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College of Architecture, Planning and Design



Above: Design Days "Wishes" 


The Eighth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices will be held at the University of British Columbia at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver, Canada, from 16-18 January 2014. The conference is co-hosted in partnership with Emily Carr University of Art + Design and Carleton University School of Industrial Design. Proposals for paper presentations, poster sessions, workshops, roundtables or colloquia are invited, addressing design through one of the following themes:

* Design Education
* Design in Society
* Design Management and Professional Practice
* Visual Design
* Designed Objects
* Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design
* Design as Collective Intelligence (2014 Featured Theme)

Presenters have the option to submit completed papers to one of the Design Principles and Practices Collection of Journals. If you are unable to attend the conference, you may still join the community and submit your article for peer review and possible publication, upload an online presentation, and enjoy subscriber access to the journal.

The deadline for the current round of the call for papers is 10 October 2013Please visit our website for more information on submitting your proposal, future deadlines, and registering for the conference.

Design as Collective Intelligence

Design is our collective intelligence. It shapes the world we live in. We can recognize design in the materiality of our objects, the environments we dwell in, and the visual communication that we share. Design is the common ground of everyday life, and becomes the layer connecting the way we perceive our world, cultures and societies.

Design intelligence is also about the ethos and the values that we share. Because it is a powerful order in our life, design influences and at the same time provides evidence of our moral space. Design’s collective intelligence is one of society’s capacities to respond to the global environmental crisis. It offers the ability to cooperate collectively in our search for new answers. Our globalized and decentralized world brings challenges such as new technologies, the ecological crisis, and social upheaval. In a world expected to grow to include nine billion human beings in a few decades, our material life, well-being and environment will change dramatically. Our survival will depend on our ability to organize, innovate, and design a sustainable future.Read more on this featured theme...

We hope you will be able to join us in Vancouver for this important discussion, and we look forward to receiving your proposal!


call for papers


On Wednesday, September 11 the Bryant Lecture series will welcome Kulper, as he presents at the K-State Union Little Theater at 4:00. The lecture is open to the public, and free of charge.

Perry Kulper is an architect and Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan. Prior to his arrival at the University of Michigan he was a member of the faculty at SCI-Arc for 17 years as well as in visiting positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Arizona State University.

Subsequent to his studies at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and Columbia University he worked in the offices of Eisenman / Robertson, Robert A.M. Stern and Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown before moving to Los Angeles.

His interests include the roles of representation and methodologies in the production of architecture and in broadening the conceptual range by which architecture contributes to our cultural imagination. 



Happy Monday, friends! It's that time again - the time for hunting. Scavenger hunting to be more precise. Have you been needing a new water bottle, or maybe had your eye on one of the new APDesign T-Shirts?

Here's your chance to get one for FREE! Starting Tuesday this week, our card will once again be hidden somewhere around Seaton, and we've given you a picture as your first clue. If you find it - simply bring it to Seaton 214 and claim your prize!

Good luck, and happy hunting!


Third Floor Tidbits from Weigel Library





"Fair Use on the Physical and Digital Campus"


        Kansas State University faculty and graduate students are invited to attend a webinar hosted by K-State Libraries about fair use of copyrighted materials in the classroom.

        Titled "Fair Use on the Physical and Digital Campus", the webinar is sponsored by Educause, and will be held Monday, September 16 from 12-3pm in Hale Library's Hemisphere Room.  

        Malcolm Brown, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative director, and Veronica Diaz, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative associate director, will moderate this online seminar with American University professors Patricia Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi.

         How can higher education professional staff best facilitate faculty and student use of copyrighted materials as they teach, learn, and research? Professors Aufderheide and Jaszi will explain basic principles of fair use in copyright law, review recent changes in interpretation, discuss the best practices approach as developed by librarians, open-courseware designers, and members of the professoriate, and how to use these tools to facilitate higher-ed mission, both in physical and digital spaces. They will also discuss implications of latest litigation, and take your questions!

         Participants are welcome to bring their lunches and coffee/tea and cookies will be provided.


 “Come learn about RefWorks”

      The first in the series of Graduate Student Workshops hosted by K-State Libraries, “Library & Your Research:  Understanding Refworks” will be held Monday, September 16, 1:30-2:30, Hale 301.

      RefWorks is an online citation management, writing and collaboration tool, designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies. During this session, participants will create an account, import citations, and get an overview of Write N Cite, a plug-in used to format research papers and bibliographies.

      No registration is needed.  Students are encouraged to bring their laptops to this informative session in Hale.    



Bring your parents by Seaton Hall for breakfast at 8:00 a.m. and show them what it is you do day in and day out!
At 2:00 p.m. the College of Architecture, Planning & Design invites you to attend their tailgate! Come meet with the dean, faculty and staff while enjoying free food and beverage before kickoff.
September 9
Headed to the State Fair in Hutchinson? Swing by the APDesign tent, visit with faculty and students. Maybe even learn a thing or two, we’ll be looking for you!


The DAC meets annually to provide advanced methods for passing information from administration to faculty and students. This week, September 4-6, the council will meet for deliberation on changes for the current school year.

During this meeting, advice is given from industry leaders and practitioners for long term planning and curriculum updates. Meeting will provide an open channel of communication between practitioners, faculty and students. It also strives to provide leadership for APDesign alumni, in service and financial support.

September 25

150th “Brown Bag Lunch and Lecture” series will be in the union Forum Hall from noon to 1, featuring a presentation titled “The day Frank Lloyd Wright came to town, given by Dr. Mick Charney.

Charney is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture, graduating from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, and later a Masters of Architecture. He then completed his Ph.D. in Art History at Northwestern University.

For 35 years he has taught architectural history courses, spending the last 25 of those years here at Kansas State University. Charney is a highly decorated architect, professor, lecturer and recipient of numerous teaching awards including, most notably, the K-State Presidential Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching and multiple listings in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

October 21


Sign up to meet with industry leaders and participate in our annual mock interview! Students will get the opportunity to have their interview skills honed, and critiqued. This is a very valuable opportunity for students.