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K-State Today

November 7, 2018

APDesign 10-year honorees return to campus

By Thom Jackson

The College of Architecture, Planning & Design, or APDesign, at Kansas State University is recognizing four alumni for their successes 10 years after their graduation from the university and APDesign programs.

The 2018 honorees are Carly Pumphrey, Kansas City, Missouri; Chad Bunger, Manhattan; Clemente Jaquez, Dallas, Texas, and Chris Sass, Lexington, Kentucky.

The honorees were selected by the department or program from which they received their degree. They will visit Manhattan Nov. 7-9 to meet with students and faculty, participate in class and studio visits, and be honored at a luncheon. An exhibit of their professional work is on display in Regnier Hall's Cassias Gallery Nov. 22. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Pumphrey, interior architecture & product design, IIDA, LEED AP. By the time Pumphrey joined Helix in 2009, her work had already gained national recognition. As a student, Pumphrey designed a conceptual restaurant in New York that received a Hospitality Design Award and was featured on the cover of Hospitality Design Magazine in 2007. Earlier, another one of her designs had earned top honors in a student design competition organized by Display and Design Ideas Magazine. When she is not tutoring or mentoring elementary school students, Pumphrey enjoys woodworking and furniture-making. She's also the resident expert when it comes to discovering treasures at any of Kansas City's antique and consignment shops. At Helix, Pumphrey has led interior design on the Kansas City Missouri Police Headquarters Renovation, a historic, 80,000-square-foot building in downtown Kansas City to accommodate nearly 350 people. The new workplace includes general office space, executive spaces, conferencing, criminal-investigation and community rooms, a monumental public lobby and a fitness center.

Bunger, regional and community planning, joined the Community Development Department, Manhattan, in May of 2007 as a planner focused on current planning and zoning administration activities involving the Manhattan Urban Area Planning Board and Board of Zoning Appeals. Bunger and his wife came to the Manhattan area in 2003 from Nebraska, where he worked for the American Red Cross. Bunger's background also includes a two-year tenure as the executive director of the Wamego Chamber of Commerce/Mainstreet. In 2006, Bunger began the master's degree in regional and community planning program at Kansas State University and also has worked to earn his master's certificate in geographical information systems. During his time at school, he worked with the Riley County Planning and Development Department and the city of Junction City as a planning intern. Bunger is a certified floodplain manager and serves in that capacity for the city. Bunger was promoted to senior planner-current planning on Dec. 23, 2013. Bunger looks forward to working with the citizens of Manhattan to build the future as well as preserve the past.

Jaquez, architecture, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, is an associate vice president and the design director for the Dallas Studio of Hoefer Wysocki. Jaquez brings more than 10 years of global experience in design with a focus on effective, creative and client-centered solutions. As lead designer, he facilitates the ideation, communication and implementation of all design features associated with a project. His approach to design centers on achievement of the client's goals and vision while supporting the needs of the community. Jaquez is actively involved in AIA Dallas and sits on the Dean's Advisory Board for K-State College of Architecture, Planning and Design. He has been recognized as an outstanding practitioner and advocate by the local professional community, serves on the board of the Dallas Center for Architecture and recognized by Kansas State University as a Distinguished Young Alumnus.

Sass, landscape architecture, is an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky, department of landscape architecture and teaches second-year studio site analysis, planting design, and an urban watercourse. Each course is grounded in the idea that natural systems should aid in organizing the design and that sustainable design solutions require a longer-range plan that includes the complexities demonstrated in the natural world. To understand that world, you must be a part of it and immerse yourself in all of its intricacies. His general research interests include hydrology and sustainable landscape performance. More specifically, streambank erosion processes and plant performance increasing precipitation infiltration and evapotranspiration.

"Our honoree program is a wonderful opportunity to recognize the immediate and enduring impact of our graduates, and to bring together classmates at the 10-year mark in their trajectory of excellence," said Tim de Noble, dean of the College of Architecture, Planning & Design.