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Archived Awards and Honors

  • International Woodworking Fair winner: IAPD 2014 graduate Richard Thompson was awarded 2nd place at the International Woodworking Fair. His chair "Tiki Lounge" placed in the Commercial Design category which has 150 entries. 

Tiki Chair

  • International Woodworking Fair: IAPD was represented at the International Woodworking Fair by ten students, boasting eleven pieces of furniture. The fair took place in Atlanta from August 20-23, 2014. Congratulations to the following students and their furniture entries. 
    • Laura Stockdell - Carved Side Table
    • Colton Vaughn - 7 Stool
    • 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 
  • Tau Sigma Delta Bronze Medal winner: Kayla Hales2014 graduate was awarded with the Tau Sigma Delta Bronze Medal for her work as a student at K-State over her five years in the program. This medal is awarded to the student who has distinguished themselves in design in the field of architecture, landscape architecture, or the allied arts. 
  • Monsters of Design Winner: Josef Lang, fourth year Interior Architecture & Product Design student in the university's College of Architecture, Planning and Design, or APDesign, earned best in show honors for his chair design in the "Monsters of Design" competition, a part of Kansas City's annual Design Week. 
  • 2014 IDEC Creative Scholarship Award for Best in Category Design as Idea Award: Assistant Professor Kendra Ordia along with co-creators Igor Siddiqui and Tamie Glass from the University of Texas at Austin, for Mas Moss: A Living Curtain.
  • Over the past two years, two faculty members were chosen as Rotary Peace Fellows and during the months of January and February, their work was displayed in APDesign’s Chang Gallery. The display titled “Fellowship for Peace” was funded by the Rotary District 5710 Peace Fellowship committee and showed work by IAPD faculty members Katrina Lewis (Summer 2012) and Vibha Jani (Summer 2013) along with work by Summer Lewis (2011-2012) and David Kozar (2009-2010). Katrina Lewis was the first designer worldwide to be chosen as a Rotary Peace Fellow, follow by Vibha Jani the following year. 


  • Professor and Department Head Katherine Ankerson was elected President-Elect for the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) effective May 1, 2013. She will take over the presidency of IDEC May 1, 2014. 
  • 2013 ARCC King Medal Award Winner was graduating student Erin Hurd for her Masters Thesis titled "The Urban School: Education Design & It's Effect on Inner City Students." Despite the abundant evidence that the environment in school buildings has a substantial effect on the health and learning of the students inhabiting it, thousands of schools across America, many of them in urban environments, are in unacceptable states. The intent of this project is to improve the educational environment and the quality of education for students attending a low performing high school in an impoverished, urban area of Kansas City, Missouri. 
  • Professor and Department Head Katherine Ankerson received the 2013 Interior Design Educators Council's Book Award. The book titled Illustrated Codes of Designers: Residential was published by Fairchild Books and co-branded by the Interior Codes Council. 
  • A ten-person, four-university team received the Interior Design Educators Council 2013 Media Award. Professor and Department Head Katherine Ankerson, Associate Professor and Associate Department Head Neal Hubbell and the rest of the team were honored at the 2013 IDEC awards banquet for their collaborative effort on the Lighting Across the [Design] Curriculum website.
  • Professor Dave Richter-O’Connell and Director of Student Access Center Andrea Blair had their proposal for the Green Action Fund accepted. Their proposal Showcase Sustainability/Renewable Energygives the Industrial Designers Society of America student chapter the opportunity to work with the Student Access Center to develop solutions for charging stations for the new Student Access golf carts. These golf carts help transport students with disabilities around campus. 
  • Professor Dustin Headley traveled to Hong Kong during November 2013 to attend the 47th annual International Conference of the Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA). While there, Headley presented his research titled "Integration of Parametric Thinking within Undergraduate Design Studios" and was awarded the honor of runner-up for best presentation.
  • Katie Hoke, selected by the IAPD Faculty as the 10-Year Alumni Honoree for 2013, visited Manhattan November 7- 8, 2013. She met with students and faculty, participated in class and studio visits, presented work and was honored at a luncheon. An exhibit of her professional work was displayed in the Chang Gallery through the duration of her visit. As the Senior Interior Designer and Project Manager at McClellan Architects in Seattle, Washington, she works with high-end commercial interiors, retail design and custom residences.
  • Seventeen IAPD students participated in “Research and the State” on Tuesday, October 29th. A total of 70 K-State graduate students, representing 20 academic departments presented scholarly research in poster format. The winner of the Architectural division was IAPD student Nichole Finke. As the winner, she received a $250 scholarship and will present her work on February 13th at the State Capitol in Topeka. 
  • Assistant Professor David Richter-O'Connell was recognized by the Kansas State Chapter of Mortar Board Senior Honor Society. Professor Richter-O’Connell was noted as being a faculty member who goes above and beyond at Kansas State University.  Factors in choosing Professor Richter-O'Connell included his unwavering dedication to students, his support of student and faculty success, and his passion for Kansas State University.
  • Assistant Professor Dustin Headley traveled to Indiana the first week of October to attend the Exhibition opening of Fearless Furniture at the Indiana State Museum. His piece "Fluxus" was featured. The exhibit showed the contemporary and traditional furniture designs side by side.Click here for more information on Professor Headley’s design.


