2013 Architecture, Planning & Design Achievements

* Nathan Howe, assistant professor of architecture, received the Educator of the Year Award from the Kansas City chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The award is presented for outstanding dedication and support of excellence in architecture education. December 2013

* Gary J. Coates, professor of architecture and Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture distinguished professor, has published a new book, "The Rebirth of Sacred Art: Reflections on the Aperspectival Geometric Art of Adi Da Samraj," published by the Dawn Horse Press. December 2013

* Kansas State University's graduate program in landscape architecture is No. 2 in the nation, second only to Harvard, according to the latest rankings from DesignIntelligence. The magazine, whose rankings are considered the primary source for comparison in the industry, also named the architecture graduate program No. 8 and the interior architecture and product design graduate program No. 7 in the interior design category. November 2013

* Among Midwest schools, Kansas State University's graduate programs rank No. 1 in landscape architecture, No. 1 in interior design and No. 2 in architecture, according to DesignIntelligence magazine. November 2013

* Michael Gibson, assistant professor of architecture, received a $25,000 award from the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards for his proposal, "Designing for Performance: Research and Innovation in Building Envelopes." The project seeks to explore the relationship between research and practice by joining forces with leading manufacturers of building envelope systems. Gibson is one of three national winners of the award, which is presented* Outstanding studio work and a design-build project at a Girl Scout camp near Topeka earned several Kansas State University architecture students honors from the American Institute of Architects Kansas, or AIA Kansas. Eli Logan, master's student in architecture, earned second place and a $250 prize in the AIA Kansas Student Competition. Earning the AIA Kansas Design Award for Student Architecture at the conference was a team of K-State students, all seniors in architecture, for their design-build project at Camp Daisy Hindman in Shawnee County. October 2013

* Peter Magyar, professor and former head of the architecture department, released three new books this year: "Urban Innuendoes," was published in January by Trafford Publishing; "Seven Lessons on Architectural Morphogenesis," published by Trafford in March; and "The Soft Boiled Egg Scribbles: Architectural Ideas of Students," recently printed by University Printing. In all, Magyar has written eight books and has two new books in the works. September 2013

* Josef Lang, master's student in interior architecture & product design, received a $1,000 study abroad grant from Phi Kappa Phi. Lang used the $1,000 grant to study at the Danish Institute of Study Abroad. He is the 21st student from K-State to receive the honor society's study abroad grant since the program was created in 2001. August 2013

* Alexis Kiel, a May 2013 interior architecture & product design graduate, took first place at the AWFS Fresh Wood Competition in the production/contract section for her wood chair project called "Leaf2." The competition judging was July 24-27 in Las Vegas, Nev. August 2013

* The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture recognized Tim Keane, professor of landscape architecture, with its 2013 Excellence in Research award at the senior level. The award is given for outstanding, innovative and noteworthy research and creative works. Keane was nominated unanimously by the faculty of the department of landscape architecture and regional and community planning. He was recognized at the council's recent 2013 meeting. April 2013

* An interdisciplinary team of graduate students from Kansas State University, University of Kansas and University of Missouri-Kansas City won the Urban Land Institute's Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition with the entry "The Armory." The award included $50,000 for the students. The team was led by Kevin Cunningham and included Kylie Harper and Derek Hoetmer, all Master of Landscape Architecture students. The team's main adviser was Jason Brody, assistant professor of regional and community planning. April 2013

* For the second year in a row, a book by a K-State professor is being named the best in the interior design field. "Illustrated Codes of Designers: Residential," written by Katherine Ankerson, professor and head of the department of interior architecture & product design in the university's College of Architecture, Planning & Design, received the 2013 Interior Design Educators Council's Book Award. The book is published by Fairchild Books and co-branded by the International Codes Council. Vibhavari Jani, associate professor of interior architecture and product design, won the Interior Design Educator Council's 2012 Book Award for her book, " Diversity in Design: Perspective from the Non-Western World." March 2013

* Katherine Ankerson, professor and head of the department of interior architecture & product design, and Neal Hubbell, associate professor and associate head of the department, were part of a 10-member, four-university team that that received the Interior Design Educators Council's 2013 Media Award for their collaborative effort on the Lighting Across the (Design) Curriculum website. The award is given for recognition of the content of an outstanding visual media piece that exhibits excellence in addressing issues of the discipline of interior design including practice, research and education. The project was funded with a grant from the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education. Ankerson was the project lead. March 2013

* K-State become the first university in the nation to have two faculty members earn the prestigious Distinguished Professor award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, or ACSA, in the same year. Gary Coates and Wendy Ornelas, both professors of architecture, were named 2012-2013 Distinguished Professors by the association. The award is given to only four individuals each year. It recognizes sustained creative achievement in the advancement of architectural education through teaching, design, scholarship, research or service. March 2013

* A team of graduate students from Kansas, including three students from the K-State department of landscape architecture/regional & community planning, was named one of four finalists for the Urban Land Institute's Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition. The Kansas team will compete for a $50,000 prize. K-State team members, all master's students in landscape architecture, include Kylie Harper, Derek Hoetmer and Kevin Cunningham. The team's main adviser is Jason Brody, assistant professor of regional & community planning, with Stephanie Rolley, head of the department of landscape architecture/regional & community planning; Blake Belanger, associate professor of landscape architecture; and Gary Stith, professor of regional & community planning. March 2013


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