Department of Architecture News

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.

Five third-year architectural students earn honors at Bowman Design Forum

Five architecture students earned honors at Kansas State University's 16th annual Bowman Design Forum.

The Oct. 17 forum, sponsored by the local architecture firm BBN Architects Inc. and hosted by the College of Architecture, Planning & Design, brought internationally acclaimed architects to the Manhattan campus to discuss work by students in the architecture department.

One student from each of the department's five third-year studio sections was selected to present his or her design for a tallgrass prairie retreat. Each student participant prepared models, drawings and a PowerPoint presentation.

This year's guest jurors were Talbot Sweetapple, a partner, and Peter Broughton, an associate, both with MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Ltd.; along with Brent Bowman, principal, and Aaron Dyck and Austin Massoth, all of BBN Architects. (more)

You know you're a K-State architecture student when...

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)