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Source: Wendy Ornelas, 785-532-5950,
Editor's note: Shannon Williams is a graduate of Olathe East High School.
News release prepared by: Diane Potts, 785-532-1090,

Friday, Sept. 11, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Eight students from Kansas State University's College of Architecture, Planning and Design are taking part in a prestigious studio sponsored by the Kansas City Design Center during the 2009-2010 school year.

The center is an interdisciplinary, interuniversity urban design/research studio, the mission of which is to be an agent of public discourse in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Students from both K-State and the University of Kansas take part in the studio and address complex physical planning and design issues relevant to change in metropolitan Kansas City.

Each student receives a scholarship to offset the expense of living in Kansas City during the school year.

Vladimir Krstic, K-State professor of architecture, is the 2009-2010 studio instructor.

K-State College of Architecture, Planning and Design students selected for the 2009-2010 studio include:

Paul Folger, senior in architecture, Derby; Steven Holt, senior in landscape architecture, Highland; Allison Gould, senior in interior architecture and product design, Hutchinson; Shannon Williams, senior in regional and community planning, Olathe; and Janelle Heideman, senior in interior architecture and product design, Topeka.

From out-of-state:

Erica Besler, senior in regional and community planning, Evergreen, Colo.; Amy Kinderknecht, senior in architecture, Sheldon, Iowa; and Rachel Duncan, senior in architecture, Dardenne Prairie, Mo.