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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

APDesign Newsletter 2.13.12


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. today, Monday, February 13, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union. The lecture, which is sponsored by the College of Architecture, Planning & Design, 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.


In two sessions on Sunday, the APDesign student callers for Telefund raised an amazing $42,530! A BIG thank you goes to our student volunteers and our supportive alumni.

Students and faculty have one last opportunity to get in on the Telefund fun. Our final calling session is Wednesday evening. Telefund starts at 5 p.m., and you should be finished by 9:30 p.m. All volunteers receive free dinner, a Telefund T-shirt, a water bottle or flash drive from APDesign and opportunities to win many prizes. Sign up at http://www.k-statetelefund.org/ if you’d like to participate. We still have about 40 seats left.


Next Monday, February 20, 2012, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., APDesign will have a gathering for alumni and friends to celebrate the beautiful Italian Watercolors show in the Chang Gallery, produced by Professor Jim Jones and Professor Emeritus Rick Forsyth. The reception will take place in the lobby outside the Chang Gallery.

During the gathering, we will also celebrate the retirement of Landscape Architecture Professor Bob Page who retired from the College in December after many years of teaching.

Faculty and staff are invited and encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to Emily Vietti at evietti@k-state.edu if you plan to attend.


What is a Munsell Color Tree? Stop by Weigel Library and find out. To aid in APDesign’s first year students Color Theory explorations, we have created color-themed displays utilizing the Munsell Color Tree, studies from Josef Albers’ Interaction of Color series and relevant books from our collection.


Issued to Faculty, Staff and Students on February 8, 2012

The following information is intended to clarify the use of official absence notification that is prepared by the Dean’s Office Student Services, Seaton 213, under the supervision of Lisa Last, Director of Academic Services.

An official absence notification will be issued for the following reasons (verified documentation will be required if an examination, quiz, project or some form of assessment took place during the absence) if requested by the student:

  • Illness or injury

  • Personal or family emergency 

  • Severe weather delaying return to campus

  • Funeral of a family member or friend 

  • Court appearance

Students are expected to immediately notify the faculty of all other absences including but not limited to:

  • Illness or injury requiring absence from one class session 

  • Participation in family activities

  • Non-emergency/ routine doctor or dental appointments 

  • Participation in field trips, conferences, meeting or other similar activities

  • Participation in non-varsity athletic activities 

These are not official absences and a faculty member may determine whether the absence will be excused or unexcused.

With regard to faculty or department-sponsored field trips (or similar activity), the sponsor should provide each student with a letter stating the purpose of the field trip, the date(s) and time(s) of that trip and any other pertinent information. The student is then responsible for informing each faculty member of his or her anticipated absence. Providing this letter well in advance of the scheduled field trip is highly recommended. It may be more efficient, or practical, for the sponsor to send a letter to the affected faculty and include a list of the students enrolled in that person’s class who will be going on the field trip. A similar protocol should be followed by faculty advisors of student organizations if members are going to a meeting or conference. Please keep in mind that each affected faculty member will determine if this is an excused or unexcused absence for the student. Faculty members are not required to provide make up exams.

Students who miss more than three consecutive class sessions are encouraged to meet with their respective faculty and academic advisor to determine if adjustment to the program of study or other action is appropriate or necessary. There can be serious academic consequences due to absence from class.

Understandably, this is not an exhaustive list (official or unofficial). If you have a question about any issue regarding student absence, please call, email or stop by the Student Services Office in Seaton 212.

(Document reviewed by the Office of Student Life and the University General Counsel 8/2010.)


On February 25, the Manhattan Arts Center will show the work of 14 Interior Architecture and Product Design graduate students that honors the wounded warriors coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan in a show titled “Daring to Care for Wounded Warriors.” These students designed rehabilitation center for the returning veterans as part of their capstone studio under the guidance of Associate Professor Vibhavari Jani. The Manhattan Arts Center will host a reception to recognize these students from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, February 25.

The Pentagon’s Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center reports having diagnosed 229,106 cases of mild to severe traumatic brain injury from 2000 to the third quarter of 2011, including both Iraq and Afghanistan vets. This number increases even more if one considers all the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans returning back from their deployments with post-traumatic stress, hearing loss, breathing disorders, diseases, and other long-term health problems.

Since many of these wounded warriors are returning home to Fort Riley Military base; located close to Kansas State University, the studio decided to take the challenge to understand the rehabilitation needs of these wounded warriors in fall 2011. This semester-long, community-based, warrior-focused, service-learning project was introduced to enhance students’ understanding of psychological and physiological pain of the this war veterans and to inspire students to find research-based, innovative spatial solutions that can assist in healing these wounded veterans and reconnecting them with their families, friends and the community.

At the end of the semester in December, these students presented their designs at the Fort Riley Military Hospital where the commander-in-chief, the chief of facilities operations, and the rehabilitation hospital’s medical staff were present among other staff members and provided their feedback.


Christian “Bo” Steadman, fifth-year Architecture student, was selected as the recipient of The John E. Holstrom Alpha Tau Omega Architectural. This 23rd Holstrom Scholarship is for $1,000. Steadman was presented a plaque and certificate by Kansas State Alpha Tau Omega Students’ Aid Endowment Fund President Bill Muir, and had his name engraved on the Holstrom Award Plaque in Seaton Hall. The award was presented on February 2, 2012.

A resident of Prairie Village, Kansas, Steadman has built up an impressive list of service tasks that include College of Architecture, Planning & Design Student Ambassador, Dean’s Student Advisory Council and Study Abroad Coordinating Committee, as well as a member of the OZ journal staff. His grades have earned him dean’s honors for eight semesters and Putnam, Phi Kappa Phi and Mortar Board scholarships.

