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​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.


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.


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.


"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.


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.


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.


Jan Conradi (BS 1981 Agricultural Journalism / MA 1988 Graphic Design), a professor of graphic design at Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J., is the author of Lella and Massimo Vignelli: Two Lives, One Vision (RIT Press, 2014).


Beijing-based MAD Architects has been selected as the principal designer of George Lucas' Museum of Narrative Art on Chicago's lakefront. Qun Dang (MArch 1999 Architecture) is a principal with MAD.


Debra Satterfield (MFA 1991 Graphic Design) will join the faculty of the California State University, Long Beach College of the Arts as an associate professor of design in August. She will teach experience design courses and continue her research on design for those with autism and other cognitive disabilities. Satterfield had been an associate professor of graphic design and human computer interaction at Iowa State and since 2010 had served as interim chair of the ISU graphic design department.


Dale McKinney, FAIA, NCARB (BA 1975 Architecture), founding partner of M+ Architects in Sioux City, was installed as president of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) at its 95th Annual Business Meeting in late June.

NCARB protects the public health, safety, and welfare by leading the regulation of the practice of architecture through the development and application of standards for licensure and credentialing of architects.


Graham Hanson Design, owned by Graham Hanson (BFA 1989 Graphic Design), won a Platinum Award in the logo category of the 2015 Graphis Design Annual Competition for the firm's work with Google.


Jim Alwill (BLA 1985 Landscape Architecture), a landscape architect for the Illinois Department of Transportation and a consultant to help combat teasel—an invasive species overtaking planted prairies along interstate and state highways in urban areas of Illinois—has developed a poster on teasel control that is being used by groups throughout the state to identify and eradicate the plant.


Natalie S. (Folden) Watts (BA 1995 Art & Design) is the owner of Younique Design, Inc., which designs announcements, invitations, programs, etc., for special occasions like weddings and anniversaries. With her husband, Pastor Robert Watts, she is the cofounder of One Flesh Ministries, Inc., a nonprofit organization focused on building strong marriages and families.

She also operates MUDWorks (My Unique Design Works), which provides workshop services to help people become effective in any relationship by understanding themselves and others. MUDWorks is hosting a personality conference Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Prairie State College Conference Center in Chicago Heights, Ill.

Watts is the author of The Creative Crayon Color Party and MUDWorks–My Unique Design Works, and coauthor with her husband of 11:11 What Time is It?


Molly Nagel (MFA 2013 Integrated Visual Arts) has opened Upper Story Studio in Story City, Iowa, where she will teach classes on sketching and painting. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 30. She was featured in a recent Ames Tribune story.


Totems and Taboos, the second solo painting exhibition by Etienne Blanc (BFA 2011 Integrated Studio Arts), will be on view June 16 - July 15 at La Menuiserie in Lyon, France. An opening reception will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 20.


The Kansas City Streetcar Authority has named Tom Gerend (BS 2000 Community & Regional Planning) the first executive director of the KC Downtown Streetcar system. He will leave his position as co-director of transportation planning for the Mid-America Regional Council to accept this new role.


Architect David L. Andersen (BA 1974 / MArch 1977 Architecture), founding principal of Andersen by Design LLC in the Twin Cities, celebrated his 30th anniversary in private practice in June. Andersen specializes in sustainable development, ecotourism and park planning with projects on four continents in 18 countries in addition to the United States. He currently is working on a forest ecology lab in Costa Rica for Seeds of Change, Inc., a Minnesota nonprofit dedicated to promoting science careers among participating high school students.

He has served as president of the Ronald McDonald House Children's Charities, president of the Minneapolis chapter of the American Institute of Architects, chair of the SAGE Academy school board and chair of a local planning commission.


Matthew Edward Getch (BLA 1998 Landscape Architecture), design director with Martha Schwartz Partners, was short-listed with BIG Architects for the renovation and redesign of the public space surrounding the Natural History Museum of London.


Alex Priest (BLA 2011 Landscape Architecture), exhibition assistant with the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, will curate the Laura Carlson: Social Studies exhibition on view July 1-30 at the Omaha Public Library's Michael Phipps Gallery. The show will include artist-led, discussion-based workshops. This is Priest's seventh exhibition with the Michael Phipps Gallery.


