Faculty & Staff Honors


September 21, 2017 12:48 pm

Jelena Bogdanovic, an Iowa State University associate professor of architecture, has been elected the at-large chair of the ISU College of Design’s Academic Affairs Council.

September 20, 2017 12:06 pm

Kimberly Zarecor, an Iowa State University associate professor of architecture, recently gave two public talks and a conference presentation in the Czech Republic on her research about socialist cities. She spoke about “How the Past Informs the Future of Czech ‘Sidliste'” at the VI PER Gallery in Prague and “Ostrava and the Typology of Socialist Cities” at the Fiducia Antiquarian Bookstore and Club in Ostrava. She presented her paper on “The Socialist City as a Distinct Urban Typology in Postwar Europe” at the 11th Congress of Czech Historians in Olomouc.

September 19, 2017 3:29 pm

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded a $216,849 grant to support an interdisciplinary Summer Institute for College and University Teachers on the topic of “Culture in the Cold War: East German Art, Music and Film,” to take place from June 17 to July 14, 2018. One of eight people participating in the project, April Eisman, ISU associate professor of art and visual culture (art history), will serve as a guest faculty member, giving a keynote address and several lectures.

September 19, 2017 1:17 pm

Recently as part of the Iowa Government Finance Initiative (IGFI) program through ISU Extension and Outreach, the Annual Fiscal Conditions reports for 2016 for each of the 945 cities and 99 counties in Iowa were published. The customized reports are designed to assist local elected and appointed officials, economic development organizations and other stakeholder groups in improving understanding of their jurisdictions’ financial conditions. In addition, the free reports allow for peer comparison to assess the level of efficiency in delivering different types of government services. The reports are used by local governments for various purposes including budgeting, grant writing and financial assessment.

Biswa Das, an Iowa State University assistant professor of community and regional planning and community development extension specialist, is the lead investigator of the IGFI program. In addition to providing the reports, the program’s outreach efforts include conducting training and workshops and providing specialized technical services on a fee-for-service basis.

September 19, 2017 1:13 pm

Kathranne Knight, an Iowa State University lecturer in art and visual culture and interdisciplinary design, is one of six artists named 2017 George L. Stout Fellows for Art in the Public Sphere. The fellowships support artist residencies based in or near Madison County, Iowa.

Knight’s work is included in the fellowship program’s inaugural exhibition, Embark, curated by Kevin Lair, ISU lecturer in architecture and interdisciplinary design. Public receptions will be held in Des Moines Saturday, Oct. 7, at Rush Hall from 5-7 p.m. and at the Market One Building from 6-8 p.m. A dialogue with Knight and Ignatius Widiapradja will start at 7 p.m. at Market One.

September 19, 2017 9:56 am

Ben Shirtcliff, an Iowa State University assistant professor of landscape architecture, presented “Urban Affordances and Reflexivity: How the Stage of Social Media Transforms Public Space” at the 20th Triennial International Play Association Conference in Calgary, Canada, Sept. 13-17.

September 19, 2017 9:51 am

Bambi Yost, an associate professor of landscape architecture at Iowa State University, gave two presentations at the 20th Triennial International Play Association Conference in Calgary, Canada, Sept. 13-17. Yost and Daniel Jost presented “Challenging Perceptions of Risk & Making the Case for Embracing Risk-Taking,” and Yost, Lois Brink and Taylor Danger presented “Re-imagining and Rebuilding Public Elementary Schoolyards: City-wide Initiatives, Strategies, and Lessons Learned.” Yost was also quoted in a Calgary Herald article about the conference.

Bambi Yost

September 18, 2017 5:32 pm

Andrea Wheeler, an assistant professor of architecture at Iowa State University, attended four conferences over the summer where she presented her work that reconsiders eco-aesthetics in architecture, part of ongoing research funded by an ISU Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities grant.

Wheeler’s presentation at the Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) 2017 conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, is published in the conference proceedings as “Outsider ethics and marginalized aesthetics: The value of contemporary environmental philosophies for designing sustainable architecture.”

She presented “Rethinking Heidegger’s Fourfold and Luce Irigaray’s Philosophy in To Be Born,” which explored the philosophical criticisms at the heart of her theoretical investigations, at “The Genesis of a New Human Being” conference at the University of Bristol, England.

Wheeler also presented at the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) 2017 conference in Madison, Wisconsin, and at “Compresenze. Invito ai Dialoghi / Co-existence. Invitation to the Dialogues” at Roma Tre University in Rome, which accompanied a small photographic exhibition about the question of co-existence.

