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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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

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


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

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


A solo exhibition of more than 20 contemporary art quilts by Hilary (Carrow) Frye (BA 1988 Art Education), Eden Prairie, Minnesota, is on display Oct. 1-31 at the Chaska Community Center in Eden Prairie. View Chaska Herald story She will have a solo show at Eden Prairie Library in May 2016.


Catherine Reinhart (BFA 2008 Integrated Studio Arts), Ames, received the Surface Design Association's Emerging Voices Award for her work in the Fiber Focus 2015 exhibition in conjunction with the Innovations in Textile Conference X at the Art Saint Louis Gallery in St. Louis, Missouri. Juror Marci Rae McDade, editor of Surface Design Journal, selected 50 artworks by 43 artists from among 200 entries in all fiber media and techniques. Two works by Reinhart were part of the show.


Terry L. Allers, AIA (BArch 1970 Architecture), president of Allers Associates Architects, Fort Dodge, was elected secretary of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards at the council's 96th Annual Business Meeting in June. He had most recently served as the director of the council's Mid-Central States Conference (Region 4), which represents Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Read more


Rebecca Wardon (BFA 2013 Interior Design) and the Bielinski Homes team she works with received five major awards at the 70th anniversary celebration for the Metropolitan Builders Association (MBA) Parade of Homes. Awards included Best Advertising Campaign, Best Landscape Design, Best Interior Design, Best Room – Lower Level Bar, and Gold Place for Best Overall Design.


Jason Beske (BS 2002 / MCRP 2007 Community & Regional Planning) is now the senior urban planner for the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) in Washington, DC. As the federal government's planning agency for the National Capital Region, the NCPC's mission is to preserve and enhance the capital's extraordinary historical, cultural and natural resources and federal assets to support the needs of the region's visitors, workers and residents.


Bethany Wilcoxon (BS 2008 Community & Regional Planning) was selected to participate in Leadership Iowa, a premier issues-awareness program that promotes leadership within Iowa. Leadership Iowa educates, challenges and inspires its participants to bring out their inherent quality to "point the way." The ultimate goal is to instill passion in current and emerging leaders while fostering a high level of civic engagement.


"Inheritance," pictured at right, and "Slug Bug No Return" (both egg tempera on paper) by Meghan Flynn (BFA 2011 Integrated Studio Arts) have been accepted into Terrain, an annual, one-night-only, juried multimedia art and music event from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, Oct. 2, at the Cracker Factory in Spokane, Washington.


John Dorn (BA 1990 Biological/Pre-medical Illustration), a lecturer in art and visual culture and biological/pre-medical illustration at Iowa State University, and Nick Klein (BA 2007 Biological/Pre-Medical Illustration) received the Dr. Frank Netter Award for Special Contribution to Medical Education at the Association of Medical Illustrators 2015 annual meeting in Cleveland, Ohio, in July.

They received the award for their work on iSO-FORM's Bone Box series of iPad apps. Klein is a partner and director of innovation and Dorn is director of operations and production for iSO-FORM.


Large-scale artwork by Justin Eccles (BFA 1999 Art & Design / BFA 1999 Graphic Design) will be on display from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at Cornerstone Church of Ames, 56829 US Hwy. 30. He will lead a hands-on workshop for artists from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 12, also at the church.


After spending 11 years in London—including nine years as the acting design director and partner at Martha Schwartz Partners—Matthew Edward Getch (BLA 1998 Landscape Architecture) is returning to the United States to continue his professional career at Peter Walker Partners, Berkeley, California.


Meghan Flynn (BFA 2011 Integrated Studio Arts) participated in the Starry Night Residency Program in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, for four weeks in June. The program provides artists, writers and researchers the opportunity to live and work as part of a small, creative community. Flynn is an adjunct instructor at Iowa Western Community College, Council Bluffs, where she teaches advanced drawing and painting courses.


