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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

Architecture September 2016




Department Head and Professor of Architecture Matthew Knox delivered a workshop at the 2015 AIA ACEC AGC “Kan-Struct” conference in Wichita, Kansas on September 18th. The workshop was titled “How Hollywood Can Help You Make Better Architectural Visualizations.”


Bob Condia, professor of architecture in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design, or APDesign received the American Institute of Architects Kansas' Schirmer Award at the institute's meeting on Thursday, Sept. 17, in Wichita.
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.

"Bob Condia has nurtured critical thinking about architectural design, not only for students, but for professionals as well. Kansans should thank him for that service," said Tim Clark, president of American Institute of Architects Kansas.


Previous K-State graduate recipients include, William B. Livingston, Joseph H. Vanderweide, Gary G. Karst, Eugene Kremer, Wendy Ornelas, Mark E. Franzen, Andrew D. Steffes, F. Lynn Walker, Ray B. Weisenburger, and Trudy M. Aron.


Wendy Ornelas, professor of architecture in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design, participated in the American Institute of Architects Women’s Leadership Summit Sept. 18 in Seattle.


The summit is a two-day conference to recognize, apprise and encourage women leaders in architecture. Ornelas also gave a presentation about alternative paths in the profession.

Audience member, Lindsey Perez, said about Ornelas' presentation, "Although I found her path in academia extremely intriguing, the most resonating aspect of her exposition was about the value of quiet leaders, 'Quiet leaders may not be the loudest voice in the room, but they are leading and they bring value. They are powerful.'"


Currently teaching a third-year architecture studio, Ornelas returned to teaching from a yearlong sabbatical during which she conducted research and traveled to Orvieto, Italy.

Ornelas earned her Bachelor of Science in architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and her master's degree at Oklahoma State University. She was the board liaison to the Young Architects Forum, academic advisor for Central States Region's Emerging Professionals Committee, instigator of American Institute of Architects Kansas' young architect's leadership program and faculty advisor for APDesign's Women in Design and AIAS chapters.

In 2005, Ornelas was elevated to American Institute of Architects' College of Fellows. She is the first and only female and first and only Latino fellow in the state of Kansas.


Ornelas was the central states regional director for  American Institute of Architects and co-chair of American Institute of Architects National's Diversity and Inclusion Council from 2012-2014. She was president of the National Architectural Accrediting Board from 2009-2010. She is one of three architecture representatives on the Kansas State Board of Technical Professions, served the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, or ACSA, as west central regional director and in, 2013, she was named distinguished professor of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.


Ornelas and Bob Condia, professor of architecture, own Condia + Ornelas Architects, an award-winning office focused on designing small commercial projects.


Assistant Professor, Judy O. Gordon presented her paper, "Palatable Spacesat the Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland during the international conference, Material Culture in Action: Practices of making, collecting and re-enacting art and design. Gordon’s paper discussed the phenomenological, phenomenal, palatable spaces made by the students of the Rural Studio of Auburn University in its early years of 1994-2002 with unconventional, “found” and re-purposed materials. She presented her paper at the session, "Making, Recollecting and Remediating Architectural Sites," on September 7, 2015.


Visiting Assistant Professor Chris Fein took part in the AIA Iowa young architect jury on September 5, 2015.




Aaron’s Award of Excellence in Rennovation/Preservation for Askren House

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.


The competition was part of Kan-struct, a conference for architecture, engineering and construction professionals in Kansas. Each year, two students from the college present their designs. This year, students weren't allowed to acknowledge their university.
Su submitted her design for a brewery and Kelly-Salo submitted his design for a bike kitchen. Their designs competed against the University of Kansas campus four-person collaboration redesign projects. After the 10-minute presentations were concluded, there was an hour-long informal gallery where student designers answered questions.

The winner was chosen by the audience using a ballot voting system. Su won first place, receiving $500, and Kelly-Salo won second place, receiving $250.

"This competition was instituted a number of years ago with the intent to engage our students with AIA Kansas and to highlight KU and K-State students' efforts in design, as well as apprising the AIA membership of our faculty's curricular efforts," said Tim de Noble, dean of the college. I am so pleased Lanting's and Jacob's individual projects were recognized – they were obviously superb and represented APDesign's intensity beautifully."