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ISU industrial design studio part of effort to increase kick scooter's appeal for personal transportation

May 12, 2016

Students in an industrial design studio taught by Assistant Professor Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness are part of an international project by five universities to develop the kick scooter as a more widely used method of transit. [More...]

Iowa State architecture grad students among winners in AIA sustainable design competition

May 11, 2016

ISU architecture graduate students Mengwei Liu, Xi'an, China—an international exchange student from Tongji University, Shanghai, China—and Anastasia Sysoeva, Moscow, Russia, are among the winners of the second annual AIA COTE Top 10 for Students competition. [Link...]

Intertwine project to blanket ISU Design on Main facade in downtown Ames

May 06, 2016

Beginning May 8, the "Intertwine" yarn-bombing project will be installed on the front facade of the ISU Design on Main facility in downtown Ames. The project, which runs through June 1, will include more than 1,000 knitted and crocheted square panels submitted by people from 14 states and dozens of Iowa communities. [More...]

ISU students delve into everyday African-American history for digital humanities project

April 28, 2016

Iowa State students in ARCH 321: History of the American City are contributing material to Black Quotidian, a website created by Matthew Delmont at Arizona State University to "highlight everyday moments and lives in African-American history." [More...]

ISU integrated visual arts graduate student Fei Xue explores cultural perception, identity and nostalgia in thesis exhibition May 12-19

April 27, 2016

Fei Xue, an ISU graduate student in integrated visual arts, will present her final thesis exhibition May 12-19 in the College of Design's Gallery 181. Titled "The Dreamer: An Examination of Chinese Philosophical Concepts through Animation," the show will open with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 12. [More...]

ISU College of Design students design head scarves for Strands of Strength

April 26, 2016

Scarf designs by two Iowa State University College of Design students have been selected for production by Strands of Strength, a nonprofit organization that provides free wigs and head scarves to low-income Iowa women who lose their hair during cancer treatment. [More...]

Video entry by ISU advertising student wins Best in Show in 7th Annual Biorenewables Art Competition

April 25, 2016

This year's Biorenewables Art Competition exhibition features 27 artworks by 26 ISU students enrolled in integrated studio arts/integrated visual arts courses. Skyler Knutzen, a sophomore in advertising, won Best in Show with his short video that demonstrates the impact of vehicle emissions on the environment. [More...]

Landscape architecture graduating senior Austin Javellana is ISU College of Design’s spring 2016 student marshal

April 22, 2016

Austin Javellana of Cedar Falls will represent the College of Design as its student marshal at the university's public commencement exercises Saturday, May 7, at Hilton Coliseum. He will graduate summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree and a general business minor. [More...]

ISU industrial design and Courage League Sports team up to create assistive sports devices

April 21, 2016

Twenty-nine ISU industrial design students are designing assistive sports equipment in collaboration with Courage League Sports, a recreational facility in Urbandale that serves people with special needs. Some students also are volunteering at Courage League to better understand these athletes' needs. [Link...]

ISU interior design seniors named finalists in IIDA IDEA student competition

April 20, 2016

Two ISU interior design seniors—Kylie Groenenboom, New Sharon, and McKenzie Phillips, Cedar Rapids—are among three finalists in the Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) student competition hosted by the Great Plains Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). [More...]

Iowa State's undergraduate industrial design program named a top value

April 13, 2016

College Values Online ranked Iowa State's undergraduate industrial design program 8th in the nation based on tuition, financial aid, return on investment, and the number of minors, concentrations and areas of emphasis offered. [Link...]

ISU graphic design student creates Susan G. Komen Iowa’s 2016 Race for the Cure campaign materials

April 08, 2016

Susan G. Komen Iowa has selected an Iowa State student's design proposal for its 2016 Race for the Cure campaign. Maddison True, a junior in graphic design from Lincoln, Nebraska, developed the winning concept, "25 Years Strong," in the ARTGR 371 studio course this spring. [More...]

ISU's Austin Stewart presents invited talk on arts activism and agriculture in Dublin

April 07, 2016

Austin Stewart, assistant professor of art and visual culture, recently returned from Ireland, where he took part in a panel discussion and an exhibition related to the arts and agriculture. "Field Test: Radical Adventures in Future Farming," runs through June 5 at the Trinity College Dublin Science Gallery. [More...]

