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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

APDesign Newsletter 11.7.11


The 33rd edition of the APDesign journal OZ 33: Augment, is now available. It will be sold Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, this week and next, in the Pierce Commons.


This Thursday, November 10, head to the Kansas City Design Center for a lecture by Merrill Elam. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m., followed by the lecture at 6:30 p.m.  Merrill Elam is principal of Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to her practice, she lectures, teaches, and has served as Visiting Critic at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

We look forward to seeing you at this event! 


Judith K. Major, Professor of Landscape Architecture, presented “Andrew Jackson Downing and American Landscape Gardening” to Metro Hort in New York on November 7. Members gathered at the Arsenal in Central Park to hear the talk. 


Architecture Professor Gary Coates was invited to participate in a panel discussion at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Beverly Hills, California, on October 5. Coates was invited because of his paper, “Beyond Modernism: ‘Perfect Abstraction’ in Adi Da Samraj’s Orpheus and Linead Suites,” published in 2A Architecture and Art, Spring 2011, No. 17, pp 36-39. The event was held as part of the gallery’s exhibition, Adi Da Samraj: Orpheus and Linead, held from September 8 to October 8, 2011, and curated by renowned Italian art critic, historian, and past curator of two Venice Biennales, Achille Bonito Oliva.

On October 27, Coates attended a dinner and meeting in Emporia of the Advisory Board for the Sustainable Studies Program, a joint degree offering by Emporia State University and Flint Hills Technical College. Featured at this gathering was a house/school for special needs students in the Emporia school district. This near net zero energy building was designed by students Levi Wall and Sarah Dews as part of Coates’ ADS 3 studio in fall 2009. It features a direct gain passive solar heating system, cross ventilation, Energy Star appliances, special daylighting elements (solatubes) and a ground source heat pump for heating and cooling that is powered by a 10-kilowatt building integrated photovoltaic system. It is being constructed by students at the Flint Hills Technical College, demonstrating the benefits of cross-institutional collaboration in the service of community needs.


Stephanie Rolley, Professor and Landscape Architecture/Regional & Community Planning Department Head, was selected as this year’s College of Architecture, Planning and Design Mortar Board Honoree. Mortar Board is a senior honor society that upholds the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service. Stephanie will be recognized at a Mortar Board reception Monday, November 7.


A LA/RCP colloquium on Friday, November 11, titled From Here to There, and Back, will feature presentations from two study abroad experiences. Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture Jessica Canfield and students will present their travel and study in China during spring 2011 intersession and Laura Demos, MLA student, will present her travel and study in New Zealand.


The AIAS Beaux Arts Ball is coming up this week! It will be held at Kathouse Lounge in Aggieville on November 9, starting at 9 p.m. Tickets may be purchased from Anna Bliss in Seaton 109 or from Sarah Masalskis or Bryanna McManus in Seaton 203. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the night of the event. The event will include an array of snacks and hors d’oeuvres, and drinks will be available for purchase (non-alcoholic beverages will be provided for those under 21.) As an incentive for early arrivals, one free drink will be provided on a first come, first serve basis.

The theme is Run for the Roses/Kentucky Derby, so be sure and sport a creative hat with your cocktail attire!!!

Like in past years, AIAS will be hosting an art competition. Anyone and everyone in APDesign is invited to submit any type of art (sketches, painting, sculpture, doodles, photography, etc., literally anything that is cool.) There will be prizes for those who receive the most votes!


Just a reminder that today, Monday, Nov. 7, at 5 p.m., all College faculty and staff are encouraged to come to the Alumni Center Ballroom to help work on aligning the College’s Future Vision document with the K-State 2025 plan.

To make this as painless a process as possible, we will have food, drinks, and maybe even some fun. 

Hope to see you there. 


The Design Communication Association announces a call for papers for their 2012 biannual conference, October 21-24, 2012. The theme for the conference is Graphic Quest: The Search for Perfection in Design Communication.

The Design Communication Association was established to maintain a dialog among design communication professionals and educators concerning creative alternatives for teaching and promoting the concepts and skills of design communication, to encourage the teaching of these essential skills, and to improve communication and support among the various design professions and education levels based on our common interest in improving the way we formulate and communicate design ideas to the profession and the wider community.

One-page abstracts must be submitted by February 17, 2012. For more information, please visit www.designcommunicationassociation.org.