I'd Rather Be Short: 100 Reasons Why It's Great to Be Small, a book written and illustrated by Becky Murphy (BFA 2010 Graphic Design), Austin, Texas, will be published by Plume in October.
Working with Cantina Creative, freelance motion designer and art director John Likens (BFA 2008 Graphic Design), Brooklyn, New York, helped create more than 100 3D heads-up display (HUD) shots for Iron Man 3.
From 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 17, the Polk County Health Department will host
a reception to unveil the first of
six paintings by artist S. Richard "Dick" Shook (BA 1983 Art & Design) to be completed over
the next two years. "Bike Club" (pictured at right) is
a 6' x 11' oil-on-canvas painting
group of cyclists making their way
along a rural bike path. The series
of paintings is intended to
motivate visitors to be more
physically active. Shook conceived the project following a visit with
his wife to the clinic for a flu
shot when he decided the clinic needed artwork. Working with Polk County Health
Department Director Rick Kozin,
Shook developed a series of
concepts that would invite people
to make healthy lifestyle
Among the paintings to be completed
are images of skipping rope,
strolling, yoga, swimming and
The work is sponsored by UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Iowa.
John Bosley (BA 2003 Art & Design) has been named a 2013 Iowa STATEment Maker by the Iowa State University Alumni Association. Bosley is the creative designer for Des Moines-based clothing company RAYGUN, an avid painter, and author and illustrator of several comic books and children's books, for which he hopes to find a publisher.
Rachel (Stork) Stoltz (BA 2005 Biological/Premedical Illustration) has been named a 2013 Iowa STATEment Maker by the Iowa State University Alumni Association. Working with a surgeon from a Chicago children's hospital, Stoltz created the company CEVL for Healthcare, Inc., which provides web-based educational platforms that enhance efficiency and safety in the operating room and are revolutionizing medical education.
After six months of self-employment, Nicholas Riha (BFA 2012 Graphic Design) will join Harry & David Inc., Medford, Ore., as a graphic designer-marketing in mid-May.
Brad Baer (BArch 2007 Architecture) recently was named creative director of environments for Philadelphia-based Bluecadet, an Emmy-winning
interactive studio specializing in web design
and interactive installations.
Baer also is an adjunct instructor at Temple University, where he teaches a course
on design entrepreneurship and hacker culture.
Edward E. McCormick (MArch 1974 Architecture) will be inducted into the Davenport Central High School Hall of Honor in Davenport, Iowa, on April 19. McCormick graduated from the school in 1963. The plaque in his honor will read as follows:
Edward’s passion for architecture and its impact on society has led him to work to improve the lives of senior citizens by planning and designing spaces that provide them shelter, stability and self-sufficiency. Through his work in El Paso and Lubbock, Texas, he has elevated the PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) health care model not only locally but nationally. He has chaired or served on executive committees for the City of El Paso and has held leadership positions with both the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce and the El Paso Association of Home Builders.
He mentors today’s youth by working with students interested in architecture from El Paso and Ysleta schools, El Paso Community College and Texas Tech University. Edward has an enduring love for the arts. He has been director and chairman of El Paso Pro Musica, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, Ballet El Paso, El Paso Opera and created a Leadership Arts program for El Paso, Texas, Southern New Mexico and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
Catherine E. Thompson-Meneely (BFA 1998 Visual Arts) and her husband, Dan, announce the birth of their son, Joseph Tucker Meneely, on Feb. 2, 2012. Catherine recently celebrated 10 years of employment as lead graphic designer at CDM Smith in Orlando, Fla.
Tonia Householder (BArch 2006 Architecture), an architect with InVision Architecture in Des Moines since 2008, has been selected by the AIA Iowa Board of Directors to serve on the AIA Central States
Emerging Professionals Committee. The committee seeks to better engage architecture professionals early
in their careers and provides resources and information about the Central
States Region, which includes Iowa, Kansas,
Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
All members are volunteers who must
be nominated to their positions. Householder also was nominated for a two-year
term as the Iowa representative to the Young
Erik Peterson (BArch 1993 Architecture), principal of PHX Architecture in
Scottsdale, Ariz., just completed the
design for a remodel of the historic
Lodge at Pebble Beach, Calif. The previous Club XIX has been reborn as The Bench and overlooks one of
golf's most-photographed sites.
Photography by Rob Griesel (BFA 2004 Integrated Studio Arts), Fitchburg, Wis., was exhibited in "Battle of the Crater and Beyond," March 4 through April 8 at the Lowell Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison. The tension of nature and mankind, looking at things from different perspectives and documenting moments in time are common themes in his work. Most of the images in this show were from the Muskets and Memories Annual Civil War Reenactment in Boscobel, Wis., in summer 2011.
Abigail (Wiese) VanCannon (BFA 2007 Integrated Studio Arts) debuts her Reminisce 1950s solo exhibition in downtown San Francisco
this month. The show features more than 15 oil
paintings VanCannon created to connect viewers'
cherished memories with her interest in a
golden era. She received a Master of Fine Art degree
from the Academy of Art University in
Work by Melanie Vote (BFA 1995 Art & Design - Craft Design), Brooklyn, N.Y., is on display in two exhibitions this spring. "Precious Moments in the Snow" is featured on the website for "Body Politic," which runs March 5-17 in the Grand Gallery at the National Arts Club in New York City. An opening reception will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 7. "Frog Ballet" (pictured at right) is part of "Eye on the Storm," March 1 - April 13 at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Edison State College, Fort Myers, Fla. (The gallery will be closed March 3-10 during the college's spring break.) The show will travel to the Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport, Conn., June 13 - July 26.
Artwork by Brent Westphal (BArch 2012 Architecture) will be on display at the Chait Galleries Downtown during the
Iowa City Gallery Walk on March 1. Westphal has worked with Neumann Monson Architects in Iowa City since graduation in May 2012.
Jaime "Jim" Del Carpio (BLA 1997 Landscape Architecture / Environmental Studies) has been hired as the landscape architect for
the City of McAllen, Texas.
Corissa (Huibregtse) Thornsen (BFA 2012 Interior Design) joined HOK, Houston, as an interior design technician in January.
Jesse Thornsen (BS 2012 Community and Regional Planning) married Corissa Huibregtse (BFA 2012 Interior Design). He recently joined TBG Partners in Houston as a planner.
Matthew Getch's (BLA 1998 Landscape Architecture) second-place entry in the Detroit by Design: Detroit Riverfront Competition received first place for the People's Choice Award.
Susan J. Moss, LEED AP, ASID (BS 1972 Interior Design), Trans-Pacific Design, won two 2012 Design Excellence Awards in the residential category from the Hawaii chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers--a single-space award for a bedroom makeover for a young girl's dream room through the Hawaii Make-A-Wish foundation and a mid-size residence award for a small corporate retreat for clients from Asia.
Katie Ledin (BFA 2012 Interior Design) was hired last fall
as a corporate space planner at Mohagen Hansen Architectural Group in
Minneapolis, where she will assist with space planning and the
development of efficient space layouts that
meet the operational needs of companies
within a number of industries. Ledin had been a freelance interior designer.
Lakota Sioux artist Renelle White Buffalo (BFA 2011 Integrated Studio Arts) held her first solo exhibition at the Majestical Roof in Pasadena, Calif., in December. Her work features her heritage and reflections on growing up on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota.
BNIM Architects received two of the nine 2013 Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture from the American Institute of Architects, the profession's highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design: one award for BNIM's Des Moines office and one for the Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity in Kansas City, Mo. Winners will be recognized at the 2013 AIA National Convention in Denver in June. BNIM received the 2011 AIA National Architecture Firm Award. In addition to Des Moines and Kansas City, the firm has offices in Houston, Los Angeles and San Diego. Rod Kruse (BA 1974 Architecture) is a principal with BNIM in Des Moines.
Jenni (Bongard) Ohnstad (BFA 1998 Graphic Design) and her husband, Arik, announce the birth of their twin girls, Laurel Sineva and Siena Ruth Ohnstad, born on June 20, 2012. Jenni is an assistant art director at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
Amy Dixon (BA 2010 Biological/Pre-medical Illustration) received the 2012 Frank H. Netter, MD, Memorial Scholarship in Medical Art from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, where she is in her final semester of graduate study toward a master's degree in medical and biological illustration. Two illustrations by Dixon were exhibited in the 2012 Toronto Salon during the Association of Medical Illustrators 67th Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada. Hit Print: Make Blood Vessels received an Award of Excellence in the student editorial category and Silk Spinning Anatomy of a Nephila clavipes received an Award of Merit in the student instructional tone category.
Kristen Greteman (BArch 2011 Architecture) has been accepted into the Emerging Iowa Artists Program at the 2013 Des Moines Arts Festival. She will exhibit digital photography at the festival, June 28-30 in Western Gateway Park. Her work focuses on finding beauty in the everyday.
Clark Colby (BArch 2011 Architecture) has been accepted into the Emerging Iowa Artists Program at the 2013 Des Moines Arts Festival. He will exhibit digital photography at the festival, June 28-30 in Western Gateway Park. His recent work focuses on a new perspective of panoramic photography.
David L. Andersen (BA 1974 / MArch 1997 Architecture) of Andersen Group Architects has been selected
by the InterAmerican Development Bank
(a division of the World Bank) and
the Sustainable Tourism Programme of
Belize to prepare a visitor management plan and design visitor
facilities at Bacalar Chico National
Park and Marine Reserve, which has been designated as a
UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Scott P. Murphy (BA 1988 Architecture) is the production designer for the new television series "Ray Donovan," which will premiere June 30, 2013, on Showtime.
Rachel Mary Wright: Light in the Dark, an exhibition of paintings by West Des Moines artist Rachel Mary Wright (BFA 2011 Integrated Studio Arts), is on view through Feb. 11 in the Gallery of the Iowa State Memorial Union.
Sonoran Inspired! Fiberart by Nancy Polster, a solo exhibition of 28 artworks by Nancy Polster (BS 1960 Applied Art), Tucson, Ariz., is on display Dec. 12, 2012, through Jan. 14, 2013, in the Porter Hall Gallery at the Tucson Botanical Gardens.
During her 35-year career at Iowa State, Polster taught a variety of
design courses and served in a number of administrative roles, including
chair of the art and design department from 1990 to 1997 and interim
associate dean of the College of Design in 1999. She retired in 2000.
Since moving to Tucson in 2003, Polster's focus and inspiration have been the landscapes of the Southwest. She uses beads, buttons, jewelry parts, electronic components and other sewable items in
combination with yarns and fabrics of various weights and densities,
integrating textures, colors and shapes. Her techniques in the work in this
exhibition include stitchery, appliqué, piecework, quilting and
beadwork with the saguaro cactus as the primary design motif.
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), has been accepted into the 4th Annual Drawing Discourse exhibition, Jan. 18 through Feb. 5, 2013, in the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The show was juried by Susan Hauptman. Flynn's drawing is one of only 33 selected from nearly 2,000 entries. Flynn is a second-year graduate student majoring in painting and minoring in drawing in the Master of Fine Arts program at Washington State University, Pullman. She will graduate in the spring.
This year's White House Christmas card features a painting of the Obama family dog titled Bo in the Snow by Des Moines artist Larassa Kabel (BFA 1992 Craft Design, with honors). Read more in the Dec. 5, 2012, Des Moines Register story online.
Chris Martin (BFA 1990 Craft Design), associate professor of integrated studio arts at Iowa State, received a Juror's Award for "Linguist Staffs for the American Tribe," an artwork accepted to the Mesa Arts Center's 34th Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition, Jan. 25 through March 31, 2012, in Mesa, Ariz. The exhibition showcases 47 artworks by 44 artists representing 17
states. An opening reception will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25. Martin's award-winning work is the result of an Iowa Arts Council Major Grant.
Joe Muench (BFA 1984 Craft Design), associate professor of integrated studio arts at Iowa State, received a Juror's Award for "Red Pillow Block with Bolt," an artwork accepted to the Mesa Arts Center's 34th Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition, Jan. 25 through March 31, 2012, in Mesa, Ariz. The exhibition showcases 47 artworks by 44 artists representing 17 states. An opening reception will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25. Muench's award-winning work is the result of an ISU Center for Excellence in the Arts and
Humanities Research Grant for Assistant and Associate Professors.
James Moore, AIA, LEED AP (BArch 1997 Architecture), is now a virtual design manager with the corporate project delivery team in the West Des Moines office of Shive-Hattery. In his new role, he is responsible for supporting design teams and their use of modeling tools to communicate designs with clients, contractors and other project stakeholders. This includes training project teams in the use of 3D laser scans, project modeling using Revit and Civil 3D systems, project clash detection checks, and the use of virtual presentation systems in project workflows. Moore has been a licensed architect since 2000 and joined Shive-Hattery in 2008.
Katlin Smith, APR (BS 1972 Urban Planning), owner and principal of UrbanWords Group in Vancouver, Wash., received the Ron Schmidt Community Involvement Award from the Portland Metro Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.
Named in honor of the late community activist and volunteer Ron Schmidt, who championed a variety of causes in the Northwest, the award is one of the top honores any Portland-Vancouver public relations professional can win.
Smith served as PRSA chapter president and is nationally accredited in public relations. She is president-elect of the Vancouver Rotary Foundation Board, serves as a weekly driver for Meals on Wheels and has helped raise more than $21,000 for Dining for Women. She also writes the blog Southwest Washington ZEST. Smith previously won the Rotary Vocational Service Award.
Cyndi Wiley (MFA 2012 Graphic Design) was hired as an assistant professor of
art and design at Grand View University in Des
Moines. She teaches courses in graphic
design and interactive media, including web
design, digital imaging and motion graphics. Wiley began her career as a designer and creative director in St. Louis. She has a BA in art from the University of
Missouri-Columbia and is
continuing work toward a PhD in human-computer interaction from Iowa State
Cagley & Tanner, Las Vegas, co-founded by Lee Cagley (BA 1975 Interior Design), professor and chair of the interior design department at Iowa State University, won three 2012 Hospy Awards from NEWH, the Hospitality Industry Network. These include best casino space for the Sky Gaming Salon and best pool area, both at Crown Metropol Perth, Australia, and best landscape/interiorscape for the Sky Garden, Revel Resort, Atlantic City, N.J. The Revel Sky Garden also won the 2011-2012 Global Gaming Expo Casino Design Award for best casino resort landscape design.
Waking Dragons, a children's book by Jane Yolen with paintings by Derek Anderson (BFA 1991 Drawing, Painting & Printmaking), was published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers in October. Anderson will read the book and do a drawing demonstration at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Iowa State University Book Store, with a repeat performance at 2 p.m. at the Ames Public Library.
Anna Morrell (BFA 2012 Interior Design) is an interior design associate at Gould
Evans in Kansas City, Mo.
William A. Ibach (BArch 1969 Architecture / MS 1973 Business Administration), Wauwatosa, Wis., retired as president of Real Estate Technical
Ben Byrne (BFA 2000 Graphic Design), Albuquerque, N.M., is co-founder and chief creative officer of Cornershop Creative, where he does
web design and development for nonprofit
organizations. He previously was the senior front-end designer for New Signature.
Calee Himes (BFA 2007 Graphic Design), a communications specialist with the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has been accepted to the ISU Master of Fine Arts in graphic design program for spring 2012.
Dave Dryden (BFA 1988 Graphic Design), director of creative services for Clemson University, has been named an honorary alumnus of Clemson for his work and devotion to the university and its alumni association. Dryden joined Clemson as a graphic designer in 1990; he is now responsible for designing alumni communications and oversees Clemson World magazine, annual fund solicitations and support for alumni events. He was a leader in the development of the Clemson World iPad app, which has received international recognition.
Mitchell Squire's (BArch 1994 / MArch 2001 Architecture) first international solo exhibition is on view through Nov. 11 at White Cube (Bermondsey) in London. Mitchell Squire Inside the White Cube, a book published in conjunction with the exhibition, will be available in late September.
Squire's 2008 performance film--Danny RU Okay?!--also is being screened as part of the Inside the White Cube Film Programme, at 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Nov. 10.
Line and Space: Stagings by Peter P. Goche, an exhibition of work by Peter Goche (BArch 1991 / MArch 2005 Architecture), lecturer in architecture at Iowa State University, is on display Sept. 24 through Oct. 20 at the University of Northern Iowa Art Gallery in Cedar Falls. Goche will present an artist's lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in Room 111 Kamerick Art Building on the UNI campus. A reception will follow the presentation.
Goche's Pallet Print, a sculptural object made of paper, wood and lithography, also is a part of the Iowa Artists 2012: Print exhibition Oct. 5, 2012, through Jan. 13, 2013, at the Des Moines Art Center.
Dennis Ausenhus (BS 1975 Landscape Architecture), senior vice president of real estate/engineering for Hy-Vee, retired Sept. 30 after 31 years with the company.
Khalid Khan, Assoc. AIA (BA 1990 Architecture), has been elected to the board of directors of Neumann Monson Architects. Khan joined the firm' Des Moines office in 2011 and is currently working on a mixed-use parking facility for the City of Iowa City and a multimodal project for the City of Dubuque. He also serves as a visiting critic for the ISU Department of Architecture. Khan's work span a variety of types and scales and has received three National Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects. His work in the Des Moines area includes Meredith Corporation Headquarters, Wells Fargo Financial Headquarters and Helmick Commons at Drake University. His extensive higher education work includes multiple projects with the University of Iowa, including the Melrose Avenue Parking Ramp Extension, Newton Road Parking Facility, the Visitor Center and Hall of Fame. He has completed projects for Cornell College in Mount Vernon as well as university work in Kansas and Arkansas and residential projects in South Dakota.