Michael Broshar (BA 1978 Architecture), partner with INVISION Architecture, has an exhibition of 35 watercolor paintings on display June 18 through Oct. 31 in the Reddington Gallery at the Waterloo Center for the Arts, Waterloo, Iowa. Broshar's watercolor titled "St. Thomas By The Sea" was accepted into the 38th Annual Iowa Watercolor Society Exhibition on display Aug. 7 through Sept. 24 at La Poste Gallery in Perry, Iowa.


Peter Stavenger (BS 2003 Community & Regional Planning) has joined the leadership team of Page, a multidisciplinary architecture and engineering firm, as an associate principal. A project architect, Stavenger specializes in leading large, complex projects across market sectors, with a strong emphasis on the civic/government sector. While he has worked on award winning projects across the United States, Stavenger has been based in Colorado for the majority of his career and is now located in Page's Denver office.

Some of his notable projects include commercial airport designs, renovations and expansions that range from Raleigh-Durham International Airport to Sacramento International Airport; Seattle-Tacoma International Airport; and repeat projects at Los Angeles International Airport, among others. His portfolio includes various other civic projects such as the Public Safety Headquarters for the City of San Antonio, the Nature Research Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the Miami Beach Convention Center. Stavenger recently helped lead the Colorado Convention Center feasibility study and the resulting master plan now under way in Denver.
Previously, Stavenger worked for Fentress Architects, also located in Denver, and began his career at PLY Architecture in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he worked on two projects that won state AIA Honor Awards. He was awarded a Bachelor of Science with Distinction and Honors in Community and Regional Planning from the Iowa State University College of Design. Stavenger also received the William A. Malone Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement and the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Outstanding Undergraduate Award while simultaneously competing as a NCAA Division I varsity student-athlete. He is a member of the Board of Governors for the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, from which he received his Master of Architecture with High Distinction in 2006 while attending on an Architecture Program Merit Scholarship, and was the inaugural King and Frances Stutzman Scholar.


Richard Williams (BS 2013 Community & Regional Planning) completed graduate degrees in city and regional planning (MCRP) and transportation engineering (MSE) in June at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California. He was awarded the Dubbink Family Fellowship and received second-place honors in the Association of Environmental Professionals student competition in Santa Barbara for his work with CAL FIRE on wildland fire response modeling. He now works as a transportation planner with Hexagon Transportation Consultants, San Jose.


Kurt Haglund (BA 1981 / BArch 1982 Architecture) is now regional director of practice areas – Southeast for Gensler in the Washington, DC area. He had been a managing director with Jones Lang LaSalle for 13 years.


Scott Worth (BArch 1990 Architecture), architect and Iowa State Fair senior plant operations director, designed the new MidAmerican Energy Stage just down the hill from the Patty & Jim Cownie Cultural Center on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.


Anna Schwennsen Jones (BArch 2011 Architecture), an associate architect with Substance Architecture in Des Moines and chair of the nonprofit Iowa Women in Architecture organization, has been named associate editor of Iowa Architect magazine. She has been a member of the magazine's editorial board since 2012.


Justin Burnham (BArch 2007 Architecture), an intern architect with Neumann Monson Architects in Des Moines, has been named to the editorial board of Iowa Architect magazine.


Grant Nordby (BArch 2009 Architecture), an intern architect with Shive-Hattery in Iowa City, has been named to the editorial board of Iowa Architect magazine.


Katelyn Rutledge (BArch 2012 Architecture), an architectural intern with RDG Planning & Design in Des Moines, has been named to the editorial board of Iowa Architect magazine.


International designer Deeia Topp (BFA 1990 Interior Design) is never surprised when her clients ask for her agreement to keep quiet about their homes and lives. After 25 years in the design business, Topp, president of Deeia Topp Interiors in Sarasota, Florida, has written a novel that provides a fictional peek behind the draperies of Greenwich's elite. Complicated... By Design: A Novel (Lightning Strikes Twice, June 2015) is available as an e-book and in print on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and


Bethany Wilcoxon (BS 2008 Community & Regional Planning / GIS Certificate), Capital Crossroads strategic coordinator with the Greater Des Moines Partnership, has been invited to develop Iowa's first Global Shapers Hub in Des Moines. An initiative of the World Economic Forum, the Global Shapers Community is a network of hubs located in urban areas, developed and led by young leaders between the ages of 20 and 30 years old who possess a strong desire and passion to develop their leadership potential toward serving society. Each hub undertakes an annual civic project aimed at community engagement, improvement and civic action. Wilcoxon will join 450 Shapers from around the world for the Annual Curators Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, in August.