  • IAPD Furniture Design Workshop conducts an annual competition between the fifth year students with their 3-Point Stool project. 2013 the winning projects were created by Kate Moeder, Anthony Ngo, and Colton Vaughn (see respective pictures). Students voted for “People’s Choice”, the tie went to Kate Moeder and Colton Vaughn's stools. “Best Craftsmanship” was awarded to Anthony Ngo's stool as voted by faculty. (Photo courtesy of IAPD)

3 Point Stool

  • 4th year studio students, led by Assistant Professor Donna Fullmer, traveled to Kansas City to participate in Design Wars: IIDA Mid America Chapter Student Award. The winning team of four was composed of two of our students: Rachael Mayhill and Anthony Dorrell. The winning team was awarded a prize of $2,000.
  • AWFSFair’s Fresh Wood Competition, held in Las Vegas, accepted two student’s work from Kansas State University. Graduate Students Alexis Kiel and Darcy McDonough were invited where Kiel showed her piece “Leaf 2” and McDonough showed “The Rumper”. Kiel was honored with First Place in the Contract Seating category. Both Alexis and Darcy McDonough represented IAPD well as finalists. (photo credit: Frank Byers / Woodcraft)

Alexis Kiel

  • 4th year IAPD student Josef Lang participated at the DIS Design program in Copenhagen during the 2013 summer semester. While there, Lang was awarded the Furniture Design in Metal Academic Excellence Award. He was one of seven (out of 141 students) to receive the DIS Design Excellence Award. DIS noted “Each summer semester we recognize one outstanding student in each discipline (architecture, interior architecture, urban design, graphic design and furniture design) with an Award of Academic Excellence. The awards are given to students who have distinguished themselves through diligence, commitment, academic performance, and ideally a student who contributes to a positive, collaborative learning environment in class.”
  • 2013 graduates accepted their diplomas Saturday, May 11th. Additionally, several students were recognized with departmental awards for their contributions and achievements.
    • Bronze Medal of Tau Sigma Delta: Alexis Kiel
    • ARCC King Medal: Erin Hurd for her Master's Thesis entitled "The Urban School: Education Design & It’s effects on Inner City Students”
    • The Jack C. Durgan Interior Architecture Award: Erin Hurd
    • The Outstanding Product Design Award (2 awards given this year):Ryan Goetsch and Darcy McDonough
    • The Outstanding Furniture Design Award: Joshua Burkhart
    • The James DuBois Outstanding Graduating Senior Award: Alexis Kiel
    • The Interior Architecture & Product Design Student Leadership Award (2 awards given this year): Jaimie Tosh and Kyle Emme
    • The Eugene T. McGraw Scholastic Award:Alexis Kiel
  • The annual KCADDR Furniture Design Judging occurred during the week of May 13th – 16th. Ten judges gave of their time to review the works created by 3rd year, 4th year, and 5th year students. Cash prizes were awarded to the following students:
    •  Large Furniture Category
                       1st place: Audrey George
                       2nd place: Katherine Ortbals
                       3rd place: Kyle Emme

        Small Wood Items
                       1st place: Veronika Adamova
                       2nd place: Aaron Bisch
                       3rd place: Teague Peak
                       4th place: Elizabeth Stadterman
  • Adam Stover, IAPD 2002 graduate and Principal at Populous in Kansas City, was named one of the 40 under 40 in Building Design and Construction
     Magazine. Adam designs interiors for sporting arenas and his projects are valued upwards of $1 billion dollars. Some projects include Arrowhead Stadium, Yankee Stadium and University of Phoenix Stadium. Adam often comes back to K-State to be a guest lecturer and critic. To learn more about him click here.

