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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

APDesign Newsletter 1.22.13


Mahesh Daas, 2012 ACSA Distinguished Professor of Architecture and chair of the architecture department at Ball State University, will deliver the lecture “Memos from an Inconvenient Studio” at 4 p.m. Friday, January 25 in the K + S Ballroom at the K-State Student Union. The lecture is free and the public is encouraged to attend. The lecture is the College of Architecture, Planning & Design’s annual Interior Architecture & Product Design Distinguished Lecture.

Daas was also the inaugural 2008-11 Emerging Media Fellow of Ball State’s Center for Media Design. Previously, Daas served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research of the College of Architecture at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is licensed to practice architecture in India, and worked with architectural firms in Chicago and Kansas City.

ACADIA (Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture) has elected Daas twice to the organization’s presidency. He serves on the advisory board of iDMAa (International Digital Media and Arts Association); on the editorial board member of IJAC (International Journal of Architectural Computing); and on the board of the Indiana Architectural Foundation. He has been a peer-reviewer for the National Science Foundation, and served on the NSF delegation to Israel in 2010 to explore bilateral research opportunities in sustainable materials and technologies.

Daas is interested in the interdisciplinary intersections between design, technology, innovation, leadership, social justice, and higher education. His work is evenly distributed between design practice, design-build, history and theory, and applied research. He has been a keynote speaker at conferences in the U.S. and South America. He has published over sixty refereed papers, book chapters, journal articles, and juried design projects, some of which have won best paper awards. At UT San Antonio, he won the President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Creative Production. He is a co-recipient of a 2001 Kansas City AIA Merit Award for the Baron BMW Dealership building, and a 2007 recipient of International Fabrics Foundation Outstanding Achievement Award for the design and construction of Advanced Fabrics Exhibition.

An academic polyglot, Professor Daas has been educated in architecture, urban design, business, and higher education management at, respectively, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University; Kansas State University; the University of Texas at Austin; and the University of Pennsylvania, where he is completing an innovative Executive Doctorate in higher education management. Daas is also an award-winning fiction writer and poet.


Ray Huff of Huff + Gooden Architects in Charleston, South Carolina will be delivering the annual APDesign Diversity Lecture in conjunction with K-State’s Martin Luther King Jr. week celebrations. Huff’s lecture, “Successive Approximations” will be at 4 p.m. Monday, January 28, in the Little Theatre at the K-State Student Union. The lecture is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

On Tuesday, January 29, Huff will also do a Q&A with APDesign students at 1 p.m. in the Pierce Commons. The topic of the Q&A is “Creating Your Own Practice,” and it is presented by NOMAS.

Ray Huff has successfully combined teaching and practice to engage questions of architecture and design. This symbiotic relationship has been critical to his work and study for over twenty years. Prior to his founding the firm with partner Mario Gooden, he conducted design studios for twenty-five years in South Carolina and was the founding director of the Clemson Architecture Center (CAC) in Charleston. He continues to hold the position of Assistant Professor of Architecture at the CAC. His professional experience included a mentorship with noted Florida architect Donald Singer. In 1974 he founded the design practice Synergy Architects in Clemson, South Carolina where he won numerous design awards and taught design studio at Clemson University before relocating to Charleston.

In addition to teaching at the CAC, Mr. Huff held the distinguished Bishop Chair at Yale University’s Graduate School of Architecture and he has lectured at numerous educational institutions. He has also been a keynote speaker at AIA conventions in Minneapolis, Minnesota, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Nashville, Tennessee. He was also the keynote speaker for the design symposium at Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus, Germany hosted by the German Theorists Cloud-Cuckoo-Land.

Publications regarding Mr. Huff’s work include Architecture Record, Architecture, Progressive Architecture, A+U, Cree, Hauser, Metropolis, New York Times, and other periodicals and newspapers. His work is also featured in Beach Houses, Archispeak, South Carolina Architecture 1970-2000, and numerous other books. In 2001 Ray Huff and Mario Gooden were recognized by the Architectural League of New York  with the distinguished honor of “Emerging Voices.”  Huff + Gooden Architects  was simultaneously recognized by Architectural Record Magazine as one of six leading firms practicing exceptional architecture outside the “…Centers of Fashion.” Awards have included numerous American Institute of Architects awards the most recent having been firm honor and merit awards for Mary Ford Elementary and the Herbert Hasell Aquatic Facility. He presently serves as a PEER professional with the GSA’s Design Excellence Program.


Professor and Associate Dean Wendy Ornelas, FAIA, and Professor Gary Coates have each received the 2012-13 Distinguished Professor Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

ACSA gives only four of these awards annually, so for APDesign faculty to receive 50 percent of the awards is a true testament to our wonderful and committed faculty. Congratulations to Wendy and Gary!


Students, if you haven’t picked up your entry from the Student Photography Competition, please pick them up from Emily Vietti’s office (Seaton 214) this week. Any entries that are not picked up by the end of the month become the property of the College. 

Thank you!


Do you dare to dream? Take ideas that you’ve never had a chance to play with to the 7th Annual Radical Innovation in Hospitality Awards.

Co-founded and produced by The John Hardy Group (JHG) and Hospitality Design Group (HD Group), Radical Innovation offers you a remarkable opportunity to showcase the boldest and freshest architecture and interior design concepts in hospitality. You might just nail the student prize of $1,500 and a trip to Las Vegas.

Entries are already being accepted, and it’s completely free for students to enter. Stay tuned for more updates by liking our Facebook and Twitter pages. Visit www.radicalinnovationinhospitality.com for more details.


