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College of Architecture, Planning and Design


Design principal of New York architecture firm to present diversity lecture Jan. 30


MANHATTAN -- Jay Siebenmorgen, design principal at the global architecture firm NBBJ, will deliver the annual College of Architecture, Planning & Design's Diversity Lecture as part of Kansas State University's Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Week.

The lecture will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, in the K-State Student Union's Little Theatre. This event is free and the public is welcome.

Siebenmorgen's lecture, "Culture Climates," will focus on four projects as he reviews the influence of culture on conceptual thinking toward a poetic resolution in architecture. He will discuss the lineage of ideas that influence his work.

Siebenmorgen works at NBBJ's New York office. As a design principal, he maintains the design direction of all projects that emerge from the office. He interacts with every project team within the studio, ensuring a consistent approach and design quality. Siebenmorgen says he enjoys experimental design within a client-driven context: both by developing building systems that blend sustainability with form and image-making, and by investigating programmatic strategies and relationships that increase value.

In addition to serving as a design principal, Siebenmorgen has been an adjunct assistant professor for the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. He is the recipient of numerous industry awards, including the Kansas State University College of Architecture, Planning & Design's 10-Year Alumni Honoree Award in architecture.

APDesign's Krstic earns Urban Hero award from Downtown Council of Kansas City


MANHATTAN -- A Kansas State University architecture professor has been recognized for his work with students to revitalize downtown Kansas City, Mo.

Vladimir Krstic, a professor in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design who serves as director of the Kansas City Design Center, or KCDC, has received the Urban Hero award from the Downtown Council of Kansas City. The council is a nonprofit membership organization committed to the revitalization and resurgence of Kansas City's downtown. Its Urban Hero award recognizes small businesses and individuals who are passionate about making downtown a more vibrant place to live, work and play.

As director of the Kansas City Design Center, Krstic focuses student research and design efforts in coordination with civic organizations, leaders and design professionals on helping realize the design future of Kansas City. The center has been recognized nationally and regionally for its projects and publications.

"This recognition of Vladimir's leadership is testament to his passion for design, his qualities as a teacher and mentor, and his overall belief in the potency of visioning the future of Kansas City," said Tim de Noble, dean of Kansas State University's College of Architecture, Planning & Design. "I'm am so pleased to see Vladimir, and by extension, his students, recognized for all the qualities that have long made him one of our finest faculty members."

As center director, Krstic engages university faculty and some of the region's most talented architecture and planning students in a learning laboratory that actively explores alternatives for Kansas City's future development. The center also serves as an independent forum for critical dialogues about architecture and planning issues, offers technical assistance to public agencies and local community organizations, and promotes excellence in the design of Kansas City's built environment. The center's educational programs are built around its resident urban design studio, through which faculty and students form partnerships with local client groups to develop design concepts and implementation proposals addressing major architectural, urban design and urban planning issues throughout metropolitan Kansas City.

"Though the award may be in my name, it is a testament to the talent, ability and perseverance of the KCDC students I taught. Without them, the success of the program and its contribution to the improvement of urban environment in Kansas City would not have been possible," Krstic said.

Krstic has taught at the center since 2009. He was named interim director in 2011 and was named director in July 2012. Since joining the center, Krstic has led several student award-winning projects, including the "Independence Avenue Urban Vision Study" that won an Honor Award from the Kansas City chapter of the American Institute of Architects in fall 2013.

More information on the Downtown Council of Kansas City's Urban Hero awards is available at http://www.downtownkc.org/about/get-involved/downtown-kc-awards/urban-heroes.

A faculty member of Kansas State University's College of Architecture, Planning & Design, or APDesign, since 1988, Krstic was promoted to full professor in 2002. He earned an Engineer of Architecture degree from the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia -- formerly Yugoslavia -- and a Master of Engineering in architecture from Kyoto University in Japan.

Please note the following dates, times and titles for the 2014 PhD Spring Colloquia.

