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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

APDesign Newsletter 2.26.13


Thomas Phifer of Thomas Phifer and Partners will present the firm’s new work in a lecture on Monday, March 4, at 4 p.m. in the Little Theatre. The lecture is free and the public is welcome.

Thomas Phifer approaches modernism from a humanistic standpoint, connecting the built environment to the natural world with a heightened sense of openness and community spirit that is based on a collaborative, interdisciplinary process. Since founding Thomas Phifer and Partners 1997, he has completed the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Carolina, the Raymond and the Susan Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and the Salt Point House, the Millbrook House and the Taghkanic House, all in the Hudson River Valley of New York State.

Work under construction includes the United States Federal Courthouse in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the prototype of a new street light fixture for New York City. The firm is also designing an expansion of the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, a new museum for the Glenstone Foundation in Potomac, Maryland, a Field House and Velodrome for Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn, New York, a Federal Office Building in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and houses in Madison, Wisconsin, and Dallas, Texas.

Thomas Phifer’s buildings have been repeatedly honored by the American Institute of Architects, including six AIA National Honor Awards and 21 AIA New York Honor Awards. In 2011 the North Carolina Museum of Art won a National Honor Award from the AIA and in 2010 the Raymond and Susan Brochstein Pavilion also won a National Honor Award. The international competitionwinning design for the City Lights light fixture for New York City won a Research and Development Award from Architect magazine in 2009, and in 2008 the Salt Point House won an American Architecture Award from the Chicago Atheneum. His projects have been published and exhibited extensively in the United States and overseas.

In 2004 Mr. Phifer was awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest award given to an individual or firm, from the New York Chapter of the AIA. In 1995 he received the prestigious Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, and in 2011 he was elected an Academician of the National Academy of Design. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and is serving as a Peer for the General Services Administration. He received his Bachelor of Architecture in 1975 and his Master of Architecture in 1977, both from Clemson University.

Thomas Phifer lectures widely on his work and has served as a design instructor, lecturer and critic at numerous architecture schools. Most recently he held the Stevenson Chair at the University of Texas and has taught at Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania. A monograph on the work of Thomas Phifer and Partners was released in the fall of 2010 by Skira Rizzoli.


A mandatory meeting for all students who intend to graduate in 2013 is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 in Seaton 63. The meeting should take less than an hour.

We will be discussing commencement tickets, rehearsal and pertinent information that you will need as you get ready to leave APDesign.

The meeting will provide necessary information, so if you cannot make it, please contact Emily Vietti at 
evietti@k-state.edu to find out what you missed. Thank you!


Dr. Jason Brody will present the next in the LA/RCP Colloquium Series at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, in Seaton 106C. The colloquium is titled “How Design Memes Work: Assessing the First 100 Years of the Neighborhood Unit Concept.” All are welcome to attend.

Brody is an assistant professor of Regional & Community Planning. Much of his teaching involves community planning service learning projects in the Kansas City metropolitan region. Brody’s research is concerned with the actors and institutions responsible for shaping the physical form of metropolitan regions as well as the knowledge, skills and values that planners, designers and developers bring to their work.


Four APDesign PhD students will each present a colloquium this spring. All will be at 4:30 p.m. in Seaton 104 on the dates listed. The students, dates and topics are:

  • Jeremy Merrill: Tuesday, February 26, “Exploring Creativity in Three Dimensional Design Students”

  • Katie Burke: Tuesday, March 5, “Measuring Gully Erosion in Two Disturbed Kansas Landscapes: Understanding Process to Inform Innovation”

  • Kevin Rooney: Tuesday, March 26, “Looking at Architecture: The Role of Central and Peripheral Vision on Identifying Buildings”

  • Phillip Omunga: Thursday, April 11, “Supporting Planning Responses of Urban Communities to Climate Adaptation: The Value and Demands of Planning Support Systems” 


Kansas City Design Week 2013 begins Thursday, February 28, and runs through Friday, March 8. The week features exciting workshops, presentations and events. To check out the schedule, or to register for a workshop, please go to http://kcdesignweek.org/


The Next Big Thing  is a new venture idea competition that awards a total of $20,000, office space, and mentoring to students to help pursue their idea. The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students or teams from all majors.

Last year we had 10 students from APDesign participate and a few winners! For more information, or to sign up, please go to http://cba.k-state.edu/about/departments-initiatives/center-advancement-entrepreneurship/NextBigThing-2013.html


The candidates for the teaching technician position will be on campus giving presentations next week. The first candidate is David Amundson, who will present Wednesday, March 6, at 4 p.m. in Seaton 104. The second candidate is Nathan Carter, who will present Thursday, March 7, at 9:30 a.m. in Seaton 208. Interested faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.


Weigel Library always has something new. Here are some of the latest acquisitions:

  • Professional real estate development - The ULI guide to the business - HD 1390 .P45 2012

  • Housing in America - the baby boomers turn 65 - HD 7287.92 .U54 M355 2012

  • Greater downtown area plan (Kansas City) - HT 168 .K2 K359 2010

  • Geometry of design - studies in proportion and composition - N 7431.5 .E44 2011

  • Architectural theories of the environment - NA 2542.35 .A65 2013

  • The elegant garden - architecture & landscape of the world’s finest gardens - SB 472.45 .K73 2012

  • Construction equipment and methods - planning, innovation, safety - TJ 1350 .B44 2013 

Visit Weigel often to check out recent acquisitions on the New Resources shelf.


Hale Library will host a graduate research and writing event on Thursday, February 28, from 3:30- 5:00 p.m. in Hale Library Hemisphere Room.

Do you want to get ahead in your writing and research? The Writing Center and Faculty & Graduate Services Librarians invite you to join us for informal conversations. Mingle with other graduate students over refreshments and learn about existing support for presentations, papers, projects, abstracts, grant-writing, research and thesis/dissertation.

We want to know what you need to be successful! For additional information, contact Regina Beard, K-State Libraries (rmbeard@ksu.edu), or Kara Northway, English (northway@ksu.edu)


From now through April 6, the Manhattan Arts Center will feature “The Art of Jessie Montes: Unique Creative Visions.” Montes’ medium for her work is cardboard.

The MAC galleries are open from noon-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free. 

For more information, go to www.manhattanarts.org.


The Reclaim + Remake 2013 International Symposium will be held April 11-13 in Washington, D.C. The symposium features 60 presentations and posters representing 11 countries, 33 universities, and governmental and non-governmental organizations gathered to engage in a dialogue about the reclamation and reformation of built environment material resources through education, research and design..
Please go to the symposium website:

http://architecture.cua.edu/reclaimremake for the schedule details, registration and hotel reservations.

This event is hosted by the Center for Building Stewardship at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., with additional support by the National Science Foundation.