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December 20, 2019

Architecture students earn honors at annual Bowman Design Forum

Submitted by Megan Elzinga

Winning entry by Matthew Cox

Work by five third-year architecture graduate students in Kansas State University's College of Architecture, Planning & Design, or APDesign, earned honors at the 21st annual Bowman Design Forum on Dec. 11.

Sponsored by BBN Architects Inc., Manhattan, and hosted by APDesign, the forum brought acclaimed architects to campus to discuss work by students in the architecture department. The forum is an opportunity for students to present their work to architecture practitioners and educators for critiques.

One student from each of the department's five third-year studio sections was selected to present his or her design for the Mount Mitchell Heritage Prairie Interpretive Center. Each student participant prepared a model, drawings and a digital presentation.

The following students were awarded a part of the $4,500 in prize: Matthew Cox, Southlake, Texas, $2,000 Honor Award; Braydn Voorhees, Olathe, $1,000 Special Merit Award; Seth Campbell, Topeka, $500 finalist; Donovan Douglas, Platte City, Missouri, $500 finalist; and Mica Ratzlaff, Rolla, $500 finalist.

The annual Bowman Design Forum was introduced by K-State alumnus Brent Bowman to expose third-year architecture students to the field's top professionals. This year's guest jurors were Reese Rowland, American Institute of Architects fellow and partner at Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects in Little Rock; and Patty Opitz, associate principal at Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects. Additional input was given by Austin Massoth and Aaron Dyck, BBN Architects.

The winners' studio instructors include Michael Grogan, assistant professor of architecture for Cox; Brendan Tucker, instructor of architecture for Voorhees; Michael McGlynn, associate professor of architecture for Campbell; Gary Coates, professor of architecture for Douglas; and Robert Condia, professor of architecture for Ratzlaff.

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