ISU architecture student team wins 2016 Hansen Prize

March 31, 2016

Third-year architecture students Joseph Hiestand, Minneapolis, and Daniel Morley, Nassau, Bahamas, won the 2016 Richard F. Hansen Prize competition hosted by the ISU Department of Architecture. Their winning "Iowa State Bio Research Lab" project was developed in the fall 2015 ARCH 301 studio. [More...]

Landscape architect, urban designer David Fletcher to present 2016 Elwood Lecture April 13 at ISU College of Design

March 30, 2016

David Fletcher, founding principal of the award-winning Fletcher Studio in San Francisco, will present the 2016 Philip H. Elwood Lecture in Landscape Architecture at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in Kocimski Auditorium. A reception will follow in the Lightfoot Forum. [More...]

ISU integrated studio arts seniors to showcase work in annual BFA exhibition March 31-April 12

March 28, 2016

Seniors majoring in integrated studio arts will showcase their work in the annual Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition March 31 – April 12 in the ISU College of Design's Gallery 181. A reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 9. [More...]

ISU graphic design senior’s capstone project to help women entrepreneurs connect

March 25, 2016

An ISU graphic design senior's fledgling business sparked the creation of a professional development opportunity for central Iowa women entrepreneurs and business owners. The Bloom Conference, organized by Amber Tague, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at Gravitate in Des Moines. [More...]

ISU integrated visual arts grad student Alexis Dwyer's MFA thesis exhibition at Design on Main Gallery April 8-22

March 23, 2016

ISU integrated visual arts graduate student Alexis Dwyer's Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition, "Casey Land Rambles," will be on display April 8-22 at the Design on Main Gallery in downtown Ames. A public reception will be from 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 15. [More...]

ISU College of Design, DMACC to sign new bachelor’s program transfer agreement

March 22, 2016

A new agreement between Iowa State University and Des Moines Area Community College will help students attending DMACC complete professional bachelor's degrees in community and regional planning at ISU. [More...]

Architect, historian Michelangelo Sabatino to speak at Iowa State March 30

March 14, 2016

Michelangelo Sabatino, an architect and historian whose research addresses intersections between culture, technology and design in the built environment, will present "Avant-garde in the Cornfields: Modern Architecture, Landscape and Preservation in New Harmony" at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in Kocimski Auditorium. [More...]

Master's thesis exhibition by ISU integrated visual arts graduate student Josianne Ishikawa explores wabi-sabi aesthetic

March 11, 2016

"Transitory Nature," a master's thesis exhibition of work by integrated visual arts graduate student Josianne Ishikawa, will be on display in two locations beginning March 21. Her artwork will be at Gallery in the Round from March 21–May 13 and her video essay exhibition will be in Gallery 181 from March 21-29. [More...]

Housing and public policy expert Katrin Anacker to speak at ISU College of Design March 24

March 10, 2016

Katrin Anacker, an associate professor of public policy at George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia, will present "Analyzing Seriously Delinquent Mortgages in Asian Census Tracts in the United States" at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in Kocimski Auditorium, room 0101 Design. [More...]

BIG design firm partner to present 2016 Hansen Lecture in Architecture March 23 at ISU

March 09, 2016

Kai-Uwe Bergmann, a partner with the award-winning international design firm BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), will present the 2016 Richard F. Hansen Lecture in Architecture Wednesday, March 23, at Iowa State. His lecture, "BIG: Hot to Cold," will be at 5:30 p.m. in Kocimski Auditorium. [More...]

Exhibition exploring connection between music and art at ISU Design on Main Gallery March 15-30

March 07, 2016

An exhibition of artwork by interior design Associate Professor Lori Brunner will be on display March 15-30 at the ISU Design on Main Gallery in downtown Ames. "Art + Music = Life2" will feature several abstract paintings that "explore the connection between music and art," Brunner said. [More...]