Channing Swanson, AIA, LEED AP (BArch 1993 Architecture), has been elected to the board of directors of Neumann Monson Architects. Swanson joined the firm's Des Moines office in 2011 and currently is involved with the West Campus Transportation Center at the University of Iowa, the City of Des Moines Municipal Services Complex and the Stereotype Entertainment Complex. He has played an integral role in crafting built identities for
Vermeer Manufacturing Company, KrauseGentle Corporation, Wells Fargo
Financial and the University of Northern Iowa. Swanson's work focuses on sustainable solutions for unique and challenging problems and has been recognized at the state and regional level by the American Institute of Architects. He is an alumnus of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and a Des Moines Business Record "40 Under 40" honoree. He serves as a visiting critic in the ISU Department of Architecture.
Parker Peterson (BFA 2012 Graphic Design) is now a designer at Minneapolis-
based Pocket Hercules.
"My Labor is My Protest," an exhibition of work by Theaster Gates, Jr. (BS 1996 Community & Regional Planning / MA 2005 Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies), is on view Sept. 7 through Nov. 11 at White Cube Bermondsey in London. In this multifaceted exhibition, Gates investigates themes of race and history through sculpture, installation, performance and two-dimensional works both inside and outside of the Bermondsey site.
Matt Coen, AIA (BArch 2002 Architecture), and Andrew Lorentzen, AIA, of StudioCOEN Architects have joined H. Ronald Walker, AIA, of Walker Architects to form Walker Coen Lorentzen Architecture Studio in Des Moines. The new firm combines the experience of a nearly 40-year-old architecture practice with the enthusiasm of a studio started in 2009. The firm offers a variety of design services, including architecture, urban design and planning, and interiors.
Completed projects around the Des Moines area include the newly renovated 1408 Locust Street, Jester Park Lodge, First National Bank renovation in Creston and the FFA Enrichment Center at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny.
Work by Peter Goché (BArch 1991 / MArch 2005 Architecture), lecturer in architecture at Iowa State University, will be part of Artstop 2012, a two-week, three-weekend celebration of creativity and "adventurous art" in Des Moines. For his installation on Meredith Corporation's campus in the Western Gateway district, Goche will create a staging of accumulated lumber where passersby might "situate themselves." In doing so, he hopes to blur the threshold between public and private spaces, an ongoing concern in his work. Goche's "Culture Carriage" and seven other dynamic artworks may be viewed Sept. 14-29 in locations throughout Des Moines.
Shane Larsen (BArch 2002 Architecture), Johnston, has been named an associate at Schemmer Associates. Larsen is active in the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and writes questions for the Architectural Registration Exam. He recently developed an American Institute of Architects "Design for Aging Knowledge" committee to offer design professionals who focus on senior living environments and those who serve seniors in those communities a forum to share ideas and trends in senior living.
Rafael Pérez-Micheli (BFA 1997 Art & Design / BFA 2003 Graphic Design) has been promoted to art director for the
Bonnier Corporation's Parenting Group in the
Winter Park, Fla., office. He'll be working with staff
in the Winter Park and New York offices
on development of the magazines in traditional
print media as well as the digital editions as well as a family of branded digital
Brennan Cox (BLA 1999 Landscape Architecture) has launched Groundworks Office, a
landscape architecture and urban design firm based in
San Francisco. His former projects
include the redevelopment of Treasure Island
and the redesign of Market Street, both in San
Francisco. His current projects include a
number of urban redevelopment projects and a
mobile parklet for the Save the Redwoods
Michele Rosenboom (BFA 2000 Interior Design / MA 2012 Graphic Design) won The Printed Bolt's Repeat fabric design competition with her Bella Roma collection, inspired by her study abroad experiences with the College of Design Rome Program. She also won the Reader's Choice Award. Rosenboom will showcase her designs at International Quilt Market Houston 2012 in October.
Melanie Vote (BFA 1995 Art & Design - Craft Design), Brooklyn, N.Y., was the featured artist on the Artist a Day website on July 29. Her work is part of the "Year One" group exhibition at Hionas Gallery, New York City, through Aug. 11. Vote is pictured at right with "Metamorphosis" (2011, oil on linen).
Lynnette Ewoldt Jones (BFA 1990 Graphic Design) has created a business to market her illustrations on invitations for birthday parties, weddings, bridal and baby showers.
Darlene Gluck, LEED AP (MArch 2005 Architecture), recently accepted a position as assistant director of facilities management District 2 leader at Ohio State University. She is responsible for the daily operation of all activities related to maintenance and building services for a large portion of campus, including the medical and veterinary facilities. Gluck supervises zone leaders and other frontline managers overseeing the work of 100-150 personnel and contract services.
Clark Colby III, Associate AIA (BArch 2011 Architecture), pictured, and Kristen Greteman, Associate AIA (BArch 2011 Architecture), have been recognized as participants in the AIA Iowa Citizen Architect Program by the Iowa Chapter of the American Institute of Architects for their service to the central Iowa area.
Colby is an Americorps construction associate with Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity and Greteman, who is the office manager for Kaufman Construction Inc., volunteers as a Habitat crew leader. They also both volunteer for the Iowa Architectural Foundation, an organization that promotes awareness and appreciation of architecture and design through events made available to the public.
Matthew Edward Getch (BLA 1998 Landscape Architecture), design director of Aecom London, and Mattia Gambardella, architect at Zaha Hadid Architects, were awarded an Honorable Mention for their participation in the Parco Urbano di Piazza d'Armi Competition in L'Aquila, Italy.
Lynn Crosswaite (BS 1971 Applied Art – Advertising Design) is co-founder and creative director of The Pharm Girls, a freelance pharmaceutical advertising company.
She previously was the creative and art director at DDB New York.
Jon Fahning (BLA 1992 Landscape Architecture) has joined Shingobee Real Estate Company LLC, a business unit of Shingobee Builders Inc., Loretto, Minn., as vice president of real estate development and designated broker to help the regionally
acclaimed construction and
development firm expand its business
segments in the Midwest. He had been the founder and
president of Diversified
Development Services LLC, a Phoenix-based
focused on solutions-based
within the real estate development
leasing design and construction
Fahning is involved
with many professional
organizations, including the
American Society of Landscape
Architects, the International Council
of Shopping Centers and Urban Land
Robyn Vettraino, LEED AP, Homes, BD+C (BArch 2000 Architecture), Aliso Viejo, Calif., is president of verde@ParkerProperties and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council Orange County Chapter board of directors.
Jeremy Caniglia (BFA 1993 Art & Design – Drawing/Painting/Printmaking) is featured in "Fantasy Art: A New Look at an Ancient Tradition," an article by Peter Trippi, in the July/August issue of Fine Art Connoisseur. The story covers the history of Imaginative Realism
from the Golden Age of Realism with N.C.
Wyeth and Howard Pyle (1880-1920)
to modern contemporary realists like Caniglia who are producing striking new visions in the same tradition but with a new
twist. Trippi calls Caniglia one of the
up-and-coming artists to watch and collect.
It also talks about his recent exhibition
at the Allentown Art Museum.
Amrutesh Mohanty, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C (MArch 2011 Architecture), recently joined the New York City office of Ismael Leyva Architects as an intermediate architect. He just completed work on a mixed-use high-rise building in
the Chelsea area of Manhattan, N.Y., and is now working on two luxury hotels
in Midtown Manhattan.
"12 Ballads for Huguenot House" by Theaster Gates Jr. (BS 1996 Community & Regional Planning / MA 2005 Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies) is part of Documenta 13, an exhibition representing artists from 50 countries, on view through Sept. 16 in Kassel, Germany. A June 14 New York Times art review calls his work "a resonant walk-in collage of recycled building materials punctuated with videos and occasional performances." Gates received a 2012 Creative Capital visual arts grant for the Huguenot House project. He also was the commissioned artist for The Armory Show 2012 in New York City in March.
Dale McKinney, FAIA, NCARB (BA 1975 Architecture), Sioux City, was elected second vice president of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards at its annual meeting in Minneapolis in June. McKinney most recently served as treasurer, secretary and director of the Mid-Central Conference (Region 4), which represents Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. He is the founding partner of M+ Architects in Sioux City.
Stephanie Hertel (BFA 2007 Graphic Design / Marketing) won the $4,000 grand prize in the Pin & Win Better Homes and Gardens Dream Home contest on Pinterest. Her winning pinboard has nearly 800 followers. She also was asked to share some of the must-haves for her home on the BHG Style Spotters blog. Hertel is the art director for Staples Promotional Products in Overland Park, Kan. You can follow her blog, Turtle Soup Daily.
New Haven, Conn.-based Pickard Chilton has won a 2012 Green Good Design Award from the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design for the firm's design of BG Group Place in Houston. From thousands of submission from more than 20 countries, the jury selected more than 100 outstanding examples of green design. Completed in March 2011, BG Group Place, located in downtown Houston's historic Main Street, serves as the headquarters for BG Group, an international natural gas company. It is the first LEED-CS Platinum-certified high rise in the state of Texas.
Founding principals of Pickard Chilton are Jon Pickard, FAIA, RIBA, and William Chilton, FAIA, RIBA (both BA 1976 Architecture). BG Group Place photo
© Aker Imaging.
Kirsten Kruse, Associate AIA, LEED AP BD+C (BArch 2010 Architecture),
Burnsville, Minn., recently joined BWBR,
Saint Paul, Minn., as a technical designer. She previously worked at ge Wattier Architecture in Des Moines.
Riley Christopher-Gallagher, Associate AIA, LEED AP (BArch 2010 Architecture & Environmental Studies / MS 2011 Architecture), will join Elkus Manfredi Architects, Boston, as an intern architect in July.
Thomas Fraser (BArch 2011 Architecture) recently joined Shulman + Associates, Miami, Fla., as an intern architect. He had been a project manager at Habitar Design in Chicago. He looks forward to the next step in his career, a lack of winters, and a darker shade of pale Canadian skin.
Arleen Faeth (MCRP 2007 Community & Regional Planning), secretary for the Science Bound Program at Iowa State, will retire this month after more than 19 years at the university. Faeth was a secretary in the landscape architecture department from 1999 to 2008, and previously worked for the residence department, ISU library and education programs at Ames Laboratory. A retirement reception will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21, in 2015 Morrill Hall. A program will begin at 2:15 p.m.
A fundraising event organized by Brent Yezek (BS 2000 Community & Regional Planning / BLA 2004 Landscape Architecture) raised $6,000 for the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Art over Alzheimer's, held in Austin, Texas, in May, included a silent auction of 10 of Yezek's original oil pastel paintings and donated items from several Austin businesses. Yezek plans to make this an annual event and has sponsorship in place for 2013. He works for SEC Planning, LLC in Austin.
Ken Smith, FASLA (BS 1976 Landscape Architecture), founding principal of Workshop: Ken Smith Landscape Architect in New York City and Irvine, Calif., is one of 33 distinguished members of the American Society of Landscape Architects who will be inducted into the ASLA Council of Fellows Sept. 30 at the organization's annual meeting in Phoenix. Among the highest honors a landscape architect can receive, the Fellow designation is conferred in recognition of exceptional accomplishments over a sustained period of time.
Lynn M. Ross (BS 1999 Community & Regional Planning) was named the executive director of the Urban Land Institute's Terwilliger Center for Housing, Washington, D.C., in January. She had been the chief operating officer for the National Housing Conference and Center for Housing Policy in Washington. Ross is featured in the Summer 2012 issue of the ISU College of Design's Inspire alumni newsletter.
Melany Bjorkman (BFA 2012 Interior Design) won third place in the residential category of the 2012 Sherwin-Williams STIR Student Design Contest with a project she developed in the fall 2011 ArtID 469/569 Advanced Color Theory class taught by Associate Professor Jihyun Song. Her work will be featured in an article on swstir.com as well as on the Sherwin-Williams for Designers & Architects Facebook page.
Alice Peck (BFA 2012 Interior Design) won second place in the commercial category of the 2012 Sherwin-Williams STIR Student Design contest with a project she developed in the fall 2011 ArtID 469/569 Advanced Color Theory class taught by Associate Professor Jihyun Song. Her work will be featured in an article on swstir.com as well as on the Sherwin-Williams for Designers & Architects Facebook page.
The team of Alisha Dahl, Emily Erbes and Anya Robson (all BFA 2012 Interior Design) won first place in the commercial category of the 2012 Sherwin-Williams STIR Student Design contest with a project developed in the fall 2011 ArtID 469/569 Advanced Color Theory class taught by Associate Professor Jihyun Song. Their work will be featured in the 2012 edition of STIR magazine, on swstir.com as well as on the Sherwin-Williams for Designers & Architects Facebook page.
Recent work by Peter Goche (BArch 1991 / MArch 2005 Architecture, 1991), AIA, a lecturer in architecture at the Iowa State University College of Design, will be on display June 2 through Aug. 5 in the "Hedge Magic" exhibition at The Soap Factory in Minneapolis.
"Water Hutch," part of Goche's ongoing exploration of the production of marks and markers, takes the natural forms of the Mississippi River oxbow and transforms them into a sinuous sculpture of crafted wood. The work occupies an area approximately 20 by 30 feet.
Other artists in the show are Meredith Foster, David Hamlow, Jess Hirsch, Chris Lawrence, Keith Lemley and Ann Reckley.
An opening reception will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 2. Gallery hours are 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday and 12 to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission is free.
Rachelle Schoessler Lynn (BFA 1990 Interior Design), FASID, CID, LEED AP BD+C, has joined Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle Ltd. (MS&R) in Minneapolis as a senior associate. She previously was a partner with Studio 2030, Inc., a firm she co-founded with David Loehr, AIA, AICP, LEED AP in 2007.
Alex Priest (BLA Landscape Architecture, 2011), exhibition assistant at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Neb., recently helped install "The Rainbow: Certain Principles of Light and Shapes Between Forms," a commissioned artwork and exhibition by Michael Jones McKean. This public artwork will produce temporary rainbows twice per day (with clear sun) above the Bemis Center's downtown building. The project uses captured rainwater and is powered with renewable resources. A public tour will be from 6 to 7 pm. Friday, June 22, with a panel discussion from 5 to 6 p.m. and nn opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 23, all at the center. Project tours also will take place every Thursday at 6 p.m. through the exhibition's close on Sept. 15. Admission to all events is free.
Matthew Sener (BArch 2010 Architecture) graduated with a Master of Architecture degree from Arizona State University in May. He has accepted an associate project manager position with the Los Angeles office of Jensen + Partners, which specializes in hospitals, medical facilities and healthcare master planning.
Amy (Portz) Williams (BArch 1996 Architecture), AIA, LEED AP, recently was promoted to principal at NBBJ Los Angeles. Williams is a registered architect in Washington State and serves as project director for NBBJ’s top global clientele, including Microsoft and Bloomberg. Her Los Angeles portfolio expands with clients in both the public and private realms, including Los Angeles Community College District and M+D Properties.
Artwork by Jeremy Caniglia (BFA 1993 Art & Design - Drawing/Painting/Printmaking) has been accepted into three major art shows and exhibitions. Fantastic Art Live's 200 exhibitor booths will feature the world's most celebrated painters, sculptors and illustrators of "fantastic art" for book covers, comics, video games and big screen. The show runs May 18-20 at Kansas City's Bartle Hall. At the Edge: Art of the Fantastic runs June 3 to Sept. 9 at Allentown Art Museum in Allentown, Pa. Caniglia will have a solo exhibition from Aug. 17 to Sept. 16 at Atlas Fantasy Art House Gallery in Carmel, Ind.
Cherita "Rita" (Carter) Gartin (BFA 2005 Interior Design) and her sister, Kayse Carter (BS 2010 Apparel Merchandising, Design & Production), opened Pure Bridal in Ames in January and hosted a grand opening and ribbon-cutting event in February. The shop offers collections that are exclusive within the region as well as popular designers. They recently added four new bridal consultants. Gartin previously had been with the move management/design department of Terrus Real Estate Group in Des Moines for six years. Carter had worked for Reem Acra in New York and had been a bridal consultant and shop manager in Iowa prior to cofounding Pure Bridal.
After six years as the design director with Martha Schwartz Partners, Matthew Getch (BLA 1998 Landscape Architecture) will become the new creative director for the London office of AECOM (formerly EDAW).
Brad Baer (BArch 2007 Architecture) recently launched Zokos.com, a site that can help people
have better parties (cookouts, tailgates, fundraisers, etc.) more often by
crowd-funding events. Hosts set a
minimum and maximum number of
guests and a contribution price and
guests RSVP by chipping in. If the
party reaches the goal, the money
is transferred and the party takes place. If not, no money is
Baer co-founded Zokos.com while
completing his MArch at Yale University in
2011. He resides in
Philadelphia with his fiancee,
Derek Anderson (BFA 1991 Art & Design - Drawing/Painting/Printmaking) recently was honored with two children's book awards. Hot Rod Hamster won the 2011-2012 South Carolina Picture Book Award, and its sequel, Happy Birthday, Hamster, made Bank Street College's esteemed "Best Books of the Year" list for 2012. Both books were written by Cynthia Lord and illustrated by Anderson. Anderson also recently started A Creative Journal about his work as an author and illustrator of children's books.
Eleven artworks (acrylic, pastel, watercolor) by Brenda Johnston (BA 1986 Art and Design) are on display and for sale in the main hall at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames through Thursday, May 24.
After four years with the Chicago office of Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Brent S. L. Collins (BArch 2008 Architecture) will leave in June to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in woodworking from the Oregon College
of Art and Craft in Portland. While at SOM, Collins has worked
on numerous tall/super-tall tower projects
from competitions through towers
which are now under construction. He is building an 18-foot-long
wooden kayak in his free time.
Gary Schulte (BA 1983 Architecture), Associate AIA, LEED AP, has joined FEH Associates' Dubuque office as an architect.
Mark Kargol (BArch 2000 Architecture / BFA 2000 Art & Design - Craft Design), owner of Ventus
Custom Cycles in Lincoln, Neb., recently traveled to Sacramento, Calif., to
show a custom titanium/carbon fiber
bicycle he built at the 2012 North American
Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS). The bike,
which featured hand-cut titanium lugs,
wooden rims, polished parts and custom
paint, was designed to resemble a classic bike
from the 1950s while using cutting-edge
technology and parts. The bike has been featured
by several online bicycling publications. View photos of the bike on Flickr
Michele Rosenboom (BFA 2000 Interior Design) of Orange City, a graduate student working toward her master's degree in graphic design, is one of 10 designers selected to compete in "Repeat: A Design Competition," sponsored by The Printed Bolt. The first design challenge is due March 21. Designers will be eliminated from the contest in groups of two, with the final winner receiving a trip to the International Quilt Market in Houston. Check out Rosenboom's bio and work samples and learn more about the competition online.
