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Showing Alumni News from July 31, 2014 to Present [Show Archived News]

07.21.15

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.

07.21.15

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.

07.21.15

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

07.17.15

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.

07.14.15

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.

07.02.15

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.

07.01.15

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.

07.01.15

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.

06.29.15

"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.

06.29.15

"'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.

06.23.15

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. 

06.15.15

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.

06.11.15

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!

06.08.15

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.

06.04.15

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).

06.04.15

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).

06.03.15

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

06.01.15

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.

05.29.15

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.

05.15.15

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."

05.14.15

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."

05.14.15

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

05.09.15

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.

05.05.15

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.

05.04.15

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

04.28.15

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.

04.23.15

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.

04.16.15

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.

04.15.15

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.

04.15.15

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.

04.09.15

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.

04.09.15

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.

04.09.15

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.

04.08.15

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.

04.03.15

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.

04.03.15

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.

03.31.15

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.

03.13.15

"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.

03.09.15

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.

03.06.15

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.

03.03.15

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.

02.26.15

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.

02.25.15

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.

02.25.15

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.

02.18.15

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.

02.17.15

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.

02.13.15

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.

02.12.15

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.

02.12.15

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

02.12.15

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 CompleteBlocks.com, 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.

02.12.15

"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.

02.12.15

"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.

02.09.15

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.

02.01.15

Chelsey (Olsen) Smith and Eric Smith (both MArch 2009 Architecture) were married in August 2014 in Chicago. In attendance were fellow alumni Matt (BS 2006 Marketing / International Business) and Michelle (Turnis) McSweeney (BFA 2004 Interior Design / MArch 2010 Architecture, Jennifer Lehmkuhl (BFA 2006 Interior Design /  MArch 2009 Architecture), Jennifer Ross (MArch 2009 Architecture), John George (BS 2006 Community & Regional Planning / MArch 2010 Architecture), Sarah Bennett-George (BA 2006 Art and Design / BS 2011 Pyschology / MFCS 2011 Family & Consumer Sciences) and Jon Dykstra (MArch 2009 Architecture).

01.27.15

Filtering the Past, an interactive art installation by Matt Corones (MFA 2012 Integrated Visual Arts), is on display through July 1 at the State of Iowa Historical Building, 600 E. Locust St., Des Moines. The artwork consists of 16 stacked plexiglas cubes in a 4x4 grid. On the front and back of each cube are images from the State Historical Society of Iowa's photographic archive and imagery related to Iowa from the Library of Congress and other digital sources.

A machine vision camera streams video of viewers walking in front of the cube wall. That image is relayed to a large TV screen so the viewer can move in front of the wall while watching his/her own actions. A touchscreen monitor serves as the navigator for interactive choices of six color-filtering processes. The installation works as a metaphor for the dialogue between present observers and historical figures and images and a reminder that history changes according to the vision and actions of those living now.

01.25.15

Meghan Flynn (BFA 2011 Integrated Studio Arts), a lecturer in art at the University of Wisconsin-Marinette, received the Winifred V. Brown Best of Show award for both of her accepted entries in the 47th national Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood exhibition at the Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, Iowa. Flynn's winning artwork included "If she got really quiet and listened, new parts of her wanted to speak" (chalk pastel) and "As Is" (egg tempera), shown at right.

01.23.15

Ann Sobiech Munson, AIA, iaWia (MArch 2000 Architecture), Slater, an architect and specifier with Substance Architecture in Des Moines and co-founder of the nonprofit Iowa Women in Architecture, is one of 14 recipients of the 2015 American Institute of Architects Young Architects Award.

01.20.15

Don Seymour, CSI, WC AP, MAPPA, Associate AIA (BA 1983 Architecture), Urbandale, has been named an associate principal at FEH Associates—an architectural, structural engineering and interior design firm with offices in Des Moines, Dubuque and Sioux City, Iowa, and Delafield, Wis.

