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College of Architecture, Planning and Design



Interior Architecture and Product Design Charrette with Furniture Design Company

By: Mary Cosimano and David Richter-O’Connell

APDesign master students of Interior Architecture & Product Design (IAPD) kicked off the spring 2014 semester in an innovative way. Steelcase design and sales professionals Kate Ward (KC (IAPD)), Leah Drach (Chicago) and Dave Trousdale (St. Louis) sponsored and coordinated a 1-day charrette titled 'Wellbeing@Work'. They offered students a window into their research world exploring the physical, cognitive and emotional wellbeing of workers and how, in the future, those workers may leave work healthier than when they arrived in the morning. Steelcase, (an office furniture company headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI), conduct brainstorming events with customers and clients in hopes of discovering furniture and system attributes that may contribute to this enhanced state of wellbeing.

During the daylong event, students were given a glimpse into the company’s research, beginning with a “State of the Working World” presentation that explored workplace and societal pressures, issues, stressors and quantified some of the costs involved in lost productivity and healthcare for an unhappy and unhealthy workforce. They were introduced to a simple matrix of workplace spaces and scenarios that involved individuals and groups in either solitary or shared spaces. They explored the physical, cognitive and emotional wellbeing of workers, and then incorporate this research to create positive effects on workers in relation to health.

During the afternoon, students were then broken into groups of four, where they were given a problematic workplace situation and asked to ideate solutions. Situations involved a variety of 'places, postures, and presences'.  A deck of imagery cards, were added as prompts for engaging in positive and healthy behaviors. Students presented their results to a group of peers faculty and the Steelcase facilitators.

Faculty and students appreciated Steelcase's information sharing and event sponsors​hip and felt it was a very effective way to kick off the spring semester with all creative juices flowing.



*The lectures below also count towards APDpro credit. Please remember to sign in at the table prior to each lecture.

Professor David Sachs Regnier Distinguished Faculty Chair Lectures

Monday, February 10, 2014 4:30 p.m.
K-State Union Little Theater
Professor Sachs served as the 2010-2013  Regnier Distinguished Faculty Chair. He will be presenting research on the Kansas City architecture firm, Abend - Singleton conducted during his term. 

The Regnier Distinguished Faculty Chair was established by Victor A. Regnier, Robert D. Regnier and Catherine M. Regnier to honor their father, Victor L. Regnier.

The purpose of the endowment, which is administered through the Victor and Helen Family Foundation of Mission, is to recruit and retain faculty. Victor A. Regnier is a 1971 K-State graduate with degrees in architecture and architectural engineering.

Shawn Gehleg

Department of Architecture
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 4:00 p.m.
K-State Union Little Theater

Since joining Gensler in 2006, Shawn has become the Principal and Design Director of Gensler Los Angeles' Multi-disciplinary 


studio, bringing design and technical expertise to a wide range of special projects. His diverse experience, 

As co-director of numerous Gensler LA/Cal Poly studio collaborations, Shawn has led research driven studios focused on urbanism, futurism and emerging materials with Cal Poly's Department of Architecture including the Winter 2011 “Carless LA" Professional Studio, Winter 2012 “The Evolution of the Office Building “Professional Studio, which led to Gensler's winning entry into NAIOP's Office Building of the Future Competition, and the Fall 2011 “Material Research” Studio that resulted in the SLO_Gen Communal Table. In addition, Shawn is a regularly invited studio critic at the University of Southern California (USC), Woodbury University and the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).including professional practice and teaching, has solidified him as an invaluable source on the application of emerging materials, technologies and new media within the practice. Responsible for establishing the design direction on a wide range of special projects, his recent work includes "CAPACITY_LA", "The Future of Office Work" with UCLA's CityLAB, Santa Monica College’s new Dance, Athletics and Wellness facility and the expansion and renovation of Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television.

Shawn’s work has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and has been featured by Architectural Record, Archdaily, Dezeen, The Architect's Newspaper and Fast Company.


Laurie Hawkinson

Ekdahl Lecture – Department of Architecture
Monday, February 24, 2014 4:00 p.m.
K-State Union Little Theater 

Laurie Hawkinson works for Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects LLP a New York City-based design studio in architecture, urban design, installations and exhibitions, objects and products. Across the United States and abroad, SMH+ has designed public and private projects including museums, parks, transportation terminals, performing arts spaces, privates residences, government facilities, a series of museum exhibitions and installations, as well as furniture and objects.

Faculty Show in Chang Gallery

Faculty members from the College of Architecture, Planning & Design have submitted work to be viewed in the Chang Gallery. The exhibit runs from February 10 – February 28, 2014

2014 Spring Ph.D Student Colloquia Schedule:

Attending any of the presentations count towards APDpro credits.

February 11, 2014
Philip Omunga
"Planning tool for supporting urban adaptation to changing climate and extreme events across scales"

February 18, 2014
Kevin Rooney
“Categorical Emotional Responses for Central and Peripheral Vision"

February 25, 2014
Katie Burke
“Measuring Gully Erosion in Two Disturbed Kansas Landscapes”

 March 4, 2014

Calayde Davey
Productive Urban Landscapes: The Relationship Between Urban Agriculture and Neighborhood Property Values”

March 11, 2014 at 4:00pm
Nancy Mahaney
Topic TBA

Third Floor Tidbits

Weigel Library

Recent publications continue to arrive in Weigel Library.  We try to have new titles for all disciplines in APDesign.  Come up; look over the recently acquired books and DVDs on the New Resources shelf. 

Here’s just a few of Weigel’s 2014 acquisitions –

1)    Manhattan / James E. Sherow

Call no: F 689.M2 S54 2013

2)    Toronto : transformations in a city and its region / Edward Relph

Call no: F 1059.5.T6857 R45 2014

3)    Jorn Utzon : Drawings and Buildings / Michael Asgaard Andersen

Call no: NA 1223 .U88 A8813 2014

4)    Architectural Technology : research and practice / Stephen Emmitt

Call no: NA 2543 .T43 A69 2013

5)    New museums in China / Clare Jacobson

Call no: NA 6696 .C6 J33 2014

6)    Which way to go? placemaking, wayfinding & signage / selected by Miquel Abellan

Call no: NC 1002 .S54 A24 2012

7)    Rambunctious garden : saving nature in a post-wild world / Emma Marris

Call no: QH 75 .M363 2013

8)    Professional designer's guide to garden furnishings / Vanessa Gardner Nagel

Call no: SB 473.5 .N34 2013

9)    Making it : manufacturing techniques for product design / Chris Lefteri

Call no: TS 183 .L44 2012

You can always be apprised of the latest and greatest resource arrivals in Weigel.  Click on “New Resources” (https://catalog.lib.ksu.edu/ksul/rss/html/weigel.html) on the Weigel Library webpage (http://www.lib.k-state.edu/architecture)