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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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







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


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






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





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








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








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

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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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