Wade Ziperstein (BArch 1998 Architecture) recently joined RSP Architects as a project captain for the national design team.
A poster designed by Laura Weible (BFA 2010 Graphic Design) will be published this coming fall in "Practice Makes Perfect: A Graphic Design Student's Guide to Freelance" by Ben Hannam (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). Weible designed the poster for the Iowa State University Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities' 2009-2010 programming series, "Global Comm[unity]: Inside and Out." The Hannam book will be a compilation of freelance work by graphic design students, offering tips and wisdom for other students who do freelance design. Weible is a graphic designer for Populous, a sports architecture firm in Kansas City, where she works on branded environments, wayfinding and signage, and environmental graphics.
Todd Asmus (BFA 2002 Graphic Design) recently joined Row27 Studios, a digital sports marketing agency, as its interactive art director. The agency currently works with more than 90 sports teams ranging from Division I NCAA to the NFL, NBA and MLS. Asmus previously was with MoCo for six and a half years.
Premnath Sundharam (MArch 2004 Architecture) has been with DLR Group in
Phoenix since graduation. He specializes in research-based design using the latest technology to inform sustainable design early in the design stages. Visit his blog
Beginning this fall, Sarah (Fackrell) Burstein (BA 2004 Art & Design / Journalism & Mass Communication) will be an associate professor of law at University of Oklahoma College of Law, where she will teach courses including copyright.
Matthew Getch (BLA 1998 Landscape Architecture), the design director at Martha Schwartz Partners, in conjunction with BIG Architects, was awarded second place in the St. Petersburg Pier International Design Competition in Florida.
Work by John James Anderson (BFA 2000 Graphic Design / BFA 2001 Art & Design - Fine Arts) is featured in "The Pleasures Here Are Well Known," an exhibition on view through March 11 at the Adah Rose Gallery in Kensington, Md. An opening reception will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. Gallery hours are 12 to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday and by appointment.
Anderson is an associate professor of art at Prince George's Community College. He previously taught at American University, George Washington University and The Corcoran College of Art and Design. Anderson holds a Master of Fine Arts in painting from American University.
Henry Wang (BA 2011 Art & Design / BS 2011 Apparel Merchandising Design & Production) has been a merchandiser/assistant designer for S.O.TERIK, a lifestyle brand company based in Los Angeles, since September 2011. He manages company line sheets and assists with production promotion; helps organize and style photo shoots for product and advertisement; flat sketches for the head designer and tracks tech packs for all styles, and helps develop new styles.
Art director Scott P. Murphy (BA 1988 Architecture) was nominated for an Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design in Television for 2011 for his work on the NBC television series "The Playboy Club."
Barbara Gerlach (MA 2011 Art & Design - Interior Design) accepted a winter internship with OPN Architects in Cedar Rapids.
Jackie (Mathews) Shockley, IIDA (BFA 2010 Interior Design), and Justin Shockley were married Jan. 7 in Virginia Beach, Va. Since July 2010, she has been a full-time interior designer with PF&A Design (formerly Paul Finch and Associates) in Norfolk, Va., which focuses primarily on healthcare design (dental offices, rehabilitation centers and hospitals). Shockley is studying for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam.
Kristin Folden (BFA 2008 Interior Design), Urbana, has been a commercial/healthcare interior designer with Pigott, Inc., in Cedar Rapids since September 2008. Her current project is a large clinic in the Riverlanding area of Iowa City for the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Folden is working with UIHC Capital Management project managers and Alese Van Holland (BFA 2008 Interior Design) from Neumann Monson Architects to ensure the furniture and interior furnishings work well together.
Caiti Kujawa (BFA 2011 Interior Design), San Jose, is an associate with Southbay Design Center, a showroom for designers to select fabrics, wallpaper, drapery, hardware and furniture. She and Greg Tri (BS 2011 Mechanical Engineering) are engaged to be married in St. Charles, Ill., in May 2013.
Sarah Mayer (BFA 2008 Interior Design), Algona, plans a spring opening for her new store, Phoenix, which will offer reupholstery services and a small boutique setting for interior goods. Her focus is on repurposing and reusing what you have so, like a phoenix, it is reborn. She hopes to contribute to her small but growing hometown and bring a little "out of the ordinary" design to Algona clients. View her blog
Dawn (Shelton) Bane (BFA 2006 Interior Design) and James Bane were married Oct. 22, 2011, in New Lenox, Ill., and bought their first home in Loda, Ill. Since November, Dawn has been a lighting designer with Springfield Electric in Bloomington, Ill., which specializes in residential design as well as some light commercial and hospitality design. They work mainly with builders in whole-home design but also do a number of renovation projects.
Adrienne Lane-Martin, ASID, LEED AP, ID+C (BFA 2005 Interior Design), passed the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam in October 2011. Since August 2010, she has been an interior designer for Cornerstone Design in Boise, Idaho, where she works on commercial, healthcare and government interior projects throughout the Northwest. Lane-Martin also serves as president of the Intermountain Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers. She and her husband, TJ Martin, recently bought their first house in Meridian, Idaho.
Beverly (Currin) Bell, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C (BFA 1999 Interior Design), and her husband, Kirby, announce the birth of their first child, Andrew Louis Bell, Dec. 23, 2011. Bev is a vice president and interior designer with VOA Associates in Orlando, Fla., and is working toward a Master of Interior Design degree at the University of Florida, Gainesville.
Brenda Backman (BFA 2000 Art & Design), Boone; Jon Kamrath (MFA 2008 Integrated Visual Arts), Minneapolis; Eric Robinson (MFA 2009 Integrated Visual Arts), Pella, and Michael Stanley (MFA 2008 Integrated Visual Arts), Ames, are among 58
artists from eight states whose work has been selected for the 44th National Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood Exhibition. The show will be on display Jan. 27 through April 7 in the Main and Sweeney Galleries at the Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames. An opening reception will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at the Octagon. Juror remarks and awards presentation begin at 6 p.m.
Asa Wentzel-Fisher (BFA 2008 Integrated Studio Arts) is a senior printer fellow at the Tamarind Institute, a division of the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. In May he will complete his two-year apprenticeship, an intensive, full-time training program that concentrates first on strengthening and refining the lithography student's technical skills, then on the application of those skills to collaborative projects. Wentzel-Fisher was the collaborative printer on three prints for the "Hung Liu: (re)Pressed Memory" exhibition last fall. He also has worked with Sandow Birk, Dan Brice, Jim Dine and James Siena. Wentzel-Fisher will be moving to Berlin next fall to work for a printing shop there.
Michelle Brenneman, IIDA (BFA 2002 Interior Design), Des Moines, has been named the first Associate-level partner with FEH Associates Inc., an architectural, structural engineering and interior design firm with offices in Des Moines, Dubuque, Sioux City and Delafield, Wis. Brenneman joined FEH after graduation from Iowa State and has been involved with numerous projects throughout the Des Moines area, including Salon Spa W + Polished, Rasmussen Center at Grand View University, Drake West Village at Drake Univesity and the Ottumwa Jobs Corps Center for the U.S. Department of Labor. She also has contributed to the design of several libraries in Iowa, Missouri and South Dakota. Brenneman serves as president of the Great Plains Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA).
Katie Harms, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP (BArch 2003 Architecture), an architect with OPN Architects in Cedar Rapids, has been named a recipient of the American Institute of Architects 2012 AIA Young Architects Award. Harms is the first woman and only the third Iowan to receive the award since the program began in 1993. The award recognizes individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their careers. Harms will receive the award at the AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Washington, D.C. in May.
Early in her career, Harms won distinction as a professional leader on a regional and national scale. As associate director of the AIA Central States Region (CSR) in 2008, she founded the CSR Emerging Professionals committee and established the CSR Emerging Professional Summit. In 2009, Harms served as the advocacy director on the AIA National Associates Committee and Executive Board.
While at OPN, Harms has focused on client relations and project management, working on projects ranging from federal courthouses and city event centers to corporate and educational assignments. She has contributed to the success of projects ranging in value from $600,000 to $180 million.
Harms is actively involved in her community, serving as a leader and member of various groups including ImpactCR, Junior League of Cedar Rapids and the Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity. She regularly provides students in the College Community School District with the opportunity to job shadow and learn about the design profession.
Calee Himes (BFA 2007 Graphic Design) began a position as communications specialist with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State in October 2011. She had been the design director at Drake University.
Michelle (Pinkston) Ohle (BLA 2005 Landscape Architecture) and Thomas Ohle (BArch 2005 Architecture) were married Nov. 5, 2011. Michelle is an associate landscape architect at the HOK Planning Group and Tom is an intern architect at Hastings + Chivetta Architects, both in St. Louis, Mo. They were married, appropriately enough, in the Architecture Hall at City Museum.
Xue Yu (MA 2009 Art & Design – Interior Design) is a senior interior designer for PeddleThorp Architects in Shanghai, where she focuses on hospitality design. Yu's current projects include a Sheraton Hotel and a Westin Hotel in China.
Alissa Wehmueller, IIDA, LEED AP (BFA 2005 Interior Design), joined 360 Architecture as an interior designer in March 2011. She is a part of the firm's metro group that focuses on projects in the Kansas City area. She has worked on two high-end law firms and a unique office for a creative arts company, and she recently began working on a large corporate headquarters building. Wehmueller is also the Kansas City City Center director for the IIDA Mid America Chapter.
Carol Moore Interior Design, Edwards, Colo., met a furniture sales quota in a contest sponsored by Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman to win a trip to Paris for Maison et Object 2011 -- the world-renowned French furniture show. The firm's president is Carol Moore, ASID (BA 1980 Art & Design – Interior Design). CMID has been working on a home with Shoppe Reno Wharton Architects in Amenia, N.Y., since January 2006, which qualified the firm for the trip. They began installing furniture in July 2010, with the final installation in November 2011. The artwork is now being installed and the home will be photographed later this year for publication in Architectural Digest.
Marta (Hetrick) Callies, Associate IIDA (BFA 2010 Interior Design), married Justin Callies (BS 2008 Mechanical Engineering) in May 2010 and moved to Greenville, SC, where she began working as an interior designer for MCA Architecture. The firm specializes in corporate industrial design. Callies is the designer on two electric cooperatives due to be completed in the next few months; one is a new headquarters building and the other involves interior renovations. She also is working on an upscale pizza restaurant in Greenville set to open in the next couple of weeks. Since July 2011, Callies has been the director of the Upstate City Center for the IIDA Carolinas Chapter. She coordinates monthly events for the 40-member center.
Brittni (Heisterkamp) Pertijs (BFA 2007 Graphic Design), Amsterdam, is the buying coordinator for men's sportswear for Nike European Headquarters in Hilversum, the Netherlands. She assists the buyer in future buys and merchandising for all Western European Nike stores. She also assists the visual merchandising team in graphic design work, designing planograms for the European Nike stores.
Michael Broshar, FAIA (BA 1978 Architecture), recently completed a three-year term (2009-2011) on the National Architectural Accrediting Board, having served as the treasurer during the past two years. The NAAB accredits professional degree programs for schools of architecture in the U.S.
Jonathan Castro (BFA 2007 Integrated Studio Arts) is the visual merchandiser for Make Meaning, which recently opened its second store in New York City. Castro was responsible for redesigning the interior layout and look of the five-floor space. He is also a ceramic studio artist. View Castro's website
Amrutesh Mohanty (MArch 2011 Architecture) is an intern architect and project coordinator with AP Architecture's Charlotte, N.C., office. He is presently
working on hospitality projects in
and around North Carolina. Mohanty also teaches courses as an adjunct faculty member at ITT Technical
Institute in Charlotte.
Theaster Gates (BS 1996 Community & Regional Planning / MA 1995 Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies) is the featured artist on the cover of the December 2011 issue of Art in America magazine. Read the interview (PDF)
Herrick Au (BArch 1986 Architecture) is the architect of record for the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest school district in the nation. He supervises the architectural unit, which oversees more than 1,200 K-12 schools and 1,700 school projects.
Edd Soenke, FCSI, AIA, CCS, NCARB, NIBS (BArch 1967 Architecture), recently was elected treasurer of the National Institute of Building Sciences in Washington, D.C. Soenke has been a NIBS board member for the past three years. The institute focuses on emerging issues related to the nation's built environment, with an emphasis on housing and infrastructure construction technology processes and practices. Soenke also co-chairs the Architecture-in-the-Schools (AIS) program for the Iowa Architectural Foundation.
Lisa Nunamaker Orgler's (BLA 1992 Landscape Architecture) art blog, The Lunch Box Project, won a 2011 Foodbuzz Blog Award
for Best Single Topic Blog. It
was announced at the Foodbuzz annual
conference in San Francisco in early November.
Allison Flores Goebel (BFA 2011 Graphic Design) and Omar Flores Cordero (attended in Integrated Studio Arts) were married Oct. 7. Flores Goebel is a junior designer for Taylor Design Works and the communications design and training coordinator for Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis.
Fei Yang (MCRP 2009 Community & Regional Planning) has been elected a student board member of the International Association of China Planners (IACP).
The first solo exhibition of work by Mitchell Squire (BArch 1994 / MArch 2001 Architecture) to be held in New York City will open with a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at CUE Art Foundation in the Chelsea Historic District. Squire is an associate professor of architecture at Iowa State University and an installation and performance artist and sculptor. The show features 10 of his most recent mixed-media works -- two wall pieces, seven freestanding installations and one video. Through the use of objects like toys, baby shoes, rope, costume jewelry and materials like fur, feathers and human hair, the work functions as vessels for personal reflection through viewers' exploration of their own associations and assumptions. Curated by artist and ISU alumnus Theaster Gates (BS 1996 Community & Regional Planning), the exhibition will run through Jan. 14, 2012. Complete details, including Squire's bio and artist statement, Gates' curator's statement and a news release about the show, may be found online. Download a PDF essay about Squire's work by CUE Young Art Critic Elly Fishman
New Haven, Conn.-based Pickard Chilton won a Special Citation for Excellence in Architecture from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New England chapter for the firm's design of BG Group Place in Houston, Texas. Completed in February, BG Group Place (pictured at right; photo by Joe Aker) serves as the headquarters for BG Group, an international natural gas company. It is the first LEED-CS Platinum-certified high rise in the state of Texas.
The firm was recognized at the AIA New England Conference and Design Awards on Oct. 15. Founding principals are Jon Pickard, FAIA, RIBA, and William D. Chilton, FAIA, RIBA (both BA 1976 Architecture). Read full news release (PDF)
"A New Vision for Water Works Park," a design proposal submitted by a collaborative team led by Matthew Getch (BLA 1998 Landscape Architecture), London, is among five finalists for the Des Moines Water Works Parkitecture competition. Finalists were selected from 19 professional entries from firms throughout the U.S., England and Egypt. Read more
Four of seven issues of FOA (Future of Architecture), an independent publishing project by Mitchell Squire (BArch 1994 / MArch 2001 Architecture), an associate professor of architecture at Iowa State, are part of the "Museum as Hub: Steffani Jemison and Jamal Cyrus: Alpha's Bet Is Not Over Yet" exhibition at the New Museum in New York through Dec. 4. FOA was an annual paracurricular collaborative project Squire self-published with select students in 2001-2007. Volumes 1, 2, 4 and 6 are among the collection of contemporary chapbooks, zines and self-published books in the exhibition, which will serve as a browsing library. Images of and credits for each volume are included in an exhibition catalog. Former architecture students Peter Correll (BArch 2002), Jonathan Muecke (BArch 2006), Christopher Stafford (BArch 2001) and late faculty colleague Charlie Masterson contributed to FOA. Read more
Danielle Hermann (BArch 2001 / MArch 2008 Architecture), an architect with OPN Architects Inc.; Erin Olson-Douglas (BArch 1997 Architecture), an urban designer with the city of Des Moines; LaDan Omidvar (BArch 1982 / MArch 1996 Architecture, MCRP 1985 Community & Regional Planning), a lecturer in architecture at Iowa State, and Ann Sobiech Munson (MArch 2000 Architecture), an architect and specifications writer with Substance LLC, joined forces in August to form Iowa Women in Architecture, a group that advocates for and promotes women in architecture. They were featured on the cover of the Oct. 21 edition of the Des Moines Business Record. Read the story
Taghi Arshami, AICP, ASLA (MLA 1979 Landscape Architecture), is the principal of the Arsh Group Inc., based in Merrillville, Ind. The professional collaborative offers services in urban design and planning, landscape architecture, real estate development, recreation and leisure, and environmental restoration/brownfield redevelopment.
Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, FASID, CID, LEED AP BD+C (BFA 1990 Interior Design), Minneapolis, will receive a 2011 Design Achievement Award from the ISU College of Design Friday, Oct. 21, at the ISU Alumni Association's 80th Annual Honors & Awards Ceremony. Schoessler Lynn is a co-founder and partner with Studio 2030 in the Twin Cities and a national leader in sustainable design solutions. Read more
Sally Cooper Smith (BFA 1983 Graphic Design) Des Moines, will receive a 2011 Design Achievement Award from the ISU College of Design Friday, Oct. 21, at the ISU Alumni Association's 80th Annual Honors & Awards Ceremony. Cooper Smith is the president and creative director of Cooper Smith & Company in Des Moines. Read more
Donald R. Young (BS 1976 Landscape Architecture), San Rafael, Calif., will receive a 2011 Design Achievement Award from the ISU College of Design Friday, Oct. 21, at the ISU Alumni Association's 80th Annual Honors & Awards Ceremony. Young is the president of D. R. Young Associates, which offers professional services in corporate and institutional real estate development and project management. Read more
A recent project coordinated and managed by Boody Fine Arts is the subject of a documentary airing on PBS stations this fall. "Making an American Monument: an Epic Journey in Bronze" shows how America's largest installation of site-specific bronze sculpture evolved from concept to installation over 11 years with behind-the-scenes artist studio visits, foundry visits including bronze pouring, installations and more. Steven Boody (BS 1971 Forestry / MLA 1974 Landscape Architecture), St. Louis, Mo., served as the art consultant and project manager, assisted in assembling the team of design professionals and artists, and has continued to oversee the implementation of the master plan for the project. Titled "Spirit of Nebraska's Wilderness" and "Pioneer Courage," the two interrelated public art sites create an environmental sculpture that invites the public to become participants with the art. The sculpture park consists of 123 bronze works dispersed over sections of six city blocks in Omaha, Neb. Read more
New Haven, Conn.-based Pickard Chilton has won two awards from the Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects: a Design Award for the firm's design of the ConocoPhillips West Campus in Houston, Texas (pictured at right; photo copyright Alan Karchmer), and an Unbuilt Design Award for the Iskandar Investment Headquarters in Nusajaya, Malaysia. From the 135 submissions, the jury selected only four built nonresidential projects for Design Awards, and only two projects for Unbuilt Design Awards. The firm will be recognized at the AIA Connecticut Design Awards Reception Dec. 7. Founding principals are Jon Pickard, FAIA, RIBA, and Bill Chilton, FAIA, RIBA (both BA 1976 Architecture). Read full news release (PDF)
Together with BIG Architects, Matthew Getch (BLA 1998 Landscape Architecture), design director
Schwartz Partners, has won the international design competition for the New Mosque and Museum of Religious
Harmony in Tirana, Albania. The winning entry was chosen from five finalist firms, including London-based Zaha Hadid, Architecture Studio (France), Andreas Perea Ortega (Spain), and SeARCH (the Netherlands).
Cody Knop (BArch 2007 Architecture) recently joined Lake|Flato Architects in San Antonio, Texas, as a project designer. He is currently working in the firm's residential studio on single-family residences, including a weekend ranch house located just outside the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Lucas Harris (BArch 2011 Architecture) is an integrated construction coordinator working on virtual design and construction for Mortenson Construction. His current project is the new West Haymarket Arena,
which will replace the Pershing Center as the Nebraska Cornhuskers' basketball and hockey arena in Lincoln, Neb.
Geoff Wood (BS 2000 Community & Regional Planning) recently designed a new customizable
furniture product called Eggcrates and launched a company around it. This product is manufactured in a wood
shop in Newton but available around the
Janna Alampi (BArch 2007 Architecture), AIA, recently became a registered architect in Florida and was promoted to project architect with a firm in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Matthew Getch (BLA 1998 Landscape Architecture), design director at Martha Schwartz Partners, has won the landscape competition for a mixed-use development in Beijing designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. The international field of invited designers included firms such as West 8 and Gross Max.
Alex Priest (BLA 2011 Landscape Architecture) is the exhibition assistant for the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Neb. His responsibilities include implementation of the Bemis Gardens project, overseeing the center's research library and maintaining the visiting artist studio.
Levi Robb (BArch 2011 Architecture) recently joined Neumann Monson Architects' Iowa City office as an intern architect. He is working on the University of Iowa Community Credit Union Member Support Center and the North Liberty Community Library Addition.
Megan Drake (BArch 2010 Architecture / Environmental Studies) recently joined Neumann Monson Architects' Iowa City office as an intern architect. She is working on the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Iowa River Landing Ambulatory Care Clinic Facility.
Jackson Den Herder (BArch Architecture, 2011) Jackson Den Herder (BArch 2011 Architecture) recently joined Neumann Monson Architects' Iowa City office as an intern architect. He is working on the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Iowa River Landing Ambulatory Care Clinic Facility and the Seaman Center on the U of I campus.
"Drafting and Visual Presentation for Interior Designers," a textbook by Lydia Sloan Cline (BA 1982 Architecture), has just been published by Pearson Prentice Hall. Her other books include "Architectural Drafting for Interior Designers" (Delmar Cengage, 2007) and "Today's Military Wife, 6th Edition," (Stackpole Books, 2008).
A project by Gizem
Akdogan (MArch 2009 Architecture), an architect for the district of Konak,
Turkey, will be a part of the 9th Philippe Rotthier European Prize for
Architecture exhibition at the Architecture Museum–the Lodge in Brussels,
Belgium, from Oct. 16 to Nov. 20, before traveling to Paris and other cities.
Akdogan's Abacıoglu Han Restoration Project, which involved renovation of an
18th-century courtyard and passage in Izmir, Turkey, is one of 30 projects
selected from 101 entries in the competition. It will also appear in the
exhibition catalog. View a complete list of selected projects
Chelsey Olsen (MArch 2009 Architecture) recently moved from Seattle to Chicago, where she is an interactive project manager for the boutique digital design agency The Royal Order of Experience Design.
Scott P. Murphy (BA 1988 Architecture) is the production designer for the new NBC television series "The Playboy Club," which will premiere at 9 p.m. CDT Monday, Sept. 19. More on Murphy's credits to date may be found on the Internet Movie Database.
Martina Foss (MArch 2009 Architecture) started a new position as graduate architect/BIM specialist at Anning-Johnson Company (AJ) in June. Foss is setting up the BIM (Building Information Modeling) department and working on projects with all the AJ offices across the country. Her first projects include a library near San Diego and a medical building near San Francisco.
Eric Beron (BArch 2000 Architecture) earned an Honorable Mention for a photographic submission in the Downtown Places and Faces Category of the 2011 Iowa State Fair Photography Salon competition. Of the 4,052 photographs submitted, three judges selected only 222 as award winners.
Two paintings by Jeremy Caniglia (BFA 1993 Art & Design – Drawing/Painting/Printmaking)—"The Birth of Spring" (oil on canvas, shown at right) and "A Paler Shade of Being" (watercolor on paper)—have been accepted into the "At the Edge: Art of the Fantastic" exhibition to be held June 3 - Sept. 9, 2012 at the Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pa. Curated by Patrick and Jeannie Wilshire, directors of the Association of Fantastic Art, the show will feature more than 175 paintings from 1860 to the present, including work by artists such as NC Wyeth, Howard Pyle, Frank Frazetta and Edmund Dulac.
"Fountain at the Palace of Fine Arts," a painting by Larry Hatfield (BS 1966 Advertising Design), is among 100 artworks (out of 987 entries) to be accepted into the National Watercolor Society's 91st Annual National Exhibition to be held Oct. 22 - Dec. 3 in San Pedro, Calif.
Courtney Lautenschlager, LEED AP (BFA 2011 Interior Design), has been hired full time as a facility designer for Schneider National in Green Bay, Wis., after working as a facility design intern there for three months. She will begin the new position Sept. 6.
Dale McKinney (BA 1975 Architecture), FAIA, the founding partner of M+ Architects in Sioux City, was elected treasurer of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) at its 92nd Annual Meeting and Conference in June. He most recently served as secretary and the director of the Mid-Central Conference (Region 4) on the NCARB board of directors. Read more
Richey Madison (BArch 1998 Architecture) has joined the Chicago office of DLR Group. Madison is a recognized thought leader in higher education master planning for both four-year institutions and community colleges. He will lead collegiate master planning nationally for DLR Group from Chicago and be active in higher education business development in the Midwest.
Rob Whitehead (BArch 1993 Architecture), LEED AP, a lecturer in architecture at Iowa State University, will receive the Building Technology Teaching Award for Emerging Faculty from the Building Technology Educators' Society (BTES) Aug. 6 at its annual conference in Toronto. The biennial award recognizes excellence in teaching performance, innovation and commitment by an emerging faculty member in building technology education.
Together with TVK Architects, Matthew Getch (BLA 1998 Landscape Architecture), design director at Martha Schwartz Partners, has won the Place de la Republique (Paris) design competition. His team's proposal restores the plaza's civic relevance by improving its ability to sustain a moving population while providing a reason to linger to a non-moving one. By unifying the disparate parts of the site and redirecting vehicular traffic away and around the central core, they have reclaimed a large, functional surface that can support a range of activities and urban programs.
The goal is a sustainable city space that continues to support the needs of an ever-changing urban population, that is endlessly adaptable, that integrates evolving urban transportation demands and that continues to provide wonderful experiences to its visitors.
Bryan Berg (BArch 1997 Architecture) and his card-stacking prowess were featured in an article in the United Kingdom's Daily Mail on July 1.
Jamie Morin (MArch 2011 Architecture) will become an intern architect/interior designer with GGLO in Seattle in August. Her first project will be a hotel in Palm Springs, Calif.
"The Dugudugu," an exhibition of artwork by Lee Rainboth (BFA 2007 Integrated Studio Arts), is on display in the Pioneer Room of the Iowa State Memorial Union through Sept. 12. Rainboth had been living in Haiti for more than two years when the catastrophic 7.0 earthquake hit the country in January 2010. The paintings and drawings in the show illustrate the times before and after the earthquake, and how the people of Haiti have affected him personally and as an artist. Also included are an example of a "roof blanket" that Haitians used as a tent after the earthquake, a photo of the one Rainboth lived under as well as writing from his journal on the day of the earthquake. Read more about the exhibition
Matthew Kluber (BA 1982 Art & Design), an assistant professor of art at Grinnell College, will exhibit work in "Iowa Artists 2011," Aug. 12 - Oct. 2 at the Des Moines Art Center. Kluber projects an ever-changing computer-generated image onto a field of painted multicolored stripes, resulting in a work that constantly changes form over time. He will join artist Matt Corones along with the art center's associate curator, Laura Burkhalter, and director, Jeff Fleming, for a gallery talk at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1. Corones is a candidate for a Master of Fine Arts in integrated visual arts at Iowa State University and also will be part of the "Iowa Artists 2011" show.
Chris Vance (BFA 2000 Visual Studies), Bondurant, won a Juror Award in the professional division of the 2011 Des Moines Arts Festival. The award was presented by juror Reed McMillan, director of The Artist Project New York.
Vance owns Chris Vance Art studio, where he creates colorful, often fanciful paintings featuring figurative characters and geometric patterns in charcoal, acrylic and spray paint on wood. He was one of 180 professional artists selected from nearly 1,100 applicants for this year's arts festival.
Four recent Iowa State University graduates won the top award in the student project category of the 2011 Hospitality Design Awards for Creative Achievement sponsored by Hospitality Design magazine.William Reihmann, Honolulu (shown far right in photo); Laura Scallon, Chicago (second from right in photo); Jennie Sorensen, Muscatine, and Kevin Wagner, Des Moines, won with their design proposal for Deck, a luxury resort hotel for South Beach in Miami Beach, Fla.
Reihmann and Wagner received Bachelor of Architecture degrees, while Scallon and Sorensen received Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in interior design from Iowa State in May 2010. They developed their winning project as seniors in a spring 2010 interdisciplinary design studio class taught by associate professors Jason Alread, architecture, and Cigdem Akkurt, interior design.
Robert B. Reinders (BA 1977 Architecture) became Marriott's vice president of design and project management for Europe, the Middle East and Africa in January 2011. He is located in Marriott's Frankfurt (Eschborn) office (Germany). In this new role, Reinders is responsible for the successful design and delivery of all branded properties (new builds, conversions and acquisitions), including quality review, technical services, feasibility and project management services on Marriott-managed franchised capital investment and renovation projects.
Reinders joined Marriott International in 1987 having previously worked 10 years with architectural firms and specializing in hotel design. He was most recently Marriott's vice president of new-build design and project management for North America. He has overseen the successful completion of nearly 2,000 hotel projects for Marriott. Reinders received a Master of Architecture at Rice University, Houston, Texas, in 1981. This past semester he taught a senior and graduate-level course in Hotel Development and Planning at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
The Goodsell Residence Addition designed by Wade Ziperstein (BArch 1998 Architecture), LEED AP, St. Paul, Minn., while at Florian Architects, recently won an AIA Chicago Small Projects Award.
Maureen Ness Colburn, AIA, LEED AP, CDT (MArch 1998 Architecture), has received a 2011 Young Architects Award from the Minnesota chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The award is given to AIA Minnesota members who have been licensed less than 10 years and have shown exceptional leadership in service to the profession, the community, design, planning and education.
Ness Colburn has been a project architect with LHB's Minneapolis office since 2004. Her work includes the Cassat and Memorial Halls at Carlton College, Northfield, Minn.; the New San Marco Apartments in Duluth, Minn.; the AEOA Youth Foyer, Virginia, Minn.; the AFH MSP Homeless Locker Project at Simpson Housing, Minneapolis; and the MNSLFF Learning Center in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka. She was the Think Chair Competition Winner and received an AIA Minnesota Presidential Citation for work she completed with the Committee on the Environment, both in 2004.
Courtney Lautenschlager, LEED AP (BFA 2011 Interior Design), won first place in the residential category of the 2011 Sherwin-Williams STIR Student Design Contest with her design concept for a luxury condominium in Chicago. She completed the winning concept as an honors project at Iowa State in spring 2011. In addition to a $2,500 cash prize, Lautenschlager's work is posted on the Sherwin-Williams for Designers & Architects Facebook page and will be featured in the 2011 edition of STIR magazine. Lautenschlager is a facility design intern for Schneider International in Green Bay, Wis.
Steven Jones, AIA (BA 1974 Architecture / MS 1977 Industrial Admin Sciences), has been elected executive vice president of Quinn Evans Architects. He is senior principal in the firm's Ann Arbor office. For over two decades, Jones has specialized in preservation and restoration projects with an emphasis on project management. He brings a dedication to stewardship of architectural resources as well as strengths in collaborating with clients and consultants nationwide. He currently manages multiple contracts for the National Park Service across the country.
Kurt T. von Sternberg, RLA, ASLA, CLARB (BS 1980 Landscape Architecture), landscape architect for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, received the 2011 USACE Landscape Architect of the Year Award for his outstanding professional contributions.
Sternberg's achievements include the execution of numerous, complicated
projects for BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure), Army Transformation, and the
Grow the Army initiative; leadership in mentoring Corps interns and numerous
Iowa State University students; leadership and continued involvement in the ISU
Landscape Architecture Practitioners Advisory Council; contributions, on behalf
of the Corps, to the Sustainable Landscapes initiative of the Council on
Environmental Quality and the Architect of the Capitol; and numerous
contributions to his community and the profession of landscape architecture,
including his service to the American Society of Landscape Architects as Potomac Chapter president in 1998-99 and as education session co-presenter at the 2010 ASLA Annual
Meeting. Von Sternberg has received numerous service awards and was a member of
two USACE Project Delivery Teams of the Year. He has been with the USACE for about five-and-a-half years.
the photo, USACE Chief Architect Chris Hinton-Lee presents von Sternberg with
the Pillars of Excellence Medal and lapel pin in May at the Architect's Workshop in New
Orleans, where von Sternberg also represented the LA Community of Practice at
the annual meeting of the USACE Architectural Community of Practice Advisory
Council. He will return to New Orleans later this summer to be recognized by
the USACE Chief of Engineers at the annual awards dinner, where he will receive a wall plaque recognizing his Landscape Architect of the Year honor.
The Santa Fe Railyard Park + Plaza in Santa Fe, N.M., received a 2011 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence Silver Medal. The redevelopment project combines new commercial, residential and open space development with improved transportation links to bring life to an underutilized area of Santa Fe. The project team included Ken Smith Landscape Architect, founded by Ken Smith (BS 1976 Landscape Architecture); Frederic Schwartz Architects, Surroundings Studio LLC (masterplan), and public art consultant Mary Miss.
The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) seeks to discover exceptional projects and places that transform urban problems into creative solutions. Presented biennially, the RBA recognizes one Gold Medal Winner ($50,000) and four Silver Medal winners ($10,000 each).
"Chinese Take Out," an interactive art project by Jason Bailer Losh (BA 1999 Art & Design - Drawing/Painting/Printmaking), will be on view May 20 - July 2 in New York City. Losh invited 10 contemporary artists to engage in a creative cultural exchange with restaurants in New York's Chinatown neighborhood. The project -- a two-part exhibition at Art in General, a nonprofit arts organization, and seven local Chinese restaurants -- explores notions of home, cultural memory and nostalgia, and how place, context, and association with images and objects represent individuals to the outside world. Audiences chart their own course through Chinatown, aided by a website and an interactive map, to fully experience the exhibition.
The gallery show at Art in General features objects, images and artifacts Losh selected and removed from their original contexts at the seven Chinese restaurants. In exchange, each restaurant received a new commissioned artwork, created for their specific location by one of the participating artists. Each artist worked in consultation with the restaurant owner, fusing the artist's ideas of tradition and heritage with those of the restaurant owners in this direct exchange experiment.
With "Chinese Take Out," Losh hopes to provide a glimpse into the complexity surrounding the formation of cultural and personal identities. His creative mode of exchange also calls attention to the social dynamics of public space, recasting the viewer as an active participant. Read more about the project in a Wall Street Journal article.
Choy Leow (BA 1986 / MArch 1988 Architecture) will receive the 2011 Iowa State University Alumni Association Alumni Medal. The premier award given to alumni by the ISU Alumni Association, the Alumni Medal recognizes long, loyal service to the university through alumni-related activities. Leow is the 144th recipient of the medal, which was established in 1948.
Scott E. Olson, AIA, CFM, SIOR (BArch 1969 Architecture), will receive the 2011 Alumni Merit Award from the Iowa State University Alumni Association. Established in 1932 by the ISUAA's Club of Chicago, the award recognizes ISU alumni for outstanding contributions to human welfare that transcend purely professional accomplishments and bring honor to the university. Olson is a commercial real estate broker with Skogman Commercial Real Estate at the Penthouse in Cedar Rapids. He is a member of the ISU College of Design Advancement Council.
Hot Rod Hamster (Scholastic, 2010), written by Cynthia Lord and illustrated by Derek Anderson (BFA 1991 Art & Design - Drawing/Painting/Printmaking), has been named one of Bank Street College's "Best Children's Books of the Year" for 2011 and was one of five finalists for the 2011 Children's Choice Book Award.
