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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

APDesign Newsletter 8.15.11

Words from Weigel

The Weigel Library staff is hopeful the final summer projects in Weigel will be completed prior to the start of school. It is difficult to be patient while waiting on entities outside the College to complete tasks. Lance and the APDesign guys have been wonderful, catering to our every wish, fitting our jobs into their very busy summer of renovation and construction.

The summer hours for Weigel Library are: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed weekends.

For the academic year beginning Monday, August 22, Weigel Library will be open 77 hours per week: Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 1 to 5 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 10 p.m. Hours of operation are listed on the Weigel Library website:


Eight APDesign students have been hired to work in Weigel Library during the fall semester to provide assistance to library patrons: Amanda Van Scoy (ARCH), Anne Denney (LA/RCP), Caleb Melchior (LA/RCP), Emily Kruse (IAPD), Lauren Ewald (LA/RCP), Rachel Lehr (ARCH), Victoria Beaulieu (IAPD), and Will Woodard (LA/RCP). We are very fortunate to have these outstanding students on our staff.

Please remember to join us for the Weigel Library Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, August 18, in Seaton 323.

Regnier Visiting Chair Named for 2011-12

Wendell Burnette of Wendell Burnette Architects in Phoenix, Arizona, has been named the Regnier Visiting Chair for the 2011-12 academic year.

Burnette is a self-taught architect with an internationally recognized body of work. His architectural practice is engaged in a wide range of private and public projects. Burnette’s work is concerned with space, light, context, and community. He is a native of Nashville, Tennessee, who discovered the southwest desert as an apprentice at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West. His eleven-year association with the studio of Will Bruder culminated in a six-year design collaboration on the Phoenix Central Library. He is an assistant professor at Arizona State University and lectures widely in the United States and abroad. Current projects include residences located locally and nationally, the Palo Verde Library/Maryvale Community Center, the Phoenix Children’s Museum, the Scottsdale Teen Center, and a hotel/spa resort in southern Utah. His design philosophy is grounded in listening and distilling the essence of a project to create highly specific architecture that is at once functional and poetic. The firm’s website is: http://www.wendellburnettearchitects.com/.

Burnette will make his first visit to campus for a lecture at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12 in the Leadership Studies Town Hall. 

Building Updates

If you are looking for Architecture Professor Magyar, Interior Architecture & Product Design Professor Richter-O’Connell, or Landscape Architecture/Regional & Community Planning Professor Beamish, you need not look any further than the new suite of offices in Seaton 251. The classroom that once was housed in this space has been relocated to Seaton 305. Seaton 251 now is filled with office furniture and faculty from each of our three departments. Please come visit Professor Magyar in his new “home” and welcome newly hired tenure-track faculty — Professors Richter-O’Connell and Beamish — to APDesign.

Additionally, the laser cutter space is being expanded. Seaton Court 106E will continue to house the two laser cutters. Seaton Court 106D will now be a layout area for pieces produced by the laser cutter.

The roof is finally being installed over Seaton Court 107 and the old heliodon space in the Link. We are awaiting the arrival of the CNC router to complete the project with new windows and siding on the east wall of that space.

Recruitment Reminders

The annual APDesign Ambassador meeting will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, August 21, in the Pierce Commons. The APDesign Ambassadors are second- through fifth-year APDesign students. They represent APDesign in many ways: volunteering to be mentors for first year students, giving tours to prospective students, helping with recruitment events, etc. APDeisgn has more than 200 Ambassadors.

All new ENVD studio and planning students have been invited to a meet their APDesign mentors at 5 p.m. Sunday, August 21, in the Pierce Commons. The mentor program began as a grassroots effort. Today, the group is still a grassroots organization, but they receive logistical support from the Dean’s Office/Student Services. Any APDesign ambassador may volunteer to be a mentor. This program has helped with the retention of our students by easing the nervous feelings associated with the first day of classes. Mentors are asked to stay in contact with their mentees throughout the fall semester. APDesign has more than 100 mentors.

K-State First’s Guide to Personal Success (GPS) program is seeking K-State faculty/staff/graduate students interested in serving as a guide for two to four first-year students during the 2011-2012 school year. You will not necessarily be assigned to APDesign students. You can learn more at: www.k-state.edu/gps/

The University will be hosting many events for new students during the K-State Week of Welcome. APDesign will host a donut breakfast outside the Chang Gallery from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on the first day of classes. To learn more about other Week of Welcome events, please visit: http://wow.k-state.edu.

