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College of Architecture, Planning and Design


 ice cream social

APDesign 2014 Ice Cream Social

Third Floor Tidbits - Weigel Library


Visual Media To Supplement & Enhance Instruction & Education

Sampling of titles recently added to Weigel Media Collection –

  1. Greensburg: a story of community rebuilding
  2. Sustainable communities
  3. 10 buildings that changed America
  4. Make no little plans: Daniel Burnham and the American city
  5. Rick Joy: Interludes
  6. The Last Lecture by Linus Burr Smith
  7. Studio Gang Architects: Aqua Tower
  8. Olmsted and America’s urban parks
  9. Limestone
  10. Modern Marvels: Packaging



  • You don’t have to whisper in Weigel! Polite conversation and indoor voices are encouraged!
  • You can request a book from Hale Library (or hundreds of other libraries in the country!) and it will arrive at Weigel with your name on it. Just ask a staff member to show you how!

Weigel has a wide range of office widgets, from staplers and paper-cutters to rulers and pencils.


Volunteer to be an APDesign Ambassador!

Are you interested in serving the College of Architecture, Planning & Design (APDesign) as an ambassador? Now is your chance to sign up. Please email Susan Lannou at myapd@ksu.edu. There is no selection process. If you sign-up, you are an APDesign Ambassador. (If you are already an ambassador there is no need to email me, you will remain an ambassador until you graduate or you tell me to take you off the list!) 

As an APDesign Ambassador, you will be added to the APDesign Ambassador K-State On-line account. You will receive emails from me asking for your help. I typically request tour guides or volunteers to help with recruitment or college events. Most tours require only a 30 minute commitment. Most events require an hour or two of your time. However, some events are half or full day events. You get to choose what you volunteer to participate in.

****If you want to serve as a Mentor for the 2014-15 ENVD students, you need to sign up to be an APDesign Ambassador. As an ambassador, you will have the opportunity to volunteer to be a Mentor! I will ask the APDesign Ambassadors to volunteer to be mentors later this summer.****

The only requirement of being an ambassador is that you attend the one and only ambassador meeting, August 24th. The time for this meeting will be set closer to the date and all ambassadors will receive a message giving that information in early August. You will learn more about giving building tours, etc. at this meeting.

Please consider becoming an APDesign Ambassador!

For more information please contact:

Susan Lannou

Director of Student Recruitment

College of Architecture, Planning & Design



212 Seaton Hall

Renewing rainwater: EPA honors interdisciplinary projects on stormwater management

Two teams of Kansas State University engineers and landscape architects are being recognized nationally for developing ways to sustainably manage stormwater on campus.

One interdisciplinary team of students and faculty placed first and another team received honorable mention in the site design category in the EPA's second annual Campus RainWorks Challenge competition. The challenge encourages students and faculty to collaborate across disciplines and increase green infrastructure on campuses. More than 50 teams nationwide participated in the site design category and Kansas State University was the only university to have multiple winners. 

The winning Kansas State University project recommends redeveloping the more than 13,000-square-foot area south of Hale Library. The project proposes a stormwater garden, filtration and infiltration systems, permeable paving, decreased lawn space, native plantings, shaded hardscape and wet meadow areas. The designed system is expected to retain 100 percent of the stormwater from a one-year storm. 

"Due to the site's prominent location on campus, thousands of daily passersby would experience this beautiful example of green infrastructure," Canfield said.

The honorable mention project focused on an area next to the Beach Museum of Art and the Meadow. The project uses a drainage channel, rain garden and cistern to manage stormwater and mitigate erosion. The designed system is expected to retain the stormwater from a 10-year storm. 

The students developed the projects as part of a fall 2013 senior landscape architecture design course. Lee Skabelund, associate professor of landscape architecture, and Jessica Canfield, assistant professor of landscape architecture, taught the course.

"The project allows students to explore pressing issues related to integrated stormwater management with the twin goals of improving water quality and ecological performance – while providing beautiful and diverse systems that are quite different than what has been the norm on campus," Skabelund said.

