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Interior architecture & product design graduate students and professor to present research at upcoming conference

Caleb Amundson and Alexandra Marschman, graduate students in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design's interior architecture & product design department, both from Shawnee; associate professor Vibhavari Jani; and industry partner Andrew Kim of Steelcase will present their research at the upcoming Society of College and University Planning conference in fall 2016. 

Jani and Kim submitted the research proposal, "What Students Need From Collaborative, Informal Learning Environments" for the conference.

The team's presentation will feature research from an integrative planning approach to understand the needs of students working in teams. Through the presenters' research observations, photo and video documentation, and survey results, conference attendees will develop a deeper and richer understanding of students' technological, spatial, furniture and environmental needs for collaborative informal learning environments and their challenges with current group spaces.

Jani received funding for her design research course from Steelcase, a U.S.-based furniture company in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The purpose of this grant is to conduct a research project to understand the importance of informal learning environments in higher education. During fall 2015, members from the Steelcase Education and Research team worked with Jani and the design research students to conduct this investigative study.

The proposal was accepted for presentation at the Society of College and University Planning Conference, Oct. 3-5, 2015, in Evanston, Illinois. Steelcase is providing funding support for those students attending the conference.

Interior architecture & product design student wins student merit award


Zach Manuel, fifth-year interior architecture & product design student at Kansas State University, won the Industrial Designers Society of America District Student Merit Award.

The student merit awards provide students in industrial design opportunities to showcase their talent and achievements. It also allows schools such as K-State with industrial design programs to gain acclaim and visibility among other institutions. Further, it provides an ample platform for design professionals to meet with the industrial design geniuses of the future.

Manuel will go on to compete at the regional level at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Also competing for K-State was interior architecture & product design fifth-year student Grace Manuel who placed second in the event.

IAPD Student Lands First Prize in NEXT Competition

Caleb Amundson, a fourth-year IAPD student was awarded top honors as the finalist in the NEXT Student Design Competition.  Amundson won the $2500 award and another $2500 for APDesign.  He also won a custom-made Think Chair from the competition's sponsor, Steelcase Design Alliances.  Please read all about the competition here.



Interior Architecture And Product Design At K-State Ranked At The Top

Kansas State University’s Interior Architecture & Product Design (IAPD) is ranked one of the top graduate programs in the country.  For more than 15 years “America’slogo Best Architecture & Design Schools” from DesignIntelligence has been the definitive school ranking in architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and industrial design.  The rankings show Kansas State University IAPD as the #1 graduate program in the Midwest region, #1 in construction methods and materials, and the number #1 graduate program at a public institution nationally. Read More

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