Adam Stover

  • Two IAPD students were selected to participate in the Undergraduate Research Forum, Josef Lang and Aaron Bisch each presented the results of their studio team research and design projects associated with our grant from Herman Miller. Each did an excellent job of representing the sort of research involved in design projects and the process of implementing that research in design decisions.
  • The fifth-year IAPD students featured their furniture designs at Deadleaf Furniture in Kansas City on Friday, April 5. The show was part of Kansas City’s First Fridays in the Crossroads District. The 5th year exhibit of furniture projects was a resounding success; from before the official opening until past the scheduled closing time, the exhibit was packed with those viewing the work and seeking in-depth information from students about their projects.
  • Department Head Katherine Ankerson represented the team of ten faculty who created the grant-funded project "Lighting Across the [Design] Curriculum" in Philadelphia, during the LightFair event. The project and the work was sponsored by the 20th Anniversary Nuckolls Lighting Fund for Lighting Education Inc.
  • Professors Katrina Lewis and Kendra Ordia attended the Well+Being: Exploring Design in the 21st Century Symposium this weekend at Florida International University. Katrina presented "The Dialogue between Design, Peace, and Conflict Resolution," while Kendra presented "Austin|Madrid: A Case Study for Compact Green Family Living in American Cities."
  • Professor Vibha Jani presented the paper “Introducing Interactive Devices to change the Perception of What Viewers Consider as Art in the Museum” at the Sixth International Conference on the Inclusive Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Professor Kendra Ordia, along with colleagues from The University of Texas at Austin, have progressed to Round 2 for their "Curtains" submission to the Center for American Art and Design (top 20 out of 160 submissions). The next step is to detail out more items about installation for exhibition by the end of May and then those submissions will be reviewed for exhibition and the final round of reviews is for installation.
  • Current 5th year student Alexis Kiel has been awarded a $500 Scholarship from EDRA to attend the 2013 International EDRA Conference in May to deliver her paper "UPDATING HEALTHCARE POLICY FOR AMERICA'S HEROES." The paper is a result of the IAPD 810 Capstone studio work with Professor Vibhavari Jani, designing a rehabilitation clinic for returning Wounded Warriors.
  • Current 5th year IAPD student Jaimie Tosh was named a finalist in the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library’s Furniture Design Competition for 2012-2013.
  • Associate Professor Ryadi Adityavarman has been invited to speak at the 3rd Annual International Conference on Architecture, 10-13 June 2013, Athens, Greece on the topic of: Embodied Sensibility: Hidden Dimension in Design Teaching Pedagogy.
  • Associate Professor Ryadi Adityavarman was appointed Chair of the IDEC Inside Out: Multi-disciplinary Collaboration Network.
  • Associate Professor Ryadi Adityavarman’s abstract Theoretical Reflections on Teaching Freehand Architectural Drawing, has been accepted for presentation at the Seventh International Conference on Design Principles and Practices  at Chiba University in Chiba, Japan.
  • Associate Professor Ryadi Adityavarman’s abstract Teaching Pedagogy for Architectural Freehand Drawing: An Embodied Theoretical Analysis is accepted for presentation at the Twentieth International Conference on Learning at University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece, 11-13 July 2013.
  • Associate Professor Vibhavari Jani is one of two faculty members in the college selected to teach in our Italian Studies program for Spring 2014.
  • Associate Professor Vibhavari Jani represented Kansas State at the Asian Studies Conference (AAS) and attend the Board of Trustees meeting for American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS). She also represents Kansas State as a board of trustee for AIIS.
  • Associate Professor Vibhavari Jani was an invited panelist for the College of Design at the University of Minnesota where her presentation focused on ways through which Indian philosophy of life relates to architectural form.
  • Associate Professor Vibha Jani presented the Wounded Warriors project at the Rotary Peace Forum on Saturday, February 16. She additionally was invited and presented the project to the University of Illinois' Architecture Students.
  • Assistant Professor Kendra Locklear Ordia was an invited member of a panel presentation titled "iDO: Interior Design Optimism about the Future among Emerging Educators" at the 2013 National IDEC Conference.
  • Department Head and Professor Katherine Ankerson attended the National Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Conference where she led a task force to review IDEC Regional Conferences to increase identity and involvement of members.
  • Department Head and Professor Katherine Ankerson was awarded the 2013 IDEC Book Award for the book Illustrated Codes for Designers: Residential (published by Fairchild Books, Inc.). The IDEC Book Award is given for recognition of the content of an outstanding book that exhibits excellence in addressing issues of the discipline of interior design including practice, research, and education.
