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APDesign Newsletter 4.23.13


An interdisciplinary team of graduate students from Kansas State University, University of Kansas and University of Missouri-Kansas City won the Urban Land Institute’s Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition with the entry “The Armory.” The award includes $50,000 for the students.

The students will show their presentation this Friday, April 26, at 4 p.m. in Seaton 106C.

The other finalist teams were from Harvard University, Yale University and a combined team from Ball State University and Purdue University.

The Kansas team, including three Master of Landscape Architecture students from the Kansas State University department of landscape architecture and regional and community and included: Kylie Harper, Hutchinson; Derek Hoetmer, Valley Center; and Kevin Cunningham, Denver, Colo., the Kansas team leader.

Other team members include Lauren Brown, architecture student  at the University of Kansas, and Tyler Knott, real estate student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The team was advised by Jason Brody, assistant professor of regional and community planning at Kansas State University’s College of Architecture, Planning and Design.

“Winning the most prestigious urban design competition in the United States reflects the cumulative and individual strengths of these students’ professional educations,” said Kansas State’s Stephanie Rolley, head of the department of landscape architecture and regional and community planning. “Jason Brody’s masterful orchestration of the process resulted in a dream team of students ideally suited for winning. Kevin Cunningham’s leadership of the team ensured that they could rapidly respond to a highly complex urban design problem with an innovative and comprehensive solution. The whole team showcases the power in collaboration between design and real estate development.”

The competition started with 149 teams comprised of 790 students representing 70 different universities in both the U.S. and Canada. The task was to create a redevelopment proposal for the Downtown East area of Minneapolis. After the competition was whittled down to four teams, the students visited Minneapolis to refine their projects prior to the final review. On April 11, the students presented their plan in a public forum to a distinguished jury composed of national leaders in design and development.

“The students designed a cosmopolitan neighborhood centered on an iconic urban park space that sloped up from the ground plane to engage Minneapolis’ skyway system,” Brody said. “It is a tremendous vision - contextually relevant, financially attractive and brilliantly executed. The award is a testament to the students’ hard work, collaborative spirit and prodigious talent.”

Advisers to the team include Rolley; Blake Belanger, landscape architecture professor, and Gary Stith, assistant professor of regional and community planning, both from Kansas State University; Genevieve Baudoin, architecture professor, University of Kansas; Walt Clement, director of the Lewis White Real Estate Center, University of Missouri-Kansas City; and Jerry Jones, Slawson Companies, Wichita, and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture alumnus from Kansas State University.

In preparing for the final round, students received additional critiques from Kansas State University’s Vladimir Krstic, director of the Kansas City Design Center, and Jessica Canfield, landscape architecture professor; and Urban Land Institute Kansas City members Lynn Carlton, director of planning for 360 Architecture; Robert Langenkamp, assistant city manager for the city of Kansas City, Mo., and a Kansas State University Master of Regional and Community Planning alumnus; Mike Van Epp of Dickenson Financial Corp.; Dan Musser, developer with Zimmer Real Estate Services and a Kansas State University Bachelor of Architecture alumnus; and Bill Johnson, senior principal at 360 Architecture.

The Hines competition strives to encourage cooperation and teamwork - necessary talents in the planning, design and development of sustainable communities - among future land use professionals and allied professions, such as architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, historic preservation, engineering, real estate development, finance, psychology and law. It is open to graduate students who are pursuing real estate-related studies at universities in the United States and Canada, including programs in real estate development, urban planning, urban design, architecture and landscape architecture.


Daniel J. Feil, FAIA, executive architect of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission will present a lecture on public architecture at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, in the Little Theatre. After Feil’s talk, he will lead a Q&A and discussion. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dan Feil joined the Commission in July 2005. Under his direction, a site for the memorial was approved in a record 15 months. He managed the development of the 3-volume Pre-Design Architectural Program for the memorial. Working with the National Capital Region of the U.S. General Services Administration, the memorial design team selection process was completed using the GSA Design

Excellence Program. The selection process resulted in a contract awarded to Gehry Partners, marking the first time world renowned architect Frank Gehry has entered into a design contract with the federal government. The memorial design began on January 8, 2010.

Prior to joining the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, Feil managed the proposed design and construction of a major expansion of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The 450,000 SF design by Rafael Vinoly Architects will serve the Center’s Education Program, provide a new Performing Arts Museum and create a permanent “back-of-house home” for the Washington National Opera. The two buildings, costing $350M, will frame a new reflecting pool creating a proper setting for the original Presidential Memorial building. Feil has a proven record of successful management of high profile, complex, public projects in the Washington, D.C. area.