Seymour has 30 years of experience in the architectural profession with a strong focus on project management, building forensics and deconstruction/demolition sustainability. He is a member of the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce and an alumnus of Urbandale's Citizen Fire Academy.

01.15.15

Lisa Orgler (BLA 1992 / MLA 2000 Landscape Architecture), lecturer in horticulture and co-chair of the Team-Based Learning Faculty Learning Community at Iowa State University, received the 2015 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Excellence in Teaching by Lecturers and Adjunct Faculty Award.

01.14.15

"The New Drummer, Tribal Stool: Industrial Felt, Industrialization" (steel, concrete, electrical, paint) by Chris Martin (BFA 19990 Craft Design), associate professor of art and visual culture, received a Juror's Award in the Mesa Contemporary Arts' 36th Annual Contemporary Crafts national juried exhibition at the Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, Ariz.

His "Candied Culture" (foam, fiberglass, automotive paint) also was accepted into the show, which will run Feb. 3 through April 5 in the center's Dobson Main Gallery. Jurors were Mike and Jennifer Tansey, owners of Tansey Contemporary in Santa Fe, N.M.

01.12.15

"Structure of Perception" (diptych screenprint on Lastoplate chalkboard panels in artist's frame), a recent print by Mitchell Squire (BArch 1994 / MArch 2001 Architecture), Iowa State University associate professor of architecture, is among those featured in "News of the Print World: Selected New Editions" in Art in Print: The Global Journal of Prints and Ideas, Vol. 4, No. 5, January-February 2015.

01.08.15

Kathryn Kunz Finney (BA 1983 Graphic Design) has been appointed the creative director for Live Happy Magazine. The lifestyle publication was recognized recently by min's 2014 Editorial & Design Awards: In the Design category, Live Happy was named the winner for New Publication Design, June 2014 issue, and in the Illustration Cover Design category, the April 2014 issue received an honorable mention.

01.08.15

Ann (Benson) Rubenbauer (BA 1976 Advertising Design / ME 2011 Education), graphic designer for Iowa Valley Community College District, received the 2014 Communicator of the Year Award at the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) District 5 conference in Des Moines. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in community college marketing and public relations.

As the 2014 District 5 Communicator of the Year, Rubenbauer will be one of seven candidates considered for the NCMPR National Communicator of the Year Award, which will be presented in March 2015 at the national conference in Portland, Ore.

In addition to Rubenbauer's Communicator of the Year honors, she won two publication awards. She received a Bronze Medallion Award for Computer Generated Illustration (for a poster called "Century Tribute on Main: The Story of Four Family Businesses") and a Bronze Medallion Award for Novelty Advertising (for digital TV ads for Ellsworth Community College that ran at Jordan Creek Mall in West Des Moines).

01.07.15

Asa Sawa, Reflections of Ghana, a solo exhibition of work by Chris Martin (BFA 1990 Craft Design), Iowa State University associate professor of art and visual culture, will be on display Jan. 22 through Feb. 27 at the Fielding Wright Art Center, Delta State University, Cleveland, Miss. An opening reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, with a gallery talk at 12:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23.

12.17.14

Douglas Hoenig (BA 1989 Architecture) retired from the US Army in 2013 after 25 years of service as a Corps of Engineers officer. He recently joined Iowa State University as the facilities and engineering services manager for the Ames Laboratory.

12.15.14

A lighting design by Kat (Cheney) Harding (BArch 2006 Architecture) received a 2014 Illumination Award from the Illuminating Engineering Society. The Edwin F. Guth Memorial Award for Interior Lighting Design: Special Citation for the Creative Introduction of Skylights with Integrated Lighting was presented for work on the Microsoft Sales and Marketing Building 121, Redmond, Wash. Out of more than 500 entries, only 18 were chosen for the final awards. Cheney completed the design for SkB Architects, Seattle, while working at Pivotal Lighting Design; she is now a designer and BIM design lead with SkB.

