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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

APDesign Newsletter 10.29.12


Jeff Riemer, executive vice president and general manager of Lend Lease Construction Inc., will deliver a lecture today at 4 p.m. in the K + S Ballroom at the K-State Student Union. Riemer will be discussing the passion and collaboration necessary among architecture, construction and business to create a successful, finished project. The lecture is free and the public is welcome.

Riemer has worked on a diverse and exciting portfolio of projects with Lend Lease, a leading, fully integrated, international property and infrastructure group, from skyscrapers, like the Trump International Hotel and Tower, to educational facilities at Northwestern University, University of Chicago and University of Cincinnati. Riemer has also spent six years leading international construction projects in the UK for Lend Lease, including the expansion of Heathrow Airport. 


The APDesign Department of Architecture 2012-2013 Regnier Distinguished Visiting Professor Beat Kämpfen will deliver his lecture, “Sustainable Architecture in Switzerland,” at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in the K-State Student Union Little Theatre.

Swiss architect Beat Kämpfen is internationally recognized for his work that is guided by principles of energy efficiency and sustainability, and expressed in contemporary architectural language. Beyond mere concerns for technological aspects, Kämpfen is guided by a holistic understanding of sustainability, one that encompasses social, ecological and economical aspects. For Kämpfen architecture is more than building - it is an expression of an epoch and testimony to a client’s ideas and wishes.

Central to Kämpfen work is solar architecture that has results not only in zero-energy buildings but even more impressively so in plus-energy buildings, i.e. buildings that over the course of the year return more energy to the grid than they use.

Kämpfen has been recognized for his work by receiving the Swiss Solar Prize eight times since 2002. Among the cited buildings is Sunny Woods, a six-family condominium building located in Zürich. Offering a new synthesis of architecture, ecology and energy efficiency, it is the first condominium building in Switzerland designed to achieve a zero-energy balance. In addition to the 2002 Swiss Solar Prize, Kämpfen also received the 2002 European Solar Prize for this building.

Kämpfen received a diploma in architecture in 1980 from the Swiss Technical University (ETH) of Zürich and a master of architecture in 1982 from the University of California-Berkeley. After returning to Switzerland he taught at the Swiss Technical University and worked in several architecture firms, including for as partner at Meister and Kämpfen Architects, from 1985-1995. Since then Beat Kämpfen has been principal at his Büro für Architektur (Office for Architecture) in Zürich, Switzerland.

For more information, contact:
Susanne Siepl-Coates, scoates@ksu.edu, 785.539.6415


The annual Bowman Design Forum is next Wednesday, Nov. 7. Presentations begin at 1:30 p.m. and a lecture follows at 4 p.m. All events are in the Little Theatre in the K-State Student Union. All of APDesign is invited to the presentations and the lecture.

This year’s Bowman lecturers/judges will be Scott Wolf, FAIA, LEED AP, and Ron Rochon, AIA, LEED AP, partners at the Miller Hull Partnership in Seattle.

The annual Bowman Design Forum was introduced by APDesign alumnus Brent Bowman to expose third-year architecture students to the field’s top professionals. Participants compete for scholarships through submissions of innovative designs and interact with nationally recognized architects. 


Students, the deadline for submitting your photography competition entries is Friday, Nov. 9. Entries must be submitted to the Dean’s Office by 5 p.m. with the form attached (Emily Vietti will send the form via email to all students.) Please plan to participate in this great APDesign tradition! 


Plan to attend the LA/RCP + Geography colloquium “Cultural Landscapes of Orchha: Reclaiming the Lost Heritage” by Dr. Amita Sinha, professor of landscape architecture at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The colloquium will be at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in Seaton 106C.

The presentation will be on the site planning of Orchha, a small, picturesque town in central India that is reclaiming its lost heritage through the conservation of its cultural landscape. Site readings and mappings are tools for deciphering the yet unwritten landscape history and assessing Orchha’s heritage. The reclaimed cultural landscape offers a mediating ground for reconciling myth and history in a meaningful experience. 


The annual Beaux Arts Ball will be held on November 7 at Kathouse Lounge in Aggieville. This year’s theme is Gambling & Gangsters: A 1920s Casino Night. The event will start at 9 p.m. and continue until 2 a.m. Student tickets may be purchased ahead of time in S011 or at the door for $10. Appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks provided for all. For attendees over 21 years of age, one drink will be provided with purchase of ticket. Hope to see you there! 


Faculty and staff, please don’t forget to send in your All-University Campaign contributions soon. The campaign only has two weeks to go! Currently the Department of Interior Architecture & Product Design is in the lead with 73% participation, but LA/RCP is closing in quickly! Please contact Michael Gibson or Emily Vietti if you have any questions or need an extra packet. Thanks! 


Faculty and Graduate Library Day, Wednesday, Nov. 7, is your opportunity to learn more about library resources and services. These sessions, 50 minutes in length, will focus on faculty and graduate research needs and making the most efficient use of your research time. 

Examples of classes are: Search It and Google Scholar, Data Literacy: They’re Just Numbers: They Can’t Hurt You, RefWorks, Advanced Database Searching and Research Impact. 

The Faculty/Graduate Library Day webpage, http://www.lib.k-state.edu/library-day, provides the class descriptions, schedule, and Hale Library locations. 

You are welcome to come for just one workshop, attend a couple, or participate in sessions all afternoon. Registration is not required. 


The minutes from the October 9 faculty/staff meeting have been posted on APDetails on KSOL. Please let Lisa Shubert know if you have any questions. 


The International Symposium on Urbanism, Spirituality & Well Being will take place June 6-9, 2013, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and it will convene  experts in the fields of architecture, landscape design, urbanism, religious studies, public health and other related disciplines to address leading-edge global culture and urbanism issues from contemplative, spiritual, philosophical, design and ethical perspectives. 

The 2 ½-day program of scholarly presentations and panel discussions is sponsored by the Harvard University Divinity School, the Harvard School of Public Health and The International Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality. The symposium topics include scholarship on the history of cities and architecture planned according to spiritual motivations or principles; the contemporary built urban environment and the plethora of forces that shape it; and the meaningful, sustainable and spiritual prospects of future urban life that nurtures meaningful, sustainable, and spiritually inspiring built environments and architecture. 
For information regarding submission of paper proposals, symposium location, cost, format, and themes, go to: http://www.acsforum.org/usw_symposium/ 


The first annual International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE 2013) will take place March 18-19, 2013 in the Hotel Fort Canning, Singapore. For more information, see http://www.ace-conference.org

Advances in architecture and civil engineering are the order of the day with the rapid industrialization and urbanization seen in developed and developing nations. Innovative design and construction practices are challenging tasks to the architects and engineers to meet the ever-growing demands of society. The conference is the premiere forum for the presentation of new advances and research results in the fields of Architecture and Civil Engineering. The conference will bring together leading researchers, architects, engineers and scientists in this domain of interest from around the world. 

The themes of the conference are: 
• Infrastructure Design for Regions in Rapid Development
• Infrastructure Design for New Vertical Cities
• Infrastructure for new Cities and Landscapes
• Design for Urban Infrastructure: Parks, Buildings, Streets and Systems. 

Important dates

- Paper (Full Paper) & Panel Proposal Submission Due: 23 November 2012
- Final Paper (Camera-Ready) Submission: 31 December 2012
- Early Bird Registration: 18 January 2013
- Late Registration: 13 February 2013
- Conference Dates: 18-19 March 2013