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December 16, 2013

Message from the Department Head

The last week of the semester is here already and for many of us, the time has once again swept quickly away. If you are leaving for the break, please travel safely and come back refreshed and ready to begin again! Wherever you are, remember that you will never have a day that can be re-lived, so make the most of the people around you, the opportunities you have to learn and create; and seek opportunities to make someone's life better - by a kind word, an opened door, a task completed, or - by simply spending time listening to them.  

Furniture Workshop News: End of the year shop cleaning is here! All 4th and 5th year students enrolled in a furniture or workshop class are required to help clean for at least 1 hour today (December 16th) from 9am to 3pm.

Studio Before you Leave: Budgetary cutbacks have affected the availability of cleaning during winter break.  Before leaving for the break, please make sure to clean up your studio so it is ready to go for next semester. 4th year students: whether you are studying abroad, on an internship, or at KCDC, everything from your studio area/desk must be removed by Monday, December 23.

News and Events

5th Year’s Thesis PKs took place on Tuesday, December 10th. Each student gave a snapshot of the thesis project they will be pursuing. The range of topics illustrates the desire of our students to pursue being part of the solution to many of our world’s problems. Projects range from addressing obesity to diabetes, from curbing violence to re-igniting a sense of community, from the role furniture may play in curbing technology addiction to developing a toolset of objects for children with autism. Additionally, project topics address recreation, library, education, art, therapy, and much more.

Professor Ryadi Adityavarman attended the Archtheo conference in Istanbul from December 4 - 7 where he presented his research titled “Embodied Creativity and Studio Teaching Pedagogy.” The conference focuses on Theory of Architecture, and more information may be found at http://www.archtheoconference.net/.  As a further result of this presentation, he has been invited to serve as a member of the scientific committee to review abstracts for the 2014 ARCHDESIGN conference.

Congratulations to the following people who had presentations accepted for the 2014 IDEC National Conference (to be held during March in New Orleans):

Kendra Ordia (with Tamie Glass and Igor Siddiqui) for Mas Moss. This is the collaborative  “living curtain project” Igor showed us during his visit.

Dave Richter-O’Connell and Neal Hubbell’s presentation “Transformations through Time- Teaching the Past, Present and Future of Furniture History

Katelyn Nigus and Vibha Jani’s presentation “How Ergonomics Contributes to the Health and Wellbeing of Corporate Employees.


The Core77 Design Awards have 17 categories for submission, 16 of which have both Professional and Student divisions. You can review each of the categories from this link.  The awards page with additional information is found here.  In addition, you may enjoy visiting the main page for Core77, just click on the image below.


George Washington University and Kazakh Student Association Launch a $50,000 “Expo Village 2017: Innovation in Energy Efficiency and Saving” Competition for American and Canadian University Students.

Manhattan Rotary Club is seeking applications for the Rotary Global Grant Scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year. The scholarship is worth $30,000 and will fund one year of post-baccalaureate study. Applications are due no later than January 17th. Information about the grant and application is downloadable here  (click the links under Downloadable Files for general information and Global Grant Scholarship application).

Final Review Schedule:
We invite you to join in the end of semester reviews for 5th year Capstone Studio (Vibha Jani and Neal Hubbell are the professors). Monday (Dec. 16), Wednesday (Dec. 18) and Friday (Dec. 20) of this week the reviews for Capstone Studio Wounded Warrior will be held at the Beach Museum Theater from 8:30-12:30. Please join in as your schedule allows!

Neal Hubbell's section of the 4th year design studio will conduct their final reviews in the offices of THREESIXTY ARCHITECTURE in Kansas City on Thursday, December 19.

Upcoming Events

Monday Dec 16 – Dec 20: Finals
Monday Dec 16: Material and Finishes Final Exam – 4:10-6:10
Monday Dec 16 – 4th and 5th year students mandatory clean-up of shop – 9am-3pm
Tuesday Dec 17 – Furniture Projects due 9am; Photos at 10am
Wednesday Dec 18 – IAPD Shop locked for grading
Friday Dec 20 – KCDC applications due by 5:00
Mon Dec 23 – Final Grades Due
Mon Dec 23 – Jan 21 – Winter Break (Student)
Wed Dec 25 – Jan 1 – IAPD Office Closed
Wed Jan 15 - IAPD Course Share Day (Faculty) 8-5
Thurs Jan 16 - IAPD Faculty Retreat 1-5
Tues, Jan 21 – First day of Spring Semester