Jasper "JC" Crutison (BS 2011 Community & Regional Planning, Sociology / MS 2013 Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies), a facilities engineer and manager with the US Coast Guard Sector Field Office Galveston, Texas, Department of Homeland Security, was a top finalist and honorable mention for the 2015 SAME (Society of Military Engineers) Engineer of the Year award. He was nominated for "professionally balancing the demands of ongoing facilities engineering and maintenance as department head, while superbly managing the $60 million base rebuild construction projects." The recognition was presented by the Commandant for Engineering and Logistics, US Coast Guard, Washington, DC.

Crutison's responsibilities include personnel, program and project management, facility planning, physical security, environmental and safety management, hazardous material and waste management, construction, maintenance and warranty management as the department head and manager for the facilities engineering division of the 545-acre USCG SFO Galveston.


Joy Owen (BFA 2015 Interior Design) has joined the Des Moines office of FEH DESIGN (formerly FEH Associates) as an interior designer.


Reinaldo Correa (BArch 2008 Architecture), a freelance artist and designer, and Curt Engelhardt (BLA 1998 Landscape Architecture / MArch 2012 Architecture), an intern architect with RDG Planning & Design, collaborated to design and construct the "Metaphotonic treePOD" on display as part of the InTREEguing TREEhouses exhibition through Oct. 25 at Reiman Gardens in Ames.

Their CNC-routed treehouse was inspired by the process of metamorphosis as well as the structure of a cocoon or chyrsalis and the photonic characteristics of microscopic scales that cover butterfly wings, which create the wings' color by manipulating light. The project appears in the current issue of CODAmagazine: Earth and Urbanism, published July 2015.


Corissa (Huibregtse) Thornsen (BFA 2012 Interior Design), LEED Green Associate, Assoc. IIDA, an interior designer with HOK in Houston, Texas, recently passed all three sections of the NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) exam and is now a certified interior designer.


Vaughn Rinner, FASLA (BSLA 1974 Landscape Architecture), has been elected the American Society of Landscape Architects' 2015-2016 president-elect. She will be sworn in as president-elect at the 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting in Chicago in November and as president at the 2016 meeting in New Orleans the following November.


Doug Smith (BLA 1987 Landscape Architecture), president of international landscape architecture firm EDSA, was featured in "A Landscape Architect's Bridge to New Ideas," a June 30 article in the Wall Street Journal.


Peter Goche's (BArch 1991 / MArch 2005 Architecture) "The Body Hutch," which he designed and installed last September for Eliel's Closet, the Des Moines Art Center's Art Meets Fashion pop-up boutique, is published on page 8 of the Summer 2015 issue of Iowa Architect magazine. Goche is a senior lecturer in architecture at Iowa State University.


"Managing Dynamics of Power and Learning in Community Development: A Case Study of Iowan Farmers in Uganda," an article coauthored by Stephen Lauer (MCRP 2013 Community & Regional Planning / MS 2013 Sustainable Agriculture) and Francis Owusu, professor and chair of community and regional planning, based on Lauer's thesis research in Uganda, has been published in the June 2015 issue of the Journal of Extension, Vol. 53, No. 3.


"'Seeds of Change' planted in Costa Rican jungle," a June 26 article in Crow River Life, highlighted the work of Minneapolis architect David Lee Andersen, AIA (MArch 1977 Architecture). The story focused on his recent design of a sustainable ecology laboratory and campus in northern Costa Rica for Wayzata, Minnesota-based nonprofit Seeds of Change, which provides high school sophomores and juniors the opportunity to engage in real research projects with scientists in Costa Rica.


