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February 5, 2019

APDesign Ekdahl Lecture speaker John Stram to discuss industrial, graphics and interior design

Submitted by Thom Jackson

John Stram

The Ekdahl Lecture Series, presented by the College of Architecture, Planning & Design, will host John Stram, industrial design consultant, at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Regnier Forum at Regnier Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Stram's lecture, "Design at IBM '67-78," will focus on industrial design, graphics and interior design. With more than 46 years of professional award-winning design experience, Stram has served as industrial design/graphics manager at IBM, was director of the design division at Seal Furniture and Systems and was manager of design — p fixtures and temporary displays for American Greetings Corporation. He is an instructor/visiting lecturer for eight universities and colleges and is a member of the Fashion Merchandising Advisory Board at the University of Central Missouri.

Stram has been a member of Industrial Designers Society of America for 28 years and holds 11 U.S. design patents and two U.S. utility patents. He has 27 exhibited/design awards include being part of the permanent collection at New York's Museum of Modern Art, a two-year traveling exhibit with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and a three-month exhibit at Plastics as Plastics, at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York. Stram has 27 works cited in design books, magazines and newspapers including: Form-Journal of Design, Product Design 2 and Industrial Design Magazine.

The Oscar S. Ekdahl Distinguished Lecture Series in Architecture and Design brings the finest professionals in the design and planning disciplines to APDesign and the K-State community. These individuals are selected to avail faculty, staff, students and regional professionals to the potency of design and planning in addressing the issues we face as a global society. The series honors Oscar Ekdahl who received his Bachelor of Architecture from K-State in 1933 and was a founding partner in Ekdahl, Davis, Depew, Persson Architects PA in Topeka.

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