Adam Fendrick (BS 2007 Community & Regional Planning) will be recognized with two awards at the 2011 ASLA Central States Conference May 5-6 in Des Moines. He will receive an Honor Award for "Updegraff Park: Revitalizing a neighborhood park
through the Sustainable Sites Initiative" (pictured) and a Merit Award for "Reclaiming Smeltertown." Ruth Updegraff Park is located in Norman, Okla.
Debra Arter (BA 1978 Art Education) was awarded first place for her monotype, "Summer Evening," in the 21st Annual Maine Open Juried Art Show in March.
The exhibition continues through April 29 at the Waterville Public Library, Waterville, Maine.
Brad Baer (BArch 2007 Architecture) has been named a 2011 Iowa STATEment Maker by the Iowa State University Alumni Association. He is completing his Master of Architecture degree at Yale University and recently worked on the design, fabrication and assembly of the Cellophane House at New York's Museum of Modern Art.
David Block (BArch 1967 Architecture / MArch 1972 Architecture / MS 1974 Town and Regional Planning), a pioneer of passive solar design in Iowa, will retire at the end of spring semester after 38 years on the Iowa State University architecture faculty. Read retirement story
Current work by Peter Goche (BArch 1991 / MArch 2005 Architecture), lecturer in architecture in the Iowa State University College of Design, will be on display this summer in the Bemis Gardens exhibition at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Neb. Goche's "Water Hutch" is part of an ongoing exploration focused on the
production of marks and markers. Reminiscent of the many waterways that
meander through the Midwest, the work consists of a sinuous line made up
of three oxbows. The constituent forms are constructed of built-up
dimensional lumber. (Photo by Cameron Campbell)
Bemis Gardens is an exhibition and design laboratory that will transform the Bemis Center's exterior into a public art site and urban garden, and speculate on the urban condition of the contemporary art center and its relationship with downtown Omaha. In the midst of the Building | Bemis construction process--a project that will result in a significant expansion of the artist-in-residence program, renovated fabrication facilities and a restored front dock--this exhibition and project series serves to initiate a holistic reconsideration of the center's land use and exterior relationships with the public. An opening reception will be 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 29.
Saral Surakul (MA 1997 Art and Design – Interior Design) received an Honorable Mention Award for "Memento Mori" in the 36th Annual Juried Exhibition at the Lyndon House Arts Center in Athens, Ga., in March. He created the image in 3DS Max and printed it on canvas to look like a painting. The artwork also appeared on the cover of the March 9 edition of Flagpole Magazine.
William D. Chilton, FAIA, RIBA, and Jon K. Pickard, FAIA, RIBA (both BA 1976 Architecture), co-founders and principals of Pickard Chilton in New Haven, Conn., will each receive the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Iowa State University Alumni Association at the Distinguished Awards Celebration, April 15. This is the highest honor given to alumni by the university through the ISUAA.
Ames native Derek Anderson (BFA 1991 Art & Design) visited his hometown in early March to promote his new book, "Story County: Here We Come!" (Orchard Books, 2011). Anderson wrote and illustrated this delightful tale about Farmer and his friends Dog, Pig, Chicken and Miss Cow, who set out to make a farm. Read the Tribune article about his visit to Fellows Elementary School.
DLR Group has appointed Jeffrey Fenimore (BArch 1990 Architecture), AIA, to Higher Education Forum Leader. He will lead the firm's national strategic direction for the higher education market. Fenimore joined the Minneapolis office of DLR Group in 2007 and had been the Higher Education Sector Leader for the Midwest region.
Tyler Parker (BA 2010 Art & Design) has
accepted a position in the Home Design department at Lands' End.
Brett Hart (BA 2001 Art & Design / Advertising) has been the sports editor for the Dunn County News in Menomonie, Wis., for the last six years. During that time he has earned 17 awards from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, including five for photography and five for page design. This year he earned a total of six awards, including a first-place sports photo. Read more
Dale McKinney (BA 1975 Architecture), FAIA, founder and principal of M+ Architects, Sioux City, has been elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. He will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the 2011 National AIA
Convention and Design Exposition in New Orleans on May 13, 2011.
McKinney was elected to receive this honor because of his contributions to the institute through his leadership in organizing and facilitating the transformation of the experience, process, standards and outcomes of internship, resulting in a more seamless and meaningful path to licensure.
Out of a membership of over 80,000, there are fewer than 2,700 AIA
members distinguished with the honor of fellowship. It is conferred on
architects with at least 10 years of membership in the AIA who have made
significant contributions in the following areas: the aesthetic,
scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession; the standards of
architectural education, training, and practice; the building industry
through leadership in the AIA and other related professional
organizations; advancement of living standards of people through an
improved environment; and to society through significant public service.
The 2011 Jury of Fellows was chaired by Robert D. Loversidge, FAIA, Schooley Caldwell Associates, Columbus, Ohio. Other jury members were Henry C. Alexander Jr., FAIA, Rizo, Carreno & Partners, Coral Gables, Fla.; Jeffrey A. Huberman, FAIA, Gantt Huberman Architects, PLLC, Charlotte; Leevi Kiil, FAIA, Leevi Kiil Architect, Wayne, N.J.; Paula J. Loomis, FAIA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk, Va.; Gregory S. Palermo, FAIA, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa; and Linda Searl, FAIA, Searl Lamaster Howe Architects, Chicago.
Ashley Gates (BFA 2007 Graphic Design) has been promoted to senior graphic designer at J.D. Gordon Advertising in Sioux City.
Jon Pickard (BA 1976 Architecture), FAIA, principal and co-founder of Pickard Chilton, New Haven, Conn., has been elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. He will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the 2011 National AIA
Convention and Design Exposition in New Orleans on May 13, 2011.
Pickard has substantively contributed to built contemporary high-rise and corporate architecture worldwide. His expertise in the design of large-scale buildings with their inherent architectural, urban design, technical and economic challenges is grounded in the balance of three fundamental drivers: environment, community, and workplace. Representative of his skill in achieving this balance, 300 North LaSalle, a 60-story LEED-CS Gold certified tower in Chicago, provides abundant natural light, extraordinary views and reconnects the city to the river with cascading public gardens. Previously, he was senior associate and design team leader for Cesar Pelli & Associates, where he led, among others, the team that realized the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He serves as a visiting critic at several universities and currently serves on the Yale School of Architecture Dean's Council.
Steven Jensen (BS 1974 Landscape Architecture), principal of Jensen Consulting, received the Downtown Omaha Incorporated
2011 Economic Development Award for
spearheading the creation of the City of
Omaha and Downtown 2030 Master Plan.
Craig Adamson (BS 1996 Community & Regional Planning) recently became the first Iowan to earn the RMA (Retirement Management Analyst) designation from the Retirement Income Industry Association (RIIA).
Watercolor paintings by Larry Hatfield (BS 1966 Applied Art) will be exhibited in two shows in February 2011: the East Bay Landscape Painters group show Immigrant Neighborhoods at the San Pablo Gallery in San Pablo, Calif., and the 31st Annual Sunday Afternoon Watercolor Society show at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. View his artwork.
Khalid Khan (BA 1990 Architecture), Assoc. AIA, and Channing Swanson (BArch 1993 Architecture), AIA, LEED AP, have joined Neumann Monson Architects' Des Moines office. Khan's work spans a variety of types and scales, and has received three National Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects. His work in the Des Moines area includes Meredith Corporate Headquarters, Wells Fargo Financial Headquarters, and Helmick Commons at Drake University. His extensive higher education work includes multiple projects with the University of Iowa, among them, the 800-car Melrose Avenue Parking Ramp Extension, Newton Road Parking Facility, the Visitor Center and Hall of Fame building, and the Blank Honors Center. Khan has also completed university work in Kansas and Arkansas, and residential projects in South Dakota. He is currently working on a mixed-use parking facility for the City of Iowa City. Khan also serves as a visiting critic in the ISU architecture program.
Swanson's work includes a broad range of involvement in projects of all types and scales, with a focus on sustainability. He is an alumnus of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, a Des Moines Business Record "40 Under 40" honoree, and a visiting critic in ISU architecture program. He has played an integral role in crafting built identities for such clients as Vermeer Manufacturing Company, KrauseGentle Corporation, and Wells Fargo Financial, and has led the design effort for a broad range of project types. Swanson is currently involved with the West Campus Transportation Center programming at the University of Iowa.
Four Iowa State University studio arts alumni--Brian Dreesman (BFA 2010 Integrated Studio Arts), Ryan Seiler (BFA 2008 Integrated Studio Arts), Michael Stanley (MFA 2008 Integrated Visual Arts) and Dean Vande Griend (BFA 2007 Integrated Studio Arts)--have founded Carbon Six Studio at 114 Kellogg Ave. in downtown Ames, Iowa. The studio will offer custom furniture, fine arts and crafts. The artists' goal is to use locally sourced materials and sell their work locally as much as possible. They will host a grand opening from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, and Saturday, Feb. 5, and 12 - 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011. The studio will also be open by appointment and when any of the artists is working. Read the article in the Jan. 31 edition of the Tribune.
Stanley is also a lecturer in integrated studio arts in the ISU College of Design.
Lindrea Ross (BFA 2007 Graphic Design) was a graphic designer on the creative team for National Urban League's Centennial Empowerment Exhibit in Washington, D.C., in July 2010. The exhibit is featured in the January/February 2011 issue of Communications Arts Magazine's Typography Annual.
Work by Lisa
Loomis (BA 1985
Graphic Design) was featured for promotion and as cover art for invitations
announcing The Grounded Gaze: Escape Through Landscape, the first installation
of a new exhibition program in partnership between the Evanston Art Center and
the City of Evanston, Ill. The exhibition, on display in Gallery 4502 at the Lorraine H. Morton
Civic Center, features works from artists living and working in Evanston. It will run through April 29 and is
free and open to the public.
Steven A. Protzman (BA 1984 Architecture) was ordained into the Unitarian Universalist ministry in September 2010.
Eric Beron (BArch 2000 Architecture) and Shawna Beron (BS 2001 Community and Regional Planning) announce the birth of their second son, Tanner Miles, on Dec. 20, 2010.
Cynthia Thiessen Hickok (BS 1959 Applied Art) will share her work in a solo exhibition from May 20 to June 14, 2011, at the Jane Sauer Gallery in Santa Fe, N.M. View Hickok's work.
Carolyn (Thompson) Abbott (BS 1967 Applied Art - Art Education) is among six artists participating in a fiberart exhibition at the Franklin Arts Center's Q Gallery in Brainerd, Minn. The exhibit is open from 12 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, through Feb. 12, 2011. This
activity is funded in part by the Minnesota Arts
and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Jeff Carr (MS 1998 Architectural Studies / MA 1998 Anthropology) recently took the position of architectural historian with the State Historic Preservation
Office of Iowa.
The Hyde Park Bank Investment Real
Estate Loan Processing Center designed by Wade Ziperstein (BAR
1998 Architecture) while he was with Florian Architects recently won an
American Institute of Architects (AIA) Illinois Honor Award and AIA
Chicago Interior Architecture Design Excellence Award. Ziperstein is now an independent consultant with WZ Architect.
After the ISU Engineering Communications and Marketing unit was eliminated in August 2010, Lisa Miller Ailshie (BFA 1986 Graphic Design) took a part-time position with Bethesda Lutheran Church in
Ames and began building her freelance graphic design business back up.
She says, "Silver linings do exist ... Thanks, College of Design!"
Dessie Sliekers (BFA 2007 Interior Design) passed the Fall 2010 NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) exam.
Schuetz Architecture, founded by Michael Schuetz (BArch 1971 Architecture), in conjunction with Kiewit Power, is designing four buildings for the Blythe (Calif.) Solar Power Plant, which will utilize parabolic solar troughs and steam turbines to generate 1,000 megawatts of electricity.
Edward Boatman (BFA 2006 Interior Design) has started The Noun Project to collect, organize and add to the highly recognizable symbols that form the world's visual language into one easy-to-use online library that can be accessed by anyone. All the symbols on the site are free to download and can be used for design projects, architecture presentations, etc. Boatman developed with the idea while studying abroad with the ISU College of Design's Rome Program.
Jan Legg (BA 1981 Architecture) spoke about "integrating new senior leadership by merger acquisition or individual hire" on behalf of the American Institute of Architects' National Practice Management Committee at the 2010 AIA Minnesota Annual Convention in November.
Martina Foss (MArch 2009 Architecture) is an adjunct assistant professor at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn., where she teaches a foundations course in digital media.
Adam Tow (BFA 2007 Integrated Studio Arts) recently became an animator/designer at motion504 in Minneapolis, Minn., where he will do 3D
animation and effects work for clients in the
Robyn A. Vettraino (BArch 2000 Architecture) will be a presenter at the U.S. Green Building Council's Greenbuild 2010 conference in Chicago in November. She will present her findings on a post-occupancy study of a LEED-H Platinum Affordable Housing development for which she was the project architect. The study was funded through a grant associated with the Home Depot Foundation Award of Excellence, which the project won at Greenbuild 2009 in Phoenix.
Collin Grotenhuis (BFA 2009 Graphic Design) is a visual designer on the Bontrager aftermarket brand at Trek Bicycle in Waterloo, Wis.
Lisa K. Kuehl (BA 1982 Graphic Design) recently launched a new central Iowa
scrapbooking service through her company, Heartland Scrapbooks. She
offers educational seminars for groups and
Jager Creative Company, owned by Greg Jager (BA 1985 Graphic Design), has new offices in
Webster Groves, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis.
Chelsey Olsen (MArch 2009 Architecture) is now working as a project manager for 16 Copenhagen, an award-winning design agency in Seattle, Wash.
John Anderson (BFA 2000 Graphic Design / BFA 2001 Art & Design) has been appointed an associate professor of art at Prince George's Community College in Largo, Md., and is a recent recipient of an Artist Fellowship award from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Andres Permadhi (BArch 2004 Architecture), AIA, LEED AP, recently became a licensed architect in Minnesota. He works in Philadelphia, Pa., for a firm that does confidential biotech/pharmaceutical facilities as well as corporate and school/university projects. His current client is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.
Lynn M. Ross (BS 1999
Community & Regional Planning) has been appointed chief operating officer for the National Housing Conference (NHC) and the Center for Housing Policy (Center). Ross will be responsible for
overseeing the day-to-day operations of the two related organizations and
helping to ensure their operations are well coordinated.
Ross joined NHC and the Center in 2007 as the director of state and local initiatives. In that capacity she was responsible for developing and executing
the education, outreach, and technical assistance strategies of both
organizations directed at helping to strengthen housing policies at the state
and local levels. Her major accomplishments include the launch of NHC and the Center's biannual Solutions for Working Families learning conference in 2009
and implementing a series of regional convenings across the country on issues
ranging from workforce housing to the preservation of affordable rental
Prior to joining NHC and the Center, Ross was with the American Planning
Association, where as manager of the Planning Advisory Service she oversaw a
staff of six planners and support staff providing customized planning research
to over 1,200 planning agencies, consultants, and educational institutions.
Ross holds a Master of Regional Planning from Cornell University and a BS in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University. She is a certified
planner and member of the American Planning Association and the American
Institute of Certified Planners. Ross also serves on APA's Diversity Task Force
and the Iowa State University Department of Community and Regional Planning’s
Planning Advisory Council. She was honored with the 2009 Design Achievement Award from the ISU College of Design.
Melissa Rarick (BA 1979 Advertising Design) is teaching and serving as co-chair of the graphic design program at Des Moines Area
Community College in Ankeny.
Jonathan Benson (BA 1984 Art and Design - Craft Design) released his third book,
Transforming Your Kitchen with Stock Cabinetry, published by Fox Chapel Publishing. His first two books, Woodworker's Guide to Veneering and Inlay and Woodworker's Guide to Bending Wood, are in wide release. Benson operates Jonathan Benson Furniture and Benson Fine Woodcrafting and works as a freelance writer near Washington, D.C.
Rachel (Osborne) McAdams (BFA 2008 Interior Design) is now an interior designer
at Freiheit & Ho Architects in Kirkland, Wash.
T.J. (Tyler J.) Purdy (BLA 2004 Landscape Architecture) and Lyndsey (Vanltyfte) Purdy (BS 2003 Elementary Education) announce the birth of Adah Lyn Purdy on August 25, 2010. After two weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit, she is now home and doing well. T.J. teaches visual art at First Creek Middle School in Tacoma, Wash.
Jenny Irey (BFA 2009 Interior Design) is now an interior designer for Walt Disney Imagineering.
Adele (Lewis) Willson (BArch 1984 Architecture) has been named one of the 2010 Outstanding Women in Business by the Denver Business Journal. She was honored for her design of Valor Christian High School, the only high school in Colorado to achieve LEED Gold certification. Read more
Ryan M. Tow (BLA 1997 Landscape Architecture) has opened PUSHpixel, a 3D graphics
studio in West Des Moines, specializing in architectural visualization.
Robert A. Gabalski (MArch 1989 Architecture) is a licensed architect (NY 1994) and has been practicing for the last 17 years as an associate with Stephen Tilly Architect in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. The firm specializes in sustainable architecture, green design, historic preservation and custom work ranging from homeless housing to high-end residential, institutional, religious and other projects for nonprofit organizations.
Troy Abel (MFA 2008 Graphic Design, PhD 2010 Human Computer Interaction) is an assistant professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va. He is also the director of
ETUT (Eye Tracking and Usability Testing) Lab,
part of the Human Computer Interaction
Consortium at Virginia Tech.
Sean Wagner (BArch 1991 Architecture), AIA, LEED AP, received 2010 Young Architects Award from the Minnesota society of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Minnesota). The award is given to architects who are members of AIA Minnesota, have been licensed for less than 10 years, and have shown exceptional leadership in service to the profession, the community, design, planning and education.