David Meyer (BS 1975 Landscape Architecture), an adjunct professor of landscape architecture and environmental planning at the University of California, Berkeley, and co-founder of Meyer + Silberberg Land Architects, was invited to lecture as part of Stanford University's "Origins" Spring Lecture Series.


Meyer + Silberberg also recently received two awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects Northern California Chapter. The firm's comprehensive renovation of the Foothill College campus in Los Altos, Calif., pictured, originally designed by Peter Walker, received an Honor Award for Design: Historic Preservation. The Airbnb Headquarters at 888 Brannan Street in San Francisco was honored with a Merit Award
for Design: Commercial and Institutional.



Brittney Schlichte (BArch 2014 Architecture/Environmental Studies), Brunsville, Iowa, has joined FEH Associates' Sioux City office as an intern architect.


Shelley Oltmans (MCRP 2013 Community & Regional Planning / MS Sustainable Agriculture) is executive director of the Keokuk Area Chamber of Commerce and an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach community development specialist covering Lee County. Read more


The Roland and Marilyn Wehner House, 3112 Highway 1 NE in Iowa City, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Roland C. Wehner (BArch 1954) designed the house for his family, and he and his wife, Marilyn, have lived there since its construction in 1959.


Office, a San Francisco-based design studio headed by Jason Schulte (BFA 1995 Graphic Design) and Jill Robertson (BA 1996 Journalism & Mass Communication), won the prestigious 2014 National Design Award for Communication Design from the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. The award will be presented at the 2014 National Design Awards Gala Oct. 9 in New York City.


Kevin Nordmeyer (BA 1987 / MArch 1990 Architecture) has been named a principal of the Des Moines office of BNIM and will join the Kansas City, Mo.-based firm's leadership team, overseeing companywide operations. BNIM also has offices in Houston, Los Angeles and San Diego. Nordmeyer had been an associate principal with BNIM and previously served as director of the Iowa Energy Center and as a partner with RDG Planning & Design.


Lynn Ross (BS 1999 Community & Regional Planning), AICP, has joined the Office of Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as the deputy assistant secretary for policy development. She previously was the executive director of the Urban Land Institute's Terwilliger Center for Housing.


Grant Uhlir (BA 1985 / BArch 1986 Architecture), a principal and practice area leader with Gensler's Chicago office, has been working in Shanghai to complete the design and construction phases for the 632-meter Shanghai Tower. He also is serving as project director and co-leading the firm's efforts on a another large-scale, mixed-use commercial development in Shanghai's Jing 'An District.   


Todd Asmus (BFA 2002 Graphic Design) joined Minneapolis-based Westwerk in February as a senior designer and UI/UX specialist.


Abbey Potthoff (BFA 2013 Interior Design) has joined FEH Associates' Des Moines office as an interior designer.


home[maker], a solo exhibition of textile works by Catherine Reinhart (BFA 2008 Integrated Studio Arts), will be on display May 17 – June 14 in the Community Gallery at the Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames. An artist reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 6, and Reinhart will do a live demonstration during the reception for the Main Street Art Walk.


The Iowa Utilities Board/Office of the Consumer Advocate Office Building, designed by the Des Moines office of BNIM, received the Top Ten Plus Award from the American Institute of Architects. Now in its second year, the national award recognizes one project that demonstrates the impact its sustainable design has achieved.

The building at 1375 E. Court Ave. incorporates numerous energy-saving design features and active monitoring to maximize building efficiency. After two years of occupancy, the building's annual energy usage per square foot represents an 81.5 percent reduction from the national average usage. At a cost of $226 per square foot, which includes site cost and the photovoltaic panels, the IUB/OCA Building is an efficient and replicable model for other organizations, said Rod Kruse (BA 1974 Architecture), BNIM's principal in charge.


Design-Tech: Building Science for Architects, 2nd Edition (Routledge, 2014), co-authored by Jason Alread, ISU associate professor of architecture; Thomas Leslie, Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture, and Rob Whitehead (BArch 1993 Architecture), assistant professor of architecture, is available in hardcover and paperback.


