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Victor L. Regnier Distinguished Visiting Professorship

The Victor L. Regnier Distinguished Visiting Chair in architecture was established in 2003 by the children of Victor and Helen Regnier to enrich the educational experience of Kansas State University architecture students by exposing them to the finest architects from around the world.

Responsibilities of the Chair are to co-teach a 5th year architecture graduate studio in close cooperation with a Kansas State architecture faculty member. The Chair is also encouraged to contribute to the theory segment of our curriculum through seminar presentations devoted to topics decided between the chair, faculty and students of the 5th year studio program. Exposure to all levels of students will be possible through involvement in reviews, projects or events as might be available. It is expected that at least two formal lectures be presented. One lecture would be delivered on-campus for the Kansas State students, faculty, local professionals and local community. The other lecture would be delivered in the Kansas City metropolitan area, providing exposure to alumni, practicing professionals and the greater Kansas City community with special linkages to the arts.

Successful implementation of the Victor L. Regnier Visiting Chair relies upon a strong, positive communication between the Visiting Chair and the individual K-State architecture faculty member who has expressed special interest in collaborating with the Chair. Experience has shown that the initial campus visit works best approximately one month into the spring semester while a second visit is best no later than one month before the end of the semester. It is highly desirable for the Visiting Chair to return at the end of the spring semester when the Architecture Department holds the annual “super review” of selected graduate projects from all of the studio sections. The Visiting Chair would be asked to lead the discussion of the projects for the super review and would be accompanied by several other distinguished reviewers furnished by the department of architecture.

Previous Regnier Distinguished Visiting Professors 


2018-2019 Regnier Chair Fuensanta Nieto

Fuensanta Nieto 2018-2019
Fuensanta Nieto has worked as an architect since graduating from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning at Columbia University in New York in 1983. She is a founding partner of Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos and a professor at the Universidad Europea de Madrid. Fuensanta Nieto lectures on architecture and participates in juries and symposia at various institutions around the world. From 1986 to 1991 she was co-director of the architectural journal ARQUITECTURA, published by the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid.



Fran Silvestre 2017-2018
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After having graduated in Architecture at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Valencia in 2001, he specialized in urban planning at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven a year later. Then, he won a scholarship to work at the studio of the Pritzker Prize architect from Portugal, Alvaro Siza, which is located in Oporto, and have ever since undertaken projects in cooperation with him. He is also dedicated to teach as professor at the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia since 2006, and the Universidad Europea since 2009.

Influenced by the above mentioned architect, Alvaro Siza, or the sculptor Andreu Alfaro, among others, the studio realizes series of projects that take into account factors such as, modulation, serialization or light. Thus, giving rise to buildings of high purity, using constant innovative materials and technologies. Since its foundation, it has focused on the development and implementation of small-scale projects, for instance, The Atrium House (2009) or the House at the mountainside of a Castle (2010). It also carries out multidisciplinary work while designing objects like the Alis chair, collaborating with other studios such as Alfaro Hofmann, which is dedicated to interior design.


Gonçalo Byrne 2016-2017
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World-renowned architect Gonçalo Byrne will co-teach a graduate level architecture design studio course with a graduate faculty member for the academic year, visiting a few times in the fall and spring semesters. Byrne graduated from the School of Fine Arts of Lisbon and carries an honorary degree from the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University of Lisbon and from the Faculty of Architecture of Alghero, in Italy.

Byrne's recent work includes the requalification of the Portuguese National Bank headquarters and the Thalia Theater in Lisbon with Barbas Lopes architects; the expansion of the National Museum Machado de Castro in Coimbra; the Estoi Pousada de Portugal in Faro; and the Estoril Sol Complex in Cascais.