All presentations are in Seaton Hall Room 104
Tulu Toros
“Restorative Urban Design:  A Design Methodology for Mitigating Major Impacts on Nature through Urban Redevelopment”
February 4, 2014 at 4:00pm
Philip Omunga
"Planning tool for supporting urban adaptation to changing climate and extreme events across scales"
February 11, 2014 at 4:00pm
Kevin Rooney
“Categorical Emotional Responses for Central and Peripheral Vision"
February 18, 2014 at 4:00pm
Katie Burke
“Measuring Gully Erosion in Two Disturbed Kansas Landscapes”
February 25, 2014 at 4:00pm
Calayde Davey
Productive Urban Landscapes: The Relationship Between Urban Agriculture and Neighborhood Property Values”
March 4, 2014 at 4:00pm
Nancy Mahaney
March 11, 2014 at 4:00pm

 Commerce Bank Undergraduate Teaching Award for 2014



Eligibility Criteria

  • §  The nominee must be a full time member in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design of any academic rank and tenure status with no less than an eight-tenth appointment. Faculty members from all departments are eligible. The nominee must be for teaching undergraduate level courses.
  • §  Previous recipients of the McElwee/Commerce Back Faculty Teaching Awards shall not be eligible for a six-year period from the year of their award. Recent past award winners not eligible: Jessica Canfield (2013),Howard Hahn (2012), Susanne Siepl-Coates (2011), LaBarbara Wigfall (2010), Katie Kingery-Page (2009), and Robert Condia (2008).

The Academic & Curricular Affairs Committee (ACAC) will determine eligibility as applied to the Nomination Policy and Procedures outlined below.

Evaluation and Selection Criteria

The review committee does not have a rigid list of qualities that must be considered in evaluating and selecting a person for the award. Among the many qualities that may be considered are the following:

  1. 1.      Dedication to student learning.
  2. 2.      Undergraduate course preparation and delivery.
  3. 3.      Knowledge of course subject material.
  4. 4.      Creativity and innovation in teaching.
  5. 5.      Involvement with student activities outside the classroom.
  6. 6.      Contribution to education in their respective professions.

Nomination Policy and Procedures

Members of the Academic & Curricular Affairs Committee welcome more than one nomination per department, as well as interdepartmental nominations. If students desire assistance with their nominations, please contact Lisa Shubert or one of the ACAC members. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

  1. 1.      Candidates may be nominated by one or more students, faculty, and/or administrators in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design. (henceforth called the “sponsor(s)”) No self nominations will be accepted.
  2. 2.      Previous unsuccessful nominations are encouraged to contact the chair of this committee for guidance about resubmittal.
  3. 3.      In the event there is no more than one qualified nomination put forward, the Academic & Curricular Affairs Committee will recommend to the Dean that an extension of the submittal deadline be granted to receive additional nominations.
  4. 4.      There is no nomination form. Instead, the nomination is to be made in the form of a one or two page nomination letter which addresses the points identified in the evaluation and selection criteria noted above. Appropriate materials supporting those points must accompany the nomination letter.

Required submission materials are:

  • §  A maximum of six letters of support from the following three support categories: 1) current students, 2) former students (which could include students from teaching assignments in other KSU colleges), and 3) faculty from within the college and/or other “outside” university faculty. NOTE: A minimum of one letter of support from each category must be submitted. Also, additional letters may be solicited; however no more than six letters total may be submitted with the nomination.
  • §  A summary list of courses the nominee has taught while at Kansas State University.
  • §  Student evaluations from at least two, but not more than three classes taught within the last three semesters. Either the IDEA or TEVAL evaluations obtained by participating in the program conducted by the KSU Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning are required.
  • §  Representative examples of student work from courses the nominee has taught while at Kansas State University.
  • §  In addition to the above required materials, other materials of support may include lesson plans, a unique course syllabus, class evaluations, etc. The nomination package submitted is the sole evidence of support for the nominee. The nomination package’s graphic format and aesthetic itself are not evaluated, however clarity, and organization of the material will have an effect on the overall evaluation of the nomination.
  1. 5.      The nomination letter and accompanying support materials should be developed to show student and faculty support for the person being nominated. Keep in mind that this is a teaching award. Student input and support for the nominee are essential. Emphasis should be placed on the substance and educational impact of the teaching.
  2. 6.      It is expected that the sponsor(s) of the nominee will solicit and collect the letters of support. The nominee may furnish the other required materials (e.g. student work and student evaluations) to the sponsor(s) of his/her nomination. It is the responsibility of the sponsor(s) to compline all required materials for final submittal to the award selection committee.
  3. 7.      The nomination material must be contained within ONE 1-½” standard size three-ring binder with a digital copy provided on a USB drive or CD.

