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APDesign Newsletter 9.10.12


Please join first-year students in Pierce Commons on Monday, September 17, for an informal presentation by Robert Hutchison entitled “Practice.” The presentation will be from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Mr. Hutchison is a principal in the Seattle-based firm Hutchison & Maul Architecture. He is an affiliate assistant professor in the department of architecture at the University of Washington.

Below is a link to a recent project:

For further information contact Assistant Professor Pia Sarpaneva


A big congratulations is in order for Professor Torgeir Norheim’s ADS VII studio who had some of their work published in the New York Times today. The students were invited to participate in a 48-hour charrette to design a new roof for Arthur Ashe Stadium at the U.S. Open. The students’ creative designs were published on the back page of the Sports section in today’s Times. A Web version of the story can be seen here: 


You and your family and friends are invited to the APDesign Family Day breakfast this Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, is K-State Family Day. Many of the colleges and groups on campus host Family Day activities, and APDesign is no exception.

At 9 a.m., APDesign will host a breakfast of donuts and coffee in the Pierce Commons. All of our faculty, staff, students and their families and friends are invited to stop by and meet the Dean for breakfast. Also, everyone is welcome to check out the Study Abroad exhibit, which is currently in the Chang Gallery and the first floor east wing of Seaton Hall.

Please forward this message to your family and plan to visit us on Saturday morning! For more information on K-State Family Day, go to www.k-state.edu/familyday/.


Join us in Manhattan this Saturday (maybe before you attend the evening football game) for a walking tour of historic residential and mixed-use streets south of the K-State campus and adjacent to City Park.

The Jane Jacobs Walk, in the historic core of Manhattan, will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 15. Participants should meet at Bluestem Bistro in Aggieville (entrance on the sidewalk, 1219 Moro St.)

The historic core of Manhattan is exceptionally pedestrian-friendly due to its compact development, mixed uses, and tree-lined streets.

This Jane Jacobs walk will be led by graduate students in Landscape Architecture/Regional & Community Planning who are studying and documenting Manhattan’s pedestrian-friendly streets, in hopes that they may serve as exemplars for future development.

This walk encompasses approximately two miles, round trip. All people are welcome, including those with strollers or in wheelchairs. For more information, email kkp@ksu.edu or visit www.janejacobswalk.org


Students - the first Lunch & Learn date is set, and we are excited to say that ISC Surfaces and Crossville Tile representatives will be coming this Wednesday, Sept. 12 to speak to students about their products. This is an exciting opportunity, and we are hoping to get students interested in learning more about the materials that they will have a chance to specify in their future careers. If you are interested in coming on Wednesday, RSVP to Jaimie Tosh as soon as possible at jato08@ksu.edu. We will be providing a light lunch at the event and would like to see how many people can come so we will have enough food for all. The event will be held in Pierce Commons from 11:30 to 12:20.

We hope to see you there.


Claude Cormier’s Bryant Lecture, which was scheduled for today, has been canceled. Cormier will be replaced by Anne Trumble, who will lecture on October 3. More information on that lecture will be sent out soon.


The fifth-year students who studied abroad last spring have created an excellent new exhibition that is currently open in the Chang Gallery and down the east wing first floor hallway.

Please be sure to checkout their hard work, both here and abroad!


The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) announces the fall 2012 FDA and USRG Call for Proposals for K-State faculty members, assistant professor and above, who are interested in receiving assistance in their scholarly activities and professional development. 

FDA - President’s Faculty Development Awards (FDA) program provides support to travel to international meetings, primarily at international locations; to participate in foreign exchanges (such as NEH fellowships); and to meet with Program Officers of potential external sponsors.  All KSU faculty members holding assistant professor level appointments or above are eligible for this award.

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

For details go to: http://www.k-state.edu/research/funding/fdausrg.htm.

A Question & Answer Session will be held on Sept. 17 at 1:30 pm. 
To reserve your seat and get location details, email orsp@ksu.edu.


AIAS is hosting a week full of activities that everyone needs to check out!

Monday — AIAS meeting and Ice Cream Social at 7pm in Pierce Commons
Come learn all about AIAS and enjoy some delicious ice cream! 

