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These 'skins' are in: Students' designs give prosthetics a new look

A project by Kansas State University interior architecture & product design students is giving individuals with prosthetic limbs a chance to add some personality to their prosthetic and show the students that their discipline goes beyond creating products or designing spaces.

Using his interest in bio-augmentation through 3-D printing, Dustin Headleyand the 27 students in his second-year undergraduate product design studio class worked with six clients who are leg amputees to design a cover — or "skin" — that could become part of their prosthetic.

Read more here.

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IAPD Student wins National Competition

Fourth year student Emma Montgomery was awarded the Grand Prize award for the second annual Steelcase NEXT competition. The competition challenged students to design a space that would allow learning to happen everywhere — not just in the classroom. Her design, rendering below, won her a trip to Grand Rapids, MI as a semi-finalist. While there, Montgomery, along with four other semi-finalists, presented designs to a panel of judges. Katherine Ankerson, professor and department head of interior architecture & product design, said, "I am pleased to see Emma's work recognized in this manner and in such a national arena. Rethinking design for higher education involves recognizing how students learn and the role of the environment in supporting those learning modes and styles." Read more about Montgomery's accomplishment and the competition here


International Woodworking Fair Update

IAPD was well represented by our students at the International Woodworking Fair during the week of August 20th. One student was honored with the prize of second place in the Commercial Design Division. Richard Thompson's chair, Tiki Chair (seen below). Department Head Kathy Ankerson notes "We are very pleased to see Richard's creative work recognized in this way and to have one-quarter of the student finalist work at IWF Atlanta be from K-State. Our students learn to view design problems through multiple scale lenses, and respond to human comfort, material and connection attributes, as well as 'fit' within an environment. Richard's work is an excellent example of these parameters." Congraulations!

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International Woodworking Fair Finalists


IAPD will be represented at the International Woodworking Fair by ten students, boasting eleven pieces of furniture. The fair takes place in Atlanta from August 20-23. Congratulations to the following students and their furniture entries. 

  • Laura Stockdell - Carved Side Table
  • Colton Vaughn - 7 Stool
  • Courtney Albracht - Multi-Lounge Chair
  • Richard Thompson - Tiki Lounge Chair & Helix Spring Stool
  • Evan Gray - Sling Back Chair
  • Anthony Ngo - Angles Table
  • Melissa Still - Retro Slipper Chair
  • Teresa Siegele - Gwyn Chair
  • Kate Moeder - Soren Table
  • Adam Gonzalez - Tattooed Slat Chair 


DesignIntelligence Ranking 2013


Each year, DesignIntelligence, ranks the best Architecture programs in the country. Their rankings are considered to be the primary source for comparison in the industry for incoming. Kansas State University has historically ranked high and this year was no different.

Among the Midwest schools, Kansas State University’s graduate program for Interior Architecture and Product Design was ranked no. 1. Nationally, they were ranked among the top 10, landing at no. 7. In their company of top 10 were the two other design programs offered at Kansas State University’s College of Architecture, Planning and Design. These rankings make Kansas State among the nation’s highest ranked programs.

"The College of Architecture, Planning and Design’s programs have been very high in the rankings year after year, and once again we are seeing the incredible national reputation of our programs," said Tim de Noble, dean.*

The rankings are derived by surveying firms and asking them to consider their hiring experiences in the past 5 years and to name the schools whose graduates have been best-prepared for the profession. In the Interior Architecture world, a total of 152 firms were surveyed.

"We are so pleased to be recognized once again for the quality of integrated design education afforded through the Master of Interior Architecture and Product Design," said Katherine Ankerson, head of the department. "Our program weaves interior architecture, product design and furniture design together throughout the curriculum so students are constantly designing, making and evaluating -- building the critical thinking skills so necessary to solve some of the problems facing our world today."*

*Quote courtesy of Kansas State University press release from College of Architecture, Planning and Design

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