The NOMINATION PACKAGE must be delivered to the Office of the Dean in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design by 5:00 pm on FRIDAY, 14 FEBRUARY 2014.

Selection Procedures

  1. 1.      The selection committee will be composed of voting members selected by the Academic & Curricular Affairs Committee as follows:
    1. a.      One practicing professional representative of the disciplines of the college.
    2. b.      Two KSU faculty members from outside the College of Architecture, Planning & Design.
    3. c.      One KSU student from outside the College of Architecture, Planning & Design.
    4. d.      The most recent available winner(s) of the college’s Commerce Bank Award or McElwee Award will participate in the committee as an ex-officio member.  

NOTE: A current member of the Academic & Curricular Affairs Committee will serve the committee as a convener and advisor.  S/he will be a non-voting member.  In the event a full contingent of the committee as described above cannot meet together, the chair of the Academic & Curricular Affairs Committee will determine the best possible procedure to continue the review of nominated candidates and voting for the award.

  1. 2.         The Selection Committee screens the nomination packages to determine adequate qualifications according to eligibility and evaluation criteria.
  2. 3.         If necessary, the Selection Committee reduces the nominations to a small number, (probably five or fewer), for further consideration.
  3. 4.         The Selection Committee determines a rank order of their evaluation of the nominations.
  4. 5.         The Chairperson of the Academic & Curricular Affairs Committee provides a ranked list (as determined by the selection committee) of nominees to the Dean of the College of Architecture, Planning & Design.
  5. 6.         The award winner and all other nominees are notified of the award by the Dean of the College of Architecture, Planning & Design.

 APDPro Events

SAME Kickoff Dinner

Must RSVP Online: samekc.org (under Events/News tab)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Seaton Hall Rm. 143, 4:45 PM


Diversity Week Lecture: Jay Siebenmorgen

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Little Theatre, 4:00-6:00 PM

KSDB-FM offers special program produced by students

By Vern Wirka

The students in the K-State Planning in Pop Culture class have produced a two-hour radio special for broadcast and streaming on KSDB-FM. The two-hour special will be on KSDB-FM at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1.

Fourteen students, under the direction of Huston Gibson, Katherine Nesse and LaBarbara Wigfall, in cooperation with Jennifer Edgar, Eric Nehm and Jared Clark of the KSDB-FM production department, produced the program. Students nominate songs, suggest movies and stories and talk about their own experiences to enrich and diversify the discussion. The objective of the course is to encourage students to think creatively about how our natural, social and built environment affects us as individuals and as a society.

In addition to being broadcast over the air on 91.9 MHz, the program can be heard on K-State Campus Cable channel 25, streamed on thewildcat919.com and is available on mobile apps for Android and Apple.

Last June marked the first Planning in Pop Culture Radio Special broadcast on KSDB-FM, the Wildcat 91.9. The first broadcast won the New Horizon Award from the Kansas chapter of the American Planning Association

Attention APDesign Faculty

The Office of International Programs announces the call for International Incentive Grant proposals. The total award amount for this round of grant proposals is $25,000.

The primary purpose of the International Incentive Grant program is to promote the internationalization of Kansas State University. Proposals should fall into one or more of the following broad categories:

  • Incorporation of global perspectives or components into curriculum or campus programs, including bringing international visitors or lectures to K-State
  • Development of global learning opportunities, including study abroad courses or internship programs with companies or partner universities overseas, and
  • International research or teaching, including organizing international workshops and conferences and planning visits to initiate collaborative research or teaching.

Due to the breadth of programming that this International Incentive Grant program encompasses, we encourage all Kansas State University faculty members to consider submitting a proposal. Individual and joint grant proposals will be considered. Award Application deadline is February ­­­­­­­­­­­­­7, 2014 at 5:00 p. m. Awardees will be notified no later than February 20, 2013.

For more information please go to: http://www.k-state.edu/oip/grants/

Distinguished Lecturer Series


Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 4:00pm

K-State Union Little Theatre

Shannon Nichol

"The Opposite of White Space"