Wagner earned his master's from Princeton University and has been with Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd. since 1997. Wagner's focus is on sustainability; among his projects are the Drake Community Library in Grinnell; Fayetteville Public Library’s Blair Library in Fayetteville, Ark.; the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center in Carver, Minn.; Schaar’s Bluff Gathering in Hastings, Minn.; and the Welcome Center for the University of Minnesota-Morris.
Wagner has received numerous awards and scholarships, including the U.S. Department
of Energy & Federal Interagency Energy Policy Committee Federal Energy and Water Management Award, Minnesota Environmental Initiative Awards Finalist, and Thomson Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year Award. He has served as a planning commissioner for the City of Wyoming, helping to develop planning and zoning ordinances that promote responsible land development.
Debra (Lang) Arter (BA 1978 Art Education), Damariscotta, ME, won the $500 Best in Show award for "Census 2010" (hand-printed bargain bacon on Asian paper) in Art2010, the Kennebec Valley Art Association's 15th Annual Juried Art Show, in May. Juror Robert Lash and curatorial consultant Kerstin Gilg had this to say about Arter's work:
"This very powerful print gets its strength from the color and shape of the composition. The scale of the image, the way it is presented and the placement within the frame
all add to a very compelling piece. The work finds success between starkness and complexity that makes it intriguing and fun. The unconventional materials used in producing the work inform the piece with a good mix of me
taphor and irony. We applaud the artist for their creativity and exploration."
Choy Leow (BA 1986 Architecture, MArch 1988 Architecture) was a runner-up in the 2010 Architectural Record Cocktail Napkin Sketch Contest with his "UpLifting" entry. Leow is director of design for Allina Hospitals and Clinics, Minneapolis.
Brian Dennen (BArch 2008 Architecture/Environmental Studies) recently became a licensed architect in Illinois. He is a project architect for the science and technology group in the Chicago office of HDR Inc.
Erika Garces (BFA 2010 Graphic Design) recently was hired as associate editor for Hallmark Sinceramente after three months as
Rafael Perez-Micheli (BFA 1997 Art & Design, BFA 2003 Graphic Design) is the digital producer for Mag+ at
Bonnier Corp. in Winter Park, Fla. Mag + is
Bonnier's iPad magazine platform.
Michael Duane Rinnan (BFA 2009 Integrated Studio Arts) is a
3D generalist/animator with NFL Films
in Mount Laurel, N.J. He is
responsible for designing and
animating 3D assets for stadium
graphics and TV broadcasts.
Rachelle Schoessler Lynn (BFA 1990 Interior Design), FASID, CID, LEED AP BD+C, has been invested as a Fellow of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). The ASID recognized Schoessler Lynn's career-long commitment to sustainable design as well as her service and advancement of the profession through her many national and local volunteer activities.
Schoessler Lynn is a partner in and co-founder of Studio 2030, an architecture interior design and planning firm based
in the Twin Cities. She also was a founding member of the Minnesota chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and serves on the board of the Minnesota Environmental Fund. Schoessler Lynn has held numerous positions on the Minnesota Board of Architecture Engineering Land Surveying Landscape Architecture Geoscience and Interior Design, and on ASID committees at the state and national level.
In 2005 she was awarded the ASID MN Designer of Distinction and in 2006 she was named one of Minnesota’s “40 Under 40” up-and-coming business and community leaders by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. In addition, Schoessler Lynn served on the ISU Interior Design
Advisory Board from 2002 to 2008, including as chair for two years.
Kristen (Hamborg) Smollen (BFA 1990 Interior Design) is the new
principal facilities project manager for the interiors and global
standards team of Medtronic's Operations division in Shoreview,
will lead teams of both internal and external consultants on US
Sales Office and Global Country office projects.
Tina Krueger (BArch 2004 Architecture), Associate AIA, LEED AP, recently joined BWBR Architects, a St. Paul-based architecture and design firm, as an intern architect. Krueger specializes in sustainable design. She resides in Minneapolis with her husband, Matt.
Dale McKinney (BArch 1975 Architecture), AIA, of Sioux City, was elected secretary of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) at its 91st Annual Meeting and Conference in San Francisco. McKinney has been on the council's board of directors since 2009 as director of Region 4, Mid-Central Conference (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin).
McKinney has served the profession for many years. He was on the Iowa Architecture Examiners Board from 2000 to 2010 and served as president in 2003-2004 and 2009-2010. He also served as chair of the Mid-Central Conference for three years and vice chair for one year.
In addition to his service to NCARB, he also served as president of AIA Iowa in 1989 and as the AIA director of the central states on the AIA national board of directors from 1997 to 1999.
McKinney is the founding partner of the firm that evolved into M+ Architects in Sioux City.
Shane Larsen (BArch 2002 Architecture), AIA, NCARB, recently was named senior architectural project manager for Schemmer Associates Inc. He will work from Schemmer's new Urbandale office and focus on managing complex senior living projects involving specialty services such as facility assessments, programming, master planning, architectural design/collaboration, sustainable design, multidiscipline coordination and overall project management.
Larsen had been owner/president of Reveal Architecture, a firm he founded in 2009, and previously served as project architect, project manager and intern at two other Des Moines-area firms. He is a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards committee member for the Architect Registration Examination and serves as an architectural mentor and volunteer for the Iowa State University architecture program.
Houston architect Kimberly Hickson (BFA 1986 Interior Design) will be invested as a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects in a June 11 ceremony at the AIA's national convention in Miami Beach, Fla. Hickson, a project director and south central regional education practice area leader for Gensler, will be honored for work setting cost-effective sustainable design and construction as the standard for cities, client groups and architects through innovative collaborative project management and an extensive body of training sessions, presentations and publications.
As a community advocate for green building, Hickson helped persuade the political leadership of Kansas City, Mo., and Houston, Texas, to craft resolutions to make all new and renovated city-owned buildings LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver.
While principal in charge of BNIM Architects' Houston office, she oversaw the design and construction of the School of Nursing for the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, one of Houston's first sustainable facilities, and directed the effort to design a home prototype that has been adopted in Brad Pitt's Make It Right rebuilding program for New Orleans.
Hickson is the incoming president of the Rice Design Alliance board of directors and serves on the boards of AIA Houston and the Houston Land and Water Sustainability Forum. She received a master's degree from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, in 1993.
Aimee Richcreek Baxter (BA 1987 Art and Design) has developed the HeddyFreddy Handbag System, a line of interchangeable handbags and totes. HeddyFreddy will host the grand opening of its new showroom and studio in St. Paul, Minn., June 4-6. For general grand opening hours and to get a peek at the HeddyFreddy Collection, visit www.heddyfreddy.com.
Scott A. Hatfield (BA 1972 Architecture), AIA, IIDA, board chairman of SVPA Architects, Inc., is the recipient of the 2010 West Des Moines Citizen of the Year Award. Hatfield has a long history of service to the West Des Moines community.
He has served on the WDM Planning and Zoning Commission for 15 years,
including three years as chair. He has been actively involved in
Valley Junction revitalization projects and various projects detailing
the history of West Des Moines. He has served on several boards and
committees of the West Des Moines Community Schools, including as president of the Dollars for Scholars Committee Board and a member of the
Foundation for Educational Excellence. He has served on the board of Big
Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa, chaired his company's annual
United Way fund drive, and has done work with the Juvenile Diabetes Association, and the AIA
Canstruction event for the Iowa Food Bank. In addition to his charitable
involvement, Hatfield is active in a wide variety of professional and
trade organizations on local and national levels and is an alumnus of
the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute. He has been the recipient of numerous professional awards and designations, including past president of Central Iowa Architects and the Master Builder Architect Excellence Award.
Theaster Gates (BS 1996 Community and Regional Planning / MA 2005 Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies) has been selected as a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University Graduate School of Design for the 2010-2011 academic year. His project will explore the conjunction of art and urban planning.
Alan Johnson (BArch 1993 Architecture) is celebrating
the first anniversary of Alan Johnson
Design, LLC. The firm
is located in located in Kansas City, Mo., and specializes in interior tenant finish, medical
office and industrial projects.
Kate Schwennsen, FAIA (BA 1978 / MArch 1980 Architecture), professor of architecture and associate dean for academic affairs in the Iowa State University College of Design, will become chair of the Clemson University School of Architecture in August. She has been on the ISU architecture faculty since 1990 and associate dean since 2001. Schwennsen's husband, Barry Jones (BA 1972 Architecture), project architect with RDG Planning & Design, will head to South Carolina with her.
Martha A. Bell (BA 1975 Architecture), FAIA, has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects and will be formally inducted at the AIA National Convention in June. She is the majority owner and the managing principal of Tilton Kelly + Bell LLC in Chicago.
Boody Fine Arts, Inc., owned by Steven (MLA 1974
Landscape Architecture, BS 1971 Forestry) and Diane Cone Boody (BA 1973 Applied Art - Art
Education), served as art consultant for First National Bank’s Pioneer
Courage and the Spirit of Nebraska’s Wilderness sculpture parks in Omaha, Nebraska. The project received the Central States American Society of Landscape Architect’s 2010
Award of Excellence and the National Sculpture Society’s 2010 Henry Hering
Medal. View the project
Matt Ostanik (BArch 2001 Architecture, MBA 2009 Business Administration) has been recognized as a STATEment Maker by the Iowa State University Alumni Association. He is founder and president of Submittal Exchange, a company that offers comprehensive online systems for the exchange, review, and archiving of construction submittals, RFIs and other construction communications.
Ryan Hardy, (BArch 2003 Architecture) LEED AP, has recently become a Registered Architect in New York. Since graduating, he has worked for SRSSA in Atlanta, Georgia and RTKL Associates in Dallas, Texas. He recently joined the U.S. General Services Administration in New York City as an architect / contracting officer representative and will be managing the A/E contract for a new LEED silver federal project in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Hyde Park Bank's investment processing center, a project by Wade Ziperstein (BArch 1998 Architecture), Robert Sellars and Matthew Herzberg of Florian Architects, Chicago, Ill., was featured in Interior Design Magazine. View the article
Bryce D. Pearsall, FAIA (BArch 1971 Architecture), has been appointed to the Board of Regents of The American Architectural Foundation (AAF) in Washington, D.C. The AAF mission is to cultivate a strong understanding of the value of design with national, local, community and business leaders as well as focus on design as a strategy for transforming communities and as a leadership tool.
Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, ASID, CID, LEED AP BD+C (BFA 1990 Interior Design), an interior
designer with Studio 2030, Inc. in
Minneapolis, Minn., will serve on a task force to
assist the National Council for Interior
Design Qualification (NCIDQ) to improve
the NCIDQ Examination.
Geoff Wood (BSCRP 2000 Community & Regional Planning) recently launched a new company
called VolunteerLocal around a web-based
software solution for managing
volunteers at large events and
festivals. The company is working with the
HyVee Triathlon, Special Olympics,
Des Moines Arts Festival and others.
Two watercolor paintings by Larry Hatfield (BS 1966 Advertising Design) are included in the "Treasures of the East Bay" juried exhibition sponsored by the California Art Club, March 5 - July 9, 2010, at the Alameda County Law Library, Oakland, Calif.
Work by Cathy (Roehl) Mores (BFA 1999 Art and Design - Visual Studies) recently was included in American Graphic Design and Advertising 25, formerly known as American Corporate ID. The identity selected for award and publication appears on the back cover of the book in addition to its category listing. The same project also received an American Graphic Design Award from Graphic Design USA in 2009. Mores is the art director of Parallel 39 Design, a print communications and branding studio located west of Kansas City.
BNIM Architects, in collaboration with Steven Holl Architects, was selected to design the new arts building on the University of Iowa campus. The original building was damaged by the flood of 2008. BNIM Architects Iowa includes Iowa State alumni Rod Kruse (BArch 1974 Architecture), FAIA, principal, Tom Hilton (BArch 1992 Architecture), Carey Nagle (BArch 2001 Architecture), Jim Trower (BArch 2004 Architecture) and Chad Walters (BArch 2008 Architecture).
"Empty Discussion," a serigraphic monotype by Debra Arter (BA 1978 Art Education), was included in the Delta National Print Exhibition at the Bradbury Gallery, Jonesboro, Ark., in February - March 2010.
Demeri Cellman Mullikin (BA 1996 Art and Design) is the director of external relations for the College of Visual Arts in Saint Paul, Minn. Her team worked with Larsen Design in Minneapolis to create the college's new website. (Larsen's services were donated to the college in-kind for both the design and build of the site.)
Jason Schulte (BFA 1995 Graphic Design), founder of Office, a San Francisco-based creative studio, served as a juror for the Communication Arts 2009 Design Competition. Office's work for IBM's Smarter Planet campaign, AIGA Get Out the Vote, 826 Valencia Pirate Supply Store and Fanta is featured in the Communication Arts Design Annual 50, published in November 2009. Schulte was creative director and designer on all four projects. (Note that as a juror, he was not allowed to vote on the projects he was directly involved with.)
Shanae' Diewold (BFA 2008 Graphic Design) is the new creative director for Chicago Tribune Interactive.
Rob Smith (Bachelor of Science and Humanities / Master of Architecture 1978), principal at Architects Smith Metzger in Des Moines, will serve as president of the American Institute of Architects' Iowa Chapter, AIA Iowa, in 2010. He previously served as director treasurer and secretary. The focus of his term is to support the many active committees of the chapter.
Christine Fink-Hansen (BFA 1991 Interior Design) of Christine
Fink Interior Design, Laguna Beach,
Calif., along with Bokal and Sneed
Architects, Del Mar, Calif., was
awarded Ranch and Coast Magazine's
2009 Home of the Year. The project
location is Del Mar ocean front. One
hundred percent of entry fees were
donated to Habitat for Humanity.
Vista Dunes Courtyard Homes, a recently completed project in La Quinta, Calif., designed by Robyn A. Vettraino (BArch 2000 Architecture) of Studio SA, was awarded the Home Depot Foundation Award of Excellence for Affordable Housing at the US Green Building Council's annual convention in Phoenix. The award includes a $75,000 grant, which will be used to conduct a year-long post-occupancy study of the affordable housing project.
award case study (PDF file)
View a documentary video by The Home Depot Foundation
Eric Sealine's (BS 1970 Art and Design - Advertising Design) solo exhibition, "Trick Questions," is at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, Jan. 6 - Feb. 7, 2010. An opening reception and gallery talk will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16. First Friday Receptions are scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 8 and Feb. 5. Shown at right is Sealine's Ghost House, cherry and poplar, 13.5 x 9 x 7 inches, completed April 2009. See more of Sealine's work at http://www.ericsealine.com
Mary Beukema Harms (BA 1973 Art and Design - Advertising Design / BA 1979 Interior Design / MS 1983 Business Administrative Science), lecturer in marketing at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, has developed a collaborative program with a design faculty member.
Students are selected for a two-year
undergraduate Fellows program in Design and
Innovation in Marketing, which includes
dedicated classes in design marketing
computer graphics case studies and a study-abroad program.
Kristi Neznanski (BFA 2007 Interior Design/Environmental Studies) passed the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam in October 2009.
Theaster Gates (BS 1996 Community & Regional Planning / MA 2005 Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies), a performance and installation artist from Chicago, received a 2010 Midwestern Voices and Visions award in December. Gates will be in residence at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wis., from January through March 2010. Gates' Cosmology of Yard will appear in the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, in February. He will also have a solo exhibition, Resurrecting Dave, at the Milwaukee Art Museum in April.
Jeanne Mercer-Ballard (BFA 1989 Interior Design) and colleague Tim Dolan will present Service-Learning in the Design Studio at the third International Symposium on Service-Learning in Athens, Greece, November 22-24. Mercer-Ballard is coordinator and assistant professor of the interior design program at Appalachian State University.
Two buildings designed by Martin Design PC
, Marion, Iowa, received Community Pride Awards from the Marion Chamber of Commerce in October. The Vector Corporation
renovation received the award in the $0-$250,000 category, while the Hand in Hand Daycare, a 6,500-square-foot childcare facility, received the award in the new construction category. Vector Corporation also won the 2009 Special Mention Award for Creative Use of Masonry from the Masonry Institute of Iowa.
David F. Martin
(BA 1974 / MArch 1978 Architecture), FAIA, is principal of Martin Design (http://martindesignpc.com/about/staff). Martin's son, Kyle Martin
(BArch 2006 Architecture), LEED AP, was lead designer on the Vector Corporation project.
(BFA 1989 Graphic Design) was selected to serve on t
jury for the 2010 Design Awards
for the Society
for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD). The
international awards program is the most
prominent in recognizing exceptional visual
communications in the built environment.
(BA 1975 Architecture), AIA, was installed on the
board of directors for the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) at its 90th Annual Meeting and Conference in Chicago in June. As the director of Region 4 (Mid-Central Conference), McKinney represents Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.
McKinney also serves as the president of the Iowa Architecture Examiners Board. He is the founding partner of M+ Architects in Sioux City.
Roxane (Olson) Hollosi
(BFA 1985 Art and Design - Drawing/Painting/Printmaking) received an
Honorable Mention for her mixed-media artwork titled "Gathered Flowers - Many Windows" in the Paulding Fine Arts Association's
19th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition in Dallas, Ga., in October. She also had work accepted into and featured on the front of the formal invitation for the 22nd National Juried Art Exhibition at the South Cobb Arts Alliance
in Mableton, Ga., which ran August-September. Hollosi's work may be seen at www.roxanehollosi.com
. She is seen here at work on a new mixed-media piece in her studio.
Cole Baessler (BArch 2009 Architecture) recently joined The Urban Studio, an architecture and interior design firm in Rochester, Minn., as an intern architect.
(BA 1977 Art and Design - Craft Design) received a 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Paramount Arts District in St. Cloud, Minn. Her work can be seen at http://www.florashinkle.com
, an interdisciplinary design collaborative founded by Bob
(MArch 2009 Architecture) and Shannon (Jones) Gassman
(BFA 2008 Interior Design) in 2008, won the Iowa Architect Directory Magazine Cover and Layout Design Competition in early 2009. Their work is featured in the recently published 2009 Iowa Architect Directory Magazine.
