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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

APDesign Newsletter 8.20.12

All-College Forum TODAY @ 3:30 p.m., Forum Hall, K-State Student Union


The six firms/groups who have been selected to present their ideas for the programming phase of the renovation of Seaton Hall will be on campus Thursday. All presentations will take place in Ballroom C at the Alumni Center. The schedule is as follows: 

8-8:50 a.m. — Presentation: Overland Partners in Association with Bowman Bowman Novick

8:50-9:30 a.m. — Break

9:30-10:20 a.m. Presentation: i.e./studio (360 Architects/el dorado inc.)

10:20-11 a.m. Break

11-11:50 a.m. Presentation: Spillman Farmer Architects

11:50 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch Break

1-1:50 p.m. Presentation: Ennead Architects

1:50-2:30 p.m. Break

2:30-3:20 p.m. Presentation: Helix/Ann Beha

3:20-4 p.m. Break

4-4:50 p.m. Presentation: Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design with Gould Evans


The all-College photo will take place this Friday, August 24, at 1:15 p.m. on the main south steps outside Seaton Hall. Please plan to arrive on time so we can create this 2012-13 photo quickly and efficiently. 


The Young Architect’s Forum of Kansas City would like to invite you to participate in our 10th annual Monsters of Design competition and celebration (MoD). A committee of the Kansas City chapter of the American Institute of Architects, YAF provides a unique opportunity for young designers to be encouraged in their work, educated by leading professionals, and celebrated for their achievements and dedication. MoD is an integral part of these values.

MoD invites designers living or working in the Kansas City area who are under the age of 40 to submit current or past works in a variety of fields including graphic design, fashion design, industrial design and, of course, architecture.

Individuals and teams are encouraged to submit qualified works and join us to celebrate design in Kansas City. 

Last year, they had over 60 entries and 12 awards in a variety of categories. The entries are compiled and a jury of design professionals will select winners that will be announced during the MoD awards celebration on Friday, October 19, 2012. This year’s jury is being held in New York and jurors include architects, professors and other design professionals. During the MoD awards celebration, all entries will be displayed in front of hundreds of design enthusiasts and the awards ceremony follows to the delight of all the guests.


Students - please remember that it is YOUR responsibility to dump the green studio recycling bins into the large receptacles outside the Pierce Commons (on the lower level.) Thank you!


Welcome to Faculty, Staff and Students! 

Weigel Library, our own branch of K-State Libraries, provides resources, services and assistance to support the instruction, learning and research endeavors of our patrons. 

Weigel Library -
   is located in 323 Seaton.
   Is open 77 hours a week:
       Monday through Thursday 8 am to 10 pm, Friday 8 am to 5 pm,
       Saturday 1 pm to 5 pm, Sunday 2 pm to 10 pm.

   Has a website - (http://www.lib.k-state.edu/branches/arch/archhours.html)

Visit Weigel Library. You’ll be surprised at what you find. 


The third annual Design Like You Give a Damn: Live will take place Nov. 12-13, 2012 in San Francisco. The forum is a mix of innovative panel discussions and workshops. For more information, or to register, go to designlikeyougiveadamnlive.org.


What you need to know: Plot Club is now located in Seaton 60. Students will not be able to plot for the first week of classes as we take the time to make sure that both the hardware and software sides of the plotting process are working as intended. We have decided to do away with the membership fee that has been the norm for ARCH’s plot club, but students will still sign an agreement recognizing the terms of use/rules of plot club. The intention is to have this available for students to “sign” electronically through KSOL. We are a team running a single service that provides the entire college with the cheapest, highest quality, and most accessible printing service possible. Since the business model is unprecedented, this semester will have a bit of a learning curve regarding cross-disciplinary interaction, but I feel like we have a pretty good idea on how we all would like things to run…now we just have to actualize it.

And, how will information be provided to students?
I expect through KSOL, simply because that is how we do it currently for Architecture. Officers will all have instructor status, and sections will be added by studio each semester so we have a comprehensive roster for all members. This is also where we post things such as rules, pricing/equipment information, how-to guides for student-plot club interactions, and answers to FAQ’s.


Assistant Professor Katie Kingery-Page and recent MLA graduate Rebecca Melvin presented a paper at the 19th International Conference on Learning from August 14-16, 2012, in the Institute of Education, University of London, UK. The title of the paper is “Site as Experiential Playground.” The paper combines Melvin’s recent master’s project work and Kingery-Page’s exploration of the significance of art and humanities knowledge to the discipline of landscape architecture. 


Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced numerous appointments to boards and commissions last week. 

“These talented Kansans will use their knowledge and expertise to help make our great state even better,” Gov. Brownback said. “I appreciate their willingness to serve their state and communities.” 

Included among those appointed was APDesign Associate Dean Wendy Ornelas, who was appointed to a post on the Kansas State Board of Technical Professions. 

The State Board of Technical Professions registers and licenses engineers, architects, surveyors, and landscape architects. The board is composed of four engineers, two land surveyors, three architects, one landscape architect, one geologist, and two public members. 


The K-State Office of Sustainability is seeking applicants for five paid internship opportunities for the coming school year. Successful applicants will be paid $10/hr for up to 10 hours per week as hourly student employees to develop and implement a sustainability campaign in one of five areas: 

1) Housing and Dining

2) Campus Transportation

3) EcoReps Programming

4) Student Policy

5) Campus Education and Communications

Sustainability in this sense means investing in societal and campus systems for long-term health between environmental, social, and economic needs. The role of all interns will be to act as leaders in campus change toward sustainability, and efforts will be based upon an “Awakening, Pioneering, Transformation” (APT) framework for leadership as well as assessment of K-State’s current position in that framework for their area of interest. 

Interns will be supervised individually by KSU Director of Sustainability (DoS), Ben Champion. In addition, there will be regular group meetings among all interns and the DoS. The team will receive training from the DoS in sustainability leadership concepts based upon adaptive leadership principles as well as the APT systems framework for developing a strategy for their work. 

Each intern will be required to develop a campaign proposal within the first four weeks of fall semester, under the supervision of the DoS. Interns will then be responsible for developing and carrying out this campaign over the course of the school year. The timeline of activities for each campaign is something each intern will develop as part of their proposal, meaning that not all campaigns will need to last the entire school year. Some may only take place during specific periods of the year. The intern program will be flexible in this regard. There will be some limited funding for implementing campaign activities, although part of the campaigns should include efforts to seek financial support from other entities on campus or in the community. The DoS will only fund proposals with a high likelihood of significant campus impact. 

Please see the descriptions below for each internship focus area. Applicants can apply for consideration in more than one area. Only one intern will be chosen for each focus area. 

Please send applications and/or any questions to Ben Champion (champion@ksu.edu, 785-313-3085). Applications should include a resume and a letter indicating which focus area interests you, why you are interested, and what would make you a good intern for that focus area. If you have any initial ideas, please do share those in the letter as well. 

Deadline for applications is 5pm, Thursday, August 23. Applicants should be prepared to interview in person if requested on August 23-27. Selections will be made by August 29, and the first group meeting will organized shortly afterward. 

1.Housing and Dining Intern
The Housing and Dining Intern will be responsible for developing a project or campaign to engage at least one facet of the Housing and Dining system at K-State in adopting sustainable practices. 

Campaigns could center on student lifestyles in the residence halls with regard to recycling/waste, energy conservation, responsible purchasing, or more. Another approach would be to look to residence hall or dining center management and to try to impact the services and options available to students. 

The Intern will work with the KSU Director of Sustainability to research current opportunities and choose a project or campaign that can realistically be accomplished over the school year. 

The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of at least one area of sustainability content, such as recycling, energy efficiency, sustainable food purchasing, composting, community bike or alternative transit planning. They will also have experience and familiarity with the K-State Housing and Dining organization in terms of student life and student programming, student government in residence halls, and/or administrative organization and management structures. The successful intern will need to be prepared to work with students, hall government and the Association of Residence Halls, and the staff who manage functions within the Housing and Dining system. 

The applicant who is chosen will receive training along with other interns from the Director of Sustainability in campus leadership and change frameworks for sustainability and coaching as they research, choose, and implement their project or campaign. 

2. EcoReps Intern
The EcoReps Intern will be responsible for developing a project to engage the EcoReps representing various departments and units across campus in at least one of three areas: 1) sustainable purchasing practices, 2) individual-level energy conservation practices, and 3) individual-level recycling practices. 

This internship will build on the previous year’s creation of the campus EcoRep program and will seek to breath energy into this program to make it effective at generating behavior change for sustainability across campus. This is a next-stage project to take a fledgling campus education and outreach program and create specific information and programming to encourage greater participation and a sense of its effectiveness throughout campus. 