12.14.14

Matthew Gaul (BArch 2012 Architecture) recently joined BAR Architects in San Francisco as a junior designer. He had been a junior architect with Karen Payson Architecture + Design. Gaul has been elected to lead Bay Area Young Architects (BAYA), a committee of the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Architects, for 2015 and also will be a member of the AIA San Francisco board of directors.

As the head of BAYA, Gaul plans to join in the efforts of Equity by Design (formerly The Missing 32% Project).

12.12.14

Akshali Gandhi (BS 2012 Community & Regional Planning / International Studies) was part of a five-member graduate student team from Cornell University that won the 2015 Better Philadelphia Challenge for its "Delaware Valley FOODWORX" proposal. The urban design competition sought to re-envision the future of Petty Island off the coast of Philadelphia using principles of resiliency and sustainability. The team will be recognized at an awards ceremony from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at Moore College of Art and Design.

12.11.14

J. Graham Hanson (BFA 1989 Graphic Design), founder and president of New York-based branding, strategy and interactive design studio Graham Hanson Design, is chair of the 2015 SEGD Global Design Awards jury. The multidisciplinary jury will evaluate projects in seven categories, including two new digital experience categories that reflect the impacts of technology on the field of environmental graphic design.

12.11.14

Michael Donovan (BS 1967 Applied Art), a founding partner of Donovan/Green, a New York-based marketing communication and design consultancy, is a member of the 2015 SEGD Global Design Awards jury.

12.05.14

Cory Sharp, Associate AIA (BArch 2012 Architecture), an intern architect at FEH Associates in Des Moines, has been named the president-elect of the 2015 executive board for the Greater Des Moines Young Professionals Connection (YPC). He will begin a three-year term in 2015 that includes a term as president in 2016 and president-officio in 2017. Sharp has been involved in YPC for five years.

12.02.14

The Ames Public Library's new bookmobile features artwork by bestselling children's book author and illustrator Derek Anderson (BFA 1991 Art & Design). The bookmobile will be unveiled at a holiday event at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at the library, 515 Douglas Ave. in Ames.

11.19.14

Alex Priest (BLA 2011 Landscape Architecture) has curated 2014 Survey: Omaha Artists, an exhibition on display through Dec. 31 in the Michael Phipps Gallery at the Omaha Public Library. Featuring 47 Omaha-based artists, the show is an invitation to investigate Omaha's art world with a sense of curiosity and discovery. The library becomes the access point for this initiative, establishing and strengthening dialogues among the artists themselves and the larger Omaha community.

11.17.14

Cotton's Library, a book by Matt Kuhns (BFA 2000 Graphic Design) is available in hardcover, paperback and eBook editions. It is the first book to record the story of the preservation—against great odds—of a priceless collection of manuscripts, including two of the four surviving 1215 copies of the Magna Carta.

11.13.14

Tom Fraser (BArch 2011 Architecture) was the project manager for a store design by Shulman + Associates for Miami-based JugoFresh that won a 2014 AIA Miami Honor Award of Excellence for Interior Architecture from the Miami chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Awards were presented Nov. 7.

11.03.14

Kate Schwennsen (BA 1978 / MArch 1980 Architecture), FAIA, professor and chair of the School of Architecture at Clemson University, Clemson, S.C., was named one of the top 30 most admired design educators for 2015 by DesignIntelligence.

The "America's Best Architecture and Design Schools 2015" ranking survey report said Schwennsen "has brought renewed energy and focus to Clemson's program. A strong advocate for the profession with a clear vision for the school, Schwennsen brings the practical world in the academic world for a more integrated experience. She has a very good personal connection with students; she is dedicated to helping them prepare for the profession."

11.03.14

Rob Whitehead (BArch 1993 Architecture), an assistant professor of architecture at Iowa State University, was named one of the top 30 most admired design educators for 2015 by DesignIntelligence.