Like the Flowers and Tares of a Thousand Hills, an exhibition by Eric Robinson (MFA 2009 Integrated Visual Arts), is on display at the Octagon Center for the Arts Community Gallery June 19 – July 25. 


Farmivale, an interactive exhibition by Lyndsay Nissen (MFA 2015 Integrated Visual Arts), will be on display July 10-31 at the Des Moines Social Club's Viaduct Gallery in Des Moines. The show will feature multiple games (such as a candy claw machine, darts and ring toss) Nissen has redesigned and modified to provoke conversation and encouage participation in local culture. An opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 10, will include music and refreshments. Nissen will present an artist's talk at 7 p.m. Monday, July 13.


Josh Abbey (BArch 2011 Architecture), an architecture consultant with SB Architects in Miami, Florida, runs an online T-shirt store called Faded xx Clothing and recently received registered trademark approval for the Faded Ghost®. He has sold more than 9,000 T-shirts worldwide in the past three years. Abbey notes that architecture will always be his career focus, but he has a passion for graphic T-shirt design!


Cameren Stanek (BFA 2015 Interior Design) has joined Neumann Monson Architects' Iowa City office as an interior designer. She interned with Neumann Monson in summer 2014 and is now working on a mix of residential and office design projects.


Work by Melanie Vote (BFA 1995 Craft Design) is a part of two exhibitions this month: Paintings in Trees, an exhibition of paintings and sculptures in and for The People's Garden, May 30 through June 28 in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York; and Blue Drawings: Figure, Form & The New Narrative, an exhibition exploring current drawing practices aligned with classical methods, June 4 through July 18 at Portraits, Inc., New York, New York. Shown is Vote's "Summer" (graphite and watercolor, 2015).


Work by Matthew Conradt (BFA 2005 Integrated Studio Arts) will be part of the Somewhere Between group exhibition curated by Julie McKim, June 5-7 during ArtHelix's Bushwick Open Studios event in Brooklyn, NY.

His work also will be part of Muriel Guepin Gallery's display at Volta 11, June 15-20 in Basel, Switzerland. Pictured at right is Conradt's "Like Wonders Much Reduced" (mixed media on mylar, 2014).


Emily Hilgendorf (BArch 2015 Architecture) has joined FEH Associates Inc.'s Dubuque office as an intern architect.


Abbey Potthoff (BFA 2013 Interior Design) received the IIDA Emerging Professional Award from the International Interior Design Association Great Plains Chapter at the 2015 IIDA Interior Design Excellence Awards ceremony in Omaha, Neb., in May. The award recognizes designers who go above and beyond for the advancement of the IIDA Great Plains Chapter and the profession of interior design.


Akshali Gandhi (BS 2012 Community & Regional Planning) recently graduated with her Master of Regional Planning degree from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. She will become a transportation planner II in the Department of City Planning for Pittsburgh, Penn., in July.


Joel Franqui (BLA 1997 Landscape Architecture / Environmental Studies), San Juan, Puerto Rico, was recognized by the Puerto Rico Community Foundation with the Maestro Rafael Cordero Award, which honored 30 community leaders as creators of hope for the Caribbean island. Franqui was specifically distinguished for his commitment to fair trade and the solidarity economy. The award is named after Rafael Cordero, known as the "father of public education in Puerto Rico."


Jackson Metcalf (BArch 2006 Architecture), who has been with Gensler's Chicago office since graduation, was appointed to associate with the firm in December 2014 and in 2015 was named the Regional Mission Critical Practice Area Leader for the North Central Region of Chicago, Minneapolis, Detroit and LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Metcalf recently was quoted in the quarterly magazine Dialogue's article on "Healthcare's Future: Medicine with You in Mind."


Gary Hintermeister (BA 1983 Architecture) is now a senior architect and architectural group leader at Shive-Hattery Architecture + Engineering in Moline, Ill.