Paola Sepulveda (BLA 2011 Landscape Architecture) has joined Genus Landscape Architects, Des Moines, as a planner. She will be working on a project for Principal Financial Group and helping to write proposals. She had been a program coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development.


Sowwah Square, part of the Abu Dhabi Financial Center on Al Maryah Island, is featured in World Landscape Architecture Magazine 07 and Dezeen Magazine. Matthew Edward Getch (BLA 1998 Landscape Architecture) is design director for Martha Schwartz Partners, whose scheme for the square responds to the local culture and environmental concerns while creating a unique landmark for Abu Dhabi. The project has been awarded a LEED Gold certification.


Beau A. Fey, AIA (BFA 2001 Interior Design / MArch 2005 Architecture), has joined FEH Associates' Sioux City, Iowa, office as an architect.


Place de la République is featured on Landezine and in the April 2014 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine. Matthew Edward Getch (BLA 1998 Landscape Architecture) is design director with Martha Schwartz Partners, part of the collaborative team (with TVK – Trévelo & Viger-Kohler Architects and AREAL) that won the original design competition to redesign this important public space in the middle of Paris. Construction has been completed on the public square and it is now open to the public.


Monica Russell (MArch 2005 Architecture) has joined Coscia Moos Architecture, Philadelphia, as a project manager. She previously worked for MulvannyG2 Architecture. Russell has been responsible for management, design and development of projects at all levels. She has successfully managed multiple concurrent projects and maintained relationships among clients, consultants and general contractors.


Carol Moore (BA 1980 Interior Design) married John Woodward Mink, AIA, in Vail, Colo., Sept. 28, 2013. In addition to being principals of their own firms, Carol Moore Interior Design and Architectural Partnership, the pair have partnered in a third company, Moore & Mink, Inc., which promotes fine interior design and architecture with offices in Denver and Vail.


Matthew Edward Getch (BLA 1998 Landscape Architecture), design director with Martha Schwartz Partners, is celebrating the grand opening of Fengming Mountain Park in Chongqing, China. The park is featured in this month's World Landscape Architecture Magazine and Landezine.


Short Stories 2012-2014, an exhibition of forced-perspective constructions by Eric Sealine (BS 1970 Advertising Design), will be on display March 12 through April 13 at the Boston Sculptors Gallery. An artist's reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 15, and a SOWA First Friday reception is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 4.


Katie Raymon (BA 2007 Art & Design), a graphic designer with the ISU College of Business, recently opened her own design business, k.ray design, at 208 Fifth St., Suite 205 in downtown Ames. She works with small businesses and organizations to visually enhance their materials.


Homemaker, a solo exhibition of textile works by Catherine Reinhart (BFA 2008 Integrated Studio Arts), will be on display at the Plenum Space Gallery in Kansas City, Mo., in March. An artist reception will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 7, as part of the Kansas City First Friday Art Walk.

Reinhart also has work in the 46th Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood exhibition through April 5 at the Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames, and will have a solo show at the Octagon's Community Gallery in May.


C. Robert Belden (BLA 1963 Landscape Architecture) received the Robert Goetz Award for Distinguished Career in Landscape Architecture from the St. Louis Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. The award is presented to those who have made a lasting impact on the landscape architecture profession in the St. Louis region.


Bill Wedeking, AIA, LEED AP (MArch 1987 Architecture), has joined Schemmer Associates Inc. as a senior architect in the Des Moines office, where he will be responsible for business development and project management.

Wedeking has more than 25 years of experience in the design and construction industry, 12 of which involved leading his own design firm. For the past three years, he performed detailed healthcare compliance reviews as a plans reviewer in the State Fire Marshal's office. He also led the state effort to rewrite Iowa Administrative Code section 481-61, Minimum Physical Standards for Nursing Facilities.


The March 2014 issue of Phoenix Home & Garden magazine features Erik Peterson (BArch 1993 Architecture) as a Master of the Southwest for Architecture. Peterson is a principal with PHX Architecture in Scottsdale, Ariz.


