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Finding success: College of Architecture, Planning & Design recognizes five 2003 alumni

MANHATTAN -- The College of Architecture, Planning & Design at Kansas State University is recognizing five alumni for their success 10 years after their graduation from the university.


The honorees are Manjula Boyina and Diwakar Vadapalli, both from Anchorage, Alaska; Elena Vossman Scott, Summit County, Colo.; Matthew Sturich, Austin, Texas; and Katie Hoke, Seattle, Wash.

The honorees, all from the class of 2003, where selected by the department from which they received their degree. They will visit Manhattan Nov. 7-8 to meet with students and faculty, participate in class and studio visits, and be honored at a luncheon. An exhibit of their professional work will be displayed in Seaton Hall's Chang Gallery through the duration of their visit.

Boyina is a master's degree recipient in regional & community planning from Kansas State University. She also earned a bachelor's degree in architecture in 2000 from Andhra University in Visakhapatnam, India. She is currently a research analyst at the Division of Regional and Community Affairs, Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development in Anchorage. She maintains databases and conducts research within her department. She also has worked as a senior planner at D.B. Hartt Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio where she worked with both public and private sector clients on comprehensive plans, zoning codes and private development projects. Boyina has been awarded the American Planning Association's Divisions Council 2010 Division Achievement Award for the 2009 World Town Planning Day Online Conference, as well as a 2010 Exemplary Service Award from the International Division of the American Planning Association.

Vadapalli, who is married to Boyina, is a master's graduate in regional & community planning from Kansas State University. He also has a bachelor's degree in architecture from Andhra University in Visakhapatnam, India, and a doctorate in social welfare from Case Western Reserve University. His doctorate studies focused on voluntary membership preferences. He is an assistant professor of public policy at the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, where he has also taught in the public administration and social work departments and at the School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western. Vadapalli also currently holds the leadership positions in the Alaska Evaluation Network and the Citizen Review Panel, an organization that evaluates the policies and practices state's child protective services.

Scott earned a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from Kansas State University and received the Outstanding Graduating Senior Award from the Department of Landscape Architecture / Regional and Community Planning. After graduating, she moved to Denver, Colorado where she joined Norris Design as a landscape architect and planner. She has worked on a broad range of projects, including the redevelopment of an abandoned mall, now a successful mixed use community, and the Town of Frisco's Main Street revitalization. In 2008, she took over Norris Design's mountain region office and her focus has been on integrating development into sensitive natural environments, parks and recreation, affordable housing, mixed use communities and downtown redevelopment. Scott’s Denver Housing Authority Sustainability Park was a finalist for the Colorado Sustainable Design Awards and received a Mayor’s Design Award in 2011. She is also a leader in community engagement, having worked statewide with communities of all sizes. Scott’s experience gives her unique perspective to guide communities through the planning and design process and help them identify future needs and opportunities. In 2011, Elena was promoted to principal and became a partner at Norris Design.

Sturich earned his bachelor's degree in architecture from Kansas State University and was awarded the architecture department's Heintzelman Prize for design excellence. He continued his graduate education at the university, earning his master's degree in 2005. His graduate studies focused on exploring architectural narrative and programming through nostalgia, image and film. His thesis project included a short film that demonstrated how the ideas of memory, material and space inform the design process. He moved to Austin and joined Miro Rivera Architects, one of the leading new architectural firms in the U.S. The firm has been recognized nationally and internationally with more than 50 design awards. In 2011, Sturich was named an associate of the firm for his leadership and outstanding contributions. He has worked on a variety of project types ranging from high-end residential to commercial and institutional. Most recently, he served as the associate responsible for the Grand Plaza, Amphitheater and Observation Tower at the Circuit of the Americas, the first Formula 1 purpose-built track in North America. This project is featured in the October 2013 issue of Architectural Record as well as numerous leading publications such as the New York Times, Details, Architizer and Archdaily.

Hoke, a licensed interior designer (NCIDQ) earned a bachelor's degree in interior architecture from Kansas State University. After graduating, she attended the Summer Furniture Design Program through Denmark's International Study Program, where she received her certificate of furniture design studies. An avid equestrian, she has served as Project Manager and Creative Director at White Horse Barns in Seattle where she designed and developed a line of high-end horse stables and riding arenas. In 2007 she joined McClellan Architects in Seattle, where she developed and leads the interior architecture and design studio. Her professional portfolio consists of high-end commercial interiors, retail design and custom residences. Prior to her work as Senior Interior Designer and Project Manager for McClellan Architects, Hoke worked as a Project Architect with the Seattle office of Gensler where she designed and managed commercial interior projects for retail, workplace, civic, and large commercial projects ranging in scope from 2,000 SF to 300,000 SF.  Hoke has a rich history of volunteerism, and values high level design and team collaboration. She believes that the interior design and function should reflect the client's life and habits, providing the optimal environment in which to feel relaxed and at home.


The Thomas A. Tyler and Answers Inc. APDesign Architectural and Environmental Student Photography Competition will take place this November for the December 2 Chang Gallery exhibition. In this competition, a jury of professionals, with five categories of competition, judges photos: black & white, landscape, exterior architecture, interiors & architectural details, and other subject matter.