For the projects, the students divided into four teams and worked with faculty advisers to design a sustainable way to manage stormwater at a campus site. Each team included a civil engineering student who was advised by Ryan McGrath, instructor in civil engineering. Graduate students from biology, agronomy and environmental design served as consultants to the four university teams that entered the competition.

In addition to the winning projects, other course projects focused on Call Hall and the Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex. While the projects are recommendations for improvements on campus, they had to be approved by the Division of Facilities as being realistic and not too idealistic, McGrath said.

Each stormwater management project was a coordinated effort and team members worked together to developed the project idea and vision. Team members brought their specialties to the project: engineering students surveyed the proposed campus sites to obtain measurements and develop construction cost estimates while landscape architecture students created graphics and visual displays to explain project concepts. 

The interdisciplinary groups were important because they encouraged students to think outside their disciplines and to learn to find middle ground, McGrath said. 

"It is good for the students to see that other people have priorities that might be completely different from their own," McGrath said. "Between communication and being able to compromise, the stud­­­ents learned to find common ground to move toward the solution."

Student members of the winning team included:

Noura Saadi, senior in civil engineering
, Topeka; Amanda Kline, master's student in landscape architecture, Wichita;Lauren Heermann, master's student in landscape architecture, Grain Valley, Missouri; Jared Sickmann, master's student in landscape architecture, Washington, Missouri; and Benjamin Williamson, master's student in landscape architecture, South Jordan, Utah. 

Student members of the honorable mention team included: Wesley Moore, master's student in landscape architecture, Newton; David Ecklund, senior in civil engineering, Overland Park; Parker Ruskamp, master's student in landscape architecture, Wisner, Nebraska; Taylor Allen, master's student in landscape architecture, Bartlesville, Oklahoma; and Rebecca Liu, master's student in landscape architecture, Guiyang, China.

Other project collaborators included:

Zakary Ratajczak, doctoral student in biology, Manhattan; Katie Burke, doctoral student in environmental design and planning, Wamego; Joseph Weeks, master's student in agronomy, Moravia, New York; Stacy Hutchinson, associate professor of biological and agricultural engineering; and Timothy Keane, professor of landscape architecture and regional and community planning.

Faculty & Staff Announcement from the Dean:

As you all are aware, we are quickly approaching a reconstruction and renovation of our Seaton home. As exciting as this project will be for all, it will require sacrifices to be made by each and every member of our community as well as opportunities. The extent of the sacrifices has yet to be determined, but what we do know is that significant portions of our building will need to be vacated for necessary work to occur. While the sequencing of the project is yet to be determined, it is anticipated that spaces in Seaton Court and/or Mechanics Hall will be affected first. Currently, we do not have the space for each person teaching in our programs to have their own space. This will further be exacerbated once portions of our building are closed. Various scenarios are being considered to provide spaces for faculty to have places to work. Therefore, as a first pass at the issue, I am asking that those with office spaces in Seaton Hall consider sharing your office with another faculty member if and only if you desire to do so or if the use of your office affords “cohabitation” either because of size or temporal capacities. If there is a colleague with whom you prefer to office with, please submit that information to Lisa Shubert via email at lisash@ksu.edu as she will be coordinating the college efforts on behalf of the college administrators. If interested, please let us know by May 23, 2014. 

Interdisciplinary team places in architectural engineering competition


MANHATTAN — Interdisciplinary teamwork has paid off in some national recognition for Kansas State University students in the College of Engineering and College of Architecture, Planning & Design.

A team of students from K-State's architectural engineering, construction science and management, and architecture programs was the runner-up in four divisions of the 2014 Charles Pankow Foundation Architectural Engineering Student Competition. The university's team was one of only two teams to earn four awards at the event.