Axel Holm (BLA 2013 Landscape Architecture) was invited to present the "CanYa?! Puzzle" at the Toy Industry Association's 111th annual American International Toy Fair, Feb. 16-19 in New York City. The toy (pictured) is a combination maze/puzzle with sliding pieces that create opportunity for more complex paths to be navigated. Holm and Jason Wood (BLA 2013 Landscape Architecture) designed and fabricated the prototype in architecture Associate Professor Mitchell Squire's (BArch 1994 / MArch 2001 Architecture) Toys 2013 spring option studio.


Matthew Edward Getch (BLA 1998 Landscape Architecture) has rejoined Martha Schwartz Partners as the design director of the London studio.


Jessie James (BFA 2007 / MFA 2009 Interior Design), Oak Brook, Ill., senior project designer with Whitney Architects, was the interior designer on a project for Adjustable Forms, Inc., recently published on ArchDaily.


"Chrysalis," an assemblage of architectural structures by Wil Natzel (BArch 2007 Architecture), is a finalist in the Minneapolis Creative City Challenge, a competition to create and install a temporary destination artwork at the MCC Plaza, a green roof located across from the Minneapolis Convention Center. Public voting will determine the winner of this $75,000 commission; vote online through Friday, Feb. 28.


Richey Madison (BArch 1998 Architecture) has joined SHW Group as project director. He brings 18 years of experience in comprehensive education planning and design with a portfolio that spans a variety of project types and scales for public and private higher education institutions across the nation. Madison previously was a project architect for Christner, Inc., in Chicago.


Nathan Kalaher, AIA (BArch 2002 Architecture / BS 2002 Community & Regional Planning), co-founder and principal of Sioux City, Iowa-based PLaN Architecture, is one of 18 recipients of the 2014 American Institute of Architects Young Architects Award. The national award recognizes individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their careers. As the 2014 president of AIA Iowa, Kalaher also is one of the youngest chapter presidents in the U.S. [Read more]


Andrew Kingsbury (BFA 2004 Graphic Design) is a graphic designer with the Center for Food Security and Public Health at Iowa State. Since graduation, he has married, become a father, and started his own handmade jewelry business in the Ames area.


Brennan Cox (BLA 1999 Landscape Architecture), recently founded Groundworks Office, a landscape architecture and design firm in San Francisco, Calif. One of his projects will be featured in the March/April issue of Dwell magazine.


Jim Goettsch (BArch 1967 Architecture), founding principal of Goettsch Partners, Chicago, was featured as one of the Chicago Tribune's Chicagoans of the Year 2013.


"Chamber Memoriam," a spring 2013 semester project by John J. Kerner and Justin T. Wang (both BArch 2013 Architecture), was accepted as a display poster for the EDRA45NewOrleans conference in May 2014.


Game developer Greg Wohlwend (BFA 2008 Graphic Design), Chicago, Ill., co-founder of Mikengreg Games, was the artist for Ridiculous Fishing, a gaming app that won a 2013 Apple Design Award.


Martina Foss (MArch 2009 Architecture), BIM (building information modeling) manager for Anning-Johnson Company, became a licensed architect in the state of Minnesota in November. She is getting married in April 2014.


"Chamber Memoriam," a spring 2013 semester project by John J. Kerner and Justin T. Wang (both BArch 2013 Architecture), was featured on the cover and pages 30-40 of Forward:213 Temporality, the fall 2013 issue of the journal of the American Institute of Architects National Associates Committee. Peter Goche (BArch 1991 / MArch 2005 Architecture), ISU senior lecturer in architecture, served as studio critic for the project.


An exhibition of paintings and prints by Andrew Clarridge (BFA 2009 Integrated Studio Arts) is on display through Jan. 2, 2014, at Wheatsfield Cooperative in Ames. He describes his work as self-reflective, examining constructs that he and others are bound to. "Dimensional Realization of Existence 1" (4' x 4', wood burning and acrylic), pictured at right, is part of the show, which can be viewed during store hours, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.


Video and performance artist Amber Hawk Swanson (BFA 2002 Art & Design / BFA 2002 Graphic Design), Brooklyn, N.Y., is performing "Sidore (Mark II) / Heather > LOLITA," in which she transforms lifelike silicone sex dolls into models of captive whales, live online. She will begin at 10 a.m. EST Dec. 10 and will continue for several days. Check her website for performance times.