In the publication's annual report, "America's Best Architecture and Design Schools 2015," Whitehead is described as "an enthusiastic, passionate professor. He is admired for his thorough and engaging method of teaching structures as well as his dedication as a studio professor. [His] ability to teach complicated information clearly as well as inspire design ideas through his lectures is admirable. He is open-minded, thinking outside the box in a logical way, and encourages his students to do so as well."

10.29.14

An exhibition of work by Mitchell Squire (BArch 1994 / MArch 2001 Architecture), associate professor of architecture, will be on display Oct. 31, 2014, through Feb. 8, 2015, in the lower level of the Des Moines Art Center's Richard Meier building. Iowa Artists 2014: Mitchell Squire – I Like It Here! will open with a performance and gallery talk by Squire at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30.

10.22.14

Brandon Alvarado (BFA 2012 Graphic Design) is one of six recipients of the 2014-2015 MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Mentorship at the Minnesota Center for the Book Arts in Minneapolis. Recipients were chosen from 69 submissions by a jury of three Minnesota artists. The mentorship is for emerging artists in fields outside of the book arts and provides access to resources, a stipend and the guidance of a mentor. 

10.18.14

3D Printing with Autodesk 123D, Tinkercad and Makerbot, a new book by Lydia (Sloan) Cline (BA 1982 Architecture), will be published by TAB/McGraw-Hill in November. Cline has had three books published this past year: SketchUp for Interior Design (Wiley), Architectural Drafting for Interior Designers (2nd ed/Bloomsbury) and Today's Military Wife (7th ed/Stackpole). She is writing a new book, 3D Printing and CNC Fabrication with SketchUp, to be published by TAB/McGraw-Hill in late 2015. Cline is a drafting professor at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan.

10.15.14

Bielinski Homes received the Bronze Award for Overall Appearance in the People's Choice Awards for the Milwaukee, Wis., Metropolitan Builders Association's Parade of Homes. Rebecca Wardon (BFA 2013 Interior Design), an interior design consultant with Bielinski Homes, was one of seven team members recognized.

10.06.14

Matthew Getch, the design director and a partner with Martha Schwartz Partners in London, is a recipient of the 2014 Design Achievement Award presented by the ISU College of Design. He will be honored in absentia at the ISU Alumni Association's 83rd annual Honors and Awards Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building.

10.06.14

Michael Wagler (MCRP 2006 Community & Regional Planning), the state coordinator for Main Street Iowa, is a recipient of the 2014 Design Achievement Award presented by the ISU College of Design. He will be honored at the ISU Alumni Association's 83rd annual Honors and Awards Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building.

10.06.14

Rob Whitehead (BArch 1993 Architecture), an assistant professor of architecture at Iowa State University, received the 2014 Educator Award from the Iowa chapter of the American Institute of Architects Sept. 25 at the AIA Iowa Annual Convention in Des Moines.

09.30.14

Reinaldo Correa (BArch 2008 Architecture), AIA, NCARB, an associate architect with RDG Planning and Design, recently wrote an article titled "The 60 Ton Journey" for the firm's internal "The Know" publication. The article details a public project RDG did for Lowe Park in the city of Marion, Iowa.





 

09.08.14

Brian Clark (BLA 1987 Landscape Architecture), ASLA, PLA, senior principal, pictured, and Jill (Oentken) Boetger (BLA 2004 Landscape Architecture / Environmental Studies), ASLA, PLA, LEED AP, landscape architect with Confluence in Des Moines, will present an "Inside the LA Studio" session at the ASLA Annual Meeting in November in Denver.

09.08.14

Together with Mandaworks, a Swedish urban design and landscape architecture studio, Des Moines-based Confluence was one of 25 teams to advance to Stage 2 of the Indianapolis City-County Building Plaza Design Competition. Senior Principal Brian Clark, ASLA, PLA; Principal Jon Jacobson (BLA 1994 Landscape Architecture), ASLA, PLA, pictured; and Seth Gray (BLA 2003 Landscape Architecture), ASLA, PLA, LEED AP, landscape architect, are members of the team.

