Department of Architecture News

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Fourth year architecture student and member of the Architecture Student Advisory Board (ASAB) Lindsey Leardi sums up life as a K-State architecture student in a feature for the Collegian newspaper. Read her witty and very true check list here.

 el dorado design + make studio highlight

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Design+Make is an academic partnership between a Kansas State University capstone design studio and el dorado inc. The studio explores conceptually driven, expertly crafted architecture at all scales of work, with all types of clients and in all locations.  This year’s studio is tackling five projects, each presenting a diverse range of challenges and opportunities.

Facing a school-wide shortage of red box studio desks the first task of this semester’s studio was the design and fabrication of a singular workstation supportive of a collaborative studio environment. With limited space the efficiency of this type of furniture allows room for other studio needs – a large pin up wall, a group meeting area, model-making space and ample circulation.  Like all studio projects, the design was implemented in four phases: understanding, envisioning, documenting, and finally making. With fabrication and construction at the heart of the Design+Make studio, members have participated in various workshops both in and out of studio. The semester kicked off with welding lessons for all studio members at el dorado inc., allowing the team to gain fundamental knowledge of the art of welding, an integral facet of the studio. This continued at the APD Shop under the tutelage of Shawn Troyer and Richard Thompson.  Additionally one studio member participated in the biannual Native Stone Scenic Byway stone building workshop, helping to construct a dry stacked stone fence unique to the Flint Hills.

Recently the studio submitted fifteen individual submittals to Sukkah City STL, a national competition for innovative structures for the Jewish religious festival Sukkot. As the desks were coming to realization, finalist Devin Brown was planning the installation of his sukkah design, “Bounty”, along with a group of fellow Design+Make students. Using straw bales to represent the bounty of the harvest, the team created a towering structure from this unconventional building module. This process was as much a learning experience for design implementation as it was an exercise in teamwork. The team will reassemble an improved, redesigned straw tower in the City Park of Alma, Kansas as a symbol of the studio’s ongoing involvement with the community.

In the coming academic semester Design+Make will continue to expand its horizons. Building upon the framework laid in previous weeks, the team will continue its installations in all five projects, while maintaining its ongoing devotion to additional design endeavors. For continued updates of Design+Make visit:


University's 2014-2015 Coffman chair values storytelling, technology in lecture class

It takes a passionate storyteller to engage students in subjects that may be considered monotonous.

Mick Charney, associate professor of architecture in Kansas State University's College of Architecture, Planning & Design, is such a storyteller. He is the university's 2014-2015 Coffman chair for distinguished teaching scholars.

"I have an opportunity to open students' eyes to worlds of wisdom and an infinite cosmos of possibilities," Charney said. "I claim a moment in time that can impact the rest of their lives — personally and professionally."

The Coffman chair for distinguished teaching scholars was created in 1995 to highlight Kansas State University's commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching and learning. A faculty member acknowledged as a leading teaching scholar is appointed to the chair for one academic year, but all who are selected retain the title of university distinguished teaching scholar throughout their careers. (more)


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Small Town Studio awarded K-State Engagement honor

The College of Architecture, Planning & Design’s Small Town Studio Eureka Project has been selected to receive the K-State Excellence in Engagement award. A review committee composed of both on and off campus stakeholders was very impressed with the Studio’s close two-year collaboration with stakeholders and citizens of Eureka, Kansas. The Studio was praised for the range and immediacy of issues addressed, the development of strong partnerships, and the intensive level of student involvement in the community.

The Small Town Studio of the Department of Architecture was formed in 2012 by Associate Professor Todd Gabbard to engage rural communities across Kansas with student-generated visualization services. Small towns are generally underserved by architects, planners, and designers, said Gabbard, which makes student involvement in these communities an excellent opportunity for towns and students alike. “The work with Eureka and other Kansas communities is an invaluable learning experience for our fifth-year architecture students,” said Gabbard. “The students’ engagement in the background work necessary to make an architectural project viable, such as communicating with clients and stakeholders, building community consensus, and addressing project implementation, will be of tremendous help as they move towards the professional world.” (more)

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Gibson's fifth year architectural design studio developing Cool Skin prototypes for testing

Assistant Professor Michael Gibson earns $25,000 NCARB award for research proposal

A Kansas State University College of Architecture, Planning & Design faculty member's proposal for a student-professional-industry collaboration on making buildings more energy efficient is one of three winners of a $25,000 award from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Recipients were selected for developing innovative curricula that merge practice and education.

Michael Gibson, assistant professor of architecture at the college, which is known as APDesign, received the award for his project proposal "Designing for Performance: Research and Innovation in Building Envelopes."

The project seeks to explore the relationship between research and practice by joining forces with leading manufacturers of building envelope systems, Gibson said. (more)


K-State Architecture ranked #8 in the nation

With three design programs ranked among the nation's Top 10, Kansas State University's College of Architecture, Planning & Design is among the nation's highest ranked.
Kansas State University's graduate program in landscape architecture is No. 2 in the nation, second only to Harvard, according to the latest rankings from DesignIntelligence.
The magazine, whose rankings are considered the primary source for comparison in the industry, also named the architecture graduate program No. 8 and the interior architecture and product design graduate program No. 7 in the interior design category.
Among Midwest schools, Kansas State University's graduate programs rank No. 1 in landscape architecture, No. 1 in interior design and No. 2 in architecture.
The rankings are derived from asking firms to consider their hiring experiences in the past five years and to name the schools whose graduates have been best-prepared for the profession. This year's survey involved 693 architecture practices and corporations, 303 landscape architecture firms and 152 interior architecture firms.
"The state and the region benefit from the caliber of design professionals we produce at Kansas State University," said President Kirk Schulz. "To be not only the best in the state, but also in the ranks of Yale, MIT and Cornell, shows that becoming a Top 50 public research university by 2025 is within our reach."
"The College of Architecture, Planning & Design's programs have been very high in the rankings year after year, and once again we are seeing the incredible national reputation of our programs," said Tim de Noble, dean. (more)

Click here for the full announcement from DesignIntelligence.