Before joining The Kennedy Center in 2004, Feil was in charge of the design of all public buildings at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The $750M Capital Program created a unified campus with architectural designs by a number of internationally renowned architects including Cesar Pelli, Bill Pedersen, and Shalom Baranes. National Airport’s award winning, 1.1 MSF, $500M Terminal B/C, has been well received by the public as a signature domestic gateway to the Nation’s Capital. He is also responsible for re-establishing the role of Master Architect, giving Cesar Pelli & Associates leadership responsibility not only for the complete terminal design, but also for the 30-piece, $6M art program as well.

Feil received his Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from the City College of New York. He received his Masters in Urban Affairs from Virginia Tech. He was elected to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows in 1997, in recognition of his significant achievements in public service. In 2012 he received the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture from the AIA.


Bryan Bell will be presenting OZ’s lecture on April 29 at 4 p.m. in the Town Hall in the Leadership Studies Building.

Bryan Bell founded Design Corps in 1991 with the mission to provide the benefits of architecture to those traditionally not served by the profession. For more about Bryan Bell, go to bryanbell.org


Every year the state fire marshal requires the testing of the strobes and fire alarm system in Seaton and Seaton Court. Our strobes and system will be tested this week. On Thursday evening/Friday morning the testing company will be wandering the halls of Seaton and Seaton Court. They will be mapping out the location of each strobe, fire alarm, electrical panel and fire control panel in our complex. Then on Friday evening/Saturday morning and Saturday evening/Sunday morning they will do the actual testing.

What does this mean to you?

Between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. on Thursday, April 25/Friday, April 26, several unknown workers will be wandering around Seaton and Seaton Court. If you are worried if the strangers are suppose to be in the building, ask for their badges.

Then between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. on both Friday, April 26/Saturday, April 27, and Saturday, April 27/Sunday, April 28 they will test the alarms and the strobes.  When this happens you DO NOT need to leave the building. If you are here, put headphones on and ignore the noise and strobe lights. The testing will not be continuous for their eight-hour work shift, but it may be obnoxious.

This is the only time you have permission to stay in the building and ignore the fire alarms going off. If you have questions or concerns please see Associate Dean Wendy Ornelas.


Database trials -
Please take a few minutes to explore the two database trials currently available to you:

Art and Architecture in Video -
This is a collection of documentaries and interviews illustrating the history, theory and practice of art, design and architecture.

ArtSource -
This database covers fine, decorative and commercial art as well as architecture and architectural design. It features full-text articles for an array of journals, books, podcasts and more. Art Source includes international periodicals and is designed for use by art scholars, artists, designers, students and general researchers.

Casey Hoeve, Content Development Librarian, K-State Libraries, will be soliciting feedback from faculty and students later this month.

Resource recommendations -
Suggestions of new resources for Weigel Library - periodicals, databases, books, media - are encouraged and still being accepted. Please notify Maxine of your recommendations by email or a note/list in Weigel’s mailbox or in person. No guarantees of purchase, but we can ask. K-State Libraries’ deadline is April 30.


The APDesign Ice Cream Social will be on Wednesday, May 1, at 4 p.m. Stop by for some Call Hall ice cream and check out our 2012-13 slideshow. If you have images that you think are appropriate for the slideshow, feel free to send them to Emily Vietti (evietti@k-state.edu) by the end of the day Wednesday, April 24, for inclusion.


The Kansas State Board of Technical Professions has posted the newsletter for April 2013. Newsletter articles include disciplinary actions and lists of new licensees.

Click here for the April 2013 KSBTP newsletter:


Proposals for paper presentations, workshops, posters or colloquia are invited for the Fourteenth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations being held at the Institute for Gender and Diversity in Organizations at the Vienna University of Economics and Business in Vienna, Austria from July 9-11, 2014. Proposals from a variety of disciplines and perspectives that will contribute to the conference discourse are welcome. Faculty and research students are encouraged to submit joint proposals for paper presentations or colloquia.

The International Advisory Board is also pleased to announce the Call For Submissions to the peer-reviewed Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations Collection of Journals. Proposals are invited that address issues of diversity through one of the following categories:

Theme 1:  Identity and Belonging
Theme 2:  Education and Learning in a World of Differences
Theme 3:  Organizational Diversity
Theme 4:  Community Diversity and Governance

Presenters have the option to submit completed papers to the Diversity Collection of Journals. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations include the option to submit a video presentation, and/or submission to the one of the journals for peer review and possible publication, as well as subscriber access to the journal collection.

The current deadline to submit a proposal (a title and short abstract) for the 2014 conference is May 3, 2013.

Proposals are also being accepted for the 2013 Diversity Conference being held in Darwin, Australia, June 26-28. The proposal deadline for the 2013 meeting for in-person registrations is May 2, 2013. Virtual presentations may be submitted until June 26.

For more information on submitting your proposal and registering for either conference, please go to: ondiversity.com