Awards and Honors
Distinguished architect Jay Siebenmorgen, design principal of NBBJ's New York studio, was chosen as the 2015-2016 Victor L. Regnier distinguished visiting chair in the Department of Architecture in APDesign. Typically, the visiting Regneir chair visits several times a semester to co-teach a studio alongside an architecture faculty member. Siebenmorgen, however, lived in Manhattan during the 2015-2016 academic year to teach a fifth-year architectural design studio full time. Siebenmorgen has taught at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and served as guest critic for several other prestigious design programs. Formerly he worked in the offices of BNIM, Steven Holl Architects and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The Victor L. Regnier Distinguished Visiting Chair in architecture was established in 2003 by the children of Victor and Helen Regnier to enrich the educational experience of K-State architecture students by exposing them to the finest architects from around the world.
Professor of Architecture Bob Condia was the recipient of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Kansas' Schirmer Award. 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.
Administrative Specialist Megan LaBarge is recipient of the 2016 APDesign University Support Staff Employee of the Year Award for her outstanding performance in the Department of Architecture. Megan has become an invaluable asset to the department office after just a little less than a year. She’s breathed fresh energy and a positive attitude into the workplace. She takes initiative and has become an irreplaceable assistant to the Academic Advisor, taking on many tasks for the Advisor and lightening the Advisor’s heavy workload. She has also done an outstanding job supporting department committees and the new post-bach program. Megan continuously goes above and beyond for the department and college.
The fifth-year architecture design make studio taught by David Dowell, principal of el dorado inc. in Kansas City, MO, received a 2016 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Design Build Award for their Camp Daisy Hindman Cabin Prototype. The 2013 Camp Daisy project was designed for the Girl Scouts of America for a cabin prototype that would sleep six girls and provide them with a clean, bug-free sleeping option. Aside from power, light, and mechanical ventilation, the Cabin features a front porch facing the campfire—an interstitial space that promotes community amongst the campers. This project was also selected for the 2013 APDesign Kremer Prize for best fifth-year collaborative student project.
The Kansas City Design Center, directed by Professor of Architecture Vladimir Krstic, received a 2015 American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Kansas City Design Excellence Concept Category Merit Award for their 2014-15 vision study for Kessler Park. In collaboration with KC Parks and Recreation, the 2014-15 KCDC Studio developed a vision plan which proposes improvements and development of existing areas of the park with a strategy for connecting these zones within the park and, most importantly, reconnecting the park to the people and to the city. This vision study ultimately culminated into a plan for the strategic repurposing of Kessler Park's abandoned water reservoir. Dividing into two groups, KCDC students tackled two different designs for the water reservoir.
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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
Peter 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 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.
Associate Professor Michael McGlynn was selected as the 2015-2017 Victor L. Regnier Faculty Chair by a blind external committee. The Regnier Distinguished Faculty Chair was established by Victor A. Regnier, Robert D. Regnier and Catherine M. Regnier to honor their father, Victor L. Regnier. The purpose of the endowment, which is administered through the Victor and Helen Family Foundation of Mission, is to recruit and retain faculty. Victor A. Regnier is a 1971 K-State graduate with degrees in architecture and architectectural engineering.
Steven Ehrlich, founding principal of Ehrlich Architects and fellow of the American Institute of Architects and Royal Institute of British Architects, was awarded the Victor L. Regnier Visiting Architecture Chair and spent the year co-teaching a fifth year architectural design studio with Assistant Professor of Architecture Genevieve Baudoin. Ehrlich Architects received the 2015 American Institute of Architects Architecture Firm Award. The Victor L. Regnier Distinguished Visiting Professorship brings talented and insightful architectural professionals into the classrooms of APDesign.
Professor of Architecture Peter Magyar was 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.
Associate Professor of Architecture Torgeir Norheim 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 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.
Professor of Architecture Wendy Ornelas 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.
Assistant Professor Michael Gibson earned a $25,000 National Council of Architecture Registration Board award for Cool Skins research proposal. Gibson was one among three winners of NCARB awards, selected for developing innovative curricula that merge practice and education.
Professors of Architecture Gary Coates and David Seamon both received a Professorial Performance Award. PPAs reward strong performance at the highest rank and is approved by a majority vote of the faculty, department head, dean and the provost.
Associate Professor of Architecture W. Mick Charney was awarded the Coffman Chair for University Distinguished Teaching Scholars.
Associate Professor Todd Gabbard was awarded the K-State Excellence in Engagement Award for his Small Town Studio collaboration with the city of Eureka, KS for the last two academic years, addressing revitalization and other issues that are common in rural communities. Established in 2011 by the Office of Provost, the Kansas State University Excellence in Engagement awards are given to highlight excellence in engaged scholarship (via research, teaching, and/or outreach). These awards recognize KSRE and campus faculty initiatives that demonstrate innovative and/or sustained efforts in university/community engagement positively impacting both university and community partners.
Professor of Architecture Richard Hoag was awarded the Victor L. Regnier Architecture Chair for 2013-2015. The Regnier Distinguished Faculty Chair was established by Victor A. Regnier, Robert D. Regnier and Catherine M. Regnier to honor their father, Victor L. Regnier. The purpose of the endowment, which is administered through the Victor and Helen Family Foundation of Mission, is to recruit and retain faculty. Victor A. Regnier is a 1971 K-State graduate with degrees in architecture and architectectural engineering.
Visiting Professor of Architecture Javier Sanchez of JSa Architects was awarded the Victor L. Regnier Visiting Architecture Chair and resided in Manhattan for the academic year to teach a fifth year architecture design studio full time. The Victor L . Regnier Distinguished Visiting Professorship brings talented and insightful architectural professionals into the classrooms of APDesign.
Associate Professor of Architecture Nathan Howe received the Educator of the Year award from the AIA of Kansas City for outstanding dedication and support of excellence in architecture education. AIA Kansas City gives awards each year for significant contributions in advancing or preserving the built environment of metropolitan Kansas City.
Director of Kansas City Design Center and Professor of Architecture Vladimir Krstic was named 2014 Urban Hero by the Downtown Council of Kansas City. The award recognizes small businesses and individuals who are passionate about making Downtown Kansas City a more vibrant place to live, work and play.
Architecture Professors Gary Coates and Wendy Ornelas, FAIA, were both named 2012-13 Distinguished Professors by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. Never before have two professors from the same university been chosen to receive the award in the same year.
The ACSA only selected four total Distinguished Professors for the year. The award recognizes "sustained creative achievement in the advancement of architectural education through teaching, design, scholarship, research or service."
The awards were presented at the annual ACSA meeting in San Francisco on 22 March 2013.
Ornelas, who is also an Associate Dean in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design, has been at Kansas State University since 1989. She has received numerous teaching, design and mentoring awards, including the McElwee Faculty Teaching Award and the ACSA/AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award. She is currently the director of the Central States Region of the American Institute of Architects. She has been a Fellow of the AIA since 2005.
Coates, who has been a member of the Architecture faculty at K-State since 1977, has also been widely recognized for excellence in teaching. In 2000 he received a Commerce Bank Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence. In 2002 he was recognized with an American Institute of Architects Education Honor Award for a community-based design studio. In 2007 he was recognized by the university with a Professorial Performance Award for "sustained excellence in teaching, research and service."