Industrial designer who coined the term 'product semantics' to speak at ISU March 10

March 04, 2016

Reinhart Butter, a professor emeritus of industrial design at Ohio State University known for his role in popularizing product semantics, will present "The Power of Appeal" at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in Kocimski Auditorium. His lecture is free and open to the public. [More...]

ISU College of Design Rome Program exhibition to feature work by students who studied in Italy last fall

February 24, 2016

Projects by 48 ISU College of Design students who studied in Italy last fall will be on display Feb. 29 through March 10 in the college's Gallery 181. A closing reception for the "Fall 2015 Rome Show" will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, with a brief program at 5:30 p.m. [More...]

Artist Kathranne Knight is designer-in-residence Feb. 26-March 3 at ISU College of Design

February 22, 2016

The ISU Bachelor of Design program will host artist Kathranne Knight as its second annual designer-in-residence Feb. 26 through March 3. She will present an intensive workshop on "Line + Grid + Repetition" from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26. [More...]

ISU architecture students’ design-build project transforms College of Design atrium

February 15, 2016

A full-scale student design-build project will transform the College of Design's Lyle E. Lightfoot Forum Feb. 17-March 11. Designed and constructed by 77 second-year architecture students, the "TwoXTwo" installation was inspired by SHoP Architects' "Dunescape." A reception will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17. [More...]

ISU art professor Chris Martin wins Fulbright Scholar grant to India

February 10, 2016

Chris Martin, ISU associate professor of art and visual culture, has been named a Fulbright Scholar for 2016-2017 to study traditional craft forms in India and develop collaborative relationships with Indian artisans. He will spend five months (August-December) in Ahmedebad, Gujarat, India. [More...]

ISU art professor's Intertwine project gains momentum, spawns spin-off efforts

February 04, 2016

Nearly 300 12-inch-square knit and crocheted panels have been submitted to the Intertwine project from across Iowa as well as California, Mississippi and Pennsylvania. Participants, including members of school groups and senior living communities, range in age from 8 to 88. The project needs 1,000 squares by April 1. [More...]

Sustainable-regenerative development specialist Daniel Huard to speak about Living Building Challenge Feb. 3 at ISU

February 01, 2016

Sustainable-regenerative development specialist Daniel Huard will speak about the "Living Building Challenge 3.0" at noon Wednesday, Feb. 3, in the College of Design's Lightfoot Forum. Part of the Landscape Architecture Lecture Series and Architecture Advisory Council Lecture Series, the free talk is open to the public [More...]

Landscape architect Jeffrey L. Bruce to speak about emerging green design technologies Feb. 10 at Iowa State

January 29, 2016

Landscape architect Jeffrey L. Bruce, FASLA, will present "The Future of Green Infrastructure" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, as part of the ISU Landscape Architecture Lecture Series. A reception with pizza will begin at 5:20 p.m. in the College of Design's Lyle E. Lightfoot Forum, followed by the lecture in 101 Design. [More...]

Work highlighting student trip to Ghana on display Feb. 1-5 in ISU College of Design's Gallery 181

January 28, 2016

Images, artifacts and student work from a three-week study abroad trip to Ghana will be displayed Feb. 1-5 at the ISU College of Design. The "Ghana: Gaining Perspective" exhibition will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily and by special arrangement in Gallery 181. A closing reception will be 5-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5. [More...]

Project by Ji's firm selected for South Korean exhibition at Venice Biennale

January 25, 2016

Cheongseok (Bluestone) Church, an award-winning project completed in 2015 by ISU architecture Lecturer Jungwoo Ji and colleagues at his architecture firm, euk architects in South Korea, will be part of the South Korean Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale. [Link...]

Article by architecture Assistant Professor Sharon Wohl published in Progress in Human Geography journal

January 20, 2016

"Considering how morphological traits of urban fabric create affordances for complex adaptation and emergence," an article by architecture Assistant Professor Sharon Wohl, is published in the February issue of Progress in Human Geography. The article stems from Wohl's PhD research in urban design and complexity theory. [Link...]

Octagon exhibition juror Tom Loeser to speak at ISU College of Design Jan. 30

January 19, 2016

Tom Loeser, juror for the Octagon Center for the Arts' "48th Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood" exhibition, will speak Saturday, Jan. 30, at Iowa State University. He will present "Contemporary Perspectives and Practices in Furniture Design" at 10 a.m. in Kocimski Auditorium, room 101 College of Design. [More...]

