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K-State Today

December 22, 2015



Architecture, planning & design associate professor presents at peace-building conference

By Wendy Queal

Kansas State University's interior architecture & product design associate professor Katrina Lewis attended the 10th anniversary conference "Innovating Global Peace Building" Nov. 26-27 at the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.

The peace building topics presented included women, medication, community, youth, migration and refugees, radicalization, health, creativity and technology, and development. Lewis presented "Designing Peace" during the "Creativity and Technology in Peace Building" breakout session.

In addition to presenting, Lewis assisted the conference organizers and master of ceremonies in creating the conference's written ante narrative, summarizing the Peace Center's past, present and future peace building endeavors from 2005 to 2015 and to 2025.

Lewis received the honor of being selected as the first designer for the Rotary Peace fellow for professional studies in peace and conflict resolution at Chulalongkorn University from June-August 2012. The fellowship was a life-changing experience, shaping Lewis' scholarly agenda to create a stronger link between design and peace.