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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)


Cool skins

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)


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Fifth year design + make studio launches website

The fifth year studio taught by David Dowell of el dorado inc. out of Kansas City, Missiouri, launches their new website www.ksudesignmake.com

Their website includes a blog written by the students, which offers an account of their experiences in the design + make studio, a section on the work they are producing, and an information section detailing both individual and team roles in the studio.