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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

APDesign Newsletter 9.6.11


Have you seen the new CNC router? It is beautiful! So was the “event” of bringing it into the Link. A hole was cut in the wall. A huge crane was brought in to lift it off of the trucks, through the walls, down to the basement level and over to its final resting space. The machine should be set up the week of September 12 and software training will follow soon. We will be taking baby steps in getting the newest addition to the shop working. Several faculty from each department will be trained on the equipment and the software this first year while we test its abilities.

On the same day that the CNC was delivered we obtained our official final occupancy notice from the fire marshal for the sprinkler system in the basement, as well as getting the AC hooked up in the already occupied studio space S011A where El Dorado is holding their fifth-year architecture studio. The timing was perfect for the string of 100-degree days. Central Mechanical and V&V Electric are finishing up their work in the double studio space across the hall. We hope to have that space in working condition as an overflow space as soon as possible. Thanks all for being so patient with these last minute building issues! 


Artist Thomas Lyon Mills has been tapped to present the College of Archtiecture, Planning & Design’s Bryant Lecture. Mills will give the lecture, titled “The Catacombs,” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, in 114 Willard Hall. The lecture, funded in part by the K-State SGA Fine Arts Fee, is free and the public is welcome to attend.

For two decades Mills has painted in the Italian catacombs and numerous European pagan sites. Mills says he is the only non-archaeologist who has been granted the permission to explore and work in the catacombs alone.

“What do I find underground? Miles of tunnels are so silent that I hear my heartbeat. Skeletons embrace one another in tombs; paintings and carvings form mysterious, iconographic hybrids of an emerging language,” Mills writes on his RISD faculty page.

Mills is a professor at the acclaimed Rhode Island School of Design. He is represented by the Luise Ross Gallery in New York, and recently Mills won the 2011 Rhode Island Council on the Arts Fellowship in Painting.

He has exhibited at the Drawing Center in New York, the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Mass., the Boston Athenaeum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.; the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, Ark.; and numerous venues in Europe including the American Academy in Rome and the residence of the U.S. Ambassador in Italy.

Mills has lectured and critiqued at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design; the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Mich.; Parsons School of Design, New York; Auburn University, Ala.; and both Temple University’s and Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute’s programs in Rome.

Next week, APDesign will host two more lectures: Wendell Burnette will speak at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12 in the Leadership Studies Town Hall. Chris Nelson will deliver the Ekdahl Lecture in the K-State Student Union Little Theatre at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14.


The APDesign all-college photo will be taken Monday, Sept. 12 at 1:20 p.m. All students, faculty, and staff are asked to meet at the main stairs on the south side of Seaton Hall. University photographer David Mayes will be snapping the photo.


K-State President Kirk Schulz and Provost April Mason will be visiting APDesign at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, to discuss K-State 2025 progress and goals as well as to answer any questions the faculty and staff may have about the K-State 2025 vision.

The discussion will take place in the Pierce Commons. 

We encourage all faculty and staff to attend this important session so we can ensure that our College is making its mark and doing its part for this initiative.


The All-University Campaign is an internal fundraising effort run by campus faculty and staff specifically focused on the participation of all employees of Kansas State University. It is an annual campaign for all members of the campus community to participate by supporting the areas of the university they care about most. 

By participating in the All-University Campaign, we demonstrate our pride and show our support for K-State students, campus, and future. Last year, 63 percent of APDesign faculty & staff participated, and we’d like to grow that this year!

The kick-off ice cream social is from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8 in the Union Courtyard. While giving packets will be distributed in two weeks, to see ways to give, as well as the various funds that can be supported, go to http://www.k-stateauc.org/ways_to_give.html. Please consider supporting an APDesign fund.

This year’s College representatives are Emily Vietti and Michael Gibson. If you have any questions, please contact them.


After 25 years of service to APDesign, Joan Koehler is retiring. Come wish her well at a farewell reception at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, in Pierce Commons. We will have cookies for everyone!


LA/RCP Professors Jessica Canfield, Howard Hahn and Katie Kingery-Page are traveling to the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools conference in Sheffield, England this week to present.

Hahn and Kingery-Page will present, “Aesthetics of Landscape Representation: Simulation and Abstraction in Digital Rendering.”

Canfield will present her paper, co-authored with Huston Gibson, “Aesthetics v. Function. Assessing Resident Perception of Ecologically Designed Urban Parks at Stapleton in Denver, Colorado.


Assistant Professor Katrina Lewis’ photographic work will be exhibited in “Bangladesh: Colours of Culture and Context” at McPherson College. The exhibition consists of more than 30 photographic prints taken in Bangladesh by Lewis as well as textiles and crafts that she brought from the country. The show opened August 29 runs through Oct. 30.

“In our current state of the world, we often look at developing countries as having a negative image versus having a beauty within the culture,” Lewis said. “So I hope people come away with a positive feeling about the Bangladeshi people.”

Lewis spent a year in Bangladesh teaching at the Asian University of Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh, along with her sister, Summer Lewis, who was concierge at the university and wrote the captions for the photographs. The vibrant images focus on the everyday lives of the Bangladeshis and their culture.

“Every time you walked down the street, there were these ‘National Geographic’ photography shots in front of you,” Lewis said.

In addition to the exhibition, special events in connection with the display are also planned. On Sept. 16, a public artist’s reception will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Then on Sept. 20, Lewis will spend the day speaking to McPherson College classes, followed by a public presentation in Friendship Hall about the exhibit at 7 p.m. The presentation will also include Summer Lewis, who will join the conversation from Australia by computer via Skype.

On the final day of the show, Oct. 30, the public is invited to a celebration of Bangladeshi food and music. From 3 to 5 p.m., attendees will have the opportunity to sample authentic Bangladeshi food and listen to Bangladeshi instruments, played by members of the Bangladeshi community living in Manhattan and McPherson.


Professor Judith Major will be presenting a lecture to the Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Manhattan train depot). The topic of the lecture is “A. J. Downing and American Landscape Gardening.”


The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs announces the fall 2011 FDA and USRG call for proposals for K-State faculty members, at the assistant professor level and above, who are interested in receiving assistance in their scholarly activities and professional development.

The President’s Faculty Development Awards (FDA) program provides support to travel to international meetings, to participate in foreign exchanges, and to meet with program officers of potential external sponsors. All K-State faculty members holding assistant professor level appointments or above are eligible for this award.

The University Small Research Grants (USRG) program is a “seed” grant program to support early research, scholarly activity, and other creative efforts.

If you seek travel support that will occur before July 1, apply in the fall competition. Fall funding must be committed before the close of the current fiscal year (June 30.)

If you seek travel support that will occur after June 30, apply in the spring competition. Spring funding is allocated after the next fiscal year begins (July 1.)

More details can be found at k-state.edu/research/funding/fdausrg.htm.

An FDA/USRG Q&A session will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15. To reserve your seat and get location information,
email orsp@k-state.edu.