Swanson has exhibited internationally, and her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Ill. She received a 2013-14 Workspace residency made possible by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and a 2013 MacDowell Fellowship.


Mitchell Squire (BArch 1994 / MArch 2001 Architecture), Iowa State University associate professor of architecture, is one of only 22 candidates from a pool of 218 selected to participate in Cannonball's 2014 Visiting Residency Program in Miami, Fla. During his eight-week residency, which will begin at the end of the spring 2014 semester, Squire will continue his creative activity that explores the afterimage resulting from successive rounds of ammunition being shot through paper artillery targets—an image perceptible only when an accumulative grouping of targets is presented in verso.

His research explores the way inanimate objects can be viewed as projections of the human body, and how material culture can provide a visceral understanding of historic events and institutional practices that quietly and continually influence our national dialogue.


Field Notes, an exhibition of a new series of artwork by Peter Goché (BArch 1991 / MArch 2005 Architecture), Iowa State University senior lecturer in architecture, will open with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Transient Gallery, a new alternative art space at Nestcraft Studio, 121 12th St., West Des Moines. The show will include one large and three small works in which Goché has assembled found farm detritus on top of scraped and worked thick, viscous ink on a plywood substrate. The work will be available for viewing by appointment after the opening event.


John Bosley (BFA 2003 Art & Design – Drawing/Painting/Printmaking), head designer for Des Moines-based company RAYGUN, recently illustrated his first children's book, A Spaceman Who Lived in Des Moines. It is available through RAYGUN's stores, online and at the Iowa State University Book Store.


Alex Priest (BLA 2011 Landscape Architecture) curated What the Void Can Hold, an exhibition on view Nov. 3 through Dec. 18 at Marxhausen Gallery, Concordia University, Seward, Neb. Extracting 30 prints from Concordia's world-class collection, Priest organized the exhibition under the guise of spatial anxiety and forced grouping, complicating conventionality and the perceived knowns of the collection.


Wil Natzel (BArch 2007 Architecture) was featured in the Nov. 15 episode of Minnesota Original on Twin Cities Public Television. Natzel uses corrugated cardboard to create art installations that challenge the expected use of a space. See his 2013 SooVAC installation, "Convolution," come to life from flat, cardboard components to a meandering, three-dimensional tube.


Timothy Scott Gunther (BA 1971 Architecture) retired Aug. 14 after 41 years in Houston, Texas, with Neuhaus & Taylor, 3D/International and Parsons. Notable projects over this distinguished career include the restoration and additions to the Texas and Utah state capitol buildings, the total renovation of the Pentagon and the project definition for the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. Gunther now resides with his wife, Susan, in historic Natchitoches, La., which will celebrate its 300-year anniversary in 2014.


SketchUp for Interior Design, a new book by Lydia Sloan Cline (BA 1982 Architecture), Overland Park, Kan., will be published by Wiley in January 2014. Cline also is at work on 3D Printing with Autodesk 123d, which will be published by TAB/McGraw-Hill in November 2014.


Jade Liska, PLA, ASLA (BLA 1994 Landscape Architecture), is the new manager of airport planning (Kansas City International Airport) with the Kansas City Aviation Department in Kansas City, Mo. He previously was the division manager of citywide planning for the City of Kansas City. Liska also recently was elected a trustee of the Prairie Gateway Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, which represents Kansas and the western half of Missouri. He will serve a three-year term.


Jessica Besonen (BS 2013 Community & Regional Planning / Construction Engineering), Minnetonka, Minn., recently accepted a full-time project manager position with Opus Design-Build LLC in the Twin Cities.


Leigh M. Streit (BArch 2006 Architecture), architect with Flad Architects in Madison, Wis., passed his final ARE in April and was licensed in June.


Graham Hanson Design, owned by Graham Hanson (BFA 1989 Graphic Design) has work in Image of the Studio: A Portrait of New York City Graphic Design, an exhibition at the Herb Lubalin Study Center at the Cooper Union. The show opened Oct. 1 and runs through Oct. 26.