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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

APDesign Newsletter 2.6.12


Interior Architecture & Product Design alumnus Phillip Baumer will be giving a lecture titled “Inverting 3 Into 2” at 4 p.m. Friday, February 10, in the Little Theatre at the K-State Student Union. This lecture is free and the public is welcome.

Baumer received his degree in Interior Architecture from Kansas State University and a Master’s of Fine Art specializing in sculpture from Wichita State University. Baumer has worked as a furniture designer/design engineer and is currently working as a project and operations manager for Blake Clotia, a commercial cabinet company in Wichita, Kansas, founded in 1995. He has designed and built furniture for numerous clients both private and public on a regional and national scale. He also works as a professional artist, having participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions.

Baumer’s art explores the language, gesture and commotion of line within drawing and sculpture. His works intend to construct a kind of substantial ephemerality-a progression of marks and their shadows delineating tumults of visual commotion; an emergent, intrusive expanse in suspended animation. The resulting perceptual liveliness generates form and such-an approach to a resolute way of seeing the systems and shapes that exist within our environments.


William F. Baker, structural engineering partner for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP, will be giving a lecture titled “The Philosophy of Design: The Structural Engineer’s Role in Creating New Architecture” at 4:30 p.m. Monday, February 13, 2012 in Forum Hall in the K-State Student Union. The lecture is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.

Throughout his distinguished career, Baker has dedicated himself to structural innovation. His best-known contribution has been to develop the “buttressed core” structural system for the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world’s tallest manmade structure.

While widely regarded for his work on supertall buildings, his expertise also extends to a wide variety of structures like the GM Entry Pavilion and Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion and BP Pedestrian Bridge. Baker is also known for his work on long-span roof structures, such as the Korean Air Lines Operations Hangar and the Virginia Beach Convention Center, as well as for his collaboration with artists like Jamie Carpenter (Raspberry Island-Schubert Club Band Shell), Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle (Gravity is a Force to be Reckoned With), and James Turrell (Roden Crater).

In addition to working at SOM, Bill is actively involved with numerous institutions of higher learning, as well as various professional organizations. In 2011, he received an honorary doctorate in engineering from the University of Stuttgart, as well as a 2011 ASCE Outstanding Projects And Leaders (OPAL) Lifetime Award for Design. Bill is the 2010 recipient of the Gold Medal from the Institution of Structural Engineers and the 2009 recipient and first American to receive the Fritz Leonhardt Preis (Germany). In 2008, the CTBUH awarded him the Fazlur Rahman Khan medal. Bill is a Fellow of both the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). He frequently lectures on a variety of structural engineering topics within the U.S. and abroad.


Telefund 2012 is rapidly approaching. APDesign has calling sessions on Sunday, February 12 (both afternoon and evening) and Wednesday, February 15. The College has 250 spots to fill.

Because we have three sessions this year, we have many more spots to fill than in years past. We would encourage all students, staff and faculty to participate in Telefund in some way. We need to have faculty from each department at each session. Students who are scholarship recipients are strongly encouraged to participate in Telefund as well. Feel free to sign up for more than one session!


Architecture Professor Jim Jones and Landscape Architecture Professor Emeritus Rick Forsyth have created a beautiful show of their watercolors that is now showing in the Chang Gallery through February 24.

Italian Watercolors combines beautiful completed paintings and sketchbook work that show visitors the process and effort that goes into each work. The work was done over trips to Italy that Forsyth and Jones have taken in recent years.


After today, student resume critiques with Dana Nordyke from Career & Employment Services will take place next on February 20 from noon to 1 p.m. at the top of the Pierce Commons.

The dates for all resume and portfolio critiques are as follows:

Resume critiques (all in Pierce Commons)
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.
Portfolio critiques (all in Seaton 113)
Tuesday, March 6, 5:30-7 p.m., Jon Hunt & John Neary
Wednesday, March 7, 5:30-7 p.m., Katie Kingery-Page & Bob Condia
Monday, March 12, 5:30-7 p.m., Donna Fullmer & Ray Streeter


The APDesign Faculty Show will open on Monday, February 27. We hope to see work from faculty across all disciplines and in any medium you use.