Gregory Leichty (BLA 2012 Landscape Architecture / Environmental Studies) recently was promoted to senior designer at DHM Design's Denver office. Since joining DHM Design in 2013, Leichty has been an integral part of the design team, successfully completing numerous projects in Colorado and across the United States, including public parks, trails, residential developments and sports complexes, among others.


Recent work by Melanie Vote (BFA 1995 Art & Design – Craft Design) will be a part of Closed Circuit, an exhibition curated by Carlo McCormick, May 5-30 at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center, Abrazo Interno Gallery, New York City. The show opens with an artists' preview from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 5. During the Open Studios Weekend, May 29-30 at Clemente Soto Velez, she will also share a new body of work tracing relationships of the human body to the soil, including a 10-foot-by-12-foot painting, among others.

Vote also will be teaching a plein air oil painting class at the New York Academy of Art in June.


Abby Rodewald (BLA 2012 Landscape Architecture) recently joined Genus Landscape Architects, Des Moines, as an associate landscape architect.


Derek Anderson (BFA 1991 Art & Design – Drawing, Painting, Printmaking), Minneapolis, Minn., has written and illustrated the children's book Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure (Orchard Books, 2015), available today, April 28. He will be in Ames for reading and signing events Saturday, May 16, at 10:30 a.m. at the Iowa State University Book Store (Memorial Union) and at 2 p.m. at the Ames Public Library.


Matthew Tucker (BLA 1995 Landscape Architecture / Environmental Studies), an assistant professor of landscape architecture in the University of Minnesota College of Design, organized "Nature3.x: Where is Nature Now?", a public symposium held April 17-18 at the University of Minnesota.

The event focused upon the examination of the pressing ecological dilemmas associated with the Anthropocene epoch and offered speculative trajectories for future landscape architecture critical practice. Nearly 200 landscape architects, architects, artists and environmental activists attended the symposium. Speakers included Tucker as well as Kate Orff of SCAPE/Landscape Architecture, author Emma Marris, documentary filmmaker Andrew Blackwell, artist Buster Simpson and artist Koert vanMensvoort.

The symposium also included a pre-symposium "Culvertized" workshop led by Tucker and Simpson, which focused upon the concept of bluespace and urban headwaters to retrofit urban stormwater infrastructure.


Graham Hanson Design was one of 10 Platinum Award winners in the recently announced Graphis Typography 3 competition. The firm was recognized for its logo/identity design for Google's New York headquarters. GHD, owned by principal Graham Hanson (BFA 1989 Graphic Design), also won a Gold Award. Graphis Typography 3 presents the work of some of the top international design and type design masters in the industry.


Lynnette Ewoldt (BFA 1990 Graphic Design) has written and illustrated a number of children's books, including I Love You Bunny Babe, now available for Kindle on Amazon.


Vail Systems, a project by Eastlake Studio interior designer Stephanie Smothers (BFA 2009 Interior Design), has won two RED Awards from the Illinois chapter of the International Interior Design Association.


Kevin Kane (BA 1982 Leisure Studies / BS 1982 Landscape Architecture / MLA 1986 Landscape Architecture / PhD 2007 Education), associate dean for research in the Iowa State University College of Design and director of Iowa State's Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Support and Research Facility, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Iowa Geographic Information Council (IGIC) at its biennial conference Tuesday, April 7. He is a founding member of IGIC and has served two terms as council chairperson. Kane has led GIS efforts in Iowa at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa State University since receiving his master's degree in 1986.


Architect Jim Lammers, FAIA (BArch 1965 Architecture), founding principal of Facility Planning Services LLC in the Twin Cities, celebrated his 20th anniversary in private practice in April. Lammers specializes in healthcare facilities and has worked nationally and internationally on dozens of medical projects totaling over $1 billion; he has consulted with numerous architectural firms across the country.

As a leader in the architectural community, Lammers has been chair of the Minnesota State Designer Selection Board and president of the Minnesota Architectural Foundation. He serves on the Architectural Advisory Council for the Iowa State University Department of Architecture, where he helped establish the Vernon Stone Faculty Fund.


