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Awards and Recognition

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Student Commencement Awards

These awards are presented each year during the commencement ceremony.

Department of Architecture

The American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Certificate of Excellence is awarded to the student in the Department of Architecture with the second highest grade point average.The American Institute of Architects Kansas Student Honor Award is awarded to the student who possesses an outstanding academic record and who has been an active participant in the local student chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

     Roger Clark, Anthony, KS


The Alpha Rho Chi Medal is awarded to a student who has demonstrated leadership ability, performed willing service, and shows promise of professional merit through attitude and personality.

     Marilina Bedros, Manhattan, KS

The John F. Helm Award is given in honor of artist and educator John F. Helm, who, from 1924 until his retirement in 1971, served Kansas State University as a professor of Art and Design, curator of the University Art Collection, and director of the graduate program in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design. His commitment to the graduate program in architecture lives on through the annual award given in his memory to a student in the Master of Science in Architecture program who, in the opinion of the Graduate Committee of the Department of Architecture, has demonstrated outstanding performance in course work, leadership and service, and has completed an outstanding thesis or final project.

     Mahruf Kabir, Dhanmondi, Dhaka

The Kremer Prize is awarded to recognize outstanding collaborative design achievements by students in the final year of the professional Master of Architecture degree program. The prize is named in honor of Eugene Kremer, a long-time professor and head of the Department of Architecture. As an educator and advisor, Professor Kremer fostered in thousands of students a passion for learning and a desire to achieve excellence. While working tirelessly throughout his tenure to promote strong and lasting relationships between practicing architects and the College’s students, Professor Kremer also endeavored to create opportunities to engage students in collaborative design activities, both on and off campus.

     KCDC Studio


The Heintzelman Prize, named for long-time professor J. Cranston Heintzelman, is awarded for excellence in design during the final semester of study in the Department of Architecture. One student in each of the fifth-year design studio sections is selected by the faculty as a Heintzelman nominee. One Heintzelman Prize winner is then selected by a distinguished jury.

     Rayan Cheikh, Asseily, Beirut
Interior Architcture & Industrial Design


The Jack C. Durgan Interior Architecture & Product Design Award is presented to the outstanding overall designer who best demonstrates understanding of the synthesis of specializations within the design curriculum by his/her standard of excellence and innovation in design solutions.

     Kanoa San Miguel, Longmont, CO


The Allan Hastings Outstanding Product Design Award is presented for the outstanding project and overall performance in product design. 

     Solomon Renfro,  Manhattan, KS


The Outstanding Furniture Design Award is presented for the outstanding project and overall performance in furniture design.

     Mason Bryant, Colwich, KS


The Outstanding Interior Architecture Design Award is presented for the outstanding project and overall performance in interior architecture design.

     Kanoa San Miguel, Longmont, CO


The James DuBois Outstanding Graduating Senior Award is given in recognition of academic performance, thesis project and contributions to the Interior Architecture & Product Design department, program and peers. 

     Abby Dick, Mexico, MO


The Interior Architecture & Product Design Student Leadership Award is presented for outstanding contributions performed for the betterment of the Department of Interior Architecture & Product Design. 

     Annie Wilkerson, Festus, MO

The Eugene T. McGraw Scholastic Award is presented to the student with the highest grade point average in the Department of Interior Architecture & Product Design.

     Meredith Hill, Ft. Scott, KS
Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning


The MLA Outstanding Graduate Student Award is awarded for academic performance and contributions to the College, the Landscape Architecture program and the recipient’s peers.

     Elsa Stoffel, Palos Park, IL


The MLA Outstanding Graduate Research Award is awarded for significance, quality and scope of research efforts, based on nominations by the faculty.

     Yingyi Zhong, Shaoguan, China

Honoring the first Department Head of Landscape Architecture at Kansas State University, the Dr. Robert P. Ealy Award recognizes academic excellence based upon scholarly endeavors.

     Shelby Hollman, Osawatomie, KS

Named for Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture, the Landscape Architecture Foundation Olmsted Scholar was created to identify, recognize and support students with exceptional leadership potential who are willing to engage current and critical issues through the use of ideas, influence, communication, service, and leadership, thus advancing sustainable planning and design and fostering human and societal benefits.