In the five-year history of the event, K-State has placed in at least one of the competition's divisions each year. But this year's team was the first to be made up of students from three disciplines — making the team even stronger, said Ray Yunk, professor and head of the architectural engineering and construction science and management department

"This competition was developed in large part to reinforce the interdisciplinary nature of architectural engineering practice and the architectural, engineering and construction industry, and to encourage a more integrated and innovative approach to building design and construction," Yunk said. "This is why we saw it as essential to have representation from students in architecture, architectural engineering and construction science working together. I couldn’t be more proud of the success of this team of students and faculty advisors and the effective collaboration across three academic programs and two colleges."

Tim de Noble, dean of the College of Architecture, Planning & Design, also applauds the collaboration and is not surprised by the results.

"I am pleased to see an interdisciplinary team of students from three departments in two colleges at K-State, all focused on the built environment, place so highly in this important competition. Their efforts, in parallel to those they will engage in throughout their professional lives, show the potency of collaborative design activity in bringing about better buildings," he said.

The team received runner-up recognition in the mechanical, electrical, construction and integration divisions of the competition, which was March 27-29 in Philadelphia. The competition is managed and run by the Architectural Engineering Institute, a professional organization under the umbrella of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

This year's competition project revolved around a 30-story high rise in downtown San Francisco. The student teams had to develop a design for this high seismic-risk structure that would be as high performance as possible and that minimizes the down time the building tenant would experience after a design-level seismic event. While the focus of the competition is the design of the engineered systems, students are allowed to modify the architectural design as necessary or desired, and also must be able to put together a construction management plan if they are entering the construction submittal process.

The team began work on the project in August 2013, meeting at least weekly as a whole group and weekly with a faculty adviser for their discipline-specific group. The team submitted its design in late February and was invited to present at the competition finals in March.

"K-State is one of the only schools competing at the event that does not use this project and competition as the capstone design experience for our architectural engineering students," said Russ Murdock, assistant professor of architectural engineering and construction science, lead faculty adviser for the university team and coordinator for the electrical group. "Our students are carving out their own time to make this competition happen. They can receive 2 hours of credit if they choose, but it is not required."

Student members of the team and their group included:

From Greater Kansas City: Joseph Haws, May 2014 bachelor's candidate in construction science and management, Kansas City, construction group member; Lindsey Kramer, May 2014 bachelor's candidate in architectural engineering, Olathe, mechanical group member; and Todd Blackburn, a May 2014 bachelor's candidate in architectural engineering, project manager and structural group member, Thomas Lusk, May 2014 Master of Architecture candidate, architectural coordinator, and Brent Schumacher, senior in architectural engineering, electrical group member, all from Overland Park.

Kade Schnoebelen, senior in construction science and management, Lewis, construction group member; Bryce Harris, senior in architectural engineering, Valley Center, electrical group member; and Alexander Crownover, May 2014 bachelor's candidate in architectural engineering, Wichita, mechanical group member. 

From out of state: Sean Wonderlich, May 2014 concurrent master's and bachelor's candidate in architectural engineering, Mahomet, Illinois, structural group member. 

Along with Murdock, team faculty advisers included: Chris Ahern, assistant professor of architectural engineering and construction science, faculty adviser for the mechanical group; Bill Zhang, assistant professor of architectural engineering and construction science, faculty adviser to the structural group; and Shannon Casebeer, instructor of architectural engineering and construction science, for the construction group.

More information on the competition is available at http://content.asce.org/studentcompetition/competition.html.

The Last Photo Lab Training of the Semester


Students and faculty, please be aware that the last photo lab training will be held on Thursday, May 8 at 1:00 pm in the photo lab (108 Seaton Court).  Please let me know if a different additional time that day would benefit anyone. You MUST go through training to be able to use the lab. Email apdav@ksu.edu with questions.

Upcoming APDPro Events:


HealthRhythms: Have Fun and Relieve Stress [SPECIAL TOPIC]

Offered every Wednesday through May 7, 2014, 8:15 a.m. or 1 p.m. 

**Please sign up in advance by contacting Neil Dunn at neildunn@ksu.edu or call 785-532-6870.