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College of Architecture, Planning and Design




"Hull" by Wesley Gross: Best In Show


MANHATTAN -- Students in Kansas State University's College of Architecture, Planning & Design have been recognized for their skills as photographers through the college's annual photography competition.

The competition was open to all students in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design and 39 entries were received. Nine entries were chosen by a jury to receive recognition. Thomas A. Tyler, a 1974 K-State architecture graduate, and his firm, Answers Inc., St. Louis, Mo., sponsored the competition's prizes. Best in Show award earned $300; first place $100; second place, $50; and $25 for third.

Tim de Noble, Dean of the College of APDesign said “I enjoy seeing the students turn their critical eye to the world around them every year. These images show their ability to discern beauty in diverse places, scales and subject matter.”

Competition winners include:

Elias Logan, fifth-year architecture student, Manhattan, KS, second place in interior architecture and details and third place in the black and white category for “Etherreality”.

Nadau Bittan, fifth-year architecture student, Overland Park, KS, first place interiors and architectural details titled “A Dark Afternoon”; Daniel Gadek, fifth-year architecture student, Overland Park, KS, first place in exterior architecture with second place in the black and white category for “Decrepit Gas Station” and second place in the other subject matter category titled “Moment”.

From Missouri: Wesley Gross, fifth-year architecture student, Kansas City, MO, best in show and first place in the black and white category for “Hull” and first place for landscape titled “Berrenschultzklemm”.

From out of state: Andrew Rostek, third-year landscape architecture student, Missouri City, TX, second place for landscape titled “Sandy Beach”.

From out of country: Jiayi Wang, 1st year ENVD, Chengdu, China, third place in the interiors and architectural details titled “Red”; Ying Zhu, fifth-year architecture student, Hangzhou, China, first place for other subject matter titled “Man & Book”.

All of the entries will be on exhibit in the Chang gallery, Seaton Hall until January 19, 2014.


Designing minds: Interior architecture and product design students develop biodiversity exhibition proposals for Flint Hills Discovery Center

MANHATTAN -- Third-year interior architecture and product design students at Kansas State University's College of Architecture, Planning & Design have put their design skills on exhibition.

The students have worked for the last five weeks with Manhattan's Flint Hills Discovery Center to define "Biodiversity in the Flint Hills," turning their research into interactive exhibition design proposals that would interest children ages 7-12.

The project was led by David Richter-O'Connell, assistant professor of interior architecture and product design.

Starting with a general definition of biodiversity as the range of flora and fauna found living in an environment or ecosystem, as well as the factors and forces such as weather, climate change, human populations and land use that affect the biodiverse ecosystem, the students further explored the topic from the standpoint of area families, ranchers and soldiers to develop exhibition designs that include information, artifacts, multimedia presentations and interactive activities.

Their exhibition designs will be on display at a town hall-style reception from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Flint Hills Discovery Center's atrium. The reception is free and the public is invited. Visitors who would like to explore the center after dropping by the reception will need to pay the admission fee.

To develop their designs, the students also interviewed and worked with a variety of area community members, including:

* Flint Hills Discovery Center staff members Fred Goss, director; Roy Garrett, exhibits/operations manager; and Jared Bixby, curator of education.

* Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art guest lecturer David Russik, an exhibition designer at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

* Fort Riley staff and eco-management professionals Erik Zenk, Steven Wahle and Christopher Otto.

* Interior architecture and product design department faculty members Vibhavari Jani, associate professor; Steve Davidson, assistant professor; and Dustin Headley, assistant professors.

* Landscape architect professor and researcher Timothy Keane of the university's landscape architecture/regional and community planning department.

* Konza Prairie Biological Research Station personnel.

* And many other local groups and resources.

Competition Opportunity

A Team forming to compete in the designing of the entrance for the Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran; a gated campus in a metropolitan area with a population of about 14 million. Enrollment for the competition is December 10 and submission is due by February 8, 2014. Contact Mehraz Kerahoodi at mkk960@ksu.edu for more information and to sign up. Cash awards are given for 1st place - $1500, 2nd $800 and 3rd $300.

Third Floor Tidbits

Weigel Library


Take time for a study/studio break!  Stop by Pierce Commons Monday evening, December 9th, at 9:30 pm for a slice of pizza and other refreshments!  The pizza is provided by K-State Libraries.  APDesign Student Organizations (SCASLA, SPA, AIAS, and Women in Design) are providing other treats that evening as well – rumor has it there will be beverages, root beer floats, veggie and/or fruit trays and other goodies.   Weigel Library supports you throughout the semester with resources, services, technology and now pizza!