  • Selection committee comments: “Overall, the committee was impressed about the inclusiveness and the organization of this text.  The committee felt that this DVD-based book is the trendsetter in interior design education and the interactive nature will be conducive to students learning.  Learning about codes is typically presented in a dry format that can be difficult to read but this text “is a well thought out approach to comprehensive 'active learning.'”
  • Department Head and Professor Katherine Ankerson (lead) and Associate Professor Neal Hubbell (team member) along with 8 colleagues at 3 other universities were awarded the 2013 IDEC Media Award for their project Lighting Across the [Design] Curriculum. The IDEC Media Award is given for recognition of the content of an outstanding visual media piece that exhibit excellence in addressing issues of the discipline of interior design including practice, research, and education. This 2-year project was the result of a $50,000 grant awarded as the 20th Anniversary Nuckolls Lighting Fund in 2010. Selection committee comments: “To understand the magnitude and depth of thought and delivery of knowledge of this media piece one must really explore the website that was developed. The website is interactive and very informative the site provides class exercises that covers the concepts of lighting from a multitude of perspectives ranging from aesthetics to sustainable lighting concepts and principles. The website itself is graphically appealing, very easy to navigate and provides basic to advanced topics within the site. Lectures are contained within are easy to run within the site. The site truly provides content and examples of how we, as educators should incorporate “lighting across the curriculum!”
  • Six student furniture design projects have been selected by the Beach Museum for inclusion in the Museum of Wonder exhibit. Josh Burkhart (5th year)(Professor David Brown), Lee Watson (5th year)(Professor Steve Davidson), and Andrew Yarnell (5th year)(Professors David Brown and Steve Davidson)  will each be represented in the Spring 2013 show. Katherine Ortbals (4th year)(Professor Rod Troyer), Melissa Still (4th year) (Professor David Brown), and Anthony Ngo (4th year) (Professor  Rod Troyer) will each be represented in the Summer 2013 show.
  • Associate Professor Vibha Jani was awarded $5,000 through the Academic Excellence Funds to support “Diverse Art, Architecture and Cultures of South Asia.”
  • Associate Professor Ryadi Adityavarman was awarded $5,000 through the Academic Excellence Funds to support a series of lecture and workshop events in international hotel planning. Professor Adityavarman was also awarded $1,970 from the Tilford Incentive Grant to support “Critical Regionalism: Search of Design Identity within Diversity.”
  • Assistant Professor Kendra Ordia had a presentation abstract “Guidelines and Considerations for Biophilic Interior Design in Healthcare Environments” accepted for the 2013 EDRA conference.
  • Assistant Professor David Richter-O’Connell had a poster abstract “People, Places and Things…The Process and Management of Multidisciplinary Design” accepted for the 2013 EDRA conference.
  • 2012 ARCC King Medal Award was presented to Lyndsee Johnson for her Masters Thesis titled "Pediatric Palliative Care House." The research focused on pediatric palliative care as it is a recent innovation in the United States and more research is still needed to understand the requirements and needs of the sick children and their families. 
  • Associate Professor Vibhavari Jani received the Interior Design Educators Council's Book award for her book titled "Diversity in Design: Perspectives from the Non-Western World." The annual Book Award recognizes and honors significant books that exhibit excellence in addressing the issues of the interior design profession including practice, scholarship and education.
December 2012
  • Assistant Professor Katrina Lewis has been invited to serve on the advisory committee for the Lou Douglas Lecture Series on Public Issues.
  • Several students and faculty have presentations accepted for the upcoming EDRA 44 conference in Providence this May. (The Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) is an international, interdisciplinary organization founded in 1968 by design professionals, social scientists, students, educators, and facility managers. The purpose of EDRA is the advancement and dissemination of environmental design research, thereby improving understanding of the interrelationships between people, their built and natural surroundings, and helping to create environments responsive to human needs.)
    • Student abstracts accepted by EDRA for presentations (each of the student abstracts stem from coursework taught by Associate Professor Vibha Jani). 
      • Group 1:  Courtney Albracht, Katie Ortballs, Laura Stockdell, Title: Personal Expression versus Territoriality: How to Achieve Balance in Design Learning Environments
      •  Group 2: Adam Rodriguez, Adam Davenport, Daniel Gonzales, Title: Identifying Different Generations? Spatial Needs for Design Learning Environments
      •  Student: Alexis Kiel, Title: Updating Healthcare Policy for America’s Heroes
    •  Student abstract accepted by EDRA for poster presentation:
      • Group 3: Elizabeth Cassity, Chelsea Neville, Jessica Tibbetts, Title: The Chromatic Luminance in The Designed Environment
    •  Additionally, two IAPD faculty abstracts were accepted by EDRA for presentations:
      • Associate Professor Vibhavari Jani, Title: Designing Healing Environments for the Wounded Warriors
      •  Assistant Professor Kendra Ordia, Title: Guidelines and Considerations for Biophilic Interior Design in Healthcare Environments