Professor Seamon Organizes Symposium

Architecture Professor David Seamon attended the 30th annual International Human Science Research Conference, held in Oxford, England, July 27-30, 2011. He organized a symposium, “Lived Relationalities among Place, Space, and Environmental Embodiment.” The three symposium presenters were health sociologist Andrew Moore, a research associate with the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre at Keele University in Staffordshire, England; Urban historian Sam Griffiths, a lecturer in urban morphology and theory at University College London’s Bartlett School of Architecture; and Seamon, whose presentation was titled, “‘Seeing’ Merleau-Ponty’s Perception: Possibilities in the Urban Photographs of New York City Photographer Saul Leiter.”

From the Provost: New Faculty Awards Website

As the fall 2011 semester is just around the corner, I wanted to take this time to introduce a new initiative of the Office of the Provost. One of the metrics of our vision of K-State 2025 concerns the number of faculty members who receive national awards. In the past years, K-State has had very few faculty members receive such awards. Part of the problem is that very few faculty members have been nominated or have applied for these awards. We believe we have many outstanding scholars at K-State, and such awards are only possible if we nominate them. 

My office has put together a website — http://www.k-state.edu/provost/resources/natlawards.htm — that lists all of these prestigious national awards, providing a description, eligible areas and faculty ranks, and the award website for more information on their application process. The awards are listed chronologically by their application deadlines.   

We wanted to make this information available early enough so that faculty, department heads, and deans can have adequate time to prepare nominations and applications. We hope that this information will generate the interest necessary so that our top scholars from across the university will be considered for and eventually receive these prestigious awards.  

It should be noted that the awards are not only for longtime scholars. They vary in terms of content areas (e.g., humanities, sciences, art, or biomedicine) as well as nominee rank (full professor, mid-career professor, early career scholar, or post-doctoral). Therefore, please pay close attention to the eligibility for the awards.   

I urge each of you to examine the complete list of awards and deadlines, consider possible nominees in your area, and make every effort possible to forward their names in nomination. My office will provide as much support as we can, and will be happy to write letters of support as needed. 

Thank you for your assistance in this important initiative. 

Monsters of Design Competition 

Are you a monster? It is time to find out! Register now for the 2011 Monsters of Design (MoD) competition.

Remember MoD is open to ALL design not just architecture and the rules are simple:

  • Entrants can be students or professionals under age 40 as of the end of 2011.

  • Entrants must reside and work within 250 miles of Kansas City.

  • Entrants may submit work done independently in a group, as a student, employee, or educator.

For complete details and to register go to: http://www.aiakc.org/mod/index2011/. You can also follow our blog, which has past winning projects and will soon have the awards party details at http://monstersofdesign.com/.

We need your help to find all those awesome projects out there done by young talented designers!  Maybe it is one of your own or that brilliant idea your colleague had that was rejected by the client. Either way, we want it! You can help by, first and foremost, entering your own brilliant projects but also encourage friends and co-workers. Send out a personal encouragement, post a link or your Facebook wall, or slap the call for entries sheet on someone’s desk.  We don’t care how you promote the competition we just want everyone to know how cool they can be walking away with an MoD trophy this fall!


Computer and Networking Notes

Bentley applications have been installed in the College’s computing lab for your use. 

To view the full list of products available, visit http://www.bentley.com/en-US/Products/

Faculty and students can download Bentley products onto their office, studio, and/or lab workstations using the Bentley STUDENTserver located at http://www.bentley.com/studentserver. The website may ask for a current school code which can be found at this website:http://capd.ksu.edu/restricted/bentley.html. The website is only accessible when your computer is connected to the Seaton network. 

Congratulations to the Department of Architecture

The Department of Architecture’s Master of Architecture program recently was granted a full six-year accreditation by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The next accreditation visit is scheduled for 2017.

Congratulations Department of Architecture on this achievement!

Email Signatures

Many of the faculty and staff have already updated their email signatures, however if you have not, or if you have questions, please read on.

The email signature guidelines can be found by scrolling down to the last page of this PDF: http://www.newapd.com/style-brand-guide.pdf

To avoid the email signature showing up as an attachment, an email signature generator has been created for your use. If you would like to create your signature with the signature generator, you can find it at: http://www.newapd.com/email/email.php.

Upcoming Events — From Emily Vietti

The beginning of the semester is always a busy time, and this year is no exception. A few events to be aware of: 

  • 3 p.m. Friday, August 19: Farewell party for Development Director Bruce Broce in the Pierce Commons 

  • 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Monday, August 22: Week of Welcome breakfast sponsored by APDesign. Stop by for donuts on your way to your first class of the new semester! 

  • 3:30 p.m. Monday, August 22: All-College Forum at Forum Hall in the K-State Student Union. Dean de Noble will make announcements, introduce new faculty/staff, and set the tone for the new school year.