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K-State Today

September 22, 2014

David Sachs to direct College of Architecture, Planning & Design's doctoral program

Submitted by Thom Jackson

David Sachs, professor of architecture, has been appointed director of the doctoral program at the College of Architecture, Planning & Design, or APDesign.

As part of K-State's 2025 mission of expanding research on the campus, Sachs is charged with the continued growth of the APDesign doctoral program. The founding director, Wendy Ornelas, professor of architecture, initiated the program in 2008 and laid the initial framework. The goal is to build on the research strengths of the graduate faculty in all departments across campus as well as APDesign.

Currently, the college has 12 doctoral students, and Sachs is working on several ways that will improve the program.

"We have a wealth of talent in our college and I am very excited about growing the program, increasing the range of options open to potential students, and enhancing our ability to serve those who choose to study with us," Sachs says.

"We need to make the application process attractive for potential students by making our faculty's research and design and planning expertise more readily accessible if we are to reach our goals," says Tim de Noble, dean of APDesign. "We are hoping that in the near future students will be able to find a more detailed account of our professors' work, from endeavors they are currently working on including research, creative and scholarly projects."