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Department of Architecture News



APDesign architecture student from Medicine Lodge wins MANKO design competition

Brock Traffas, a fourth-year architecture student at Kansas State University, is receiving a $5,000 scholarship as the winner of a College of Architecture, Planning & Design, or APDesign, competition sponsored by MANKO Window Systems in Manhattan.

Traffas, Medicine Lodge, was the competition judges' top selection for his project design of the Crossroads Campground in Kansas City.

The design was an assignment in his fourth-year comprehensive studio class, requiring students to integrate conceptual and technical knowledge into one complete project for a presentation with drawings, renderings and models. Following a review, one student from each studio was selected to compete for the MANKO award, with each developing a narrative slide presentation to present to judges, who were all established practitioners in the field.

Traffas was a student in the BNIM Studio taught by four rotating BNIM professionals during the fall semester: Greg Sheldon associate principal; James Pfeiffer, associate principal; Carley Pumphrey, an APDesign alumna; and Elvis Achelpohl, an APDesign alumnus. BNIM has been in partnership with the College of Architecture, Planning & Design since 2011 to offer fourth-year architectural design studios to students in the architecture department in the fall and summer semesters. The university's BNIM team varies from year to year, but Sheldon and Pfeiffer have led the studio since its inception. Each of the team members commutes to campus from their Kansas City base office on a different studio day to teach their fourth-year studio.

"The MANKO Prize, now in its fourth year, has become a highly coveted achievement at APDesign," said Tim de Noble, professor and dean of the college. "Each year the students attain new visions in design and leave the professionals in the jury astonished with their remarkably advanced work. MANKO'S commitment and generosity is helping us raise the bar higher with each passing year."

Images of the winning project can be found at http://apdesign.k-state.edu/arch/gallery.

The competition jury included Thomas Leslie, Pickard Chilton professor in architecture, Iowa State University; Paul Mankins, principal, substance architecture, Des Moines, Iowa; and Kevin Greischar, partner, DLR Group, Kansas City.

Traffas will study abroad in the 2016 spring semester at the Dessau Institute of Architecture in Dessau, Germany, and then complete his Master of Architecture in May 2017. Continue reading.


Architecture students earn honors at university's 17th annual Bowman Design Forum

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."


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Clemente Jaquez (08') to be honored as 2016 Distinguished Young Alumni

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.

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Lanting Su Crossroads Brewery

Image of first place winner Lanting Su's Crossroads Brewery project.

APDesign students Lanting Su and Jacob Kelly-Salo win American Institute of Architects Kansas Student Design Competition

College of Architecture, Planning and Design, or APDesign, fifth-year architecture students Lanting Su and Jacob Kelly-Salo took first and second place at the American Institute of Architects Kansas Student Design Competition.

The competition was part of Kan-struct, a conference for architecture, engineering and construction professionals in Kansas. Each year, two students from the college present their designs. This year, students weren't allowed to acknowledge their university.

Su submitted her design for a brewery and Kelly-Salo submitted his design for a bike kitchen. Their designs competed against the University of Kansas campus four-person collaboration redesign projects. After the 10-minute presentations were concluded, there was an hour-long informal gallery where student designers answered questions.

The winner was chosen by the audience using a ballot voting system. Su won first place, receiving $500, and Kelly-Salo won second place, receiving $250.

"This competition was instituted a number of years ago with the intent to engage our students with AIA Kansas and to highlight KU and K-State students' efforts in design, as well as apprising the AIA membership of our faculty's curricular efforts," said Tim de Noble, dean of the college. I am so pleased Lanting's and Jacob's individual projects were recognized – they were obviously superb and represented APDesign's intensity beautifully."

Third-year APDesign students win in regional competition

Students from the College of Architecture, Planning & Design's architecture department participated in the 2015 American Institute of Architects — Central States Regional competition Oct. 15-16 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Students were asked to design a prototype for the reinvention of the Seventh and Locust instance of the Des Moines skywalk system. This year was an ideas competition for the activation of the street level by the modifications of the skywalks. Program and use possibilities included urban farming, art, entertainment, infrastructure and transportation.

Third-year students from the department of architecture presented "Skydeck" to the panel of jurors and won third-place for their outstanding efforts.

Four students participated in the competition: Morgan Brown, Columbia, Missouri; Aaron Church, Hughesville, Missouri; Kristyn Garver, Albia, Iowa; and Peter Syzonenko, Bangor, Pennsylvania.

