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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

APDesign Newsletter 11.5.12


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’s 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.


The annual Bowman Design Forum is next Wednesday, Nov. 7. Presentations begin at 1:30 p.m. and a lecture by Bowman judge Scott Wolf, FAIA, LEED AP, 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 this Friday, Nov. 9. Entries must be submitted to the Dean’s Office or Emily Vietti’s office (Seaton 214) by 5 p.m. Friday with the form attached (If you need a copy of the form, please contact Emily at evietti@k-state.edu.) Please plan to participate in this great APDesign tradition!


The Campus Master Plan Update process is drawing to a close. Representatives from Ayers Saint Gross, our planning consultants, will be on the Manhattan campus Nov. 5-7. This is their final visit to Manhattan as part of the planning process. While on campus they will meet with Facilities Planning and the Campus Master Plan Update Task Force. They also will present information about the Campus Master Plan at four open campus meetings: 

• Monday, Nov. 5, 6-7 p.m., K/S Ballroom, K-State Student Union;
• Tuesday, Nov. 6, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Sunflower Room, K-State Student Union;
• Tuesday, Nov. 6, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Sunflower Room, K-State Student Union; and
• Wednesday, Nov. 7, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Purple Pride Conference Room, third floor of the K-State Alumni Center. 

The same content will be presented at all four times listed above, but the presentation is being offered more than once to provide the opportunity for as many people as possible to participate. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited and encouraged to attend any of the four open campus meetings. For those who cannot attend in person, the 6-7 p.m. open campus meeting on Nov. 5 will be video-streamed and available on K-State HDTV.

Campus input has been important to the development of the plan and the open meetings offer the campus community an opportunity to see the outcomes of the planning process. Each meeting will include a presentation about the proposed Campus Master Plan Update, followed by time for discussion and questions. Additionally, information about the plan will be available on the Campus Master Plan Update website and campus constituents will be able to comment on aspects of the plan in that context.

Thank you in advance for participating in this process and sharing your thoughts about the future of Kansas State University. We look forward to seeing you at the open campus meetings!


Chuck Connerly, professor of planning at the University of Iowa and president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) will be on campus this week, visiting classes and delivering a lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 in the Pierce Commons. All of APDesign is encouraged to attend the lecture.

Chuck Connerly’s vision for a 21st-century urban and regional planning program is something more than simply being an academic department. When Connerly was named director of the University of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning in August 2008, he emphasized the importance of community outreach in the graduate students’ education.

In 2009, the school launched the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC). The IISC’s purpose is to enhance the capacity of towns, cities, and counties in Iowa, as well as elsewhere in the Midwest, to better become sustainable communities by meeting their social, economic, and environmental needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

For example, second-year master’s degree students in the yearlong Field Problems in Planning course serve as consultants to city administrators in Iowa towns, working with them to address their community’s respective needs in the areas of economics, the environment, equity, and energy.

UI graduate students have worked with seven Iowa towns in the last two years (Decorah, Anamosa, Columbus Junction, Wellman, Burlington, Charles City, and Oskaloosa) and will assist Dubuque leaders for the next two years in developing sustainability plans in several areas.

“By taking our students out of the classroom and into the field, these outreach activities help to distinguish urban planning from many other academic programs in the university,” said Connerly, who came to the UI from Florida State University, where he was chair of the urban and regional planning department.


Eames Demetrios, director of the Eames Office, will be on campus next week to deliver a lecture on Wednesday, November 14 at 4 p.m. in the Little Theatre. The lecture is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Eames Demetrios wears many different hats, but he is best known in the design world for his work as director of the Eames Office, spearheading the successful rediscovery of the Charles and Ray Eames design heritage by new generations. The mission of the Eames Office is communicating, preserving and extending the work of Charles and Ray Eames.  

Among his many achievements in this capacity is the multimedia component of the Library of Congress/Vitra Design Museum Eames exhibition, the CD-ROM Powers of Ten, the reintroduction of many Eames furniture pieces, and the release and video restoration of the Eames films. In addition, he works closely with Vitra and Herman Miller to be sure the Eames furniture is always made authentically and was instrumental in the founding of the Eames Foundation, which preserves the Eames House (he is chairman of the board.) He has also written a book about Charles and Ray Eames — An Eames Primer, intended as a thematic biography of their life, work, process and philosophy, now widely used by schools.

Most recently he has collaborated with Herman Miller on a book of 100 Eames quotes and with Vitra Design Museum on the release of the Eames Molded Plywood Elephant. In addition, he has curated a show of Charles Eames’ photography, which is currently touring the world.

In addition, Demetrios is an artist and filmmaker. His current large-scale project, Kcymaerxthaere, is a multi-pronged and ongoing work of three-dimensional fiction and has been underway for several years. The project can be found in stories set in bronze markers — like a novel where every page is in a different city. Kcymaerxthaere’s manifestations include writings, video, performances, images, installation, limited edition prints and more. He has published 3 books (Wartime California, Discover Kymaerica Travel Guide, and Discover Leddl & Parts of know Estrelliia) centered on this project.

