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Department of Architecture News

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)

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.


The OZ journal is online


Oz, the journal of the College of Architecture, Planning & Design, and K-State Libraries' New Prairie Press, or NPP, have joined forces to enhance the sustainability and readership of the college's student-edited publication.

Ray Streeter, an associate professor of architecture who serves as the publication's faculty advisor, is digitizing the back issues. New Prairie Press will host the volumes at

Volumes 1-7 are currently available. Another 27 volumes will be added as the digitization process is completed. The two most current issues of Oz will be digitally embargoed; however the print format will be available for purchase through a link on the New Prairie Press website.

"We are extremely pleased to have the journal's audience extended and its content made permanent through open access publishing." Streeter said. 

Oz publishes diverse responses to important issues related to the college's four professional programs: architecture, landscape architecture, planning and interior architecture/product design.

Click here for the full story by Sarah McGreer Hoyt in the K-State Today.

Studio Highlight_The Curtain Wall Studio: Innovation in Curtain Wall Assembly Systems


Students in Assistant Professor Michael Gibson's Curtain Wall Studio ended the Fall semester with a major presentation of their research just before Thanksgiving, presenting 1:1 mockups that had been (and still are) being tested in an outdoor enclosure in the Seaton alleyway. The mockups were developed and assembled by the students, with critical help from Manko in the form of insulated glass units and aluminum curtain wall components. NCARB Award funding purchased materials and new testing equipment to make the research possible. At the end of the prototyping exercise students had new expertise in detailed, specifying, and installing curtain walls. Real-world testing using thermography, temperature data loggers, and blower doors is now augmenting the previous evaluation of their experimental systems with computer simulation. The studio wrapped up their Fall Semester by heading to Des Moines, Iowa to meet with representatives of the Des Moines Public Library. During the Spring, the studio will be developing proposals for a new regional library branch located in Southeast Des Moines, a growing and diverse area on the perimeter of the city. Students toured three libraries with Greg Heid, the Executive Director of the library system, which features four LEED-certified buildings. Students had a chance to discuss their design assignment with a group of librarians and managers in order to better understand the system's specific needs and outlook. The highlight of the visit was a tour of the Central Library, designed by David Chipperfield and executed with Herbert Lewis Blunck Architects. Students also visited Substance Architects and spoke with Paul Mankins FAIA, a principal at Substance and one of the architects who worked on the Central Library project at HLB. The studio was also able to drop in to the Des Moines office of BNIM and see progress on a new Steven Holl project. Students entered the Spring moving quickly into schematic design on their design project, which charges them to fully integrate their experimental curtain wall systems in their individual library designs, using energy modeling,3D CAD, and traditional drawing and modeling techniques to explore the architectural implications of their systems. Tours of to the Michael Graves designed library in Topeka and the new Gould-Evans designed library in Lawrence are planned during the spring. On February 9th the students will present their research work at a public lunch-and-learn at BNIM and will follow the lunch with a design review hosted at BNIM. 

Hungarian Academy of Sciences recognizes architecture professor Peter Magyar

magyarPeter Magyar, professor in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design's architecture department, has been recognized as an honorary member of the Széchenyi Academy of Letters and Arts.

The Hungarian Academy of Sciences established the Széchenyi Academy of Letters and Arts, which is named for Count István Széchenyi, who founded and funded the Hungarian Academy of Science,s in the first half of the 19th century. Scholars and scientists active in a foreign country may be elected to become honorary members of the Széchenyi Academy of Letters and Arts, if they pursue their field of science on an internationally recognized level, and whose achievement is worthy of the special esteem of Hungarian scientific life.

After receiving notification of his membership Magyar said, "It was a total surprise, and is an incredibly high distinction! I am greatly humbled by it."

Magyar, a registered chief-architect in Hungary and in Europe, came to K-State in 2007 as department head of architecture and served in that position until 2011. He was the founding director of the School of Architecture at Florida Atlantic University in Fort Lauderdale, and head of the architecture department at Pennsylvania State University.

He has held faculty positions at the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria; Auburn University as the Burlington Distinguished Professor; the University of Cincinnati; the University of Monterrey, Mexico; and was a guest professor at the Royal Academy of Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Magyar has a Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture and Urban Design degrees, with distinctions, from the University of Budapest, Hungary. He also is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

"I am pleased to see that Professor Magyar's countrymen recognize the excellence he has displayed in his teaching and academic administration throughout a wonderful career," said Tim de Noble, dean and professor of the College of Architecture, Planning & Design.


Architecture professor receives award from Norway


Torgeir Norheim, associate professor and architect in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design's architecture department, was awarded the 2014 Excellence in Building Culture Award, or Byggeskikkprisen 2014, by the municipality of Stavanger, Norway, and presented by Stavanger's mayor Christine Sagen Helgø on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Ledaal.

The award was given for Norheim's superior command of the Orangerie project that transformed an old Sardine factory complex in Stavanger, Norway and blended a combination of residential and commercial functions. With the focused theme of innovation the city wanted to direct attention toward architectural design that is experimental, distinct and innovative. 

The Orangerie project tells a story of change and adaptation to new conditions in the modern city. By adding formal elements and by retrofitting the existing buildings, the neighborhood was turned into a contemporary setting of diverse mixed-use activities. The design configures a harmonious whole where both the historical traces and new elements are legible.

The Orangerie project has created a distinct element of identity and manifesting a diverse urban context. Through high ambition in project construction and by concentrating on high architectural quality the project becomes the model for meaningful urban development.