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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

APDesign Newsletter 2.11.13


Kevin Alter of alterstudio architects in Austin, Texas, will be lecturing today, Monday, February 11, at 4 p.m. in the Little Theatre at the K-State Student Union. The lecture is free and open to the public. Some of Alter’s work is currently displayed in the Chang Gallery.

Alter is the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, Academic Director for Architecture Programs, Sid W. Richardson Centennial Professor of Architecture, Director of the Summer Academy in Architecture, and Associate Director of the Center for American Architecture and Design at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in design, construction and theory. He is a graduate of Bennington College and of Harvard University. His professional practice has received more than 60 design awards and has been widely published. Editor of nine books, his writing has also appeared in Architecture, Progressive Architecture, and Architectural Design, among other journals, and he has curated many exhibitions that have been shown in numerous venues. He has been a visiting critic, reviewer, lecturer and visiting professor at dozens of institutions around the world.


If it has been your unfortunate experience to incur fees and fines from K-State Libraries for overdue or lost materials, remember you can pay those charges online with LIBPAY! Access this easy, convenient and effective method of payment through your MyLibrary account.

And now for the good news …

Circle the day in red! Save the afternoon! Plan to attend! APDesign graduate students are invited to an informal meet/eat/greet event hosted jointly by K-State Libraries and the Kansas State University Writing Center. (Did you know K-State has a Writing Center?) This come-and-go event will be Thursday, February 28, 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Hale Library’s Hemisphere Room on the fifth floor. This is a good opportunity to become acquainted with Writing Center personnel and to learn about the assistance available for you. And don’t forget the “eat” part of the event! Mark your calendars now for the date, set a reminder for that afternoon, and then head to Hale. We’ll see you there.


Kansas State University begins celebrating its sesquicentennial February 14 with a kickoff event looking back at 150 years of colleges, academic departments and other facets of university life - topped off with the university’s signature Call Hall ice cream and birthday cake. The kickoff event is 1 to 7 p.m. at Ahearn Field House with a program at 4 p.m. with President Schulz, Governor Brownback, and will include music from university groups and displays about the university’s history. The party includes a treat from the Call Hall dairy bar, home to university-made ice cream. Named “Wildcat Birthday 150,” the flavor is a cake batter-based ice cream with chunks of birthday cake, topped with royal purple sprinkles.

From 5 to 7 p.m. the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art will have an opening reception for the “Museum of Wonder,” an exhibition running until Oct. 13 featuring a conglomeration of university artifacts from geology, aviation, physics, agriculture and more, as well as several ethnographic objects that have never been displayed before.

For more information, visit www.k-state.edu/150.


The XIX chapter of the Mortar Board Senior Honor Society has a rich tradition of promoting scholarship, leadership and service at Kansas State University and is a leading Mortar Board chapter nationally, earning the Golden Torch Award for Excellence the past six years. Applications for next year are now available on the K-State Mortar Board Chapter’s website (http://www.k-state.edu/mortarboard/), and are due at 5 p.m. Friday, February 15. Fourth- or fifth-years are encouraged to apply. If anyone is interested or has any questions, contact Lauren Ewald at lewald@k-state.edu.


This Friday, February 15, the Manhattan Arts Center will host the closing reception for the Art of Architecture exhibition from 5-7 p.m.

The exhibit features the work of many APDesign faculty members, and everyone is invited to attend.


Gensler’s Denver office would like to invite students to apply to our creative studio environment for a 10-week full-time, paid internship opportunity over the summer.

Participants will be focused on a range of architecture, interiors projects, and/or graphics while also gaining exposure to a wide range of design experiences within our full portfolio of integrated disciplines: architecture, interiors, and graphic design. Interns may also gain experience in specific practice areas, including: transportation, commercial office buildings, workplace design, environmental graphics, branding, and much more.

What’s it like to work at Gensler? Our former interns tell it best! Hear their perspectives in this youtube video (link to:https://youtu.be/AFCbHh8yVAU)

Gensler is in search of bright, dynamic and innovative designers; individuals who leverage their unique point of view to redefine what is possible through the power of design. We invite you to explore how you can make your mark at Gensler within the global network of team members, clients and communities in which we work.

Ideal applicants:
Are outstanding students enrolled in architecture, interior design or graphic design
Are leaders in their school and community,
Have completed at least two thirds of their degree curriculum,
Are proficient in the Adobe Creative Suite tools,
Have a good knowledge of Revit, Sketch Up, Rendering/Visualization Programs
Previous experience working in a commercial design firm is a bonus 

To apply, submit the following on our application portal: www.gensler.com/internapply
An electronic copy of your resume (PDF)
Cover letter indicating your particular interests in Gensler’s disciplines or practice areas
An electronic sample of your work (PDF, 1.6MB max) or link to online portfolio

Deadline: March 1, 2013 

Applicants are encouraged to download the Gensler Student + Graduate Career Guide 
www.gensler.com/xtr/pdf/Gensler_StudentGraduateGuide.pdf and to visit our careers website to meet former Gensler interns. (www.gensler.com/internships).


Rotary Humanitarian Study Grants are available to study abroad for the 2013-14 school year.

These study grants are among the largest offered at K-State and are to be used to fund one year of post-baccalaureate study at a recognized university in a non-U.S. country in a study discipline that supports the Object of Rotary and the Mission of The Rotary Foundation (seewww.rotary.org).

Applicants’ planned studies must lead to sustainable, high-impact outcomes in one of the following six Areas of Focus:

  1. Peace and conflict prevention/resolution;

  2. Disease prevention and treatment;

  3. Water and sanitation;

  4. Maternal and child health;

  5. Basic education and literacy; and/or

  6. Economic and community development. 

The Manhattan Rotary Clubs are now soliciting applications for the Humanitarian Study Grants that will be tenable in the 2013-14 academic year. Our Northeast Kansas Rotary district will be awarding two Humanitarian Study Grants, valued at up to $30,000 each. Students are also encouraged to compete in their home Rotary Districts.

Information about the Humanitarian Study Grants and the application form may now be downloaded from the District Rotary website at:http://tinyurl.com/axn9j59

The applications are due in Waters Hall Room 113 by Friday, February 22, 2013. If you have questions about the application or the study grants, please contact Rebecca Gould (532-2298/ragou@k-state.edu) or Steven Graham (532-5728/sgraham@k-state.edu)


Make your summer extraordinary! Still don’t have summer plans? Looking for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity? Want to get away? Earn extra credits and get ahead on the job search?

The application deadline for Syracuse University Abroad’s summer programs is quickly approaching! This summer, we are offering increased financial incentives for all non-SU students! Spend this summer in Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle East, or South America. Set yourself apart from the crowd. Explore your world with SU Abroad.

More information on all of our summer program options is available at the following URL: 

Apply at http://suabroad.syr.edu/admissions/index.html. Application deadline: February 20.  Don’t be left behind! We look forward to receiving your application!