Architecture Associate Professor Ulrike Passe addresses natural ventilation misconceptions, trends in Routledge interview

January 19, 2016

Architecture Associate Professor Ulrike Passe discusses some of the misconceptions of natural ventilation and current trends in the field in a Q&A about her book, "Designing Spaces for Natural Ventilation," on the Routledge website. [Link...]

Book arts exhibition headlines ISU Design on Main Gallery’s spring programming

January 14, 2016

Sponsored by Ames Collaborative Art, a local artist-run organization, and Public Space One, an artist-run nonprofit organization based in Iowa City, the "XXX Books Books Books XXX" exhibition will feature 29 works by 21 artists from across Iowa. The show will run Jan. 29 to Feb. 13 at the ISU Design on Main Gallery. [More...]

Exhibition of work from youth architecture program taught by architecture lecturer Jungwoo Ji on display in South Korea

January 11, 2016

"Kids' Pavilion," an exhibition of work by youth who participated in a 16-week architecture program taught by architecture Lecturer Jungwoo Ji, is on display through Jan. 31 at the Gyeonggi Children's Museum in South Korea. Ji and staff from his firm, euk architects, taught the program last summer and fall. [Link...]

Interior design assistant professor Diane Al Shihabi named one of 14 Faces of JID

January 07, 2016

Diane Al Shihabi, assistant professor of interior design, has been named one of "14 Faces of JID" (Journal of Interior Design), a tier one international journal in interior design. She is featured on the Interior Design Educators Council website. She also accepted an invitation to join the JID Review Board. [Link...]

Work by IVA graduate student accepted into national exhibition

January 07, 2016

"Earth Hostile Environment," a collage (torn/cut relief prints, found imagery and acrylic paint) by integrated visual arts graduate student Alexis Dwyer, Columbia, Missouri, was selected for the "37th Annual Paper in Particular National Exhibition," Feb. 22 – April 1 at the Sidney Larson Gallery, Columbia College. [Link...]

ISU College of Design names new associate deans

December 17, 2015

Following an internal search, the ISU College of Design has appointed Cameron Campbell to serve as its associate dean for academic programs. Mark Chidister will serve as the new senior associate dean for planning and academic personnel and Kevin Kane as the associate dean for research and outreach. [More...]

ISU interior design students honored in Steelcase NEXT Student Design Competition

December 16, 2015

Three ISU interior design seniors have been recognized in the Steelcase NEXT Student Design Competition 2015. Mackenzie Braak, Garland, Texas, and Kylie Roozeboom, New Sharon, were named semifinalists in the third annual competition. Emily Haines, Minneapolis, received an honorable mention. [More...]

Industrial design Associate Professor Seda Yilmaz discusses design heuristics tool on product innovation educators blog

December 16, 2015

Industrial design Associate Professor Seda Yilmaz was interviewed for the Everyday Innovator product innovation educators blog about her and colleagues' NSF-funded development of a tool to help engineers and designers improve idea generation. [Link...]

ISU students work with community members to create Mortensen Mounds monarch waystation

December 10, 2015

Eleven Bachelor of Design students have worked with residents of a southwest Ames neighborhood to transform the "Mortensen Mounds" site into a monarch butterfly waystation. Their proposals for sculptural and seating elements will be on display 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, in the Ames Public Library auditorium. [More...]

Iowa State students design interiors for combat outposts

December 09, 2015

Students in an experimental graduate studio have propelled interior design to a place it's never been before: the 21st-century combat outpost. They created environments that support combat soldiers' mental health and help alleviate PTSD. [Link...]

Ames artist Matt Corones to exhibit mixed-media work Dec. 22 – Jan. 20 at ISU Design on Main Gallery

December 07, 2015

Ames artist and ISU alumnus Matt Corones will exhibit new work Dec. 22, 2015, through Jan. 20, 2016, at the ISU Design on Main Gallery. His "Hyperreal Oculus" exhibition will open with a reception from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22. [More...]