Susy W. Hadikusumo (BFA 1997 Interior Design) founded PT Union Design in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2004. The firm currently is working on corporate projects for local and multinational companies.
Jayne (Thimmesch) Lowenberg
(BFA 2006 Interior Design) earned her National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certification in spring 2009. She has been with Collaborative Design Group
in Minneapolis since October 2006.
Matthew Nelson (BArch 2005 Architecture) recently became a Registered Architect in North Carolina.
(BArch 2006 Architecture), Chitani Ndisale
(BArch 2005 Architecture), and three colleagues from Flad Architects
, Madison, Wis., won the Wisconsin regional US Green Building Council's Natural Talent Design Competition for an urban renewal site in Milwaukee. Their first-place entry will compete at the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in Boston in November.
Gregory E. Martin
(BLA 1983 Landscape Architecture), president of Martin Design Partnership
, Batavia, Ill., will make a presentation at the
American Society of
Landscape Architects Annual Meeting in Chicago at the end of September. Martin, a registered landscape architect
and member of the American Society of Golf
Course Architects, will discuss design
solutions for sustainable golf course
development with Todd Schoeder of Design
Workshop and Nancy Richardson of Audubon
Kevin Lyles (BLA 1997 Landscape Architecture) recently founded his own professional practice, Kevin Lyles Landscape Architect, LLC. His firm is located in the Denver metropolitan area and provides services in the state of Colorado and neighboring states.
Kate Schwennsen (BA 1978 / MA 1980 Architecture), FAIA, past president of the American Institute of Architects and associate dean of the ISU College of Design, will give the opening keynote address at the AIA Women's Leadership Summit, Friday, Sept. 25, in Chicago.
Al Buck (BAR 2000 Architecture) recently became a Registered Architect in Iowa.
Sharon Matt Atkins (BA 1996 Art and Design) became the associate curator of exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum in New York in March.
Mark Trumbauer (BLA 1989 Landscape Architecture) was promoted to land services supervisor for Florida-based
NextEra Energy, the nation's leader in renewable energy.
Brad Rodenburg (BAR 2009 Architecture) joined RDG Planning and Design's Ames office full time in March.
After nine years in western New York, Jan Conradi (MA 1988 Art & Design - Graphic Design) has
left SUNY Fredonia to accept a position as
design educator at Rowan University in
Glassboro, N.J. She will be working with
colleagues there to strengthen the graphic design
program, particularly in typography and design
Tiffany (Smith) Rupp (BFA 2002 Interior Design) earned National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certification in spring 2009 and continues to work as an interior designer for Kenny's Tile and Floorcovering in Grandview, Mo.
(BS 1996 Community & Regional Planning) of North Liberty recently became a Registered Architect in Iowa. He received a master's degree in architecture from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2002, and has worked at Neumann Monson Architects
, Iowa City, since then.
Kristin (Manderscheid) Mohr
(BAR 2004 Architecture) of Ankeny recently became a Registered Architect in Iowa. She has worked with Iowa City-based Neumann Monson Architects
since graduating from Iowa State University in 2004.
(BAR 2009 Architecture) joined Neumann Monson Architects
, Iowa City, as an intern architect in February. He graduated from Iowa State University in May with a double major in architecture and environmental studies.
Mark Tough (BS 1991 Community & Regional Planning) has joined the Neighborhoods of Greater Lauraville Inc. community development corporation in northeast Baltimore as its executive director. In his previous position as acting executive director of Baltimore's Patterson Park CDC, Tough was integral to the development of 19 LEED-Silver Certified rowhome rehabs and other development projects. Lauraville has just been named the Best Place to Buy an Old House in Maryland by This Old House magazine and website.
(MAR 2005 Architecture), FMA, LEED AP, is now the director of facility services for the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
, WiSys Technology Foundation,
WiCell Research Institute and Morgridge Institute for Research in Madison, Wis.
Matthew Edward Getch
(BLA 1998 Landscape Architecture) was made associate design director of Martha Schwartz Partners
' London office in June 2009.
R. Todd Ashby
(BS 1992 Community & Regional Planning), AICP, recently joined the Ankeny office of MSA Professional Services Inc.
as the Iowa transportation program manager.
Jack Thomas (BS 1952 Architectural Engineering) In our senior year we went to Chicago and to Taliesin East. Frank Lloyd Wright told us that architecture was an old man's profession in that you got better through the years and that you could still do it in your old age. Well it's true. I am still practicing architecture in the Chicago suburbs and having a great time doing it. No great awards, but good architecture.
Mathew Coen (BAR 2002 Architecture), AIA, LEED AP, has established StudioCOEN Architects, an architecture firm located in Des Moines.
Phil Cargill (BS 1970 Art and Design - Advertising Design) and his wife, Claudia, are directors of program support for United Marriage Encounter, an international ministry.
After 39 years working for the Department of the Navy at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Raymond Schreiber (BS 1969 Landscape Architecture) retired as the SUBSAFE records branch manager in January 2009. He has since created Eagle Roost Productions, building unique, handcrafted cedar birdhouses and birdfeeders. Samples of his work can be seen by visiting the "Project Return Home" birdhouse auction website.
(BA 2007 Art and Design) joined the Iowa State University College of Business as a graphic designer in July. Among her responsibilities, Raymon will help design the college's alumni magazine, Prospectus, as well as brochures and posters; develop identities for several of the college's leadership programs; and work on materials for the college's 25th anniversary.
(BLA 1994 Landscape Architecture), RLA, ASLA, was promoted to manager of the Citywide Planning Division
in the Kansas City, Mo., City Planning and Development Department in 2008.
He manages the daily activities of long-range planning, GIS and graphics, city data, census and information support, transportation and preservation planning. Liska served as co-project manager for the city's first comprehensive citywide trails plan, Trails KC, which was adopted in November 2008. The plan received an Honor Award at the American Society of Landscape Architects Central States Conference in Omaha in May. The local Prairie Gateway Chapter of the ASLA also awarded the Trails KC Plan with a Merit Award for outstanding planning in April.
Jonathan T. Miller
(BS 1968 Architecture) has received a patent for CitySkyGard
ens, a multifamily concept he developed that incorporates sound neighborhood principles and green design characteristics in medium- to very high-density housing. The concept currently is being adapted to senior housing.
Paul Hughey (BS 1998 Community & Regional Planning) recently joined Parsons as the senior planner for its Honolulu, Hawaii office, where he works on military planning projects throughout the Pacific, including Alaska, Guam, Hawaii, Japan and South Korea. In 2006, while working for the Air Force at Ramstein AB in Germany, Hughey was selected by the Civil Engineer of the Air Force as the Community Planner of the Year for the Air Force.
Steven E. Koster (BLA 1995 Landscape Architecture), AICP, has been promoted to long-range planning manager for Douglas County, Colorado.
Alan Johnson (BAR 1993 Architecture) has created his own firm, Alan Johnson Design, llc, an architecture, interiors, planning and consulting firm in Kansas City, Mo.
Jeremy Wingerter (BA 1996 Art & Design - Art History) recently moved to Los Angeles and is now the associate director of alumni relations at the University of Southern California, University Park Campus.
Jason Hardy (BLA 2004 Landscape Architecture) graduated on May 17 with a Master of Business Administration degree from George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Neumann Monson Architects, Iowa City, recently received three International Interior Design
Association awards at the Great Plains Chapter annual expo in Des Moines. Dave Zahradnik
(BAR 1994 Architecture), Tim Schroeder
(BAR 1994 Architecture) and Jesse Bulman
(BAR 2004 Architecture) were members of the team that earned a Gold Award for sustainability for the Neumann Monson offices in downtown Iowa City. Schroeder and Bulman were on the team that earned a Gold Award for hospitality and retail for Formosa Asian Cuisine, also in downtown Iowa City. Zahradnik, Bulman, and Kristin (Manderscheid) Mohr
(BAR 2004 Architecture) were on the team that earned a Silver Award for government work for the Coralville Public Library in Coralville.
Connie Jean Kelley (BA 1978 Applied Art - Advertising Design) received her MBA from Webster University in fall
2008. She is now working as the art communications manager in the marketing/creative department at Sam's Club Home Office, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., in Bentonville, Ark.
S. Norton Pease
's (BFA 1995 Art and Design) firm, We Smell, received a Silver
ADDY® Award in District 11 (Washington,
Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska) in the area of self-promotion/interactive for
(BS 1977 Landscape Architecture), is a senior landscape architect with MIG Portland
and an adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon, Eugene, and Portland State University. He recently co-authored two books: Restoring the Pacific Northwest: The Art and Science of Ecological Restoration in Cascadia (Island Press, 2006), with Marcia Sinclair and Eric Higgs, and Designing Sustainable Forest Landscapes (Taylor & Francis Press, 2008) with Simon Bell. A Kindle edition of the latter book became available in January 2009.
Mark C. Engelbrecht
(BAR 1963 Architecture), FAIA, professor of architecture and dean of the Iowa State University College of Design, will receive the Order of the Knoll Faculty-Staff Award from the university at the 2009 Distinguished Awards Ceremony on April 17. The award is presented to an ISU employee who has brought distinction to the university through his/her professional and personal activities and achievements.
A project designed by Mike Neswick
(BA 1982 Architecture), a partner in RML Architects LLC
, Sioux City, and installed by Keith Heiser of Todd Rose Decorative Concrete
, won first place in the Stencil Division (Greater than 1,500 Square Feet Category) of the 2008 American Society of Concrete Contractors' Decorative Concrete Council Awards
. The project appeared on the cover of the February 2009 issue of Concrete Decor Magazine.
Alese (DeSchepper) Van Holland
(BFA 2008 Interior Design), LEED AP, joined Neumann Monson Architects in Iowa City as an interior designer in February 2009.
Sheena (Green) Lara (BFA 2005 Graphic Design) is a graphic designer for the College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences at Iowa State University. She was married in 2007 and
has a son who will be 1 year old on March 29.
CPT Marcus Smoot (BLA 1993 Landscape Architecture) was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service while deployed to Iraq with the 1/133 Infantry Battalion. The unit was deployed nearly 22 months and located in the Anbar Province for the entire mission.
Neumann Monson Architects
, Iowa City, announces that Jesse Bulman
(BAR 2004 Architecture) and Brian Warthen
(BAR 2002 Architecture) became registered architects in Iowa in February. Parker Dobberstein
(BAR 2005 Architecture), Nathan Griffith
(BAR 2008 Architecture) and Brad Nowasell
(BAR 2008 Architecture) achieved LEED accreditation, also in February.
John Den Boer
(MAR 2003 Architecture) of HBA Architecture and Interior Design, Inc.
, recently passed the LEED Professional Accreditation exam. Since joining HBA in 2004, he has been involved in a variety of projects, including renovations to the award-winning Oceanfront Dentistry practice in Virginia Beach, Va., and the Children's Museum of Virginia, the new Churchland Library and the YMCA, all in Portsmouth, Va.
(BA 1978 Interior Design), IIDA, of Bettendorf, is one of five recipients of the 2009 Athena Business Women's Awards, which will be presented by Missman Stanley & Associates on March 24 at a luncheon in Moline. She is the founder and CEO of Paragon Commercial Interiors, which was named one of the "Best Places to Work" by Quad City Magazine and was honored for its "Excellence in Commerce" by the Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce.
(BFA 2000 Art and Design) is a full-time freelance web designer
based in Chicago.
(BA 1987 / MAR 1990 Architecture), an architect who is currently a partner at RDG Planning and Design in Des Moines, will be the new director of the Iowa Energy Center
. He begins his new job March 1. Nordmeyer designed the Iowa State University College of Design's King Pavilion to meet LEED standards and has taught sustainable design for the ISU architecture department.
(BS 1967 Applied Art) and Graham Hanson
(BFA 1989 Graphic Design) served on the panel of judges for EXHIBITOR
Magazine's 23rd Annual Exhibit Design Awards
the world's best trade show exhibit designs.
The competition draws domestic
and international entrants from countries as diverse as Turkey, Switzerland, Israel, Australia
and the Netherlands.
Bryce D. Pearsall
(BAR 1971 Architecture), FAIA, LEED-AP, managing principal with DLR Group
, has been selected chair of the American Institute of Architects Large Firm Roundtable. An active member of AIA LFRT since 1997, Pearsall has served as vice chair and executive committee member since 2002. Comprising chief executives from more than 60 large architectural and engineering firms, the mission of the AIA LFRT is to further the special and unique interests, both national and international, of large firms by working with and through the AIA.
(BAR 2000 Architecture), LEED AP, senior associate with Studio SA
, was the architect and sustainability consultant for Vista Dunes Courtyard Homes, an 80-unit affordable housing project in La Quinta, Calif., that received a LEED-H Platinum rating. This was the largest affordable housing project in the nation to receive such a rating.
(BA 1976 Architecture), AIA, LEED AP, announces that all professional staff at Architects Smith Metzger
, Des Moines, have achieved LEED accreditation.
In June 2008, Larry M. Hatfield
(BS 1966 Applied Art), of El Sobrante, Calif., retired from teaching three-dimensional animation and computer graphics at De Anza High School in Richmond, Calif. Since 2004, he has created original digital prints, watercolors and drawings that may be viewed at
Allers Associates Architects, PC, of Fort Dodge, will observe its 30th anniversary in 2009. Founded in 1979 by Terry L. Allers
(BAR 1970 Architecture), AIA, NCARB, the firm has a staff of nine people providing general architectural services for medical, educational, commercial and worship facilities primarily in northwest and central Iowa.
Following retirement from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) where he was involved in a wide range of building technology activities for 30 years, Noël J. Raufaste (BAR 1967 Architecture) of Avondale, Pa., served as a managing director at the American Society of Civil Engineers from 1999 - 2001. Raufaste started a consulting company, Knowledge Access and Services International, and served as a guest researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology during the 1990s. During this time he managed the U.S.-Japan bilateral Cooperative Program on Wind and Seismic Effects; created a NIST program with the governments of China and France in building and fire research; developed a strategic planning process for NIST’s Building and Fire Research Laboratory; and served as co-chair of the Grand Challenges Task Group for the National Science and Technology Council’s Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction publishing Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction, a 10-year agenda for a disaster-resilient America in February 2008, and performed a number of related activities. Raufaste is serving as President of the NIST Alumni Association.
Ashley Gries (BFA 2007 Interior Design & Environmental Studies) and her husband are serving as environmental conservation volunteers with the Peace Corps in Panama until June 2010.
(MCRP 2006 Community & Regional Planning) was recently elected vice president of the Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance
, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocacy for and education about historic preservation throughout the state.
(BFA 2003 Art and Design), of Chicago, is producing painting and collage pieces for HoyPoloi
, an art gallery located in the Chinatown district of Chicago.
Rachelle Schoessler Lynn
(BFA 1990 Interior Design), ASID, LEED AP, a partner in Studio 2030
, Minneapolis, has been named to the 2009 board of directors of the American Society of Interior Designers
. Schoessler Lynn also serves on the College of Design's Interior Design Advisory Board.
Renita Van Dusen
(BFA 1995 Graphic Design), who founded Nita B. Creative in 2002, recently set out to rebrand the firm, implementing a company-wide focus on positioning, publicity, and new business development within the female market. The end-result, Affina
, was launched on Oct. 1 as one of few brand identity firms in the United States that specializes in marketing to women and girls.
Since graduating from ISU, Philip Galiga (BA 1980 Advertising Design) received his MA in art education from Saint Michael's College in Colchester, Vt., and married Ann Janda on Aug. 1, 2008. He is now teaching graphic design, advertising, electronic arts, digital photography, and yearbook/newspaper classes at South Burlington High School in South Burlington, Vt.
(BA 1975 Interior Design), ASID, of Hinsdale, Ill., received a Chapter Medalist Award from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
National Examiners Committee in September 2008. This is the highest award presented by ASID to professional members at the chapter level in recognition of outstanding service and significant contributions to their chapter, the society and the profession as a whole.
(BA 1971 Architecture) was one of several principals that helped to establish the Chicago office of RTKL
. He is now the director of the office and co-director of RTKL's healthcare studio. In 2007, Wilson co-authored a new medical district plan for the city of Springfield, Ill. The plan incorporated one square mile in the heart of Springfield and won the Burnam Prize for planning from the Illinois AIA.
North Dakota's park and recreation director, Doug Prchal
(MLA 1977 Landscape Architecture) received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of State Park Directors
at the group's national conference in Boise, Id., on Sept. 4. The award is presented annually to recognize a state park director who has demonstrated a long-term record of professional accomplishment in the field of parks and recreation management.
(BFA 1987 Interior Design), ASID, recently launched a new boutique interior design firm in Minneapolis. Lilu Interiors
specializes in residential interior design.
When Someone Very Special Dies and When Mom and Dad Separate, two books by Marge Slorby Eaton Heegaard (BS 1951 Applied Art), LICSW, are among the National Book Network's top 200 sellers. Heegaard is an art therapist and grief counselor. She has written 11 books in the Drawing Out Feelings series for children, which uses the art process to help children understand and express feeling of loss and change, and five books in the Drawing Together series to help adults communicate with children. Heegaard also has written and donated books to be used with child survivors of the Sept. 11 attacks, Asian tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and AIDS orphans.
Jason Beske (BS Community and Regional Planning 2002; MCRP 2007) was recently elected chair-elect for the Urban Design and Preservation Division of the American Planning Association. Jason is a senior planner and urban designer for the city of Overland Park, Kan.
Brian Clark & Associates has a new name: Confluence
. The collaborative regional design firm, with offices in Des Moines, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Kansas City, Mo., focuses on landscape architecture, land planning and urban design. Senior principal and president is Brian Clark
(BLA 1987 Landscape Architecture).
Thomas R. Dunbar
(BS 1969 Landscape Architecture), FASLA, is the new executive director of the Center for Resilient Cities
(formerly Urban Open Space Foundation) in Madison, Wis. Dunbar previously served as principal, landscape architect and planner for Dunbar/Jones PLC in Des Moines.