In addition, Demetrios has made over 50 films and videos of various lengths over the past 20 years or so. Themes and topics include a fiction feature on homelessness, a documentary on Sambo Mockbee’s Rural Studio, and the Malibu/Old Topanga Fire. Some of his other purely film projects include A Gathering of Elephants, Ping Pong — capturing the design process of Frank Gehry, and Carnival in Chiapas, about the modern Maya of southern Mexico. 

His work is in a number of private collections and that of University of Georgia. His film and video works have shown at numerous museums and festivals: Library of Congress, Gulbenkian (Portugal), Smithsonian Institution, MOCA (LA), LACMA (LA), Meguro Art Museum (Tokyo), Film Forum (LA), Sundance Film Festival, Cairo Film Festival, and dozens more. Grants received include the Long Beach Open Channels grant (for video art), the Peter Norton Foundation, Ox-Box College Artist-in-Residency and others.

Demetrios also gives talks all over the US and internationally on many subjects, ranging from design to science, from sustainability to his own work. He was a TED Conference Main Stage speaker in 2007.

Demetrios also writes the DASFilmFest Blog, focused on design, architecture and sustainability issues.


Both undergraduate and graduate students of APDesign are encouraged to take advantage of the K-State Writing Center for assistance with writing projects - from a report to a master’s thesis.

Weekly help sessions targeted for undergraduate students are held Sunday evenings, 6-9 p.m. on second floor of Hale in the white board area. Graduate students can also seek assistance at that time.

The Graduate Student Writing Group meets Fridays from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in 122D English/Counseling Services Building.

Walk-in assistance hours and contact information are found on their website http://www.k-state.edu/english/writingcenter/. 

Feedback is provided at any stage of the writing process to enable students to gain awareness of writing strategies; improve writing assignments or non-academic writing; and increase their sense of competence, confidence, and ownership in writing.

Also, Weigel will host a book fair tomorrow. Wiley & Sons Publishing will be in Weigel from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. to show their newest architecture and design textbooks for 2013. Stop by to browse and enjoy some treats!


It’s time for our third Lunch and Learn of the semester! Jeannie Greischar from Spinneybeck Leather/ Filzfelt will be visiting us to speak about textiles this Wednesday, November 7. As always, 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, please RSVP to Jaimie Tosh as soon as possible/by the evening of November 6 at jato08@k-state.edu. We will be providing 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 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. on November 7.


Two Kansas State University faculty members have been nominated for a national award for their work with K-State First. Gregory Eiselein, professor of English, and Lisa Last, director of academic services for the College of Architecture, Planning & Design, will represent the university for the National Resource Center Outstanding First-Year Students Advocates Award.

Eiselein and Last were nominated by K-State First to represent the university at the national competition, which will be part of the 32nd annual conference on the First-Year Experience in February 2013 in Orlando, Fla. Winners will be notified as early as Nov. 30.

Last is a member of the nationally recognized College of Architecture, Planning and Design. She is charged with helping 180 first-year students transition into the college’s selective and rigorous professional graduate programs. The environmental design studies program is the first year of academic study for four accredited non-baccalaureate master’s programs. In addition to her work within the College, Last is involved in several university committees that are focused on first-year students and programs. Last is recognized by her colleagues for her ability to challenge and support students while they navigate through their first year.

Nominators called Eiselein and Last highly qualified, dedicated, innovative and teamwork-oriented professionals who are the epitome of commitment and integrity. Working cooperatively is a natural strength attributed to each nominee, and both candidates have demonstrated the value of using numerous resources in order to implement complex, yet highly effective programming endeavors. Moreover, Eiselein and Last were commended for understanding the demands placed on students and seeing their potential for success.


The Architecture Student Advising Board (ASAB) is looking to expand its visibility through the College by opening up membership to all students within the Architecture program. ASAB is a student-run board whose primary purpose is to strengthen communication between faculty and students. The board will also maintain a more visible role within the department through a series of planned events. If you are interested in being a member of ASAB, please send a short description of your interest and reasoning to ASAB President Brian Prichard at bp2509@k-state.edu. Along with your description, please include a list of other APDesign organizations you are involved in, your name, contact information and year. There are a very limited number of seats on the board and the new members will be picked for maximum diversity in both year and organizations. Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, November 14, with the first meeting scheduled to be held after Thanksgiving vacation. All applications must be sent in PDF format.


Atelier Paema welcomes professors and students to enter the
International Ideas Competition titled: “The Europe’s Become - Architectural ideas, creative and artistic expressions for the conservation of the future of Europe”.

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.

The deadline for registration is December 15, 2012, and for sending proposals is January 15, 2013. The International Competition brief is available at:


Proposals for paper presentations, poster sessions, workshops or colloquia are invited for the Seventh International Conference on Design Principles and Practices to be held March 6-8, 2013, at Chiba University in Chiba (Greater Tokyo), Japan. We welcome proposals from a variety of disciplines and perspectives to contribute to the conference discourse. We also encourage faculty and students to submit joint proposals for paper presentations, colloquia or panel discussions.

The current deadline to submit a proposal (a title and short abstract) is December 6, 2012. For more information on submitting your proposal and registering for the conference, please go to:


Since the foundation of the department in 1922 as the Tokyo Higher School of Arts and Technology, the Design Department at Chiba University has led Japan in design research and education - encouraging exchanges in research across disciplines and developing designers, researchers, and design directors who can respond to present and future demands of a designed world.