Seven ISU College of Design faculty earn promotions, tenure


AMES, Iowa — At its April 28 meeting in Ames, the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approved promotions for seven Iowa State University College of Design faculty members for the 2011-12 academic year.

Those promoted to associate professor with tenure include Paul Bruski and Carol Faber, graphic design; Brent Holland, integrated studio arts; Gary Taylor, community and regional planning; and Kimberly Zarecor, architecture.

Those promoted to full professor (already tenured) are Thomas Leslie and Lynn Paxson, architecture. All promotions take effect Aug. 16, 2011.

Paul Bruski
Bruski joined the graphic design faculty in August 2005. He teaches sophomore, junior and senior-level studios, time-based multimedia and narrative/motion graphics studios, the New York City field study and design issues graduate seminar. He is the faculty adviser for the ISU Graphic Design Student Association. He received the 2008 College of Design Academic Advising Award and was a 2007 Wakonse Fellow. Bruski holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in communication design from the College of Visual Arts, Saint Paul, Minn., and a Master of Fine Arts in interactive design from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He is a member of the International Digital Media Art Association, International Visual Literacy Association, American Institute of Graphic Arts, Design Research Society and Art Directors Association of Iowa.



Carol Faber
Faber has been on the College of Design faculty since August 2005, first in integrated studio arts and more recently in graphic design. She teaches studio courses in digital technologies (drawing, imaging, photography) at the undergraduate and graduate levels and has taught classes in drawing, color theory, digital mixed media, darkroom photography and visual literacy. She served as co-director of the college’s first-year Core Design Program in 2006-07 and received the Polster Teaching Award from the College of Design in 2009. Faber will chair the ISU Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching’s advisory board in 2011-12. She received a Bachelor of Arts in studio art with an emphasis in ceramic sculpture from Morningside College, Sioux City; a Master of Arts in drawing, painting and printmaking and a Master of Fine Arts in integrated visual arts, both from Iowa State. She is a member of the International Digital Media & Arts Association and American Institute of Graphic Arts.


Brent Holland
Holland joined the integrated studio arts faculty in August 2005 and teaches classes in drawing and painting at all levels of the curriculum. He received a Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts Award to complete a fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center in 2007 and an ISU Award for Early Achievement in Teaching in 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing from Missouri State University, Springfield, and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Washington, Seattle. Holland's work has been exhibited widely and earned numerous national exhibition awards.





Gary Taylor
Taylor has been a faculty member and ISU Extension specialist in community and regional planning (CRP) since October 2004. He teaches a graduate course in planning law and serves as the CRP faculty senator. He will become the Faculty Senate Design Caucus chair in May. In his extension role, Taylor publishes, conducts workshops and provides technical assistance to citizens and government officials in a range of subject areas, including land use and local government law, land-use planning and intergovernmental contracting. He holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, a law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln, and a Master of Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University. He has worked as an extension specialist in Michigan, a planner in Wisconsin and a private attorney in Oregon.

Taylor is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and serves as the professional development officer for the Iowa chapter of the American Planning Association (APA). He received the Chapter Presidents Council Leadership Award for Chapter Professional Development Officer Recognition from the APA in 2008. Taylor's ISU Extension publications and videos include the Iowa Land Use Planning Notebook (2007), Iowa Planning and Zoning Legislation (2005), and Introduction to Planning and Zoning for Local Officials (2005), a three-hour training program on DVD.


Kimberly Zarecor
Zarecor joined the architecture faculty in August 2005. She teaches courses in architectural history and design studios from the freshman through junior levels as well as classes on the architecture, infrastructure and politics of the Czech Republic. Zarecor received a Bachelor of Arts in art history from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; a Master of Architecture and a doctorate in architecture, both from Columbia University. She also holds an advanced certificate in East Central European Studies from the Harriman Institute. She is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Czechoslovak Studies Association, Historians of German & Central European Art & Architecture, Society of Architectural Historians and Society for the History of Technology.

Zarecor recently was named a Fulbright Scholar for 2011-12 to study the effects of current housing reforms on socialist-era neighborhoods in the Czech Republic. Her new book, Manufacturing a Socialist Modernity: Housing in Czechoslovakia, 1945-1960 (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011), is the first full-length historical study of socialist-era housing in an Eastern Bloc country.


Thomas Leslie
Leslie joined the Iowa State architecture faculty as an assistant professor in 2000 after working seven years as an architect for Sir Norman Foster and Partners, London and San Francisco. He was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2006. Leslie teaches the fifth-year comprehensive design studios, the integrated design workshop, and advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in architectural science and technology. He frequently advises independent study and diploma projects. He has held visiting positions at the Universitat-Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany, and the University of Technology-Sydney in Sydney, Australia.

Leslie received the ACSA/AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award in 2003 from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and American Institute of Architecture Students, the ACSA Creative Achievement Award in 2004, 2006, and 2008, and the ACSA Service Award in 2007 and 2008. He also was honored with an AIA Education Honor Award in 2007. He holds Bachelor of Science in architectural studies with high honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. Leslie serves as secretary of the Construction History Society of America and as a faculty councilor for the ACSA. He is a member of the American Historical Association, American Institute of Architects and Society of Architectural Historians. He received a sabbatical fellowship from the American Philosophical Society for the spring 2011 semester.

Leslie is the author of Country Comes to Town: The Iowa State Fair (Princeton Architectural Press, 2007) and Louis I. Kahn: Building Art, Building Science (George Braziller, 2005). He co-authored Design-Tech: Building Science for Architects (Architectural Press, 2006) with colleague Jason Alread, ISU associate professor of architecture. He is completing work on The Technical Evolution of the Chicago Skyscraper, to be published by University of Illinois Press in 2012.


Lynn Paxson
Prior to joining the Iowa State architecture faculty as a visiting assistant professor in 1991, Paxson was an associate at Gensler and Associates/Architects and director of space programming at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, both in New York. She moved to a tenure-track position at ISU in 1997 and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2003. Paxson teaches third- and fifth-year studios, including a service-based interdisciplinary studio that works with an indigenous nation/tribal community. She also teaches courses on human behavior and the environment, urban theory and public space, and the history of (North) American Indian architecture. She serves as a co-adviser of the Native American student groups at Iowa State.

Paxson was recognized by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture in 2002 for her work to diversify the ISU architecture curriculum through the incorporation of native cultures and issues. She received the College of Design’s Polster Teaching Award in 1996 and Academic Advising Award in 1999. Paxson earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with distinction and a Bachelor of Environmental Design with special honors from the University of Colorado, a Master of Arts in psychology from Hunter College, City University of New York; and a Master of Philosophy and a doctorate in environmental psychology, both from the Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York.

She is a member of the International Association for People-Environment Studies, Environmental Design Research Association, American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers, National Organization of Minority Architects and Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. She is a Sequoya Fellow of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society and an associate member of the American Institute of Architects and National Indian Education Association.

Heather Sauer, College of Design communications, (515) 294-9289,