The AIA Flint Hills Chapter is kicking off the new year with a January event regarding the 2012 International Building Code. The City of Manhattan is currently reviewing the code for adoption and are local Building Code Official and Plans Examiner will review significant changes from the 2009 IBC.  

Who: Brad Claussen, Building Official & Ryan Courtright, Plans Examiner - City of Manhattan

What: 2012 IBC

Where: 2000 Denison Avenue (Fire Station Headquarters) in the large assembly room

When 1/24/13 8:00 - 9:30pm 

AIA Flint Hills will provide plenty of coffee and pastries.   

Please RSVP by 1/22/13 to benmoorestudio@gmail.com so we have enough chairs, food & drinks!


One of the library’s product vendors has offered a free trial to the Art Source/Art & Architecture Complete database. The trial will last for the entire Spring 2013 semester, and anyone may contact Casey Hoeve directly (achoeve@k-state.edu) if they have any comments or concerns about this database. Here is the link to the trial, along with a description of the contents:


Developed from a merger of high-quality databases from EBSCO Publishing and H.W. Wilson, and including many unique sources that were never previously available, this database covers a broad range of related subjects, from fine, decorative and commercial art, to various areas of architecture and architectural design.

This database features full-text articles-as well as detailed indexing and abstracts-for an array of journals, books, podcasts and more. International in scope, Art Source includes periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Spanish and Dutch and is designed for use by a diverse audience, including art scholars, artists, designers, students and general researchers.

Content Includes:
Over 600 full-text journals and more than 220 full-text books
Detailed indexing and abstracts for many leading academic journals, magazines and trade publications
Indexing and abstracts of over 18,000 art dissertations
An Image Collection of over 63,000 images provided by Picture Desk and other sources
Strong international coverage, including periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Spanish and Dutch
Art reproduction records
Podcasts from leading museums on artists and individual works of art
And much more.


The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is pleased to announce the call for proposals for its 2013 International Research Seed Funding initiative - culminating with an award of $20,000 to be recognized at the the CTBUH 2013 International Conference to be held in London, UK from June 11-13, 2013.

Click on the link below for more information:



Students who are interested in a summer 2013 program on traditional building, including reconstruction and restoration work should consider the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism’s summer program. The info is at:http://intbau.org/index.php/projects.html

Some of our past students have attended and enjoyed this summer program.


Good Fulton & Farrell Architects will be hosting a recruiting event in Dallas on Friday, March 15, 2013.  They anticipate needing to hire three graduates with a five-year/master’s degree.

Those with interest should send resumes to GFF (mail or email), attention Taylor Catalano.


Flint Public Art Project and AIA Flint announce the first annual Flat Lot Competition, a program to design and build a temporary summer pavilion in the central parking lot in downtown Flint, Michigan. The competition winner will receive $25,000 to realize their proposal; three other finalists will receive honorable mentions.

The Flat Lot will be a new center and symbol for the city, an attraction for regional visitors, and a site that amplifies the many existing events that help define cultural life in Flint.

Jurors include Pedro Gadanho, Curator for Contemporary Architecture, MOMA; Reed Kroloff, Director, Cranbrook Institute of Arts; Monica Ponce de Leon, Dean of the University of Michigan College of Architecture

Registration is due January 31; proposals due by March 1.

See flintpublicartproject.com/flatlot for more details and to register.


Welcome back from you semester break! I hope everyone is up for the challenges and opportunities that the spring semester will entail. One opportunity that you may be interested in is to participate as a representative from your discipline on the Dean’s Student Advisory Council (DSAC). Dean de Noble is looking for four engaged students who want to participate in DSAC - one each from architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture and planning. The mission of this council is to:

Facilitate communication between ALL students, faculty, programs, and administration within the college of Architecture, Planning & Design. Members will consist of leaders throughout the whole college and representatives from every major discipline and organization. Members will be responsible for updating their representative students on major events and concerns that pertain their specified disciplines. Projects, concerns and other major events concerning the entire college of Architecture, Planning & Design will also be the responsibility for DSAC members to help initiate and execute.

Anyone wishing to apply must be a student in good standing and on campus during the spring 2013 semester. If you are interested, please fill out the application, which can be found at: http://capd.ksu.edu/forms/dsac-form by 5 p.m. Monday, January 28. 

If you have any questions please stop by Wendy Ornelas’s office in Seaton 115 or email at wornelas@ksu.edu.


The Danville Regional Foundation (DRF) in Danville, Virginia, has a summer 2013 internship available. DRF focuses on transforming the regional economy and creating a prosperous culture to benefit all Dan River-area citizens. I have attached a job description that gives more information on this internship that will take place in the summer of 2013. Interns must currently be enrolled in an associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree program with at least one year completed to apply. To learn more, please visit drfonline.org or contact wgeverson@dfronline.org


The Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture in London is offering a two-week international design workshop for students interested in exploring more effective ways to make thought-provoking changes to our urban environment.

The workshop, held in London at the AA from June 21 to July 5, 2013, will explore new modes of urban intervention for a hedonistic reactivation of a fatigued site in London’s East End. There is a 20% “Early Bird” Discount if you enroll before March 1, 2013.

Established in 2011, the AA/UIC Global Workshop is an international design workshop initiative between the AA and UIC Schools of Architecture. The workshop attracts pragmatic idealists wishing to explore alternative forms of practice under the instruction of professors from both the AA and UIC. Participants include students, recent graduates, and young professionals in the fields of architecture, urban design, landscape urbanism, graphic design and related fields. The workshop is an excellent opportunity to expand your design expertise and network with an international group of likeminded students and professors, while enjoying all that London has to offer!

For more information, visit chicago.aaschool.ac.uk