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Great turn out to first in Distinguished Lecture Series: Bryant Lecture, Perry Kulper


Weisenburger’s lifelong commitment to design and planning earns honor from American Institute of Architects Kansas

MANHATTAN -- The American Institute of Architects Kansas is recognizing Kansas State University's Ray Weisenburger with one of its highest honors. Weisenburger, professor emeritus of landscape architecture and regional and community planning, will receive the 2013 Henry W. Schirmer Distinguished Service Award.

The award recognizes an individual member who has provided distinguished leadership and service to the Kansas organization and/or the national organization over an extended period of time, and who has advanced the profession and provided inspiration to his or her fellow practitioners.

In his 46-year teaching career at Kansas State University, Weisenburger made historic preservation an emphasis in the classroom, community and across the state of Kansas. Among the courses he taught was Urban Design and Preservation Theory, introducing countless students to the importance of preservation. He served as a faculty mentor for university community service projects dealing with revitalization, renovation and preservation in communities across the state, including Atchison, Herington, Leoti, Liberal, Newton and Sterling.

A longtime member of the American Institute of Architects and its Kansas organization, Weisenburger also was an officer and member of the Kansas Preservation Alliance, serving as its liaison to the American Institute of Architects Historic Resources Committee from 1996-2007. He served on the Kansas State Historic Sites Review Board from 1981-1985 and on Manhattan's Urban Area Planning Board from 1981-1999, including as chair from 1985-1987 and 1995-1997. He also has served on the Manhattan Historic Resources Board, the city of Manhattan's Core Downtown Redevelopment Committee and the Building Advisory Committee for the state of Kansas.

"Professor Weisenburger's involvement in community service and advocacy of design and design-thinking in public decision-making serve as a poignant exemplar for students and practitioners, past, present and future," said Tim de Noble, dean of Kansas State University's College of Architecture, Planning and Design. "Coupled with his lifelong engagement in practice, these selfless efforts have advanced the course of architecture, landscape architecture and planning in our state and beyond."

In 2010, the Kansas Preservation Alliance honored Weisenburger with its Lifetime Achievement Award for his longtime efforts to further the cause of preservation in the state.

A registered architect and landscape architect, Weisenburger earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois and started his architecture career in Kansas City and then in Chicago. He next attended Cornell University, where he earned his master's degree in regional planning. It was at Cornell where he worked with faculty members who raised his interest in historic preservation.

He joined Kansas State University in 1964 and served as a professor of architecture, landscape architecture and regional and community planning. He also served as associate dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Design from 1993-2005. He retired in December 2010.



Design the New York City Residential Tower of the 21st Century Win $10,000!

We invite you to enter the inaugural Living Cities: Residential Towers for the 21st Century Design Competition co-produced by Metropolis magazine, the Steel Institute of New York, and the 

Ornamental Metal Institute of New York.

Original entries must use a steel structural system with curtain wall enclosure and consider the 

needs of New York's growing and diverse urban population along with the role that building characteristics play in overall constructability, sustainability, and creature comforts. The proposed site must be within the city's five boroughs. 

The winner will be awarded $10,000 and invited to present their proposal at the Institutes' conference in New York City. The winner and runners-up will also be publicized globally, across our media channels. 

Submissions due January 3, 2014 at 11:59PM EST.

For more information and to register, go to: metropolismag.com/living-cities

What is your vision for the living cities of the 21st century?


In Memoriam – Professor Emeritus F. Gene Ernst


F. Gene Ernst, 83, of Manhattan died Sept. 5 at Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community.

As an alumnus, professor, and emeritus faculty member, F. Gene Ernst served as a unique ambassador for the programs in the Kansas State University College of Architecture, Planning, and Design. A memorial service will be held at 2p.m. Sept. 28 at First Christian Church with Pastor Paul Allen officiating.  Online condolences may be left at Irvin-parkview.com. <more>

Ernst received the Bachelor of Architecture from K-State in 1953, then engaged in private practice until he joined the K-State architecture faculty in 1967. During his tenure on the K-State faculty, Ernst served as the assistant dean of what was then the College of Architecture and Design and also as head of the Department of Architecture. He retired from full-time teaching in 1992 and continued to be a valued and generous member of the emeritus faculty.

During his 25 years with the College, the development of the architectural internship program was, without doubt, his most important contribution. Not only was Ernst instrumental in its’ founding, but as coordinator he took the internship program from infancy to national prominence. Through his efforts and activities, the architectural internship program served as a model for many others across the nation.

Within the College community, Ernst performed the extraordinary role of mentor, confidant, and "sage voice" to many deans, department heads, faculty and, most importantly, to numerous students who matriculated during his quarter century at K-State. Ernst continued to make himself available to the College for critiquing student projects, teaching in short-term situations, and providing counsel about everything from internship to fund raising. To all in the College, he was much loved and trusted friend who will be deeply missed.

As the College's "artist in residence" for many years, gifts of Ernst's magnificent paintings grace the offices and homes of many distinguished friends of the College, and others have become part of K-State's permanent art collection. Since his retirement, Ernst became very active in the local art community. He was one of the founders of the Columbian Artists and a member of the Board of Directors for the Manhattan Arts Center. His artwork was often exhibited in numerous venues around town.

Ernst also maintained a strong professional presence, having served for many years on the Housing Board for the City of Manhattan. He practiced and consulted with local architecture firms and had been involved in many residential, church, business, and community projects before and since his retirement. A past officer and member of the Flint Hills Chapter, American Institute of Architects, Ernst set the example of cooperation between the architecture profession and academia.

As his artistic presence in the region grew, Ernst remained clearly associated with the College and K-State. His energy, goodwill, and reputation as an architect who connects the efforts of many in the visual arts community in Manhattan help everyone in the community sense the value of architecture in our daily lives.

As a gifted teacher, an award-winning architect, a talented artist, and a dedicated supporter of Kansas State University, F. Gene Ernst exemplifies the excellence that makes this a great institution. A memorial service will be held at 2p.m. Sept. 28 at First Christian Church with Pastor Paul Allen officiating.  Online condolences may be left at Irvin-parkview.com.

Call for Submissions

Enquiry / The ARCC Journal of Architectural Research would like to extend a Call for Submissions for the 2013. Rather than limited to a disciplinary concern, /Enquiry/ is focused on quality of research in architecture. Research is qualified not just by the accuracy of its findings, but also the consequence of its findings. However, to speculate effectively, with conviction and evidence, requires a space where methodology, evidence, and speculation can be presented and discussed in a credible arena. /Enquiry/ would like to offer the academic community in architecture that arena.

Potential authors need to register at the Journal's website in order to submit an article for consideration (http://www.arcc-journal.org/index.php/arccjournal/user/register).

Articles should be written in English and be between 3000 and 8000 words. They should include an abstract and keywords located before the introduction. The authors' names should not appear anywhere on the titlepage or manuscript as the journal is blind peered reviewed. Files should be in .doc, .docx or .rtf fomats. Total file size should not
exceed 2megs in size. Images may be embedded in files submitted for review, but they should be at screen resolution. Images may be uploaded as supplementary material if they are located for placement in the main text. Full submission guidelines can be found at http://www.arcc-journal.org/index.php/arccjournal/information/authors.

*About Enquiry*

Architectural research frequently enlists technical, historical, and cultural information in a fashion that sits uneasily under any one discipline. For this reason, architectural research is given an interdisciplinary framework, borrowing frequently from engineering, history, geography and ethnography. While this diversity of content is one of its strengths, its inconsistent methodology has the capacity to undermine its scholastic merit. To this end, the goal of /Enquiry / The ARCC Journal of Architectural Research/ is to establish research as an effective domain of architectural knowledge production. /Enquiry/ is an online, peer-reviewed journal (Online ISSN: 2329-9339) focused on framing, expanding, and distributing the growing body of architectural research. It is published by the Board of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) as a source for information on research in architecture.

The journal is double blind peer reviewed and invites submissions on a wide variety of topics addressing architectural knowledge including aspects of urban design, interior design, planning and landscape architecture. 

ENYA Competition's 6th Biennial Ideas Competition

ENYA is pleased to announce its sixth biennial ideas competition QueensWay Connections: Elevating the Public Realm.

This year the competition is asking entrants to design a gateway to a future park called  the QueensWay, a 3.5 mile stretch of abandoned railway line, which cut runs through some of the most diverse neighborhoods in Queens. The focus of the competition is to complement the park conversion (whose feasibility study is currently underway) and use the vertical transition between street and park as an opportunity to create a space for public gathering and explore the role of cultural expression in design.

This competition is open to students and professionals within 10 years of graduation and the submission deadline is Jan. 6th.

For more information please visit our website.


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Chang Gallery Open with new Exhibit

The Study Abroad exhibit is now open in the Chang Gallery. Check it out weekdays from 8A.M. - 5P.M.


APDPro Events

ENVD Kick-Off:
Sunday September 15
Kramer Dining Center
All ENVD students are welcome to attend our APDPro Kick-Off Event this Sunday, September 15 at 5:30p.m. in Kramer Dining Center. Learn more about APDPro while talking with students and faculty and enjoying free pizza and cookies from The Derby Bakery. ENVD students will fulfill a 1st year APDPro credit by attending and will have the opportunity to win prizes!

2nd-5th Years Kick-Off:
Wednesday September 18
Studios & Pierce Commons
The APDPro Student Advisory Board will stop by studios to promote and explain APDPro to 2nd-5th year APDesign students. All students are then welcome to come to Pierce Commons to sign up for APDPro, receive an APDPro credit, and ask questions about the program.

The APDPro webpage has information about events across campus and is updated frequently. Click here.

Upcoming Events

Oct. 2, ARCH Distingusihed Lecture, Tom Phifer
Oct 14, RCP Distinguished Lecture, Chuck Marohn
Nov 6, RCP Ekdahl Lecture, Ken Greenberg
Nov 9, APDesign Research Symposium with Linda Sorrento, Executive Director of the National Academy of Environmental Design