(BA 1977 Architecture), an adjunct professor in the department of family and consumer sciences at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, died June 28 from injuries he received in an automobile accident. Terry was 53 and living in Rosebud, Texas, with his wife, Jean. Full obituary
Ben Champ (BLA 1998 Landscape Architecture) is now the director of community development for the city of Pleasant Hill, Iowa. For the past eight years, Ben has been the point man on various tasks for the city of Fort Dodge, including housing subdivisions and the Gypsum City Off-Highway Vehicle Park.
After leaving ISU, Muhammad Shatar Sabran (BS 1990 Community and Regional Planning; MCRP 1992) pursued his PhD at the University of Missouri. He is now the director of the Co-Curriculum Center at Universiti Putra Malaysia.
(BFA 1999 Art and Design) opened his own business in 2007. Lava Row
specializes in social media strategy and consulting.
After 31 years, Janelle
(BS 1971 Art Education) and George McClain
(BS 1971 Animal Science) have sold their fine art gallery and framing studio, Cornerhouse Gallery & Frame, Inc
. The gallery/studio cultivated the market of regional fine artists, both established and emerging, and offered truly custom and innovative framing since 1976. Janelle continues her active dealership in fine art including the works of Grant Wood, Marvin Cone and other Midwestern Regionalists.
(BFA 1994 Interior Design), owner and creative director of Celebrate
, was included in the Boston Business Journal's 25 Largest Meeting and Event Planners in the Boston area for the fourth year. Celebrate is a marketing promotions firm specializing in putting the "fizz" back in companies' marketing plans.
(BS 1977 Landscape Architecture) is one of 20 members of the American Society of Landscape Architects selected for induction into its distinguished Council of Fellows
. Edward is a principal and design leader with NBBJ in Columbus, Ohio.
Edwin was nominated by the Ohio ASLA Chapter for his lifetime achievements in design across a breadth of markets and geographies. He has led many award-winning projects including university medical centers, campus master planning, and historic landmarks, as well as a variety of projects in Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and China, including the recent Changfeng District Master Plan in Shanghai.
Jason Bailer Losh
(BA 1999 Art and Design) is a recipient of the 2008 Emerging Artist Fellowship from Socrates Sculptures Park
in New York City. After graduating from ISU, Jason continued his education at The School of Visual Art in New York City, where he received his MFA in 2007.
Norton Pease (BFA 1995 Art and Design) has been rewarded tenure and promotion to associate professor of art and graphic design at Montana State University - Northern.
Gary D. Taylor
(MCRP 1996 Community and Regional Planning), assistant professor and extension specialist in community and regional planning at Iowa State University, received the Chapter Presidents Council 2008 Leadership Award for Chapter Professional Development Officer Recognition from the American Planning Association at its national conference in Las Vegas. He was honored for his leadership and dedication to training the professional and citizen planners of Iowa.
The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) will induct Dean P. Brennan (BS 1970 Urban Planning) of Phoenix, Ariz., into its College of Fellows on April 27 in conjunction with the American Planning Association's 100th National Planning Conference in Las Vegas. Brennan is a principal planner with the City of Phoenix Planning Department.
Election to fellowship may be granted to planners who have been longtime members of AICP and have demonstrated excellence in professional practice, teaching and mentoring, research, community service, leadership, and communication. Forty-nine planners from 22 states will be inducted this year.
Kim (Nelson) Gehling
(BFA 2002 Graphic Design) recently opened Websites to Impress
. She and her associates design and develop websites, building them from scratch and fine-tuning existing ones. The new web design business, located in Carroll, takes advantage of low, small-town overhead but still has global reach.
(BS 1975 Landscape Architecture), ASLA, has been appointed by the Minnesota Commerce Commissioner to the Minnesota State Designer Selection Board. Mark is a landscape architect and president of Hoisington Koegler Group
, a Minneapolis landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm. He is a board member of the Sensible Land Use Coalition
Fred Chabot (BS 1975 Landscape Architecture & BS 1967 Horticulture) was appointed commissioner on the newly created Historic Preservation Commission in Newton. He will serve an initial term of two years. The commission's missions are to identify and protect properties of historic significance and to enhance economic development by attracting tourists to view and study historic properties in Newton.
After working 13 years as a production manager and supervisor for marketing agencies, Laura (Bishop) Cottril
(BA 1985 Graphic Design) decided to leave the industry. She did an apprenticeship for a year and started her own portrait photography business, Laura Cottril Photography
, in 2003. She is certified by the Professional Photographers of America
and served as president of her regional affiliate in 2007. Cottril was published twice in trade journals (ProPhoto and Rangefinder) in 2007. She resides in Walnut Creek, Calif., with her husband, Tim, and two sons.
Graham Hanson Design
has been named one of 50 select design firms nationwide to be featured in the recent Graphis
hardcover publication DesignersUSA. The company is owned by Graham Hanson
(BFA 1989 Graphic Design) of Rhinebeck, N.Y.
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson recently re-appointed Barbara Templeman
(BFA 1970 Interior Design), ASID, to serve a three year term on the New Mexico Interior Design Board
After 23 years of professional practice in Minneapolis as founder of Whitney-Bayber Interiors, Inc., Barbara moved to Santa Fe, N.M. In 1993 she founded Barbara Templeman Interior Design. She is currently president of the Interior Design Board and has chaired
Santa Fe Interior Designers Presents
, an annual interior design industry event and forum, for the past three years.
Paul G. May (BA 1983 Architecture) and C. John Uban (BS 1972 Landscape Architecture), both of Minneapolis, have been named to the Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design. Appointed by the governorn, the board consists of 21 members.
May is an architect with Miller Dunwiddie Architecture in Minneapolis and has nearly 25 years of experience in the profession. He is a member of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, serving on its Minnesota Convention Programs Committee; he also was involved with the Minnesota Design Team, and was a 1996 Young Architect Award winner. He will serve a four-year term on the board as the representative for architects.
Uban is a principal landscape architect with Bonestroo, Inc. in St. Paul. He is a registered landscape architect in Minnesota and Iowa, and is a member and past president of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He also chaired the Minneapolis Convention on Urban Environment, and the Minneapolis Tree Advisory Commission. Uban has been a board member since 2004 and was reappointed for his second term as the representative for landscape architects.
Patricia (Buckley) Hibbs (BS 1971 Art Education) retired from the La Crosse (Wisconsin) Public Schools after teaching K-6 art for 35 years. During this time, she also served with the Gifted and Talented programs throughout the district. Patricia will continue to work for La Crosse as a consultant and substitute teacher. Patricia and her husband, Paul, have two children, Andrea and Andrew. She places a great value on Iowa State and its global influence on the future of education.
(BA 1984 Art Education) was named director of bookstore operations at Kansas City Kansas Community College
in January 2008. He previously was the art and supplies buyer for the KU Bookstore at the University of Kansas. John and his wife, Diann, live in Lawrence, Kan.
Patricia (Coulter) Ray (BA 1975 Interior Design) is the manufacturer's representative for Constantine Commercial in Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio, and Lexington, Ky. She has been in this position for nearly two years.
African American Architects: A Biographical Dictionary, 1865-1945, edited by Dreck Wilson (BS 1971 Urban Planning), has gone into a second printing. The book is published by Routledge.
Debra Arter (BA 1978 Art Education) recently completed her MFA in visual arts at Vermont College. Her piece 'The Book of Bacon” will be included in the Maine Biennial at the Center for Contemporary Art in August 2008. She credits her time in Ames for the idea of combining printmaking with cured meat.
(BS 1969 Applied Art) is currently a professor of advertising at the University of West Florida
. Before taking this position, he spent 13 years as a professor at ISU. His students have won the National Student Advertising Championship a record four times. Thomas has also received many creative advertising awards and honors, including three solo shows.
Jack E. Leaman
(BS 1954 Landscape Architecture & MCRP 1982 Community and Regional Planning), FASLA, AICP, Mason City, has been named a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners
, the highest honor given by the organization. He was nominated by the Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association will be inducted during the APA's national conference in Las Vegas in April. An article on Leaman appeared in the Feb. 18 edition of the Mason City Globe Gazette
, available online.
(BAR 2003 Architecture), Cedar Rapids, has been very active in the American Institute of Architects
since her graduation from Iowa State. She served as associate director on the AIA Iowa board of directors and last year was appointed associate director on the Central States Region board of directors. She also leads the Central States Region's Emerging Professionals Committee. For the next two years, Katie will also be on the AIA National Associates Committee advocating for all associate members in Iowa. She is employed at OPN Architects
, NCARB (BAR 1983 Architecture), has been promoted to principal at HMN Architects
, where he will head the Justice Division. HMN Architects recently was named one of the top 10 Best Places to Work in Kansas City by the Kansas City Business Journal and consistently places in the top 10 architectural firms in Kansas City as ranked by Ingram's Magazine.
(BS 1974 Landscape Architecture), director of planning for the city of Omaha, received Omaha by Design's 2007 Laurels Award
. The award, Omaha by Design's highest honor, is presented to an individual, organization or business that has made significant contributions to the creation of great public spaces in the Omaha metropolitan region. Steve was presented the award by Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey on Jan. 28 at Omaha by Design's inaugural awards luncheon.
is one of 13 recipients of the 2008 AIA Institute Honor Award
for its work on the Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge, La. Principal in charge of the project was Christopher Ingersoll
(BA 1981 Architecture). The award is the profession's highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture, and urban design. All recipients will be honored in May at the 2008 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Boston.
(BFA 1995 Art and Design) received a Montana Gold Addy Award for designing a consumer Flash site for the project helphillcounty.org
. Norton's work will next be forwarded to the regional competition.
Teri (Massengale) Kallem, IIDA (BFA 1989 Interior Design), has started a new full-service residential and commercial design business in central Iowa called Kallem Interior Design.
(BS 1999 Interdisciplinary Studies & MCRP 2003 Community and Regional Planning) is now an account manager in the Denver regional office of ESRI
, where she works with state and local government users of geographic information systems (GIS) and mapping software.
Michael J. Meehan
, AIA, LEED AP, and Tim Schroeder
, AIA, LEED AP (both BAR 1994 Architecture), are among 10 architects nationwide to receive the American Institute of Architects' 2008 Young Architects Awards.
Michael is the professional development manager at BWBR Architects
in St. Paul, Minn., where he manages employee education, development and evaluation processes. In the past 10 years, he has taught ARE review seminars for AIA Minnesota and guided more than 400 interns through the graphic sections of the exam. As the 2007 chair of the Young Architects Forum Advisory Committee, Michael helped coordinate the YAF 15 Summit (recognizing the committee's 15th anniversary) and oversaw creation of a 10-year strategic plan. He sits on the board of directors of a civic group formed in 2006 within his historic neighborhood of Northfield and is a member of the Northfield Zoning Code Advisory Group.
Tim, in 2000 at age 30, became a vice president of Neumann Monson Architects
in Iowa City and has led many of the firm's sustainability endeavors. He created Iowa's first green-roof project, first LEED-certified school and first LEED-certified public building, and was the recipient of AIA Iowa's first Sustainability Award. Tim also served on the Iowa Architectural Foundation Board and the editorial board for the award-winning Iowa Architect
magazine, for which he recently became editor-in-chief.
Gary Adams, AIA (BAR 1972 Architecture), left, and Kevin Scott, AIA (BAR 1979 Architecture), right, are two of the eight partners at Davis Partnership Architects, which received the American Institute of Architects' Colorado and Denver chapters' 2007 Firm of the Year awards. The awards recognize the Colorado architectural firm that has contributed the most to the profession and set a noteworthy example in both design and leadership within the state over a period of at least 10 years. Davis Partnership Architects is Colorado's oldest architecture, land planning, interior design and landscape architecture firm, and employs more than 140 people.
(BFA 2001 Integrated Studio Arts) will earn her MFA in Integrated Visual Arts from Iowa State this year. A collection of 19 oil paintings and pastel drawings, the culmination of her graduate study, is on display now through Feb. 10 in the Pioneer Room of the Iowa State Memorial Union, 2229 Lincoln Way, Ames. The work in this exhibition reflects scenes from the Whiterock Conservancy
, a 5,000-acre reserve in the Middle Coon River Valley near Coon Rapids, which has been protected and preserved by the Garst family. Meet Nancy and view her work at a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, in the Pioneer Room.
(BA 1972 Architecture), Des Moines, editor and project designer for Wood Magazine
, and his brother, Ben Svec, of Falls Millwork, Kelley, received an Honorable Mention Award in Custom Woodworking Business
(CWB) magazine's 2008 Design Portfolio Awards competition. This recognition was for the pair's custom-designed sanctuary furnishings for the new St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Norwalk. The furnishings include the altar, processional cross, ambo, chairs and tabernacle. Details and photographs of the project will be featured in the December 2007 issue of CWB.
Paul McKean Architecture was awarded the Built Honor Award from AIA Portland
for its work on the Neal Creek Residence, a modest, green weekend home in Hood River, Ore. Paul McKean
(BAR 1992 Architecture), Portland, is co-owner of the firm.
Sarah (Fackrell) Burstein (BA 2004 Art and Design) attended the University of Chicago Law School after graduating from ISU and is working as an intellectual property associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She works on trademark, trade dress, design patent and false advertising work.
Lydia (Sloan) Cline (BA 1982 Architecture) had a textbook published by CENGAGE Delmar titled "Architectural Drafting for Interior Designers." It is the only drafting book on the market that addresses the needs of beginning interior design students. Cline teaches drafting to interior design students at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan.
Debra A. Varnado, AICP (MCRP 1991 Community and Regional Planning), has been self-employed with her own consulting practice for six years. She serves as the assistant executive of the Ventura Council of Governments and is a sub on other contracts. She has also been writing and publishing poetry and visual art, most recently in So To Speak (George Mason University). Varnado earned a second master's degree from Antioch University Los Angeles in 2004. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.
(BA 1983 Architecture) was promoted to president of Architectural Alliance
, where he directs the firm's corporate, workplace interiors and science and technology markets. He has been with Architectural Alliance since 1988.
Architectural Alliance has contributed to projects such as the Guthrie Theater and the downtown Minneapolis Central Library. The firm provides planning, architecture and interior design services.
Brian (BLS 1994 Liberal Studies / MCRP 1999 Community and Regional Planning) and Sue Portz, Downers Grove, Ill., announce the birth of Addison Elaine. The couple has been married for 2 1/2 years and Addison is their first child.
, ASLA (BLA 1994 Landscape Architecture), has been named entitlements manager for BSW International
, Tampa, Fla. In this role, he is responsible for site acquisition, due diligence, planning, entitlement process, and the construction of commercial infrastructure. He previously served as senior land entitlement project manager for Centex, Dallas, Texas.
A building designed with the help of Dave Leighly
, AIA, LEED AP (BA 1985 Architecture), was dedicated by former President Bill Clinton on Oct. 23. Leighly, a project architect and code specialist with BWBR Architects
, St. Paul, Minn., was a member of the design team that created the new Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The four-story, 110,000-square-foot facility features unique amenities such as therapy pools, sensory relaxation rooms, women's- and beginners'-only fitness rooms, and a conference center with demonstration kitchen. Leighly has been with BWBR for eight years and is a 20-year veteran in the industry.
Art Educators of Iowa has named Peggy Bang
(BA 1972 Art Education) as Iowa's 2007-2008 Higher Education Art Educator of the Year. As such, she is also Iowa's nominee for the Western Region Art Educator of the Year award from the National Art Education Association. She will be recognized at an award ceremony that will be part of the State AEI Conference in Boone on Oct. 13. More information about the conference is available at www.artedia.org
Ryan and Amy (Doyle) Savage (both BFA 2000 Art and Design) announce the birth of Jack Ryan. Ryan and Amy met in the drawing studios in the College of Design and say they fell in love while they were supposed to be studying for art history exams at the library. The couple has been married for 6 1/2 years.
(BA 1985 Architecture) has been appointed to Vice President of Project & Development at Jones Lang LaSalle
in Chicago, Ill. Riordan currently resides in Arlington Heights, Ill.
(BFA 2004 Graphic Design) is a new account planner/senior graphic designer at J.D. Gordon Advertising
, Sioux City. In her role as account planner, Nelson researches data to produce advertising ideas and marketing strategies to resolve business problems in innovative ways. As a senior graphic designer, her duties include the concepting, design and production of print, Web, out-of-home, point-of-sale and other promotional elements. Nelson previously was a senior graphic designer for the Shelter Company in Des Moines and a marketing assistant for Long Lines in Sergeant Bluff. She is working on her MBA degree specializing in marketing at Wayne State College, Nebraska.
"Almost Home," "The Popcorn Vendor," and "Warm and Cool"--three paintings by Michael Stohlmeyer
(BA 1976 Advertising Design) of Ames--were juried into the 2006 PaintAmerica
Top100 Art Competition. Stohlmeyer specializes in painting the Iowa landscape.
Pam (Edler) Swarts
(BA 1972 Interior Design & BS 1976 Home Economics Education) opened an art gallery and custom framing studio in Marshalltown. The Perfect Setting features works of art by Iowa artists and monthly events for art lovers. Artists are encouraged to contact the gallery at www.theperfectsetting.org
(BS 1977 Landscape Architecture) received the Merit Award in Research and Communication from the ASLA Oregon
Chapter. Apostol was the senior editor for Restoring the Pacific Northwest: The art and science of ecological restoration in Cascadia.
Michael R. Broshar
(BS Architecture 1978), InVision Architecture
, has been named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, an honor awarded to members who have made contributions of national significance to the profession. He is chair of the 2006 AIA National Convention in Los Angeles, is AIA national vice president for 2006-2007, served on the Board of Regents of the American Architectural Foundation, chaired the AIA Continuing Education Strategy Work Group, and has participated on the AIA Long-Range Planning Advisory Group and the AIA Component Relations Committee. In Iowa, Broshar has served as president of AIA Iowa and chair of the Iowa Architectural Foundation. He will be invested in the AIA College of Fellows at the national convention in LA on June 9.