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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

APDesign Newsletter 1.23.12


Welcome back everyone! Hope you are settling into your new schedules and will be finding your way up to Seaton 323 soon. If you haven’t gotten the chance to visit Weigel Library yet, here’s some of what you’re missing out on.

New Resources: The four books shown in the newsletter are only four of a whole shelf full of new books that have arrived over the holiday break. Stop by and check them out!

We would like to announce our good fortune in gaining three new student assistants who will add greatly to our knowledge base and service standards here in Weigel. They are: Jonathan Knight, (Planning) Sara Wilbur (Planning) and Olivia Pitt-Perez (Landscape Architecture.) These three will be filling the shoes of our talented and successful student assistants Anne Denney (Landscape Architecture), Lauren Ewald (Landscape Architecture), and Amanda Van Scoy (Architecture) who are engaged in internships and studying abroad this semester.

We are operating at full speed and have resumed our regular season schedule:

Monday thru Thursday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Annie Chu, founding principal of the award-winning firm Chu+Gooding Architects in Los Angeles, California, will be delivering the College of Architecture, Planning & Design’s annual diversity lecture at 4:30 p.m. Monday, January 23, 2012, in the Little Theatre in the K-State Student Union. Chu’s lecture is titled “Slow Motion” and is free and open to the public.

Chu received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in 1983 and a Master of Science in Building Design from Columbia University in 1989. She trained for 12 years with Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects in New York and Franklin D. Israel in Los Angeles before starting her firm in 1996. Chu received the prestigious Skidmore Owings Merrill Fellowship to study Mayan and Incan architecture in Central and South America.

Chu has been a dedicated educator since 1990 in architecture and design colleges across the United States such as New York Institute of Technology, Parsons, University of Texas at Austin, SCI-Arc, Art Center College of Design, Arizona State University, UCLA, and USC. Currently Chu is serving as an associate professor of interior architecture at Woodbury University. She is the past chair of the National AIA Interior Architecture committee and of the AIA California Council Design Awards committee. Chu is currently serving as an editorial board member of the AIA California Council’s journal, arcCA (Architecture California), and as a mayor-appointed Cultural Affairs Commissioner for the city of Los Angeles, promoting design in the public built environment and support for the arts throughout the city.

Chu+Gooding Architects focuses on projects for arts-related and higher education clients, including arts organizations such as MoCA, Hammer Museum, the Getty Center and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.


Dana Nordyke is the Career and Employment Services Career Advisor for the College of Architecture, Planning & Design. Over the course of the spring semester, Nordyke will be holding a series of resume critiques to help students get ready for internship and job searches and DesignExpo.

She will be in Pierce Commons for resume critiques starting today. The dates/times are: 

Monday, February 6, noon to 1 p.m.
Monday, February 20, noon to 1 p.m.
Monday, March 5, noon to 1 p.m.
Monday, March 12, noon to 1 p.m.
Wednesday, March 14, 5:30-7 p.m.
Monday, March 26, noon to 1 p.m., 5:30-7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 28, 5:30-7 p.m.

Students can also schedule free appointments with Dana Nordyke, or faculty may schedule classroom presentations, for the following: resume and cover letter writing and critiques; mock interviews; networking assistance; and DesignExpo preparation.

Contact Nordyke at 785-532-1680 or nordyke@k-state.edu. The CES website is www.k-state.edu/ces.


Interior Architecture & Product Design Assistant Professor Katrina M. Lewis has been selected to participate in the three-month Rotary World Peace Certificate Program at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, from June 14 to August 31, 2012. Lewis is the first candidate from Rotary District 5701 to be selected.

Lewis is well-traveled and has spent time teaching in Kabul, Afghanistan, in conjunction with a K-State World Bank Grant and a year teaching humanities at the new Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh. Lewis intends to use her learning experiences as a Rotary World Peace Fellow to integrate peace-building and conflict resolution within her field of design, challenging her design students and others to have a sensitive approach to issues of conflict and resolution of global issues.


A team led by Landscape Architecture Associate Professor La Barbara Wigfall has been selected as a stage 1 winner in Parks for the People: A Student Competition to Reimagine America’s National Parks, sponsored by the Van Alen Institute and the U.S. National Park Service.

Forty-one interdisciplinary teams entered the competition in the fall, and nine groups were selected to continue on from what the Van Alen Institute called an “extraordinary field of submissions from schools across the United States.”

Starting this month, the winning K-State group will collaborate with the Nicodemus National Historic Site in Nicodemus, Kansas, to “creatively rethink the national park experience.”

Over the course of the spring 2012 semester, each studio will explore design solutions that broadly address the challenges facing the national park system today.