Heather Soladay Olson (BA 1978 Advertising Design / Journalism & Mass Communication), a longtime marketing and recruitment director, has launched Soladay Olson | Marketing for Creatives, a new consultancy to build business relationships for design firms and creative entities. Through marketing communications, social media strategy, prospect research and talent sourcing, she aims to help entrepreneurs increase their visibility and category leadership.

Soladay Olson is a Fellow of AIGA Minnesota and serves on the Graphic Design Advisory Board of the University of Minnesota College of Design.


Anna Jones (BArch 2011 Architecture) received the 2015 American Institute of Architects Central States Emerging Professional Leadership Scholarship to attend the 2015 AIA National Convention and the 2015 AIA Central States Regional Conference. She is an intern architect with Substance Architecture in Des Moines and chair of Iowa Women in Architecture and serves as regional associate director of the AIA Central States Emerging Professionals Committee.


Alex Priest (BLA 2011 Landscape Architecture) has been named a 2015 Iowa STATEment Maker by the Iowa State University Alumni Association. He is the exhibition manager at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Neb., and volunteer curator for the Omaha Public Library.


Stephen Lauer (MCRP 2013 Community & Regional Planning / MS 2013 Sustainable Agriculture) has been named a 2015 Iowa STATEment Maker by the Iowa State University Alumni Association. He is a program coordinator for the World Food Prize Foundation and has served as a volunteer for Oxfam America for eight years.


An exhibition of artwork by Renelle White Buffalo (BFA 2011 Integrated Studio Arts) is on display April 2 through June 5 at Northern State University's Isaac Lincoln Gallery in Aberdeen, SD.


"Pleural Lepidoptera (Butterfly Lungs)" (sterling silver, NuGold, synthetic sapphire) by medical illustrator and metalsmith Rachel B. Stork Stoltz (BA 2005 Biological/Pre-Medical Illustration) will be a part of The 5B's exhibition presented by the Wayne Art Center, Radnor Bird Town and Audubon Pennsylvania March 29 through May 9 in the Davenport Art Gallery at the Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pa. Stoltz's work depicts butterfly wings in the shape of anatomical lungs.


All That Remains, a solo exhibition of work by Melanie Vote (BFA 1995 Craft Design), will be on display March 12 through April 2 at Galleria Farina, Miami. The show, which includes "Kermit Drawing" (graphite on paper), shown at right, will open with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 12.


William (Bill) Dikis, FAIA (BArch 1964 / MArch 1967 Architecture), has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the AIA Component Excellence Award, Category 3: Citizen Architect. The award recognizes members of the American Institute of Architects who have applied their skills, training, talents and experience to serve their communities and profession as advocacy leaders. There is only one recipient per year, and Dikis is the first Iowan to be honored.

After retiring in 2007 from RDG Planning & Design, Dikis founded Architectural Strategies, a company that focuses on concept design, programming, feasibility and master plans, and expert witness assistance. He has served as president and secretary of AIA Iowa, editor of Iowa Architect magazine, and president of the Iowa Architectural Examining Board. He also has chaired a number of Des Moines city government groups, including the Strategic Planning Commission, Urban Renewal Board, Architectural Advisory Committee, Mayor's Landscape Taskforce, City of Des Moines Vision Plan Design Advisory Team and the Vision 2005 Citizens' Committee for the Des Moines Public Schools.

AIA Iowa established a scholarship that recognizes Iowa State University architecture students who exemplify Dikis' spirit of professional service to the public, ISU Department of Architecture or the profession.


Mindy Sorg, NCIDQ, LEED AP (BFA 1994 Interior Design), has been promoted to an associate at OPN Architects in Cedar Rapids. Sorg, who joined the firm in 1994, focuses on workplace strategies for clients including John Deere and Principal Financial Group and helps lead OPN's library design team. Among her projects is the Cedar Rapids Public Library, which received national and international recognition, including an honorable mention in the 2014 ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards.


