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College of Architecture, Planning and Design


3rd Year IAPD Studio teams explore Home Health with Nemschoff

November 10, 2014

Note from the Department Head

The end of last week, I had the opportunity to participate in the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) Future Vision session, along with practitioners, industry and design educators as we "embrace the changes facing interior design in 2017 and beyond." Click here to learn more about the participants, Adam Stover ('02) (Populous) was one of only eleven practitioners selected from North America to participate in this visioning event. We began at a global scale, projecting those trends affecting people, the economy, technology, and more; then working our way to the scale of the types and levels of skills and knowledge graduates of interior design-accredited programs must have to enter the profession. While many recurring themes emerged and are being analyzed by the CIDA Standards Board, I noticed that design research in its many forms created a thread throughout our informal discussions. 

This week, we have an opportunity to celebrate and learn from the design research occurring throughout our own college. Opportunities to learn from our own and other disciplines are critical to our mission in IAPD, which is one of the reasons it is important that you advantage yourselves by attending the variety of lectures and symposiums as they occur.

The end of this week will find me in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I will represent IDEC at the 2014 CIDQ Annual Council of Delegates Meeting. You may not realize the heritage of NCIDQ (the professional qualifying examination for the practice of interior design), but 2014 marks the 40th Anniversary of the NCIDQ Exam - an important milestone!

As work intensifies and time grows ever shorter, please remember that you are readying yourself to be a design professional who is prepared to make profound impacts on the lives of those who enter the built environment to work, live, or play. I will remind you that the design decisions you make at all scales affect well-being, productivity, teamwork, peaceful relationships, enjoyment, and health of building occupants. Your sensitivity to human needs and conditions empowers those with different abilities, and sets a stage for acceptance or differentiation. Indeed, your knowledge and application of that knowledge will create situations that in emergencies (such as a fire) could make the difference between life and death. How much difference does design make? Catch a glimpse at the APDesign Research Symposium!

Wishing you a wonderful week,

APDesign Research Symposium Acceptance! 

Congratulations to 4th year IAPD students in Professor Vibha Jani's Design Research class who have been accepted into the APDesign Research Symposium taking place on Thursday and Friday (November 13-14)! The following students submitted abstracts for blind review and have been accepted to present their work:
  • David Amstutz 
  • Laura Cale
  • Christine Donley 
  • Emma Montgomery and Robin Tank
  • Sloup Amanda and Jessica Griesemer
  • Diana Blom and Erin Heiden
The APDesign Research Symposium is an important initiative begun last year to highlight and share student research occurring in all fields within our college. A fascinating array of work by your colleagues will be presented and displayed. Plan to participate as much as possible in this event later this week and show all the participants your support for their intellectual pursuits. 

Research Symposium Keynote Speaker

Professor Nancy Rottle from the University of Washington will be giving the keynote speech for the APDesign Research Symposium titled Design as Research: The UW Green Futures Lab. Her lecture will take place on Thursday, November 13th at 4:30 in the Pierce Commons. For more information, click here. 


Student Design Competition

The IIDA Student Design Competition, formerly known as the Student Sustainable Design Competition, opens Wednesday, Nov. 12. This year, the competition invites students to evolve the concept of the open office to offer employees a workplace that encourages health, well-being, collaboration, and productivity. Learn more.

Counseling Opportunities

K-State's counseling services offers a number of presentations covering topics such as dealing with anxiety and emotions tied with academics. They have a number available in person as well as through Zoom. Click Herefor a list of upcoming presentations. 


In conjunction with the Department of Architectural Engineers, APDesign Department of Architecture is hosting David Kaneda to give a lecture. His presentation titled "To Zero and Beyond: The Brave New World of Positive Energy" promises to be informative for everyone. Please plan on attending at 4 pm on Wednesday, November 12th in the Little Theater. 

The ninth diversity summit at KSU will take place on Friday, November 14th from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm where the topic is "2015-2025: Achieving the Apex in Diversity Excellence." This is a great opportunity for you to learn about the future plans of diversity and multiculturalism on KSU's campus. For more information, click here or contact the Office of Diversity. 

2nd & 3rd Year Grant

The office of OURCI is now offering grants for research and travel for undergraduate students. Each grant is worth up to $1,000 per semester. For more information, click on a link below or go to our website and keep up with other opportunities such as competitions and scholarships. 

Undergraduate Research Grant

Undergraduate Travel Grant

IAPD Events

13th - NO IAPD Faculty Meeting - Crit Space - 11:30
13th - Research Symposium Keynote Speaker - Pierce Commons - 4:30 pm
13-14 - APDesign Research Symposium 
14th - Wine and Cheese - 7:30pm
20th - IAPD Faculty Meeting - Crit Space - 11:30
24-28 - Fall Break

4-5 -10 year Alumni Honoree
4th - IAPD Faculty Meeting - Crit Space - 11:30
11th - IAPD Faculty Meeting - Crit Space - 11:30
12th - Last day of Class
15-19 - Finals
22- Jan 19 - Winter Break