Entries are due to the Dean’s Office (115 Seaton Hall) by 5 p.m. November 22. All entries must be framed and accompanied by the attached form. <Click here for submission form>

Entries will be part of the 2013-2014 Chang Gallery Season and will be featured from December 2, 2013 through January 19, 2014.

College of Architecture, Planning & Design team participates in inaugural design event

A team of three Kansas State University architecture students was among five teams nationwide invited to participate in the inaugural Chicago Healthcare Student Charrette, Sept.28-Oct. 2. The event was sponsored by the American Institute of Architects' Chicago Healthcare Knowledge Community and The Caritas Project in conjunction with the 2013 Health Facilities Symposium and Expo.

The CARITAS Project strives to transform health and health care into more caring experiences by working to influence leaders in the field to create spaces that embody respect for human dignity.

At the event, K-State students Kirby Thomas, senior in architecture, Leawood; Adam Froelich, senior in architecture, Sublette; and Sara Hartman, Jefferson City, Mo., presented their work to a panel of experts. Team advisers included Susanne Siepl-Coates, professor of architecture at K-State, and Bryan Finnegan from RTKL Chicago, one of the sponsoring firms of the charrette.

The theme of the charrette was Creative Inspiration from Students: Innovative Design Solutions to "Creating Generative Space Environments for an Aging Population that Create 'A Place to Flourish'® Throughout the Continuum of Experiences."

Students prepared in advance by visiting a nursing care facility or engaging with an older person in order to view the world through the eyes of elders, document their observations and experiences, and make a presentation about this to the charrette participants the first evening.

Along with K-State, teams participating were fromIowa State University, Virginia Tech, Harrington Institute of Design and Philadelphia University.

The vision statement for the K-State student project was: "Designing spaces for human well-being that have multidimensional qualities in order to create an intergenerational community where people of all ages can flourish."

The team's project was "A Flourishing Urban Inter-generational Community," which showcased architecture design ideas at various levels of scale for living together in a model of cooperation, interaction, and exchange that facilitates mutual support and relationships to benefit both individuals and their communities.

Other sponsoring firms of the charrette included Gensler, Eckenhoff Saunders Architects, VOA Associates Inc., Legat Architects and Cannon Design.

Highlights from APDPro

Oct. 24
APDPro: Public Interest Design
Katie Kingery-Page and Kate Nesse
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Pierce Commons, Seaton Hall, 4:30-5:30pm

APDesign faculty members Katie Kingery-Page and Kate Nesse will be speaking on the topic of Public Interest Design and how future professionals can emphasize the importance of human-centered, participatory, sustainable design.


Oct. 29
APDPro: Architecture Licensure
Mark Franzen, HTK Architects
Eric Wittman, Spangenberg, Phillips, and Tice
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Pierce Commons, Seaton Hall, 4:00pm 

Mark Franzen, President at HTK Architects in Overland Park, KS and Eric Wittman, Architect at Spangenberg Phillips Tice Architecture in Wichita, KS are both AIA licensed and will be coming to campus to talk with APDesign students about their experiences with licensure and why students should pursue this opportunity.

The Kansas Board of Technical Professions has posted the OCTOBER 2013 NEWSLETTER.

  Newsletter articles include lists of new licensees, Fundamentals of Exam information and disciplinary action.

Click here for the OCTOBER 2013 KSBTP Newsletter:


LA|RCP Colloquium Series

Ben Ward

"PLAY, DESIGN, GAME: Game design promises and provokes an opportunity for rapid, intense design and development. Come experience the ideas and the play behind the process. Are you ready for the challenge?"

Friday, October 25. 2013, 4:30 PM,
Seaton 106C

Instructional designer, technologist, educator, and life-long learning addict, Ben Ward has developed and designed training programs, distance courses, face-to-face courses, and instructional games. Employed as an Instructional Designer for Kansas State University, Ben has collaborated with a wide range of faculty in the creation of online and face-to-face courses. Recent presentations include “5 Minutes of Fun with Ben Ward.” Currently, Ben Ward has taken his lifelong passion and love of games and applied it to 15 years of instructional game-design experience to offer a series of four-hour workshops on instructional game design for wide variety of audiences.

Intersession Class Offered

Plan, Design, Build for Public Interest
ARCH 715 Winter Intersession
January 2 - 17, 2014; 9am – 12pm

Only 20% of the world’s population has access to designers and architects. Rather than continuing to cater to the worlds’ wealthiest, a reorientation is occurring in our professions to serve the needs of the other 80%. This introductory and interfisciplinary class will explore the growing social section fo planning, desing engineering, architecture, and construction knowin as “PUBLIC INTEREST.”

Course content will focus on maximizing a project’ positive impact on local communities, working as a design partner with other organizations and addressing critical issues faced by under served populations through the built environment. Studetns will be challenged to research exisiting public interest projects, report on key players in the field and propose plans for their own proactive engagement in the public interest work. For more information contact Jill Sornson Kurtz, jmksurtz@k-state.edu.