Tuesday — 11:30- Look for our booth in front of Pierce Commons to learn more about IDP credit! What is it? Why do you need it to be a licensed architect? How can AIAS help you earn credits?
7pm- Seaton Courtyard, We will be hosting a T-square decorating party! Bring your old T-square to decorate, if you still use your T-square no worries, we will have some extras! If you have extra T-squares bring them too we will put them to good use!
Also during this time we will have a table where you can sign up to be an AIAS member, just remember to bring yourself and a method of payment preferably in the form of a Visa or Mastercard!

Wednesday — 12:00pm-Lunch and Learn (IDP Credit)
7pm- Movie Night in Pierce Commons

Thursday — You can relax from your fun-filled AIAS week or take this time to register online to be a member!

Friday — 7pm- Architecture Evening at the Beach Museum, AIAS will be presenting a lucky winner with a community service award. Step away from studio for a bit to get dressed up and have a few laughs with your professors.


Please join us to celebrate the beginning of the 2012 All-University Campaign for K-State! To learn more about this annual faculty/staff campaign for K-State, please visit www.k-stateauc.org. You can also follow the All-University Campaign on Facebook and Twitter! 

Manhattan campus
Tuesday, September 11
Union Courtyard, 2-3:30 p.m. 

Your particpation packet is coming! Look for your 2012 All-University Campaign participation packet to arrive soon!


This is the call for papers for the Third International Conference on the Constructed Environment and the call for submissions to the peer-reviewed journal.

25-26 October 2012      
University of British Columbia Robson Square      
Vancouver, Canada

The Constructed Environment Conference is an interdisciplinary conference for scholars, teachers and practitioners from any professional discipline who share an interest in the forms and functions of the constructed environment. The aim of the conference is to discuss the past character and future shape of the built environment from a variety of disciplines and perspectives.  

The conference will partner with the Climate Fund to co-host a special symposium - “Building Blocks for Sustainable Cities”. The symposium - a Climate Fund event by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Vancouver - will feature the following speakers and topics on the first morning of the conference:
* Behnisch Architekten, Stuttgart, Germany 
“Designing the Best Office Building in the World: A Case Study of Unilever-House, the Gold Standard in Sustainable Buildings”
* Tracy Casavant, Executive Director, Light House Sustainable Building Centre, Vancouver, Canada 
“Building Standards: Roadblock or Facilitator of Carbon Neutral Buildings? Comparisons between Europe and North America”
* Rainer Mueller, Architect and Founder of Pacific Arbour, Vancouver, Canada 
“Building Distinctive Residences: The Application of Energy and Cost-Saving Building and Construction Technologies in Multi-Story Retirement Homes in Vancouver”
* Svend Andersen, CEO, GHG Accounting Services, Vancouver, Canada
“Advancing Sustainable Building Projects: Opportunities and Methodologies for Using Carbon Financing in Green Construction”

On the second morning, the conference will feature a plenary talk from Bing Thom, CM, FRAIC, MAIBC, AIA - one of Canada’s most admired and accomplished architects and principal of Bing Thom Architects (BTA), a Vancouver-based firm he founded in 1982.

In addition to these plenary speakers, proposals for paper presentations, workshops, or colloquia are invited. We welcome proposals from a variety of disciplines and perspectives that will contribute to the conference discourse, and we encourage faculty and students to jointly submit proposals for panel discussions, or colloquia. The deadline for the current round of submissions to the conference call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 4 October 2012. Full details of the conference, including future deadlines and an online proposal submission form, may be found on the conference website.

Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in the fully refereed International Journal of the Constructed Environment. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are also available, which allows participants to submit papers for refereeing and possible publication and includes a complimentary subscription to the journal.  

For updates on the call for aapers, the conference and journal, and the Constructed Environment Community, visit our webpage at http://www.ConstructedEnvironment.com/Conference-2012/.


Object: International Ideas Competition - The Europe’s Become.

Please take note that the new deadline for registering in the
competition is December 15, 2012, and for sending proposals is January
15, 2013.

The website where all information and the competition brief are available is:

The objective of the competition, open to students, is the design of a European landmark, a contemporary “Emblem of freedom” for the Future of Europe in the third millennium.