November 2012
  • Assistant Professor Kendra Ordia was selected to participate in the Peer Review of Teaching Program.
  • Associate Professor Vibha Jani presented a paper at the Healthcare Design conference to highlight the healthcare needs of wounded warriors coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan wars. This presentation featured rehabilitation center prototypes designed by the 2011 Capstone studio students.
  • The exhibition (Associate Professor Vibha Jani): "Privacy from the prying eyes: Jali as an architectural Intervention" opened on Nov. 1st at the Kemper Gallery. This exhibition featured photographs of the jalis that adorn ancient architectural monuments of india and various screens to show how these jails were not just decorative elements, but were specially designed interventions to provide privacy for the occupants of the dwellings. 
  • DesignIntelligence issued the "America's Best Architecture and Design Schools 2013" and we are once again ranked among the top 10 graduate programs in Interior Design (the category used for both Interior Architecture and Interior Design programs for this survey). We are pleased to see the continued creative, innovative, and considered work of our students, faculty, and staff recognized in this manner.


October 2012
  • Adam Stover of Populous in Kansas City was the IAPD 10-Year Alumni Honoree. Adam visited Manhattan October 18-19, 2012, to meet with students and faculty, participate in class and studio visits, and was honored at a luncheon. An exhibit of his professional work was displayed in Seaton Hall’s Chang Gallery. As a senior interior designer, director of product development and senior associate at Populous in Kansas City, Adam has nearly a decade of experience in creating award-winning, memorable interior spaces in some of the firm’s most iconic venues such as the stadiums housing the New York Yankees, Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs and Phoenix Coyotes. While working on Yankee Stadium, Adam created designs that paid tribute to the past while grasping the future.
  • Associate Professor Ryadi Adityavarman received acceptance of a paper submission: Local Wisdom and Global Relevance: Learning from Eastern Traditional Principle and Western Postmodern Theory in Contemporary Architectural Education accepted for an international conference in Jogyakarta, Indonesia scheduled for November 30.


September 2012
  • Department Head Katherine Ankerson began a three-year term serving on the University Selection Committee for the prestigious award of Coffman Distinguished Teaching Scholar.
  •  Assistant Professor Donna Fullmer had a submission "SUCCESS = Interactive + Engaged Learning with Multi-Tasking Students" accepted in the format of a poster presentation, and she presented it at the 13th Annual Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning in September in Traverse Michigan.
  •  Associate Professor Ryadi Adityavarman has been accepted to serve as a volunteer for the newly formed IDEC International Task Force.
  •  Associate Professor Vibhavari Jani and Assistant Professor David Richter-O’Connell were awarded the Bartelt-Pierce Family Faculty Fund to support faculty development for $1,000 each.
  •  Department Head Katherine Ankerson is on the single slate of officers for the international organization Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) as President-Elect. The position is a 3-year commitment beginning in May 2013.