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K-State Today

July 9, 2015



Crane wins Burton Family Architectural Design Award

By Kari Lindeen

Thomas Crane, fourth-year architecture student from Perth, Australia, was awarded the fourth annual Charles Burton Family Architectural Design Award from the College of Architecture, Planning & Design, or APDesign, for his third-year design studio projects.

"It is my pleasure to congratulate Thomas Crane as the winner of this year's Burton Award," said Matthew Knox, department head and professor of architecture. "The three projects submitted were strong in concept and execution. However, it was the strength of the layouts and the clarity of diagrams communicating those intentions that made Thomas' work exceptional."

It is the intent of the Burton family to award and encourage design excellence exhibited throughout a student's studio project. When selecting the recipient of this award, emphasis is placed on the most creative and appealing designs to grant this award and that the award should be given to projects that are exceptional in their overall design concept.

The 2014-15 third-year faculty — professors Gary Coates, Judy O’Buck Gordon, Michael McGlynn, Torgeir Norheim, Nathan Petty, Aaron Schump, and Bruce Wrightsman — nominated six students for consideration. The students were asked to submit an electronic portfolio of their third-year design studio projects.

"The work submitted for the competition was representative of the quality of student work we have all striven from our third-year studios," Knox said. "Perusing the work made clear the passion our students bring to their work as well as the equal passion our faculty bring to their teaching. Needless to say, determining the winner was not easy."