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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

APDesign Newsletter 11.12.12


The winners of the Thomas A. Tyler and Answers Inc. Architectural and Environmental Student Photography Competition are: 

Best in Show: Samantha Wai, Deception Pass on Whidbey Island 

Best in Category:

Black& White: Anne Hundley, Reflection of Potsdamer Platz
Landscape: Valerie Gaughan, Abiquiu, New Mexico
Interiors & Architectural Details: Andrew Stith, Reflection
Exterior Architecture: Kevin Steen, Shadow of David
Other Subject Matter: Elise Fagan, Ghanian Generations

Congratulations to all the winners! And thank you to all who competed. The gallery looks marvelous, so please plan to stop by in the next few weeks while the show is still up. 


Eames Demetrios, director of the Eames Office, will be on campus this week to deliver two lectures: “Design Legacy of Charles and Ray Eames” on Wednesday, November 14 at 4 p.m. in the Little Theatre, and another talk at the Beach Museum of Art at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 15. The lectures are free and the public is encouraged to attend. In anticipation of Demetrios’ visit, the Department of Interior Architecture & Product Design and the APDesign Diversity Committee will have a Charles and Ray Eames Movie Marathon in the Pierce Commons from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, November 13. Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

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.


Christine Ten Eyck of Ten Eyck Landscape Architects will deliver a Landscape Architecture Distinguished Lecture on Monday, November 26, at 4 p.m. in the Little Theatre. The lecture is free and open to the public.

After an inspiring rafting trip down the Colorado River, Ten Eyck moved from Texas to Arizona, where she established Ten Eyck Landscape Architects in 1997 seeking to connect the urban dweller with nature through her projects. After 22 years in Phoenix, she returned to her home state, and started the Austin, Texas, studio in 2007. Throughout her career she has led large design teams and worked at diverse scales ranging from resort, campus, healthcare, botanical gardens, river restoration and residential garden design. Christine has received considerable recognition for her firm’s work, including honor awards from the national ASLA for the Arizona State University Biodesign Institute and the University of Arizona Underwood Family Sonoran Landscape Laboratory. She was inducted as a Fellow of the ASLA in 2003.


As part of the programming phase of the Seaton Hall Renovation and Expansion, APDesign students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to write or sketch their needs and wants for a new library facility on the “Wish List” chart located in Weigel.

This is an opportunity to share your library space “dreams” for the up-coming initial discussions with Ennead.

The flip chart will be available in Weigel for your input all week, November 12 through 16. 


On Tuesday, November 13, from 4-6 p.m. there will be a reception for the new William T. Kemper Gallery exhibition created by Interior Architecture & Product Design Professor Vibhavari Jani, “Privacy from the Prying Eyes: Jali as an Architectural Intervention.” The reception will be held in the William T. Kemper Gallery in the Student Union. Indian snacks will be served at the reception, which is sponsored by Union Program Council. 


This Friday, November 16, the LA/RCP Colloquium Series will continue with a presentation by Bryce Lawrence and Chris Sass, current visiting assistant professors in the department. The colloquium will take place in Seaton 106C at 4:30 p.m. 

Each will present his research for approximately 20 minutes and then have a discussion. Lawrence will discuss human habitat suitability and the related field of emerging macro-ecological research. Sass will discuss fluvial systems’ connection to the designed environment. 


Congratulations to all students who competed in the Bowman Forum last week. Winners are: 

Special Merit Award:
Wendy Lai
Nathan Niewald
Andy McAllister 

Honorable Mention:
Dain Susman
Kyle Cooper


The All-University Campaign ends this Friday, November 16. As of today, the College has 77 percent participation from the faculty and staff! IAPD and LA/RCP are currently tied for first place in the department competition at 80 percent, and Architecture has 71 percent participation. Thank you to all who have and who will participate this week - one last push! 


The Reclaim + Remake Symposium Call for Abstracts has been extended to November 19. The Reclaim + Remake Symposium is April 11-13, 2013. Theme is “Waste is a Resource in the Wrong Place and Time.”

This conference is proposed to bring together the most innovative practices in design, education and research for current and future reuse and recycling of material resources in the built environment. Abstracts for presented papers and designs are welcome from designers, educators, researchers and advanced university students who are engaged in knowledge creation and dissemination for the responsible reuse, recycling and end-of-life management of built resources: land, buildings and materials. Abstracts should be 300-500 words. A peer-reviewed proceeding of accepted papers will be published. To submit please go to: http://architecture.cua.edu/reclaimremake


The Kansas State Board of Technical Professions has posted the KSBTP newsletter for November 2012.  Newsletter articles include latest information on exams and lists of those individuals who have passed recent exams.

Click here for the November 2012 KSBTP Newsletter:


Or go to the new web page at:  www.ksbtp.ks.gov and click on the “Newsletter Archive” button in the lower right-hand column. 


The International Advisory Board is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Spaces and Flows: Fourth International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies and the Call for Submissions to the peer-reviewed journal.


The Spaces and Flows Conference will be held November 22-23, 2013, in collaboration with the Centre for Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. This interdisciplinary conference aims to critically examine the spatial, social, ideological, and political forces that shape and transform cities, suburbs, and rural areas. They welcome proposals from a variety of disciplines and perspectives that will contribute to the conference discourse within any of these broad thematic areas:

a) Urban and Extraurban Spaces: on the changing nature of the urban and its relations to the ‘extraurban’;     
b) Human Environments and Ecosystemic Effects: on the ecosystemic dynamics of different human socio-spatial configurations;     
c) Material and Immaterial Flows: on the flows of objects and knowledge/culture and the socio-spatial dynamics of contemporary life.
Proposals for paper presentations, workshops, posters/exhibits, or colloquia are invited. The deadline in the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is December 20, 2012. Future deadlines will be announced on the conference website after this date. Full details of the conference, including an online proposal submission form, may be found at the conference website: http://www.spacesandflows.com/the-conference.