     Bridget Hake, Omaha, NE

The American Society of Landscape Architects Honor and Merit Award is awarded to students demonstrating the highest level of academic scholarship and accomplishments in skills related to the art and technology of landscape architecture.

     Honor, Grace Mader, Baldwin City, KS   
     Honor, Spencer Sanders, Bixby, OK
     Merit,  Shelby Hollman, Osawatomie, KS
     Merit, Yingyi Zhong, Shaoguan, China


The Sigma Lambda Alpha International Honorary Society recognizes academic excellence in preparation for the profession of landscape architecture.

     Logan Baker, Pleasant Hill, MO
     Madison Quincke, Manhattan, KS
     Elsa Stoffel, Palos Park, IL
     Miles Updike, Spring Hill, KS
     Yingyi Zhong, Shaoguan, China


The American Institute of Certified Planners Outstanding Student Award in Regional and Community Planning is awarded by the National American Planning Association to a graduate student in planning at each accredited program based on nomination by the Planning faculty. The criteria for the award are academic performance, leadership contribution to the program, participation in planning activities, and professional promise.   

     Lindsey Logan, Manhattan, KS


The MRCP Outstanding Master’s Report is awarded to the student who produces the best report based on the quality of the final product and the King Medal criteria.   

     Amber Berg, Centertown, MO

Leland R. Edmonds Award  - Awarded, in the spirit of Professor Edmonds, to the student who has best represented the planning profession within the college, university and community and made significant contributions to the K-State planning program. 

     Kyle Oneth, Wichita, KS


ARCC King Medal Nominees

     Yingyi Zhong, Landscape Architecture, Shaoguan, China
     Lindsey Logan, Regional & Community Planning (2020 Recipent), Manahttan, KS


Commencement Speakers

The speakers are selected by the Office of the Dean.

See the list of speakers:

Bill Snyder, K-State Football Coach

Cheryl L. McAfee, FAIA NOMAC, LEED AP BD+C; Chairman and CEO McAfee3 Architects

Sue E. Yoakum, Attorney and Owner, Yoakum Law LLC

Robert Coffey, Co-Founder, The Gordian Group

Jan Burton, Co-founder, Rhino Cubed

James P. Cramer, Chairman and Principal, Greenway Group Inc.

David A. Warm, Executive Director of the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC)

Randhir Sahni, Llewelyn-Davies

John Calvin Williams, Chase Manhattan Bank

Ben Hakimian, Co-Founder of Hakimian Organization

Rick Martin, Senior Principal, HOK

Constance Ramos, Host and designer, “Color Correction”

Ted H. Spaid, principal and co-founder of SWT Design

Alan Lauck, HOK Dallas

Larry Walling, Chief of Transportation, National Parks Services, Denver

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award is given at the discretion of the Dean with the criteria of being awarded to one who has performed outstanding service to the college.

See the recipients:

Lynn Ewanow, APDesign Associate Dean (retired) 
Susan Lannou, Former Director of Recruitment for APDesign

Margaret (EmmyChamberlin, AIA, Project Manager, Kansas State University

Wyatt Hoch, Foulston Siefkin LLP

Mark Hutton, Founder, Hutton Construction Corp.
Sue Peterson, Government Releations and Assistant to the President of K-State
Lisa Shubert, Assistant to the Dean

Fred Willich, HI Tech Interiors, President
Maxine Ganske, Library Assistant III, Weigel Library APDesign

Donald P. Crawford, APDesign Manager of Information Technology Services

Jon A. Levin, Chairman of the Board, University Bok Store Inc. and owner, Varney's Book Store

Colin Noble, President and CEO of Noble Hospitality

Cassey Cassias, Director of Practice for BNIM

Dennis Law, Professor and Dean, College of Architecture, Planning & Design

Alton Barnes, Professor, APDesign Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning
Dawn Kirkwood, AIA, Director of the Kansas City Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

M. Duane Nelis
Jonathan M. Kemper

Vernon P. Deines, APDesign, Regional & Community Planning

James T. McCullough, President & CEO, McCullough Development, Inc.