We are starting this week to put together a design for the show, so please drop Emily Vietti (evietti@k-state.edu) a short email if you plan to participate this year. She will follow up soon to get more information on your work.

Let’s make the 2012 APDesign Faculty Show one to remember!


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. Selections will be made by March 15. You can learn more about our program (and applicants can apply) at this link:


This is the 10th year of the program, and our scholars have reported their experiences to be rewarding and life-changing. Scholars, including international students, have come from the Savannah College of Art + Design, McGill, Universidad de Monterrey, UPenn, Yale, Carnegie Mellon, Tulane, Virginia Tech, UVA, Clemson, Penn State, Ohio State, Kansas State, Iowa State, Georgia Tech, and Hampton University. Several Summer Scholar “alumni” have accepted full-time positions with our firm.

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


The Heritage Documentation Programs (Historic American Buildings
Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes
Survey), a division of the National Park Service, seeks applications
from qualified students for summer employment documenting historic sites
and structures of architectural, engineering and landscape significance
throughout the country.

Duties involve on-site fieldwork and the preparation of measured and interpretive drawings and written historical reports for the HABS/HAER/HALS Collection at the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. Projects last
twelve weeks, beginning in May/June. Salaries range from approximately
$6,000 to approximately $11,000 for the summer, depending on job
responsibility, locality of the project, and level of experience. Applicants must
be U.S. citizens.

Applications Due: 16 February 2012 (postmark date)

Application information can be found on our web site:

View examples of HDP documentation on the Library of Congress web site:

For additional information regarding the HABS/HAER/HALS Summer 2012
Documentation Program, please contact:

Judy Davis
Summer Program Administrator
Heritage Documentation Programs Division
National Park Service (2270)
1201 Eye Street, NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: (202) 354-2135
Email: HDP_Summer_Program_Admin@nps.gov


In conjunction with the APDesign faculty art show in late February and early March in the Chang Gallery, we will be hosting our own Weigel Library art show. Inspired by the book Dinner for Architects: a Collection of Napkin Sketches, we will be accepting sketch submissions from the faculty for display in Weigel. The deadline to drop off your napkin/envelope/matchbook cover/air sickness bag sketches in Weigel is Monday, February 20. Please identify your sketch so that we may return it to you.

Have you recently become a graduate student? Did you know that this status allows you to check out books for 120 days instead of 30 days? Here’s what you need to do to get these privileges:

  • Bring your undergraduate ID to the ID Center in the Union
  • They will look up your account in KSIS to confirm your grad status & issue your new grad ID for free (If you don’t have your old ID, they will charge a replacement fee).
  • Bring your new grad ID to Weigel on you next visit, so your library account can be updated


Aimed at young designers of any nationality, the Infiniti Design De-Contest will award projects that best represent one of the five continents, taking inspiration from how they have been portrayed in some internationally renowned movies.

Taking as a starting point the idea that the history of design should be seen as a process of evolution which draws inspiration from all the different parts and arts of the world, Infiniti — young Italian brand in continuous evolution producing chairs, tables and stools — launches the second edition of the Infiniti Design De-Contest, entitled “Living Everywhere” and aimed at young designers born after January 1,1972.

In a dynamic and international perspective, Infiniti dares young designers to create projects of chairs, stools, tables and other home furnishing accessories, that ideally represent their native continent. The inspiration should come from how they have been portrayed in some internationally renowned films.

In other words, when creating their design, designers must use a movie which is set entirely on the continent where they live as their inspiration.

The purpose of the competition is to award professional contracts to the designers whose work best embodies the theme of this second annual contest. The objects created by the winning designers will be included in the Infiniti Design catalogue and sales rights will be agreed between the company and the designer with a formal professional contract. An expert panel of judges will select the best projects submitted and will determine a winning project in each category. Winning products will be presented during the Salone del Mobile di Milano 2012.

The closing date for submission of projects is February 29, 2012.

For information and the call for proposals, visit www.infinitidesign.it or email info@infinitidesign.it.