Dean Tim de Noble said, “We are very pleased to be able to offer this scholarship to an outstanding fifth-year architectural student. Special thanks to the local Alpha Tau Omega Endowment Fund and the WKA architectural firm for making this scholarship a reality, and congratulations to Bo Steadman on being the scholarship recipient.”

The Holstrom Scholarship, established in 1990, is named after John E. Holstrom, a 1968 initiate of the Kansas State University chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and 1972 Kansas State University graduate who died in December of 1989 at the age of 40. The stated purposes of this Scholarship are “to perpetuate the memory of John E. Holstrom on the campus of Kansas State University and to provide educational opportunities and assistance for fifth-year architecture students who possess exemplary attributes in scholarship, fellowship and character.”


Gensler’s Houston office is currently in the process of identifying candidates for their 2012 summer internship program.

Key components include staffing interns in the project teams as well as weekly learning forums specifically designed to augment the intern’s academic and practical experience.

The students who are eligible for this program are students who have:

• Completed at least their third year of your program

• Exhibited a strong commitment to design

• Demonstrated competent computer skills

• Collaborative work skills

• Embraced learning as a continuous process

Gensler would appreciate having resumes and portfolios by February 27. Everyone who would like to apply to the program can apply online at the Gensler website, www.gensler.com.


We are in search of the best and brightest design students for our 2012 summer internship program.

As an intern, you will work with architects and designers to gain experience in all the design disciplines practiced at NBBJ: architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, urban planning, lighting design, graphic design and environmental graphic design. You will be assigned to a specific project and work as an integral team member. Projects vary in size and scope, ranging from complex healthcare facilities to hospitality and corporate interiors to international high-rise competitions. This is a full-time, paid internship that will last a minimum of eight weeks to be completed anytime between May and September.

We have summer internship opportunities in the following U.S. locations: Seattle, Boston, Columbus, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. Our internship opportunities are open to all current students who have authorization to work in the U.S. and who will be returning to school in the fall of 2012. New graduates are not eligible for an internship, but are encouraged to visit our website and submit an application for a full-time position.

To apply for a summer internship, please submit:

  • A cover letter stating your design discipline and location preference(s)

  • Your resume - include your expected date of graduation

  • A color PDF of your work (4MB maximum file size; printable size minimum 8-1/2” x 11” and maximum 11” x 17”)

Submit your materials online at: http://www.nbbj.com/#join/internships 

Application Deadline: Friday, March 30, 2012


Callison is very pleased to invite students at Kansas State University to apply for the Callison summer scholarship and internship opportunity.

This year’s scholarship will provide academic funds in conjunction with an internship opportunity at Callison. The Callison scholarship and internship program is being offered to architecture, interior design and graphic design students attending Kansas State University along with several other selected universities across America.

We’ve created a microsite at www.callison.com/mycareer. This site contains information on how to apply and tips on interviewing. Please review the information soon, as the application deadline is March 24, 2012.

I’m the program coordinator and can answer questions you may have regarding our Scholarship and internship program. If you have questions, please contact the program coordinator, Kirk Elmy at Kirk.Elmy@callison.com. Additionally, students can learn more about Callison at www.Callison.com.


Moscoso Arquitectura, based in Cochabamba, Bolivia, is looking for qualified
interns for an immersion program this summer 2012. The program will be based on site in Cochabamba, Bolivia. 

Dates: June 16 - July 15, 2012 

About Us: Moscoso Arquitectura has been dedicated to sustainable, organic architecture for over 40 years. We are committed to designing and building in an environmentally respectful manner, utilizing inspiration from nature, and building with materials that take the surrounding environment into consideration. Our methods are based on the interplay between energy, human needs, and the natural environment. We strive to provide both individuals and the public with buildings and works based on creativity, form, comfort, and structural integrity. We use materials based on local Bolivian traditions and indigenous knowledge. 

The Program: The Sustainable Architecture Internship Program is based on classroom-type learning and practical application. Our philosophy is that students gain more experience learning by doing. The program incorporates lecture with hands on experience designing, calculating, formulating, and building sustainable private and public buildings, as well as public works of art. This program is suitable for students of: architecture, green building, environmental building policy, sustainable design, sustainable architecture, and anyone else interested in environmentally respectful building practices. 

Classroom Learning: A foundation will be laid in sustainable architecture by exposing the students to various subjects in a classroom-type setting. The student will have ample opportunity to engage with other classmates, the instructor and the materials. Topics include but are not limited to: 

Natural Forms and Design 

Energy Consumption and Technology 

Structural Formations 

Green Building Materials 

Hands On Internship 

The best way to learn is by actually doing. All students participating in the Sustainable Architecture Internship Program will have the opportunity to work directly with us designing, conceptualizing, formulating plans, calculating structures, and building works. Depending on our current projects, the students will be involved in ‘getting dirty’ with sustainable private or public buildings, or even public works of art. Students will work alongside sustainable architecture professionals to actually help construct green buildings. Classroom learning will be applied to the Internship to create a well-rounded program.

Program Includes: practical internship, classroom learning and accompanying materials (10-15 hours per week), accommodation (shared housing), local architectural sites of interest visits, airport pick-up, and spanish classes (if applicable) 

*NOTE: Spanish language knowledge is not necessary for participation 

Cost: $2,700 for four weeks 

Apply: For questions, or to apply, please send your resume and letter of interest to cecilia.foxworthy@gmail.com. Check out Moscoso’s webiste: