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Shannon (Hoy) Gapp (BS 2011 Community & Regional Planning / MLA 2015 Landscape Architecture), Assoc. ASLA, is now a landscape designer with Bolton & Menk, Inc., in Des Moines, where she will assist with landscape architecture projects, including the design and development of graphics and construction documents and facilitate public meetings. She previously worked as an urban planner at Confluence in Des Moines for more than a year.


Marc Jensen (BA 1972 Applied Art – Advertising Design) has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of The Mint Museum, Charlotte, N.C. An internationally renowned institution, The Mint occupies two locations in Charlotte and features collections of ceramics, craft and design, contemporary American and European art.


David Lee Andersen (BA 1974 / MArch 177 Architecture), AIA, architect and consultant with Andersen by Design LLC, received the 2016 AIA Minnesota Louis Lundgren Award. The award recognizes one Minnesota architect annually for his/her dedication to the profession through community volunteer activities and professional leadership.


Zach Sunderland (BArch 2013 Architecture), AIA, passed the Architect Registration Examination and is now a licensed architect in North Carolina. He is an architect with Cline Design Associates in Raleigh, N.C.


Katherina Dimenstein (BFA 2011 Interior Design) is now working for US Senator Joni Ernst in her Washington, D.C., office as an adviser on veterans affairs, national security, defense and foreign affairs policies.


Lori Vierow (BLA 1992 Landscape Architecture), an award-winning designer with more than 24 years of professional experience in master planning, park and recreation planning, urban design and landscape architecture services for a wide variety of private and public-sector clients, has joined the Chicago office of GreenbergFarrow as senior landscape architect. Her responsibilities include expanding the firm's landscape architecture department as well as providing design and due diligence services to new and existing clients throughout the US and abroad. She will be based in Arlington Heights, Ill.

Vierow's experties lies in coordinating interdisciplinary teams in the design and construction of projects ranging from public parks and urban streetscapes to residential, commercial and sustainable developments. Her professional experience also includes working with clients and communities to develop open space master plans and park master plans that are unique and tailored to fit each community. She has assisted in preparation for analyzing service levels and forecasting recreation needs for these communities. Representative projects include Eagle View Park, New Lenox Community Park District Comprehensive Master Plan, Wenonah Tot Lot and Generations at Regency.


R. Todd Ashby (BS 1992 Community & Regional Planning), executive director of the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, received the Walter Scheiber Leadership Award at the National Association of Regional Councils 50th Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, in June. The award recognizes the significant impacts an executive director has made at the local, state and national levels.


Chiaroscuro: Material Modalities and Immaterial Harmonics, an exhibition of work by Peter Goché (BArch 1991 / MArch 2005 Architecture), assistant professor of architecture at Iowa State University, will be exhibited Sept. 1-8 at the University of Florida School of Architecture Gallery. An opening reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, with a gallery talk by Goché at 5:30 p.m.


"Black Contemporary," an article by architecture Assistant Professor Peter Goché (BArch 1991 / MArch 2005 Architecture), has been published in "Material Vocabularies," the International Journal of Interior Architecture and Spatial Design (ii journal), Vol. IV.


David Lee Andersen (BA 1974 / MArch 1977 Architecture), AIA, principal of Andersen by Design (a division of CLH Architects PC: Minneapolis / Omaha), has been appointed to the Tien Gang University (Vietnam) School of Architecture's International Professional Advisory Board. A pioneering leader in responsible tourism planning and design, Andersen has completed new town planning work in Vietnam and has presented lectures on sustainable design in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. He will help advise the architecture school on curriculum content and sustainable design in tropical environments.


Matthew Corones: Hyperreal Spectacular, an exhibition of paintings by Matthew Corones (MFA 2012 Integrated Visual Arts), Ames, is on display July 7 through Oct. 24 in the Iowa State Memorial Union Pioneer Room.

Using a fusion of nonrepresentational brushstrokes and stenciled shapes, Corones painted on a clear film surface. The painted film shows detailed textures, interesting transparency and the artist's bold color relationships. Viewers can find shapes inspired by Henri Matisse, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Paul Klee and experience the overlay of ideas from a range of sources.


Lee Rainboth: Epicenters, an exhibition by Lee Rainboth (BFA 2007 Integrated Studio Arts), founder and executive director of Living Media International, is on display July through December 2016 in the Multicultural Center at the Iowa State Memorial Union.

Rainboth has spent his career traveling, researching and experimenting with global artistic traditions to see how people find ways to express what emanates from their spiritual core. Using friends in Haiti, he placed his subjects in iconic poses that reference representations of saints. Patterned sequin designs inspired by Haitian voudun flags and mandala art originating from Buddhist and Hindu practices surround each figure.

Rainboth's intention is to go beyond the stereotypes and to share a single, yet multi-layered story about who the people in the paintings really are.


Comedy for All, Tragedy for None, an exhibition curated by Alex Priest (BLA 2011 Landscape Architecture), will run from Sept. 2 through Oct. 28 at the Nebraska Arts Council's Fred Simon Gallery in Omaha, Neb. Priest, the exhibition manager at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, is the first curator to be awarded an exhibition at the Nebraska Arts Council.


Kathryn Finney (BA 1983 Art & Design), creative director of Live Happy magazine, received the top honor for Art Direction - Single Article/Feature in min's Magazine Media Awards for "A Joyful Juggling Act," a feature on actor Anthony Anderson.


Kate Schwennsen (BA 1978 / MArch 1980 Architecture), FAIA, director and professor of the Clemson University School of Architecture in Clemson, S.C., is the recipient of the 2016 Christian Petersen Design Award presented by the ISU College of Design. She will be honored during Homecoming Oct. 28 at the ISU Alumni Association's 85th Honors and Awards Ceremony. Read more


Michael C. Ludwig (BFA 2000 Art & Design - Drawing/Painting/Printmaking) is now the art director and project manager at I Work & Play in Clive, Iowa. He had been with Image Sport in Waukee.


Paulina (Coursey) Colton (BFA 2015 Interior Design) and Ben Colton (BS 2015 Mechanical Engineering) were married May 7 in Burlington, Iowa, and now live in the Kansas City area.


Courtney Long (BLA 2010 Landscape Architecture / MS 2012 Sustainable Agriculture), a research associate with the ISU Community Design Lab, received the Second Runner-Up for Outstanding Partnership Award in the 2016 Farm Credit MarketMaker Innovation Awards for the Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit program at Iowa State. Long leads a team that conducts food systems and health assessments for communities in Iowa. MarketMaker was the tool used to identify food-system gaps and assets around the state and identify opportunities for innovative projects that are complementary to existing agricultural enterprises. Long was recognized at the 18th annual National Value Added Agriculture Conference in Madison, Wis.


Becky (Murphy) Simpson (BFA 2010 Graphic Design) will be a featured speaker for the Adobe MAX 2016 Creative Careers Track Nov. 2-4 in San Diego.


Meghan Flynn (BFA 2011 Integrated Studio Arts) will join the faculty at Yakima Valley Community College, Yakima, Wash., as an art instructor in September. She will teach drawing and design.


Lisa Orgler (BLA 1992 / MLA 2000 Landscape Architecture), a lecturer in horticulture at Iowa State University, will receive the 2016 ISU Award for Early Achievement in Teaching for non-tenure-eligible faculty Sept. 26 at the University Awards Ceremony.


Matthew Schultz (BArch 2012 Architecture), Assoc. AIA, an architectural intern with OPN Architects in Des Moines, is a member of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute's Community Leadership Program Class of 2017. Each year, 50 emerging and existing leaders from the private, public and nonprofit sectors of the community are selected to participate in this nine-month program, which offers a view of Greater Des Moines from different vantage points, heightens participant awareness of current conditions and issues, enhances individual and group leadership skills and helps class members see themselves as partners for change.


After 10 years as a K-12 classroom teacher and instructional coach, T.J. (Tyler J.) Purdy (BLA 2004 Landscape Architecture) is now the assistant principal at Curtis Senior High School in University Place, Wash. He received a Master of Arts in education from Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash., in 2006.


Samantha (Abkes) Price (BLA 2009 Landscape Architecture) passed the Landscape Architecture Registration Examination (LARE) and is now a licensed landscape architect with Ritland + Kuiper Landscape Architects in Waterloo, Iowa. She has been a design professional with RKLA since May 2011. She has remained involved with Iowa State University through her participation in the Iowa's Living Roadways Community Visioning Program, a partnership of ISU landscape architecture extension, the Iowa Department of Transportation, Trees Forever and local design professionals.


Michael Braley (BFA 1993 Graphic Design), creative director of Braley Design in Lexington, Ky., is a recipient of the 2016 Design Achievement Award presented by the ISU College of Design. He will be honored during Homecoming Oct. 28 at the ISU Alumni Association's 85th Honors and Awards Ceremony. Read more


Tom Gerend (BS 2000 Community & Regional Planning), executive director of the Kansas City Streetcar Authority in Kansas City, Mo., is a recipient of the 2016 Design Achievement Award presented by the ISU College of Design. He will be honored during Homecoming Oct. 28 at the ISU Alumni Association's 85th Honors and Awards Ceremony. Read more


Matt Ostanik (BArch 2001 Architecture / MBA 2009 Business Administration), CEO of FunnelWise, is a recipient of the 2016 Design Achievement Award presented by the ISU College of Design. He will be honored during Homecoming Oct. 28 at the ISU Alumni Association's 85th Honors and Awards Ceremony. Read more


Anna Jones (BArch 2011 Architecture), Assoc. AIA, has been recognized as a 2016 STATEment Maker by the Iowa State University Alumni Association. An intern architect with Substance Architecture in Des Moines, she currently is involved with multiple renovation projects for a Fortune 500 company.


Samantha Barbour (MFA 2016 Graphic Design) has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Department of Arts and Media at Louisiana State University Shreveport. She will teach basic design, digital photography, intro to computer graphics and Photoshop courses.


Terry L. Allers, AIA, NCARB (BArch 1970 Architecture), president and architect-of-record of Allers Associates Architects, Fort Dodge, was elected treasurer of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) at the council's 97th Annual Business Meeting in June. He had been elected secretary in 2015 and previously served as director of NCARB's Mid-Central States Conference (Region 4), which represents Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Read more


Graham Hanson Design won two awards in the prestigious 2016 Type Directors Club Communication Design competition. The agency, headed by J. Graham Hanson (BFA 1989 Graphic Design), was recognized for its work on Google New York (208. Exhibits – Google New York) and Capital One Labs (211. Exhibits – Maker Wall).


Jasmine Brown (BArch 2012 Architecture), LEED AP BD+C, passed the Architect Registration Examination and is now a registered architect with HOK in Houston, Texas. She has been a design professional with HOK since September 2012 and has served as the strategic initiatives coordinator for the HOK Gulf Coast Region since July 2015.


BNIM received a 2016 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture and a 2016 Architectural Record Good Design is Good Business Award for work on the renovation of the American Enterprise Group national headquarters in Des Moines.

The following ISU graduates worked on the project: Rod Kruse (BA 1974 Architecture), principal; Kevin Nordmeyer (BA 1987 / MArch 1990 Architecture), prinicipal; Carey Nagle (BArch 2001 Architecture), associate principal; Josh Hemberger (BArch 2008 Architecture), now a project architect with DRAW Architecture + Urban Design, Kansas City, Mo.; Kayla Ohrt (BArch 2011 Architecture), graduate architect and building information model manager; Soumya Rao (MArch 2015), who was a 2014 summer intern; Levi Robb (BArch 2011), project manager; Jeff Shaffer (BArch 2002), associate; Dana Sorensen (BArch 2011), graduate architect; and Lana Zoet (MArch 2015 Architecture), graduate architect.


"If she got really quiet and listened, new parts of her wanted to speak," a chalk pastel portrait by Meghan Flynn (BFA 2011 Integrated Studio Arts), is a finalist for the 2016 Williams Prize in Drawing for Emerging Artists. The Williams Prize Exhibition will run June 28 through July 24 at the Silpe Gallery at the University of Hartford's Hartford Art School in West Hartford, Connecticut. Eleven award winners will be announced at the Flash Ekphrastic event from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 9, in the gallery.


Imagehaus, a Minneapolis-based design firm founded by Jay Miller (BFA 1989 Graphic Design), received the Founders Award from the Metro Independent Business Alliance at the 2016 Indie Business Awards. The award recognizes an independently owned business that demonstrates a long-term impact on the local community. Imagehaus has provided more than $4 million in creative services which have raised more than $35 million, making a direct impact on social change in the Minneapolis area.


Callah Nelson (BArch 2016 Architecture) has joined Neumann Monson Architects' Iowa City office as an intern architect.


Larassa Kabel (BFA 1992 Craft Design) received the first Dave Hurd Innovator of the Year Award from the Des Moines Arts Festival. The new award recognizes an individual or organization that demonstrates the pursuit of innovation in the arts. Kabel is a Des Moines visual artist who uses photorealistic drawings, paintings and prints to address issues of loss, fear, gender and feminism. She recently founded Chicken Tractor, a nonprofit organization that creates professional development opportunities for artists.


Ed Mickelson (BS 1977 Landscape Architecture), FASLA, principal and landscape architecture and urban design practice leader at NBBJ in Columbus, Ohio, received the Delia White Vail Medal from the Cleveland Botanical Garden for the advancement of horticulture excellence locally and internationally.

Mickelson strives to combine artistic expression with social purpose and realize outdoor environments that respect the natural environment, enliven community and enhance life. During his nearly 40-year career he has won more than 30 design awards for his work in the planning and design of highly complex sites and campuses in the United States, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Jordan, Kuwait and Turkey. He has been actively involved in leading NBBJ's long-standing co-op program with Ohio State University's Knowlton School of Architecture. He has also served as an adjunct professor of landscape architecture at Ohio State and as a presenter and guest critic at Iowa State, the University of Iowa, the University of Buffalo and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Mickelson is a past president of the Iowa Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a past member of the ISU Landscape Architecture Advisory Council.


"The darkest point, where there is no path is where a future begins," a painting from Jeremy Caniglia's (BFA 1993 Art & Design – Drawing/Painting/Printmaking) Tanks for Nothing series, will be part of the Summer Soiree 16 group exhibition July 9-23 at CoproGallery in Santa Monica, California. The show will open with a reception from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9.


Good at Being Me: Accumulated Wisdom and Cautionary Tales (Leftover Stardust Press, 2016) by David Lee Andersen (BA 1974 / MArch 1977 Architecture), AIA, will be available beginning June 13 online at and, and through selected independent book stores and gift shops. The book outlines Andersen's adventures and misadventures in the developing world, along with assorted personal side stories. Andersen is founding principal of Andersen by Design LLC in the Twin Cities.


The Roommate Book: Sharing Lives and Slapping Fives (Andrews McMeel, 2016) by Becky (Murphy) Simpson (BFA 2010 Graphic Design) will be available June 28 online at, and A full-time illustrator in Austin, Texas, Simpson recently completed an Adobe Creative Residency and launched an online store, Chipper Things, with more than 70 products featuring her illustrations. She is also the author of I'd Rather Be Short (Plume Books, 2013).


Greg Martin (BLA 1983 Landscape Architecture), ASLA, ASGCA, USGA, MAGCS, of Batavia, Illinois, founder of Martin Design Partnership, Ltd., was elected president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) at the organization's 70th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. He will serve through May 2017.

Martin's course designs include Millwood Golf & Raquet Club, Springfield, Missouri; Rich Harvest Links, Sugar Grove, Illinois; Wildridge at Mill Run, Eau Claire, Wisconsin; and renovations at Ridge Country Club, Chicago; River Forest Country Club, Elmhurst, Illinois; and Aurora Country Club, Aurora, Illinois.


Alex Priest (BLA 2011 Landscape Architecture), exhibition manager at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska, has curated his premier exhibition for the center. Nebraska Rising, a narrative of 11 artistic responses that provides a vibrant and contemplative perspective on regional art, opens with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 16, 2016. An ARTalk will be at 6 p.m.


In August 2015, Kurt Pelzer (BLA 2013 Landscape Architecture) joined the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as the Architecture + Design Forum coordinator and department assistant. Since his arrival he has worked on the opening of exhibitions Experimental Architecture and Typeface to Interface, and researched Lawrence Halprin's work at Sea Ranch. In addition, he has organized visits to Eames Ranch and BAMPFA by DS+R, a discussion on drones and design, and a tour of the Frank Gehry-designed Facebook MPK20 for the A+D Forum. The expanded SFMOMA opens to the public Saturday, May 14, after a three-year expansion by architecture firm Snøhetta.


Tom Gerend (BS 2000 Community & Regional Planning), executive director of the Kansas City Streetcar Authority, recently helped celebrate the opening of the Commerce Tower, the first transit-oriented development designed specifically to interact with the city's new streetcar system. Read more


John Bosley (BFA 2003 Art & Design), owner of Bozz Prints, illustrated the cover of the May/June issue of Midwest Living magazine.


Angela Ward Hyatt (BArch 1991 Architecture), AIA, IIDA, principal at Schwartz/Silver Architects in Boston, has received her third national award for design excellence. Her latest award is for the Shain Library at Connecticut College, which was named Outstanding Historic Renovation Project in the 2016 ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards cosponsored by the American Library Association and the International Interior Design Association. The 1976 Brutalist library was renovated for just $60/SF.


TZS Design, owned by Tom Spanier (BFA 2000 Interior Design), NCIDQ, IIDA, won the 2016 RED Award for exemplary design in the residential category from the International Interior Design Association Illinois chapter for the firm's River East Penthouse project.


Rachelle Schoessler Lynn (BFA 1990 Interior Design), FASID, CID, LEED Fellow, a senior associate with MSR in Minneapolis, will receive the 2016 ASID Designer of Distinction Award July 16 at the annual American Society of Interior Designers Celebration, also in Minneapolis.


Jeff Carr (BA 1995 / MA 1998 Anthropology; MS 1998 Architectural Studies) is now a senior cultural resources specialist with WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, serving the California High-Speed Rail Authority in Los Angeles.


Damian Thomas (BArch 1996 Architecture) was promoted to general manager of RCF Group in Cleveland, Ohio, in April 2015. RCF Group was recognized in November 2015 as one of Crain's Cleveland Business' "52 Fastest Growing Companies."







In November 2015, Scott E. Olson (BA 1969 Architecture), AIA, CFM, SIOR, was re-elected to a second four-year term on the Cedar Rapids City Council. He also was selected to the Midwest Real Estate News' 2015 Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame class. Olson remains actively engaged with Iowa State University as a member of the ISU College of Design Advancement Council, ISU Foundation Board of Governors and ISU Alumni Association "Circle" of past alumni association presidents. He sponsors an annual scholarship for fourth- and fifth-year architecture students who demonstrate leadership and community service activities outside the college and university.


In October 2015, Becky Palmquist (BArch 2001 Architecture) became an independent designer and consultant for metamechanics LLC, an architecture and interior design firm in New York and New Jersey. She also is a partner and educator with Summit Reading Center LLC, a literacy clinic in Boulder, Colorado. She lives with her husband and daughter in downtown Denver, Colorado.






Mariah Bakke (BLA 2015 Landscape Architecture) is a landscape designer with R.S. Walsh Landscaping in Fort Myers, Florida. She connected with alumnus Steve King (BS 1968 Landscape Architecture) at an ISU alumni event in Naples, Florida, and discovered he was planning to engage R.S. Walsh for a landscape remodel for his home on Sanibel Island. She is now working with King on this project, and says "it goes to show the value and impact our program and school have on bringing alumni together and supporting one another throughout life in our passions of design."





Collin (Ramsey) Barnes (BFA 2006 Interior Design), an interior designer and interior design focus market leader with RDG Planning & Design in Des Moines, has been named to the Des Moines Business Record's Forty Under 40 for 2016. These 40 local business leaders, who were chosen by past honorees, are under the age of 40 and have demonstrated impressive career achievements and unparalleled community involvement.








Cory Scott (BS 2000 Community & Regional Planning), community and regional planning market focus leader with RDG Planning and Design in Des Moines, has been named to the Des Moines Business Record's Forty Under 40 for 2016. These 40 local business leaders, who were chosen by past honorees, are under the age of 40 and have demonstrated impressive career achievements and unparalleled community involvement.








Lisa Bates (BS 2000 Marketing + Transportation & Logistics / MFA 2010 Interior Design), a lecturer in interior design and a community and economic development extension specialist, received the Outstanding Practice in Community Engagement Award at the 2016 ISU Extension and Outreach Annual Conference. She was recognized for her ongoing work to create partnerships between College of Design studio courses and community groups to address real issues and needs in small-town Iowa.

As part of the interior design curriculum, Bates' students collaborate with rural independent retailers to develop design proposals for their store environments to help them compete with large-scale retailers. Bates also co-teaches an interdisciplinary studio that engages rural stakeholders in enhancing regional and local retail experiences.


Mindy Aust (BArch 2001 Architecture), AIA, LEED AP, an associate with Substance Architecture in Des Moines, is one of 12 recipients of the 2016 Young Architects Award from the American Institute of Architects. The national award recognizes individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the architecture profession early in their careers.


Yu-Ngok Lo (BArch 2004 Architecture), AIA, CDT, LEED AP, NCARB, principal of YNL Architects in Culver City, California, is one of 12 recipients of the 2016 Young Architects Award from the American Institute of Architects. The national award recognizes individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the architecture profession early in their careers.


Carey Nagle (BArch 2001 Architecture), AIA, associate principal with BNIM in Des Moines, is one of 12 recipients of the 2016 Young Architects Award from the American Institute of Architects. The national award recognizes individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the architecture profession early in their careers.



Anna Jones (BArch 2011 Architecture), Assoc. AIA, an architectural intern with Substance Architecture in Des Moines, received a 2016 Associates Award from the American Institute of Architects. The national award is given to AIA associate members who best exemplify the highest qualities of leadership and have demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to their component or region's membership.


Eric Neuhaus (BArch 2015 Architecture) has joined Neumann Monson Architects' Des Moines office as an intern architect. He previously was an intern with Olson Kundig in Seattle, Washington.


Work by Melanie Vote (BFA 1995 Art & Design – Craft Design) will be part of The Residents, an exhibition of selected works from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts' permanent collection, March 11-25 at Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln. An opening reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 11. Overgrowth, a solo exhibition of work by Vote, will be on display March 17 through April 17 at Hionas Gallery, New York City. An opening reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 17. Her work also is part of Modern Oracles, curated by Melissa Staiger, through April 8 at Trestle Projects in Brooklyn, New York.


Mindy (Gillespie) Williamson (BA 1996 Biological/Pre-medical Illustration) is the new marketing director for the Iowa State Fair.


Nathan Thole (BFA 2001 Integrated Studio Arts) has been named director of Iowa State University Printing & Copy Services.


Bethany Wilcoxon (BS 2008 Community & Regional Planning) has been named to the Des Moines Business Record's 17th annual Forty Under 40 list. These 40 local business leaders, who were chosen by past honorees, are under the age of 40 and have demonstrated impressive career achievements and unparalleled community involvement. Each of this year's honorees will be profiled in the March 18 edition of the Business Record and recognized at an event on March 30.


Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure (Orchard Books/Scholastic), written and illustrated by Derek Anderson (BFA 1991 Art & Design – Drawing, Painting, Printmaking), is a finalist in the children's literature category of the 28th Annual Minnesota Book Awards. All books nominated must be the work of a Minnesota author or primary artistic creator and must have been published in 2015. Winners will be announced April 16.


Sodam Lee (MFA 2015 Integrated Visual Arts) is now a tenure-track assistant professor of graphic and two-dimensional design in the Department of Fine Art at Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena, Mississippi.


Michelle (Pinkston) Ohle (BLA 2005 Landscape Architecture) has joined [dtls], a Women's Business Enterprise National Council-certified landscape architecture firm in St. Louis, as an associate principal. She previously worked with HOK, where she worked closely with the Korman Group and the Laclede Group on the redevelopment of the streetscape, entry plaza and roof garden at 700 Market St. in downtown St. Louis; played a key role in the site design for the St. Louis NFL stadium proposal; and completed the construction on a regional hospital for the Indianapolis, Indiana area.


Cory Sharp (BArch 2012 Architecture), Associate AIA, has begun his term as president of the Greater Des Moines Young Professionals Connection (YPC) Executive Board. He served as president-elect in 2015 and will become president-officio in 2017. Sharp is an associate architect with FEH Design in Des Moines and has been involved in YPC for six years.


Christina Monk (BArch 2003 Architecture), AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has been named an associate principal with FEH Design. A member of the firm's Dubuque, Iowa, office, Monk recently has worked on the Hempstead High School renovations and additions in Dubuque, new construction of the Schreiner Memorial Library in Lancaster, Wisconsin, and new construction of the Mitchell County Courthouse in Osage, Iowa.


West Des Moines architect Edd Soenke (BArch 1967 Architecture), FCSI, AIA, CSS, NCARB, NIBS, has received the highest award bestowed by the National Institute of Building Sciences for his work in helping to develop design principles and regulatory guidelines for safer and more accommodating environments for the growing number of people with low vision.

Design Guidelines for the Visual Environment is the first document of its kind in the United States to offer assistance to design professionals and others in accommodating a growing segment of the population who live with the spectrum of vision disorders contributing to low vision. Soenke has presented the guidelines to groups in Des Moines; Austin, Texas; Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, DC.


After graduating from Iowa State, Claude Breithaupt (BArch 2008 Architecture), AIA, NCARB, completed his architectural training and licensure in the Puget Sound area. During that time, he participated in many noteworthy and award-winning projects, including three years at Cutler Anderson Architects learning the ropes of high-end custom residential design.

In summer of 2015, Breithaupt and his family moved from Seattle, Washington, to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where he founded Studio Breithaupt, PLLC. Current commissions include custom homes, co-housing development planning and a 3000-square-foot visitor center/workshop at Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary to break ground in February.


Zach Peterson (BS 1998 Community & Regional Planning), PLA, a landscape architect for the City of Davenport, Iowa, served as the lead designer on the city's 4th & Iowa Streetscape project, which tied for first place in the stormwater management category of the 2015 Best Development Awards by 1000 Friends of Iowa. He also is the lead designer on Davenport's Riverwalk Project, which placed third in the 2016 USA Today 10 Best Reader's Choice contest for Best American Riverfront. Peterson received a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Colorado Denver in 2004. He was an associate with Design Studios West (now Matrix Design Group) from 2005-2009 and has been with the City of Davenport since 2009.


Brennan Cox (BLA 1999 Landscape Architecture), founding partner of Groundworks Office, is working on two major commissions in San Francisco. The office just completed construction documents for two waterfront parks on Treasure Island; construction is slated for 2017. The firm also is leading the design and documentation of the Phase I Streetscape at Hunters Point along the city's southeast waterfront. Groundworks Office recently moved its operation across the bay and is now located in West Berkeley, California. In the past year the firm added three new staff members.


Kurt Parker (BLA 1989 Landscape Architecture), ASLA, NAOP, has been promoted to principal with Rhodeside & Harwell, an award-winning landscape architecture and planning practice headquartered in Washington, DC. Since joining the firm in 1994, Parker has overseen major projects including site and landscape development for new US Embassy campuses in North and West Central Africa, the Balkans and the Southwestern Pacific region.

He currently is managing the site and landscape design for the new Allied Health Professions Building at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, and a new retail building at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoological Park in Washington, DC. He also is completing the landscape design for the new Health and Engineering Building at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virgina, as well as several projects at the US National Arboretum in DC. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the National Association for Olmstead Parks.


Grant C. Uhlir (BArch 1986 Architecture) recently was promoted to managing director of Gensler's Chicago office. He joined the firm in March 1998 and has been a Gensler firmwide project management leader, a firmwide leader for the Mission Critical Facilities Practice Area and a regional leader for the Mixed-Use Practice Area. He currently represents the North Central Region as a design management Leader. Uhlir is actively involved in projects across the globe, including the world-renowned Shanghai Tower, for which he served as project director.


Five new books feature artwork by Jeremy Caniglia (BFA 1993 Art & Design – Drawing, Painting, Printmaking). Four of them, released by Cemetery Dance Publications, feature Caniglia's cover art and interior illustrations: Small World, a limited edition by Tabitha King; Bad Dog and Backshot by Tom Piccirilli; and Backshot by Ed Gorman, which plays off of Piccirilli's characters. Infected by Art Volume 3 features Caniglia's personal art. Caniglia also recently completed a series of 30 paintings and drawings for the forthcoming Easton Press release of an O. Henry short story collection.


Carol (Peterson) Brown (BA 1985 Graphic Design) became the new communications specialist for the Iowa State University Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture in November 2015.


Todd Ashby (BS 1992 Community & Regional Planning), executive director of the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, received the Ronald F. Kirby Memorial National Award for Outstanding Individual Leadership from the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations at the 2015 AMPO Annual Conference in Las Vegas. The award recognizes Ashby's work to establish the Des Moines Transload Facility, which, once completed, will serve businesses within an estimated 150-mile radius of Greater Des Moines by connecting the trucking network to the rail network. The facility is expected to open in 2016. Read more


Wyatt, a comic strip by Eric Gapstur (BFA 2006 Integrated Studio Arts), Coralville, Iowa, has been been picked up for online syndication by Universal Press. It is published Monday, Wednesday, Friday and every other Sunday on the GoComics website. Gapstur's work also can be seen in DC, Image, Dark Horse, IDW and Dynamite comics.


Endorphins, an exhibition of mixed-media artwork by Heather Whittlesey (MFA 2015 Integrated Visual Arts), will be on display Feb. 5-29 at the Viaduct Gallery, Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry St., Des Moines. An opening reception will be from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5. The show will feature works created from everyday items with associations with the release of endorphins, the "feel-good" hormones. Shown is "Endorphins" (paper, plastic, glass, mylar, metal, latex, 2016).


Ames artist Matt Corones (MFA 2012 Integrated Visual Arts) will exhibit new work Dec. 22, 2015, through Jan. 20, 2016, at the ISU Design on Main Gallery, 203 Main St. in downtown Ames. Corones' Hyperreal Oculus exhibition will explore imagery that merges design ideas from multiple cultures, including Persian miniatures and Eastern complex geometry and patterning. The show will feature inkjet transparencies with iridescent interference paint, custom textiles embellished with fluorescent acrylic paint and an interactive video installation. Shown is "Blue Sky Rain Ryder" (52 x 40, interference paint on inkjet transparency, 2015). An opening reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22. Hours will be noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with private tours available by appointment.


Earle Rock (MFA 2015 Integrated Visual Arts), Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, has embarked on the Janus Bust Project to sculpt a series of character-combination busts that juxtapose fictional characters portrayed in Hollywood with their real-life counterparts. He has launched an Indiegogo campaign to help fund the $12,000 project, which has been featured in The Sun community newspaper. Image cropped from photo by Nathan Merkel, The Sun.


Marion (Iowa) City Manager Lon Pluckhahn (BA 1991 Political Science / MCRP 2006 Community & Regional Planning / Master of Public Administration 2006 Public Administration) was installed Sept. 30 as a Midwest regional vice president of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) during the association's 101st annual conference in Seattle, Washington. As one of 18 vice presidents—three of whom are elected from the organization's Midwest region—Pluckhahn will serve a three-year term representing ICMA to state associations of local government management and maintaining relationships among other affiliated organizations.


David L. Andersen (BA 1974 / MArch 1977 Architecture), AIA, of Minneapolis, has been named architect for the redevelopment of the Historic Duluth National Guard Armory. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the iconic structure celebrates its 100th anniversary this month. It is known for the many celebrities who have appeared there, including Charlie Chaplin, Bob Hope, Doris Day, Amelia Earhart, Harry Truman, Johnny Cash and countless others. Musician Bob Dylan credits the Armory as the place where he, as a young high school student, was inspired by Buddy Holly to pursue a musical career.

The mixed-use redevelopment will include retail, offices, restaurants and a brew pub, along with a nonprofit art center, a celebrity tribute museum, a "Hall of Heroes" military museum, artist galleries, a recording studio and an entertainment venue. Structured parking is also planned. On the adjacent property, Andersen's plan calls for an apartment building which will offer spectacular views of Lake Superior, Duluth Harbor and the City Rose Garden. Groundbreaking is scheduled for 2016.


Keven Graham (BLA 1989 Landscape Architecture), FASLA, PLA, CLARB, principal and chief operating officer of Planning Resources Inc. in Wheaton, Illinois, was named to the American Society of Landscape Architects 2015 Council of Fellows on Nov. 8 at the annual ASLA Meeting and Expo in Chicago. He was recognized for his outstanding contributions through service to the profession and society at large.

Planning Resources inc. is partnering with Design Workshop on the Downtown Wheaton Plan, which seeks to attract visitors, generate revenue and differentiate the city from peer communities by interpreting historic materials and forms in a contemporary way to create a regional retail and entertainment destination for the 21st century.


Alex Priest (BLA 2011 Landscape Architecture), exhibition manager at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska, has written an essay for the premiere of "Art Files of the Flatlanders," a critical dialogue for Nebraska's contemporary visual arts. His essay "Ode to the Library" describes the impact libraries have had in the trajectory of his career as a curator, and explains his role as volunteer curator at Omaha Public Library's Michael Phipps Gallery.


Jonathan Muecke (BArch 2006 Architecture), St. Paul, Minnesota, has been named one of 37 United States Artists Fellows for 2015. As a USA Knight Fellow in Architecture & Design, Muecke will receive a $50,000 award to support his practice and professional development.


Iowa State University industrial design graduate student Christian Wehr (BDes 2014 Design) designed the first three books for the Dan the Fish children's book series, which aims to inspire children with physical and cognitive disabilities, to encourage understanding of differences and to help end bullying. Wehr designed Dan the Fish, Wade the Turtle and Justine the Cat.

The books are divided into three parts. The first is a story about an animal that has a problem similar to those that children with disabilities face every day. The second part is a reflection from a child's perspective. The third is a brief introduction of the adult who helped inspire the story. Presented in a creative manner, the Dan the Fish series hopes to show kids that there are others like they are who felt like they do, and that they too can overcome their challenges and difficulties. These books also can be used as discussion starters in the classroom, for those in teaching programs and for anyone working with people with disabilities. The series recently was featured in a segment on KCCI TV 8 in Des Moines.


Stephen Lauer (MCRP 2013 Community & Regional Planning / MS 2013 Sustainable Agriculture), program coordinator for the World Food Prize Foundation, has published two peer-reviewed articles coauthored with Francis Owusu, professor and chair of the Iowa State University Department of Community and Regional Planning, based on Lauer's master's thesis research in Uganda.

"Managing Dynamics of Power and Learning in Community Development: A Case Study of Iowan Farmers in Uganda" was published in the Journal of Extension, Vol. 53, No. 3, June 2015. "Learning and power in international development partnerships: a case study of Iowan farmers in Uganda" was published in the Community Development Journal, Vol 50, No. 4, October 2015.


Jen (DeWall) Cross, PLA, ASLA, CLARB (BLA 2009 Landscape Architecture), a landscape architect with RDG Planning & Design in Omaha, Nebraska, was one of 16 landscape architects nationwide who were identified by their firms as potential leaders to participate in Xtreme LA 2015. Co-sponsored by Landscape Forms and the Landscape Architecture Foundation, the event provided an intense creative experience focused on a critical landscape planning and design challenge.

This year’s XtremeLA gathering (Oct. 6-8) focused on the lakeshore towns of Saugatuck and Douglas, Michigan. Cross worked alongside fellow young design professionals as well as celebrated landscape architects, municipal leaders and environmental advocates to create unique solutions for the challenges faced by these "Art Coast" communities. The team was honored to work with these communities to create physically, socially, environmentally and economically sustainable solutions for these challenges.