ISU graphic design professor recognized by scientists for sonic interpretations of data

December 07, 2015

Alex Braidwood, assistant professor of graphic design, has converted scientific measurements into sound so researchers can hear their data—an approach that has garnered the attention of an international limnological research organization. [More...]

Industrial design graduating senior Mariangely Iglesias Pena is ISU College of Design’s student marshal

November 30, 2015

Mariangely Iglesias Pena of Carolina, Puerto Rico, will represent the ISU College of Design as its student marshal at the university's public commencement exercises Saturday, Dec. 19, at Hilton Coliseum. She will graduate magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Industrial Design degree. [More...]

Lego concept designer Dan Winger to speak at ISU Dec. 2

November 30, 2015

Dan Winger, a senior concept designer for the Lego Future Lab, will speak about "Designing the Future of Play" in a lecture at Iowa State. Winger's presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, in Kocimski Auditorium, 101 College of Design. [More...]

ISU College of Design to host postcard print and juried student exhibition, silent auction Nov. 30-Dec. 4

November 23, 2015

The Iowa State University Print Society will host "{hero[(in)e]}: 15th Annual International Postcard Print Exchange and Juried Student Exhibition" and silent auction Nov. 30 through Dec. 4 at the ISU College of Design. Exhibition hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Gallery 181. [More...]

ISU architecture graduate student team wins second place in ACSA/AISC Steel Student Design Competition

November 18, 2015

A team of ISU architecture graduate students won second place in the open category of the 15th annual Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ASCA)/American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Steel Student Design Competition. They completed their winning project in a spring 2015 independent study course. [More...]

Visual artist Jim Campbell, designer of Cowles Commons light sculpture, to speak Nov. 18 at ISU

November 16, 2015

Internationally acclaimed visual artist Jim Campbell, designer of a new sculpture for Des Moines' Cowles Commons, will speak about his work in a lecture at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in Kocimski Auditorium, 101 College of Design. [More...]

ISU professor’s new book explores influence of British architectural draftsman Thomas Gordon Cullen on image making in postwar consumer culture

November 12, 2015

In an era of consumer-driven economies, image making and visual marketing are enormously influential. Mira Engler, ISU professor of landscape architecture, has written a book about a leading postwar image maker who influenced the design of the postmodern city—British architectural draftsman Thomas Gordon Cullen. [More...]

ISU’s landscape architecture and architecture programs rank in top 20 nationally

November 12, 2015

Iowa State's undergraduate programs in landscape architecture and architecture are ranked in the top 20 in the nation, according to a new survey of practitioners by DesignIntelligence. The survey placed ISU's BLA program eighth and BArch program 20th in the U.S. for 2016. [Link...]

C-SPAN'S American History TV to feature Basmajian's lecture on the making of the American metropolis

November 11, 2015

Carlton Basmajian traces factors that shaped the development of the continent and created a system for property distribution and urban development in a lecture recorded in September for broadcast on C- SPAN's American History TV. The program will air at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, on C-SPAN 3. [Link...]

Designer, entrepreneur and social advocate John Bielenberg to speak Nov. 18 at ISU

November 09, 2015

Graphic designer, social advocate and entrepreneur John Bielenberg will talk about using creativity and ingenuity to make a better world in a lecture at Iowa State. His presentation, "Thinking Wrong, Doing Right" will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in 1213 Hoover Hall. [More...]

CyBike initiative gets honorable mention in Bicycle Friendly University Awards

November 06, 2015

The League of American Bicyclists gave an honorable mention to Iowa State's bike-share initiative in the Bicycle Friendly University 2015 Awards and featured the ongoing effort in an article on its website. The CyBike project is led by industrial design and planning faculty and involves 11 departments on campus. [Link...]

Iowa State industrial design students are players in bringing new sports products to market

November 04, 2015

An evolving partnership between the ISU Department of Industrial Design and Shock Doctor, a leading manufacturer of protective and performance sports equipment, has resulted in internships, sponsored studios, student projects and products that will be launched in 2016. [Link...]

