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K-State Today

June 24, 2019

APDesign celebrates Ewanow's retirement, appointment of Kingery-Page and Lewis

Submitted by Thom Jackson

The College of Architecture, Planning & Design, or APDesign, announces the retirement of Lynn Ewanow, associate dean, director of the environmental design program and director of the international studies program, effective August 2019. Associate Professors Katie Kingery-Page and Katrina Lewis will take over Ewanow's responsibilities moving forward.

"On behalf of the entire APDesign community I wish to extend my gratitude to Associate Dean Ewanow for her dedicated service, creativity, professionalism and friendship over these many years to Kansas State University and the College of Architecture Planning & Design," said Tim de Noble, professor and dean of APDesign. "We are all inspired by her leadership and unfailing dedication, and know that through her legacy, Lynn's example will provide wonderful benchmarks for our new associate dean and director, the future of APDesign is very bright."

Ewanow received undergraduate degrees in art and psychology from Keuka College in 1975 and went on to complete a Master of Landscape Architecture from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in 1979. Since beginning her academic career as an assistant professor, Ewanow has focused much attention on APDesign's first two years of design student education before being elevated to assistant dean in 1985, including a two-year appointment as special assistant to the provost beginning in 1988, and finally to her current position in 1999. Ewanow is currently serving a three-year term on the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board as one of three elected educators.

Long dedicated to all aspects of design and planning education, Ewanow has served as the spearhead of APDesign's education abroad opportunities. In this arena, she developed the Italian Studies Program to be carefully scripted to meet the academic expectations of the curricular requirements of the different degree programs and introduced a process for selecting faculty that includes consideration of the academic plan as well as demonstrated interest and capacity to teach in an interdisciplinary program. While these successes are specific to APDesign, they laid the groundwork for the creation of K-State in Italy, leading to the expansion of study opportunities for students from across the university.

Kingery-Page will fill the role of associate dean, with added responsibilities to represent APDesign as an associate dean for research, scholarship, creative activity, and discovery. Lewis will become the director of the environmental studies program and international studies.

Kingery-Page is an associate professor of landscape architecture and a licensed landscape architect. After undergraduate education in sculpture at Wichita State University, she studied ecology and art theory through Antioch College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and eventually earned a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Kansas State University. Before teaching, she worked in an interdisciplinary design practice focused upon downtown development.

Interdisciplinary work characterizes Kingery-Page's scholarly work and teaching. As an engaged scholar, she has collaborated with colleagues, students and communities on projects involving landscape architecture, planning, architecture, interior architecture art and sciences. Her interest in community participation and deliberation has led to projects with Downtown Wichita and a role as affiliate faculty to the Kansas City Design Center. She was honored by the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture for Excellence in Service Learning in 2016 and selected as the 2017 TreanorHL Faculty in recognition of her work to connect youth with career exploration in design and planning. A 2019 Central States ASLA Community Service in Design award recognized her collaborative efforts to create a native grassland plants meadow on the campus of K-State.

Lewis received a Bachelor of Interior Architecture in 1998 and Master of Regional and Community Planning in 2001 from Kansas State University. Lewis has taught design studios at the college level since 1998: at Kansas State University in the Department of Interior Architecture & Product Design for more than 15 years, at Chongqing Jinazhu University in China for one year, in Afghanistan at Kabul University for two summers, and in Bangladesh at the Asian University for Women for one year.

Lewis' scholarly interests include teaching methodology, especially with beginning design students; international educational experiences, cultural exchanges, and study abroad; and the intersection between design and social justice. She received the honor of being selected as a Rotary Peace fellow for professional studies in peace and conflict resolution at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand in Summer 2012. The fellowship shaped Lewis' desire to explore a stronger understanding between design and peace professionals and higher education.