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K-State Today

October 6, 2015



APDesign students Lanting Su and Jacob Kelly-Salo win American Institute of Architects Kansas Student Design Competition

By Lindsey Leardi

College of Architecture, Planning and Design, or APDesign, fifth-year architecture students Lanting Su and Jacob Kelly-Salo took first and second place at the American Institute of Architects Kansas Student Design Competition.

The competition was part of Kan-struct, a conference for architecture, engineering and construction professionals in Kansas. Each year, two students from the college present their designs. This year, students weren't allowed to acknowledge their university.

Su submitted her design for a brewery and Kelly-Salo submitted his design for a bike kitchen. Their designs competed against the University of Kansas campus four-person collaboration redesign projects. After the 10-minute presentations were concluded, there was an hour-long informal gallery where student designers answered questions.

The winner was chosen by the audience using a ballot voting system. Su won first place, receiving $500, and Kelly-Salo won second place, receiving $250.

"This competition was instituted a number of years ago with the intent to engage our students with AIA Kansas and to highlight KU and K-State students' efforts in design, as well as apprising the AIA membership of our faculty's curricular efforts," said Tim de Noble, dean of the college. I am so pleased Lanting's and Jacob's individual projects were recognized – they were obviously superb and represented APDesign's intensity beautifully."

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