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College of Architecture, Planning and Design



December 15, 2014

Department Head Notes

As we each get ready for the holiday season and finishing up the semester, I wish you the warmth of friends and family and a bit of rest and relaxation! We have certainly enjoyed a busy but productive semester. 

If you see Emma Montgomery, congratulate her on being named one of 5 finalists in the Steelcase NEXT Competition! Nearly 800 students across North America participated in the competition, with 98 entries submitted for judging (maximum of 2 entries per academic program allowed). Emma will fly to Grand Rapids to present her project in early January so stay tuned..... 

A couple of reminders as you leave Seaton for the holiday: clean up (use the boy scout maxim of leaving a place better than you found it) around your desk and studio common spaces; back up your computer to an external disc or drive; remove any food from refrigerators; and travel safely after a good night's sleep. A random act of kindness might also be a good idea at some point over the next week or so.

Thank you, each of you, for helping IAPD be such a special place to learn, explore, and share.


Studio Clean Up

A gentle reminder to all students:

Please clean up your studio area before you leave for the semester. There are tours occurring over break and we want to give a good impression. This includes old projects and materials. 

Please make sure you clean up all trash and recycling and put them in their appropriate containers. If you need additional trash bags, please contact Mary and she will help you out. 

Fourth Years

In anticipation of your departure for the spring semester, all items need to be removed from your studio before you leave for the semester. Everything should be out no later than December 19th. The only exception to this are the furniture pieces you just finished, which should be left for Open House purposes.

If you have questions, please come and see Mary or Jayna and they can help you out. 

Have a great holiday! 


Now is the time to sign up for Winter Intersessions and IAPD Spring Electives! We have a number of exciting electives still open during the Winter Intersession and the Spring semesters. 

Intersession Electives: 
Bath Fixture Design - Dave Richter-O'Connell
Morphology of Asian Architecture - Ryadi Adityavarman 

Spring Electives: 
IA Upholstery - Rod Troyer
Digital Fabrication - Dustin Headley
Advanced IA Materials - Donna Fullmer
Glass Studio - Donna Fullmer
Chair Design - David Brown

Weigel Notes

The staff of Weigel Library wishes everyone the happiest of holidays and an enjoyable and refreshing break.  

Weigel Library has some announcements regarding their operating hours as well as employment opportunities. To read all about them, click here! 

IIDA Student Design Competition

IIDA's 2014 Student Design Competition is focused on evolving the concept of the open office to offer employees' a workplace that encourages health, well-being, collaboration and productivity. 

Students are encouraged to investigate how the modern employee works and what elements are required to increase workplace well-being, thereby increasing productivity and job satisfaction. Think about all the things that a well-designed office dedicated to well-being would include - mobility, privacy, natural light, exercise opportunities, outdoor access. Then, incorporate it with the standard functions of an open office - productivity, collaboration, camaraderie, reduced office footprint, corporate cultural, breaking down corporate hierarchy.

Prizes range from $750 to $2500. Click here for rule, regulations and additional information. 

Scholarship Competition

NEWH, INC. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the Hospitality Industry. It is our goal to further our industry through education. NEWH, Inc. is offering the $4,000 NEWH/Harvey Nudelman Memorial Scholarship Award sponsored by Fabricut Contract. The scholarship is open to students pursuing a career objective in Interior Design for the Hospitality Industry. The scholarship sponsor and winner will honored at HD Expo in Las Vegas, NV May 13-15, 2015. For more information,click here. 

Career Network

The NEWH Career Network is a job and resume service for the hospitality industry and is meant as a service to the industry as a whole. The Career Network link is emailed out twice a month to the entire database of members made up of over 10,000 professionals from all areas of the hospitality industry.

To find out more and look at national openings, click here

IAPD Events

15-19 - Finals
22- Jan 19 - Winter Break