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November 15, 2022

APDesign 10-year honorees return to campus

Submitted by Thom Jackson

10-year honorees

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

This year's 2022 honorees included Jennifer Engelke, Lyndsee Johnson, Annie Robinson and Eva Steinman Daetwiler.

The honorees were selected by the department or program from which they received their degrees. They returned to the K-State campus in Manhattan on Oct. 26-28 to meet with students and faculty, participate in class and studio visits, and were honored at a luncheon.

"Our honoree program, bringing together classmates at the 10-year mark, is an excellent way to recognize the immediate and enduring impact of our graduates," said Tim de Noble, dean of the College of Architecture, Planning & Design. "This annual event provides an opportunity for these superb young professionals to share their experiences with our students and faculty."

• Jennifer Engelke, landscape architecture

After receiving her Master of Landscape Architecture in 2012, Engelke gained professional experience working for multiple firms as a landscape architect in Chicago, Illinois, through 2018. Moving toward education, she has taught and continues to teach many landscape and design courses at the University of Washington. Alongside teaching, Engelke has received funds and grants to conduct and publish research concerning the environment and landscape architecture.

• Lyndsee Johnson, interior architecture & industrial design

Graduating from APDesign in 2012, Johnson received a Master of Interior Architecture & Product Design. With a budding passion for health care design, Johnson went on to work for Hoefer Welker, an architecture and interior design firm based in Leawood. Now an associate vice president, she currently is their director of health and education interiors. Johnson brings experience leading clients through the design process, coordinating project teams, and negotiating with contractors. Responsible for project design oversight from schematic design through construction document production, submittal review, contractor coordination, and interior finish selection, Johnson continues to display her passion for helping others through designing spaces.

• Annie Robinson, architecture

A registered architect and licensed interior designer, Robinson leads the interior team at Hufft — an architecture and fabrication studio in Kansas City, Missouri. Her multifaceted experience in hospitality and wellness design has given Robinson an in-depth understanding of complex programming while creating spaces that offer unique and meaningful experiences. She strives to design architecture that is rooted in place with a strong design concept that carries through from the big idea to the most minute details.

Award-winning work at Hufft has been featured in exhibitions and various publications nationally and internationally. Robinson maintains an active role in the International Interior Design Association and Historic Kansas City, with a specific dedication to the preservation of the city's historic neighborhoods and structures. She has a strong passion for maintaining the art of hand drawing and sketching, specifically exploring the combination of digital and hand-drawn mediums and the art of visual communication in practice.

• Eva Steinman Daetwiler, regional and community planning

Steinman-Daetwiler, who received a Master of Regional and Community Planning, is a community planner for the Federal Transit Administration in Region 7, based in Kansas City, Missouri. The region covers Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and a portion of Illinois. Since joining the federal agency, Steinman-Daetwiler has overseen projects in all five states of the region, with emphasis on Kansas and Missouri. Her role currently encompasses metropolitan planning organization oversight, transit corridor planning study evaluation, federal funding discretionary program application review, and assessment of transit facility feasibility studies. Before joining the Federal Transit Authority, Steinman-Daetwiler was a senior transportation planner at the Missouri Department of Transportation. She served as a project manager for federally funded transportation projects ranging from rural county bridges to multimillion-dollar interchanges. Her role while at the department was focused on federal compliance, environmental permitting, right-of-way acquisition and final plan review.