Daniel F. Musser, Zimmer Real Estate Services, Kansas City, Missouri
Diane Potts, administrative assistant to the Dean, APDesign
Thomas A. Tyler, owner of Answers Inc. St. Louis, Missouri


Larry King, AIA,NCARB, IA Interior Architects
Alan Lauck, HOK Dallas

Larry Walling, Chief of Transportation, National Parks Services, Denver

Dr. James R. Coffman, Provost, Kansas State University

James Calcara
Bernd Foerster

Howard & Sharon Kessinger
Arlene Tinkler

John Renner
Brent Bowman
Michael Knapp

Donald McKahan
John Wilhm

F. Gene Ernst

Emil Fischer
Dennis Scheer

Charles Linn
Bill Gapske

William Livingston
Eugene McGraw

H. Stewart Mann
Joy Swallow

Patricia L. Eidson

Homer Williams

Trudy McDermott Aron
Douglas and Kay Sprouse

Victor L. Regnier Chair in Architecture

See the recipients:

See the recipients:

Bob Condia, FAIA

Michael McGlynn

Dick Hoag

David Sachs

Gary Coates


Victor L. Regnier Distinguished Visiting Professorship

See the recipients:

Nieto Sobejano, Spain

Fran Silvestre, Spain

Goncarlo Byrne, Portugal

Jay Siebenmorgen, USA

Steven Ehrlich, USA

Javier Sanchez, Mexico

Beat Kampfen, Switzerland

Wendell Burnette, USA

Siv Helene Strangeland & Reinhard Kropf, Norway

Alan Dunlop, Scotland

Alfred Jacoby, Germany

Miguel Roca, Argentina

Mikko Heikkinen, Finland

Alberto Campo Baeza 2005-2006, Spain

Hiroshi Hara, Japan



Treanor Architects Faculty Award

This faculty award is to recognize and retain the highest quality faculty in APDesign at K-State.

See the recipients:

Genevieve Baudoin, AIA, Assistant Professor

Neal Hubbell

Katie Kingery-Page

Dustin Headley

Michael Gibson

Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Undergraduate Outstanding Teaching Awards

Selections for four annual $2500 awards are made at the college levels to recognize excellence in teaching performance in the undergraduate program. These awards were established in 1968 and are now sponsored by the William T. Kemper Foundation through the Commerce Bank.

See the recipients:

Assistant Professor Genevieve Baudoin, Architecture

Assistant Professor Huston Gibson, Landscape Architecture/Regional and Community Planning

Assistant Professor David Richter-O’Connell, Interior Architecture & Product Design

Assistant Professor Howard D. Hahn, Landscape Architecture/Regional and Community Planning

Associate Professor LaBarbara Wigfall, Landscape Architecture/Regional and Community Planning

Professor Robert Condia, Architecture

Associate Professor Vicky Borchers, Interior Architecture & Product Design

Professor Susanne Siepl-Coates, Architecture

Professor Dennis Day, Landscape Architecture

Professor Gary Coates, Architecture

Professor Donald J. Watts, Architecture

Assoc. Professor Wayne M. Charney, Architecture

Professor Gene Ernst, Architecture

Professor Eugene T. McGraw, Interior Architecture & Product Design

Professor William R. Jahnke, Architecture

Commerce Bank and WT Kemper Foundation Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award

The Commerce Bank and WT Kemper Foundation Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award is made annually to those faculty who have distinguished themselves nationally and internationally for excellence in research and graduate education. Normally, up to two faculty are selected annually by a group of faculty peers. Recipients receive an honorarium and deliver a public lecture following selection for this award.

See the recipients:

2016 Graduate Faculty Award
Tim Keane, PhD


McElwee Faculty Teaching Award

The awards are supported by the William T. Kemper Foundation and the Commerce Bancshares Foundation, and are coordinated through the Kansas State University Foundation and the university president's office.

See the recipients:

Bob Condia

Blake Belanger, PLA, ASLA

Jessica Canfield

Susanne Siepl-Coates

Sheri L. Smith

Alumni Awards