Assistant professor of architecture Christopher Fein served as advisor to the students.

Professor Matt Knox, department head for architecture, said, "I couldn't be more proud of our third-year students who were competing against fifth-year students from other design colleges from around the region. This is just one of many examples of the high quality of design education coming out of APDesign at K-State."

Professor Bob Condia awarded American Institute of Architects Kansas' Schirmer Award

Bob Condia, professor of architecture in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design, or APDesign received the American Institute of Architects Kansas' Schirmer Award at the institute's meeting on Thursday, Sept. 17, in Wichita.

The award was given in recognition of Condia's outstanding leadership and service to the association and profession.

Condia has been active in American Institute of Architects Kansas including acting as chair of the Committee on Design Excellence, beginning in 1999; being a member of Disaster Assessment Teams, since 2004; and treasurer of American Institute of Architects Flint Hills since 2006.

"Bob Condia has nurtured critical thinking about architectural design, not only for students, but for professionals as well. Kansans should thank him for that service," said Tim Clark, president of American Institute of Architects Kansas.

Previous K-State graduate recipients include, William B. Livingston, Joseph H. Vanderweide, Gary G. Karst, Eugene Kremer, Wendy Ornelas, Mark E. Franzen, Andrew D. Steffes, F. Lynn Walker, Ray B. Weisenburger, and Trudy M. Aron.

Professor Wendy Ornelas speaks at American Institute of Architects Women's Leadership Summit

Wendy Ornelas, professor of architecture in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design, participated in the American Institute of Architects Women’s Leadership Summit Sept. 18 in Seattle.

The summit is a two-day conference to recognize, apprise and encourage women leaders in architecture. Ornelas also gave a presentation about alternative paths in the profession.

Audience member, Lindsey Perez, said about Ornelas' presentation, "Although I found her path in academia extremely intriguing, the most resonating aspect of her exposition was about the value of quiet leaders, 'Quiet leaders may not be the loudest voice in the room, but they are leading and they bring value. They are powerful.'"

Currently teaching a third-year architecture studio, Ornelas returned to teaching from a yearlong sabbatical during which she conducted research and traveled to Orvieto, Italy.

Ornelas earned her Bachelor of Science in architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and her master's degree at Oklahoma State University. She was the board liaison to the Young Architects Forum, academic advisor for Central States Region's Emerging Professionals Committee, instigator of American Institute of Architects Kansas' young architect's leadership program and faculty advisor for APDesign's Women in Design and AIAS chapters.

In 2005, Ornelas was elevated to American Institute of Architects' College of Fellows. She is the first and only female and first and only Latino fellow in the state of Kansas.

Ornelas was the central states regional director for  American Institute of Architects and co-chair of American Institute of Architects National's Diversity and Inclusion Council from 2012-2014. She was president of the National Architectural Accrediting Board from 2009-2010. She is one of three architecture representatives on the Kansas State Board of Technical Professions, served the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, or ACSA, as west central regional director and in, 2013, she was named distinguished professor of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

Ornelas and Bob Condia, professor of architecture, own Condia + Ornelas Architects, an award-winning office focused on designing small commercial projects.

New York architect Jay Siebenmorgen to be visiting Regnier chair for Architecture


MANHATTAN — Distinguished architect Jay Siebenmorgen, design principal of NBBJ's New York studio, will be the 2015-2016 Victor L. Regnier distinguished visiting chair in the architecture department at Kansas State University's College of Architecture, Planning & Design, or APDesign.

Typically, the visiting Regneir chair visits several times a semester to co-teach a studio alongside an architecture faculty member. Siebenmorgen, however, will live in Manhattan during the 2015-2016 academic year to teach a fifth-year architectural design studio full time.

Adept at pushing the boundaries of programmatic relationships to yield new value and maximize the potential of a client's enterprise, Siebenmorgen's design approach seeks to unveil the cultural spirit of a building's context by enhancing and furthering architectural character and dialogue, not by iconographic mimicry. By developing building systems that blend sustainability with form and image-making, he achieves balanced design that is forward-thinking yet timeless in its relationship to location and culture. (Continue reading)

Magyar appointed to Spiritual Places Committee of International Union of Architects

magyarPeter Magyar has been appointed to the Spiritual Places Committee of the International Union of Architects, or UIA. Magyar is a professor of architecture in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design at Kansas State University. 