September 18, 2017 9:57 am

Ulrike Passe, an Iowa State University associate professor of architecture, presented her paper on “Performance, data and the expanding field of sustainable design” at the 6th International Alvar Aalto Meeting on Contemporary Architecture – Technology and Humanism organized by the Alvar Aalto Academy at the Town Hall in Seinajoki, Finland, which was designed by Aalto in 1962.

Passe presented the theoretical framework which relates her interdisciplinary research into sustainable neighborhoods to architectural design thinking. The theoretical base supporting this work is Hermès V: Le Passage du Nord-Ouest by Michel Serres, where he is searching for a passageway that leads from the exact sciences to the arts and humanities. For Passe, the Northwest Passage serves as metaphor for the complex thought process between disciplines needed to produce and perceive sustainable urban environments. Based on this understanding, the paper established four overarching theoretical frames crossing between data and perception, narrative and policy, atmosphere and urban typology, technology and behavior, thus befriending quantitative and qualitative methods of research and design thinking.

The meeting was chaired by Professor Markku Hedman of Tampere University and discussed the relationship between evolving technology and changing premises for human well-being within the context of the built environment, such as virtual reality and computational landscape design, smart urban lighting and social spaces for refugee housing.

September 5, 2017 5:09 pm

Biswa Das, an Iowa State University assistant professor of community and regional planning and community development extension specialist, recently completed a national study on the fiscal condition of rural counties in the United States after the end of the Great Recession. Das was the principal investigator on the study — funded by the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development/USDA — with co-PIs from four other Midwest land-grant universities: Kansas State University, Michigan State University, University of Missouri and University of Nebraska. The whitepaper, “Fiscal Stress after the Great Recession: A Study of Rural Counties in the U.S.,” is now available.

September 5, 2017 4:56 pm

Jelena Bogdanovic, Iowa State University associate professor of architecture, has been selected to serve on the editorial advisory committee of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians from 2017-2021 as well as on the newly established Digital Humanities and Multimedia Studies Prize Committee of the Medieval Academy of America from 2017-2019.

She recently was elected to serve as chair of the College Art Association’s Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art Committee.

September 5, 2017 1:50 pm

Bernard Canniffe, chair of the Iowa State University Department of Graphic Design, will speak about “Designing Collaborations” Thursday, Sept. 7, at Louisiana State University Shreveport. His presentation is part of the LSUS Science and Liberal Arts Lecture Series.

September 5, 2017 1:34 pm

Irritamenta: Numismatic Treasures of a Renaissance Collector (American Numismatic Society, 2016) by John Cunnally, Iowa State University associate professor of art and visual culture (art history), received the annual award for Best Book on World Coins from the Numismatic Literary Guild.

John Cunnally

September 5, 2017 9:08 am

“An interdisciplinary system dynamics model for post-disaster housing recovery,” an article by Sara Hamideh, Iowa State University assistant professor of community and regional planning, has been published by Taylor & Francis Online.

August 24, 2017 4:49 pm

“Assessing the validity of volunteered geographic information: comparisons of expert and novice ratings,” an article co-authored by Chris Seeger, has been published in GeoJournal online. Seeger is an Iowa State University professor of landscape architecture and extension landscape architect.

August 23, 2017 11:00 am

Andrea Wheeler, an Iowa State University assistant professor of architecture, led a workshop on sustainable design for more than 50 participants as part of the Institute of Contemporary Arts’ summer program, “Luce Irigaray: How to Give Birth to a New Human Being,” in London Aug. 18.

August 22, 2017 4:54 pm

“The Framing of Sacred Space: The Canopy and the Byzantine Church,” a monograph by Jelena Bogdanovic, Iowa State University associate professor of architecture, has been published by Oxford University Press.

August 18, 2017 2:07 pm

Two research articles by Sharon Wohl, Iowa State University assistant professor of architecture, have been published online and will later appear in print: “Tactical urbanism as a means of testing relational processes in space: A complex systems perspective” in Planning Theory and “From form to process: Re-conceptualizing Lynch in light of complexity theory” in Urban Design International.

Sharon Wohl

August 18, 2017 9:15 am

The Museum of Modern Art recently shared an interview with April Eisman, Iowa State University associate professor of art and visual culture, who gave a presentation on “Field of Friction: An Introduction to East German Art/Painting” as part of MoMA’s C-Map (Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives) Project. Eisman has received an NEH Fellowship to conduct research in Germany in 2018-2019 for a book on East German artist Angela Hampel.

April Eisman

August 9, 2017 2:47 pm

The Landscape Architects Network has named Iowa State University architecture Assistant Professor Nick Senske’s YouTube channel one of the “10 Best YouTube Channels for Landscape Architecture Students.” On his channel, which has surpassed 25,000 subscribers and 1.3 million views, Senske shares video tutorials and lectures on various 3D modeling and rendering software packages and skills.