National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said, “The teams have presented their vision to the judges; now they must collaborate with the parks to find ways to promote sustainability, inspire stewardship, empower youth, and foster dynamic connections among parks, communities, and natural systems.”


The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) announces the spring 2012 FDA and USRG call for proposals for K-State faculty members, assistant professor level and above, who are interested in receiving assistance in their scholarly activities and professional development.

FDA - the President’s Faculty Development Awards program provides support to travel to international meetings, primarily at international locations; to participate in foreign exchanges (such as NEH fellowships); and to meet with program officers of potential external sponsors. All K-State faculty members holding assistant professor level appointments or above are eligible for this award.

USRG - the University Small Research Grants program is a “seed” grant program to support early research, scholarly activity, and other creative efforts. Since the USRG program parallels programs in the Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) and the Engineering Experiment Station (EES), eligibility is restricted to faculty who are not eligible for AES or EES support.

If you seek travel support that will occur before July 1, apply in the fall competition. Fall funding must be committed before the close of the current fiscal year (June 30).

If you seek travel support that will occur after June 30, apply in the spring competition. Spring funding is allocated after the next fiscal year begins (July 1).

More details can be found at: www.k-state.edu/research/funding/fdausrg.htm.

There will be an FDA and USRG Q&A Session at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 8. Reserve your seat and get location information by emailing orsp@ksu.edu.


The challenge — To produce a work of art that exemplifies the central theme: “Art of Concrete” and to display the form, function, and/or beauty of concrete through a work of art.

Each work of art must be completed by an individual student participant. Participation is limited to students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program. Undergraduate or graduate students on cooperative or internship work assignment are eligible to compete. A student may not submit more than one entry. Each student must sign and submit a statement of originality certifying that the work of art is his/her original. The following mediums will be permitted: sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, scale model.

The work of art shall be of such size and shape that it can be readily displayed without significant support and not exceed 48” in any dimension. A maximum weight of 150 lbs. will also be enforced.

The advance registration form must be completed by February 10, 2012.

The first, second, and third place entries will each be awarded a certificate of recognition, will be recognized in Concrete International magazine if space allows, and will be recognized on ACI’s website. In addition, the first place participant will receive a $500 award, second place will receive $200, and third place will receive $100.

For more information, or to get the registration forms, contact Michelle Totin at the American Concrete Institute by email at students@concrete.org.


Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company is accepting applications for its Class of 2012 Summer Design Scholars. This is a juried selection, open to upper-level undergraduates and graduate students in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, and interior design.

The submission deadline is Monday, February 20. Selection will be made by March 15. You can learn more about our program (and applicants can apply) at www.hewv.com/scholar.

This is the 10th year of the program, and former scholars have reported their experiences to be rewarding and life-changing. Scholars, including international students, have come from many universities, including K-State. Several Summer Scholar alumni have accepted full-time positions with our firm.

If you have other questions, please contact Nick Vlattas at nvlattas@hewv.com or 757-321-9608.


A one-day seminar titled How to Obtain Peer-Reviewed NIH Research Grants will be held at the University of Kansas in Lawrence from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on February 16, 2012.

This one-day seminar is geared for junior faculty, students, and administrators who are beginning the process of submitting grants to National Institutes of Health (NIH). It is also relevant for seasoned researchers who wish to refresh their knowledge of the new NIH requirements and the peer review process. Ultimately, the focus is to assist all who wish to submit winning research proposals to the NIH.

Those attending will learn how to:
• Find the Appropriate Program and Grant Mechanism for Your Idea
• Read and Interpret RFA’s
• Identify and Avoid Common Pitfalls of a Grant
• Develop an Irresistible Idea for Your Grant Application
• Address the Pieces of the Request for Proposal
• Maximize Your Application for Competitiveness
• Package the Proposal in the Requested Format
• Understand the New Scoring System and the Review Process
• Learn What Actually Happens in the Study Section
• Search for the Appropriate Study Sections For Submissions
• Decipher Pink Sheets: The Inevitable Resubmission
• Build an Airtight Case for Funding
• Discern the Art of the Budget

Presenter: Dr. Campbell, obtained her B.S. from Cornell University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in marine biology from the University of Miami. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, she has worked as a consultant to U.S. government clients for the past decade. She is currently a Principal Molecular Biologist with Noblis and has a decade of professional experience in bioinformatics, as well as substantial experience in bench research in molecular and microbiology. During her career she has focused on the analysis of population based experiments designed to study both human disease and animal models of disease. Campbell has also served on many NIH review panels spanning from SBIR reviews to reviews of large center grants.

To enroll, visit http://granttrainingclasses.org/ or call 571-257-8864. The seminar cost is $335.