Byrne's work has been awarded by the International Association of Art Critics, the Gold Medal by the French Academy of Architecture, and recently with the Piranesi Prix de Rome 2014 for the National Museum Machado de Castro. In 2005, Byrne was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Santiago da Espada by the president of the Portuguese Republic.

siebenmorgenJay Siebenmorgen 2015-2016
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New York Architect Jay Siebenmorgen is a design principle at NBBJ’s Boston studio. His work includes the Lunder Building for Massa­chusetts General Hospital in Boston, the public spaces for The Juilliard School of Arts at Lincoln Center in New York, and the Rainier Square de­velopment in Seattle. Siebenmorgen has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Formerly he worked in the offices of BNIM, Steven Holl Architects and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Siebenmorgen is a graduate of K-State and Columbia University.
ehrlichSteven Ehrlich 2014-2015
California Architect Steven Ehrlich has evolved a signature design philos­ophy called Multicultural Modernism, which seeks to create sustainable buildings infused with cultural meaning and rooted in the specificities of site, and latest technologies. Ehrlich was the 2011 recipient of the California AIA Maybeck Award, and the National AIA Firm of the Year Award 2015.

Javier Sánchez 2013-2014
Mexican architect Javier Sánchez is an international renowned architect and developer based in Mexico City. He is the founding partner and lead designer of the architectural workshop of JSa. With over 55 national and international awards, he thinks of his projects as part of an urban acupunc­ture strategy redefining the urban form to create public space interfaces and regeneration of the urban tissue.


Beat Kämpfen 2012–2013
Swiss architect Beat Kämpfen is internationally recognized for his work that is guided by principles of energy efficiency, ecology and sustainability and expressed in contemporary architectural language. Beyond mere concerns for technological aspects, Kämpfen is guided by a holistic understanding of sustainability, one that encompasses social, ecological and economical aspects. He has been principal at his Bűro fűr Architektur (Office for Archi­tecture) in Zürich, Switzerland since 1995.

burnettWendell Burnette 2011–2012
Wendell Burnette is a native of Nashville, Tennessee, who discovered the southwest desert as an apprentice at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West. He is currently principle of Wendell Burnette Architects in Phoenix and is a self-taught architect with an international recognized body of work. His prac­tice is engaged in a wide range of private and public projects.

Helen & Hard 2010–2011
Norwegian architects Siv Helene Strangeland and Reinhard Kropf are the principals of Helen and Hard Architects. Educated respectively at the Oslo School of Architecture and Graz University of Technology, they are the recipients of various awards, most recently the Annual National Award for Good Building and Environmental Design.

alanAlan Dunlop 2009–2010
Alan Dunlop is a principal at Alan Dunlop Architects based in Glasgow, Scotland. He is a Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and was educated in London and at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow.

Alfred Jacoby 2008–2009
Professor Jacoby is director of Dessau International Architecture (DIA), located at the famous Bauhaus of Dessau, Germany. His special interest lies in sacred architecture and the history and theory of architecture.  and in cultural theory.

miguelMiguel Angel Roca 2007–2008
Professor Roca studied architecture and urban design at the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba and the University of Pennsylvania under Louis Kahn, for whom he worked. His architectural practice has earned him numerous international design awards and has been featured in eight monographs.
heikkinenMikko Heikkinen 2006–2007
Born in Savonlinna, Finland, Mikko Heikkinen received his Master of Science in Ar­chitecture at Helsinki University of Technology in 1975. Later in 1975, Heikkinen founded a partnership with Markku Komonen under the name Heikkinen–Komo­nen Architects.
albertoAlberto Campo Baeza 2005–2006
Born in Cadiz, Spain, Campo Baeza was educated at the ESTA in Madrid. He has taught at his alma mater since 1976, serving as head of the school since 1986. Meanwhile, his practice has expanded dramatically from one that focused on small residential projects to one involved with large commercial and institutional commissions.
haraHiroshi Hara 2004-2005
Hi­roshi Hara has been responsible for the designs of many of the most significant and largest projects in his country. His focus is upon the internal order of the house as informed by critical aspects of dwelling.