The ideal candidate will have interest in sustainable business practices as applied in various office, classroom, and perhaps even laboratory settings throughout campus. S/he will also be interested in researching best practices from around the country to identify program concepts that may be useful for K-State. The intern will further have demonstrated success in coordinating projects or activities involving 20 or more participants. 

3. Student Policy Intern
The Student Policy Intern will be responsible for working with the SGA Director of Sustainability, the Student Body Vice President, and the KSU Director of Sustainability to identify opportunities for student leadership for sustainability on campus. The intern will research actions taken by student governments at other universities and will work with these individuals to identify specific opportunities at K-State for the student body to take action in a policy sense. This may entail supporting the development of a specific policy proposal appropriate to K-State’s needs. 

The ideal candidate will have interest in policy, government, and especially the role of student government in university governance and leadership, as well as various sustainability issues. S/he will likely have experience with K-State’s Student Governing Association and/or Student Senate and be able to apply this experience to examining ways for SGA to consider sustainability issues. The intern will also be interested in researching other university student governments and the roles they have played in campus leadership for sustainability issues. 

4. Campus Education and Communications Intern
The Campus Sustainability Education and Communications Intern will be responsible for researching and developing a project or campaign in the area of improving overall campus awareness of sustainability issues and their importance to K-State. This may involve working to update the university sustainability website, networking with students and faculty to discuss academic program options for sustainability and possible additional programs that could exist, working with a coalition of student organizations to organize a series of events on campus discussing sustainability content, or something else. The Intern will receive training on campus leadership and coaching regarding specific opportunities that exist this year for engaging this topic. 

The ideal candidate will have interest in researching either communication strategies for capturing the attention and interest of the general public, or education strategies for incorporating sustainability content into academic programs, or both. S/he will likely have experience in communications and/or marketing, or will have experience networking with faculty and staff in a variety of capacities. 

5. Transportation Intern
The Transportation Intern will be responsible for developing a project or campaign to inspire the campus general public, including students and faculty/staff, to more thoroughly utilize alternative transportation options. This includes biking and walking, but also new public transportation options in Manhattan and at K-State. The project or campaign will likely need to focus on a specific need rather than the full spectrum of biking/pedestrian and public transit options. 

The ideal candidate will have significant experience with biking/pedestrian community planning, public transit planning, and/or public communications and marketing. S/he will have interest in promoting alternative transit on campus and in Manhattan, and will be interested in researching effective actions taken on other campuses around the country to increase alternative transit in their communities. 


On Wednesday, August 22, have a free lunch courtesy of Career & Employment Services. The Career & Employment Services backyard BBQ will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Holtz Hall South Lawn. Activate your CES account and receive a free T-shirt. 

On Thursday, August 23, CES will have a part-time opportunities fair for students seeking part-time employment. The fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. 


Check out two exciting upcoming conferences on sustainability topics. The fourth annual K-State Sustainability Conference and Adapting to a Changing Climate on the Central Great Plains are both coming up in early September. Click the link below for dates and pricing. Students, faculty, staff and members of the public are welcome to attend.

The fourth annual K-State sustainability conference - Sustaining Kansas: the 2012 Higher Education Sustainability Conference.  Sept. 6 in the K-State Student Union.  $10 for students, luncheon is $25 extra.  There may be some scholarships for students to attend the luncheon without having to pay.  $60 for everyone else.  $100 for table exhibits, but all students, faculty, or staff are encouraged to bring poster presentations.  Go to http://sustainability.k-state.edu/conferences/2012 for more information on the program and to register.

2) Adapting to a Changing Climate on the Central Great Plains will take place the evening of Sept. 4 and all day Sept. 5.  Bob Inglis will keynote the evening of Sept. 4 talking about his new initiative to try and bring Republicans to the table productively in talking about climate policy.  The activities on Sept. 5 will include plenary talks, panel discussions, and audience interactive sessions about what climate change will mean for the Central Great Plains region, what our adaptation and mitigation options are, and challenges and opportunities for climate communication and education.  Presentations will be based on the work of two K-State National Science Foundation funded research projects: the KS EPSCoR Climate and Adaptation project and the Central Great Plains Climate Education Partnership.  The conference is intended to further the campus conversation about climate change and hopefully lead to more academic work on the topic.  This one is free!  Go to greatplainsclimate.org for more information and to register.