approved and hope to have your support as well as we go through changes over the next two years. 

Summer Shop Updates

Summer Shop is off to a great start. As you look around the shop, bedside tables, light fixtures, bookshelves and more can be seen resting on the tabletops. Currently the 6-week students are nearing the end of their flat pack furniture projects. All they need to provide is proof of concept, so they can finish when they return from abroad. 

Things in the shop are moving at a very fast pace. The 8-week students have developed prototypes or are a good portion into their final projects. As we near the end students are beginning to work on poster design and layout for competition entry.

Signage & Wayfinding Intersession 

Are you looking for an elective class to take this fall? Consider enrolling in Donna Fullmer's Signage and Wayfinding class. This class will be 2 weeks online and 1 week of on-campus charrette and will design the signage and way finding for the National World War I museum & memorial in Kansas City. 

The museum just gained the rights to be the National World War I museum and memorial from Washington. It houses an amazing collection of items including tanks, planes, uniforms, fire arms, medical items and many, many more displays. 

The design will include the site, vehicular and pedestrian signage for the 29 acre park, museum and memorial including the site entrance, museum exterior entrance and directional signage ticket/information desk, specialty areas, donor wall, directional and information.

For more information, click here

Design Intelligence Survey

The 2015 Design Intelligence Survey invites students to fill out a short survey about their design program with questions about their personal perceptions of their program. Responses are kept anonymous. Please participate in these surveys for Interior Design and Industrial Design. 

Due Date is August 1st! 

Ankerson Named  to Nuckolls Lighting Fund Board 

Changes to the Board of Directors of The Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education were announced by President Jeffrey Milham, at the Fund's annual Lightfair International luncheon meeting. Frank Conti and Fred Oberkircher, two long-serving members of the Fund are retiring. Joining the Board is design educator, Kansas State University Interior Architecture & Product Design Department Head and Professor Katherine Ankerson.

The Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education, founded in 1989 in honor of the late lighting designer and educator, James L. Nuckolls, advances college-level lighting education in North America with annual financial grants and awards. Read the press release here.

IAPD Merchandise


IAPD Merchandise makes great gifts! Available in the IAPD Office or contact iapd@ksu.edu.