09.08.14

Together with Mandaworks, a Swedish urban design and landscape architecture studio, Des Moines-based Confluence was one of 25 teams to advance to Stage 2 of the Indianapolis City-County Building Plaza Design Competition. Senior Principal Brian Clark, ASLA, PLA; Principal Jon Jacobson (BLA 1994 Landscape Architecture), ASLA, PLA; and Seth Gray (BLA 2003 Landscape Architecture), ASLA, PLA, LEED AP, landscape architect, pictured, are members of the team.

09.08.14

Together with Mandaworks, a Swedish urban design and landscape architecture studio, Des Moines-based Confluence was one of 25 teams to advance to Stage 2 of the Indianapolis City-County Building Plaza Design Competition. Senior Principal Brian Clark, ASLA, PLA, pictured; Principal Jon Jacobson (BLA 1994 Landscape Architecture), ASLA, PLA; and Seth Gray (BLA 2003 Landscape Architecture), ASLA, PLA, LEED AP, landscape architect, are members of the team.

09.08.14

Brian Clark (BLA 1987 Landscape Architecture), ASLA, PLA, senior principal, and Jill (Oentken) Boetger (BLA 2004 Landscape Architecture / Environmental Studies), ASLA, PLA, LEED AP, pictured, landscape architect with Confluence in Des Moines, will present an "Inside the LA Studio" session at the ASLA Annual Meeting in November in Denver.

08.06.14

​Retreat, an exhibition organized by Theaster Gates (BS 1996 Community & Regional Planning / MA 2005 Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies) that includes work by Mitchell Squire (BArch 1994 / MArch 2001 Architecture), associate professor of architecture, will be on display Aug. 22 through Oct. 4 in the Valerie Carberry Gallery and Richard Gray Gallery on the 38th floor of the John Hancock Center in Chicago. Presented in collaboration with the Black Artists Retreat, the show will open with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22.

08.06.14

Jessie Reagen (BFA 2007 Graphic Design) joined Minneapolis-based marketing design agency Olive & Company as art director. She manages the design department, ensuring that the agency's work is consistent with each client's brand voice and business objectives.

She previously worked as an art director and graphic designer at ideapark, where one of her primary accounts was the General Mills Box Tops for Education program.

08.06.14

Dialogues, an exhibition of African tribal and contemporary art by 13 artists including Mitchell Squire (BArch 1994 / MArch 2001 Architecture), associate professor of architecture, will open with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Steven Vail Fine Arts – Project Room in Des Moines.

Participating artists include Stephen Andrews, Caetano De Almedia, Phillip Chen, Le Corbusier, Mark Francis, Joseph Guivanart, Ryan McGinness, Antonio Saura, Daniel Senise, Mitchell Squire, Xiabul Su, Antoni Tapies and Clover Vail. The show is curated by Phillip Chen, Lenore Metrick-Chen, John Monroe and Steven Vail.

08.05.14

"Rainforest Forager," an oil painting of a cassowary by Ben Saturen (BS 1970 Landscape Architecture), will be part of the Birds in Art exhibiton Sept. 6 through Nov. 16 at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wis.

08.01.14

Brad Nowasell, LEED AP (BArch 2008 Architecture), is now a registered architect in the state of Iowa. Registration in Iowa requires a combination of education, professional experience and the passage of the seven-part national Architect Registration Examination. Nowasell is one of 20 registered architects at Neumann Monson Architects' Iowa City office.

07.31.14

Nick Lindsley (BArch 2009 Architecture) is now a registered architect in the state of Iowa. Registration in Iowa requires a combination of education, professional experience and the passage of the seven-part national Architect Registration Examination. Lindsley is one of 20 registered architects at Neumann Monson Architects' Iowa City office.