The International Union of Architects is a global organization of architects with a mission to "unite architects of the world without any form of discrimination." The union includes members from 124 countries and territories and represents nearly 1.3 million architects from around the world. The Association of Hungarian Architects nominated Peter Magyar for this most prestigious appointment.

The charge of the International Union of Architects's Spiritual Places Committee is "to reveal the essence, methodology and variety of architectural conversions and reconversions, today and in the past, to develop a table for interpreting the meaning of a building for all religions, and to understand past as well as future possibilities for architecture, religion and the human spiritual conditions." Magyar, in his inaugural speech to the Szechenyi Academy of Arts and Letters in May 2015, emphasized that perceiving architecture, as roots of infinity, could lend spiritual connotations to other facets than only religious places.

"It is fitting that Professor Magyar assumes a position on this committee given his long-running research into the spiritual underpinnings of human kinds architectural creations," said Timothy de Noble, dean and professor in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design.

Gibson receives Treanor Architects Faculty Award

The College of Architecture, Planning & Design's new Treanor Architects Faculty Award has been presented to Michael Gibson, assistant professor of architecture. This award recognizes one faculty member who best exemplifies the tie between practice and academy and who, in the last year, leveraged the relationship with his or her professional organizations and/or practices to advance students' knowledge, opportunities and research.

In the last school year, Gibson and his fifth-year architectural design studio, also named the "Curtain Wall Studio: Innovation in Curtain Wall Assembly Systems," worked closely with the profession, teaming up with Manko Window Systems in Manhattan and BNIM Architects in Kansas City.

Gibson was awarded $25,000 from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, which was granted specifically for his studio research recognizing the integration of the profession and research. This grant helped to fund the project. Gibson's studio developed and tested new curtain wall variants with these two offices and built one-to-one scale mockups of experimental systems. The students tested these models in outdoor enclosures. The students also participated in a hands-on demonstration of how glazed curtain walls are installed in the field, which was done by an experienced Manko installer. (Continue reading)

McGlynn chosen as 2015-2017 Victor L. Regnier Faculty Chair


Michael McGlynn, associate professor of architecture, was selected as the 2015-2017 Victor L. Regnier distinguished faculty chair in the architecture department by an external blind review committee comprised of faculty members from a well-respected school of architecture.

The chair was established by Victor Regnier, Robert Regnier and Catherine Regnier to honor their father, Victor L. Regnier.

The purpose of the endowment, which is administered through the Victor and Helen Regnier Family Foundation of Mission, is to recruit and retain faculty. Victor Regnier is a 1971 K-State graduate with degrees in architecture and architectural engineering.

Ornelas earns Richard Upjohn Fellowship from American Institute of Architects 


Wendy Ornelas, professor of architecture at the College of Architecture, Planning & Design, or APDesign, has received the Richard Upjohn Fellowship from the American Institute of Architects.

Ornelas received the fellowship for completing three years of service on the institute's board. She served as the national regional director for the Central States Region.

Richard Upjohn founded the New York Society of Architects in 1857, and formally changed the name to the American Institute of Architects, or AIA, shortly thereafter, creating the organization that many are familiar with today. Ornelas completed her board term in December 2014.

Timothy de Noble, dean of APDesign said, "I'm very proud of all of Professor Ornelas' achievements. Her commitment to her students and the profession of teaching are unwavering. She is a credit to the architecture industry locally, regionally and nationally, as is evident in her long list of awards and accomplishments. It is because of the dedication and commitment of professionals such as Wendy that APDesign is one of the highest profile design schools in the nation."

Ornelas, a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, earned her bachelor's degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and her master's degree from Oklahoma State University. She has taught studio, marketing and management courses in the college. A former associate dean of APDesign, Ornelas also was director of the architecture department's academic internship program and the college's interdisciplinary doctoral program in environmental design & planning. She is a principal with Condia + Ornelas Architecture.

Among Ornelas' many honors include being named a Distinguished Professor by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture; the New Faculty Teaching Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the American Institute of Architecture Students; and the Henry W. Schirmer Distinguished Service Award from AIA Kansas. Ornelas is past president of AIA Kansas, past director for the West Central Region of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and past member of the Intern Development Program Coordinating Committee. She also was a member of the advisory committee for the 2005 Internship Conference: Designing Tomorrow’s Architect. She served a three-year term on the National Architectural Accrediting Board, representing the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.