Sean Sanger, ASLA, LEED AP (BLA 1984 Landscape Architecture), and Lynn Wolff, FASLA, both principals of Copley Wolff Design Group, have been selected as presenters at the 2015 MED-Ed Facilities Conference April 7-8 in Boston. Their presentation, "Designing a Road to Recovery," will highlight CWDG's work at the new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston.

The firm's work includes the addition of a therapy trail for patients to take on a variety of real-life challenges within a safe and controlled environment; a green roof; the integration of the hospital with the Boston Harbor Walk; and the use of environmentally-friendly building materials and low-maintenance plant groups.


Alex Priest (BLA 2011 Landscape Architecture) has been promoted to exhibition manager at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. He will work with contemporary artists to curate, organize and design exhibitions at the world renowned artists-in-residence center located in Omaha.


An article about Alex Priest's (BLA 2011 Landscape Architecture) role as the volunteer curator at the Omaha Public Library's Michael Phipps Gallery has been published in March/April 2015 issue of The Encounter magazine.


Geoff Wood (BS 2000 Community & Regional Planning) launched Gravitate in downtown Des Moines in September 2014. The entrepreneurial community center has more than 130 members and has featured guests including AOL founder Steve Case and Obama '12 CTO Harper Reed and events such as a town hall meeting on patent legislation reform with Senator Chuck Grassley.


Work by mixed-media artist Roxane (Olson) Hollosi (BFA 1995 Drawing, Painting, Printmaking), Atlanta, was selected for Gathered, a major juried exhibition of work by Georgia artists on display Feb. 28 through April 11 at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.


Laura (Bishop) Cottril (BA 1985 Graphic Design) received two professional degrees—the Master of Photography and the Photographic Craftsman—at the Professional Photographers of America International Convention in February. Only about 4 percent of PPA members achieve these degrees.

The Master of Photography degree recognizes contributions to the profession of photography, excellence in imagery demonstrated on a sustained basis and support in raising awareness and appreciation for outstanding photography. The Photographic Craftsman degree recognizes contributions to the photography profession through continuing education and the sharing of knowledge (teaching) with fellow photographers to promote excellence in imagery and business practices.


Mary Armstrong (BS 1974 Landscape Architecture), founder of Armstrong Golf Architects (originally in Francestown, NH, and now in Las Cruces, NM), has been named a Top 20 Sustainable Golf Course Design Practitioner by the internationally recognized Green Planet Architects. Locally, she designed the 9-hole expansion to Elmhurst Country Club in Oskaloosa, Iowa, in the late 1990s. In all, she has designed more than 120 new courses or renovations worldwide in all climatic regions.

Armstrong credits her proficiency in this area to the experience and knowledge she gained in earlier positions with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and US Army Corps of Engineers. She also appreciates the emphasis the ISU Department of Landscape Architecture placed on stewardship during her education.


Kim (Fulwider) Parsley (BFA 1993 Interior Design) has been promoted to managing director of IA l Interior Architects' Seattle office.


After completing a dual master's degree in architecture and urban design at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte in 2013, Keihly Moore (BArch 2009 Architecture) moved to Boston to work for ADD Inc. and now Stantec. She and a colleague recently started a new project called, in which they invite the public to share ideas for incremental improvements to public space. Before/after images help spark imaginations and show that simple design changes can make a huge difference.


"Firelight" (2013, oil on paper on panel) by Melanie Vote (BFA 1995 Craft Design) will be on display in the New Narratives exhibition March 6 through April 5 at Storefront Ten Eyck, Brooklyn, New York. The show will open with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 6.


"Corn Leg" (Karo corn syrup, popcorn, sugar, twine) by Melanie Vote (BFA 1995 Craft Design) is part of "Exquisite Corpse," a collaborative piece created by the artists with studios at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center in Manhattan. The collaborative work is on display in the All Together l Different exhibition Feb. 12 through April 1 at the Manny Cantor Center in New York City. The show will open with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12.


Arty Vongphakdy (BFA 2012 Integrated Studio Arts) will spend the next year (March 2015-February 2016) teaching English to kindergarteners in Beijing through Expertise, which matches English speakers with Chinese students in public and private schools.