ISU College of Design students win top awards in Studies in Creativity exhibition

November 04, 2015

Eight College of Design students won awards in the "Studies in Creativity" juried exhibition sponsored by the ISU Student Union Board. Integrated studio arts sophomore Breanna Kixmiller won Best of Show for her acrylic paintings "Truth and a Lie." The show is on display through Dec. 8 in the Memorial Union Gallery. [More...]

Article by art and visual culture associate professor April Eisman published in German Studies Review

November 03, 2015

"East German Art and the Permeability of the Berlin Wall" by April Eisman, associate professor of art and visual culture (art history), was published in German Studies Review, Vol. 38, No. 3, October 2015. GSR is a top journal in the field. [Link...]

Architecture associate professor Ulrike Passe elected president-elect of Society of Building Science Educators

November 03, 2015

Ulrike Passe, associate professor of architecture and director of the ISU Center for Building Energy Research, was unanimously elected president-elect of the Society of Building Science Educators. She will serve two years each as president-elect, president and past president.

Work by art and visual culture associate professor Barbara Walton part of solo, group exhibitions at Edgewood College Nov. 13-Dec. 18

November 03, 2015

"Waxing Poetic: The Journey of an Accidental Scientist," a solo exhibition of encaustic artwork by art and visual culture Associate Professor Barbara Walton, will be on display Nov. 13 through Dec. 18 at Edgewood College, Madison, Wisconsin. Paintings by Walton also are part of the college's "Paint" exhibition. [More...]

'Ripples 2' exhibition at ISU Design on Main features expanding collaborative art project

November 02, 2015

An exhibition of nearly 100 different artworks originating from a single woodcut print will be on display Nov. 13 – Dec. 7 at the ISU Design on Main Gallery in downtown Ames. Coordinated by Ames artist Tiberiu Chelcea, "Ripples 2" will open with a public reception from 5-6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13. [More...]

'Structure of Species' exhibition highlights ISU students' nature center proposals at McFarland Park

October 30, 2015

Students in Lecturer Leslie Forehand's third-year architectural design studio have developed proposals for a nature center at McFarland Park that helps realign human-animal-environment relationships. Their work will be exhibited in "The Structure of Species," which opens with a reception from 5-6:30 p.m. Nov. 13. [More...]

Iowa State students bring broader perspective to PlanDSM draft

October 29, 2015

Students in the fall-semester graduate community planning studio have worked with Des Moines city officials and the PlanDSM Steering Committee to gain input from underrepresented populations in the development of a new comprehensive plan. They will present their recommendations at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, in Des Moines. [More...]

ISU College of Design to honor artist Jeremy Caniglia with Design Achievement Award Oct. 30

October 27, 2015

Artist, illustrator and ISU alumnus Jeremy Caniglia is a recipient of the 2015 Design Achievement Award presented by the ISU College of Design. He will be honored at the ISU Alumni Association's 84th Honors and Awards Ceremony beginning at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, in Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building. [More...]

ISU College of Design to honor DLR Group principal Prem Sundharam with Design Achievement Award Oct. 30

October 27, 2015

Alumnus Prem Sundharam, a principal with DLR Group in Phoenix, Arizona, is a recipient of the 2015 Design Achievement Award presented by the ISU College of Design. He will be honored at the ISU Alumni Association's 84th Honors and Awards Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, in Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building. [More...]

ISU architecture lecturer receives inaugural AIA Iowa Young Architect Award

October 26, 2015

Jessica Terrill, a lecturer in architecture at Iowa State University, is the first recipient of the Young Architect Award presented by the Iowa chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Iowa). She was honored Oct. 15 at the AIA Iowa/Central States Regional Convention in Des Moines. [More...]

ISU Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture honored with AIA Iowa Educator Award

October 26, 2015

Thomas Leslie, the Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture and director of graduate education in the ISU Department of Architecture, received the 2015 Educator Award from the Iowa chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Iowa) Oct. 15 at the AIA Iowa/Central States Regional Convention in Des Moines. [More...]

Portrait exhibition by ISU Design West artist-in-residence Scott Martinson opens Oct. 30

October 26, 2015

ISU Design West artist-in-residence Scott Martinson will share work completed during his residency in a November exhibition at ISU Design West in Sioux City. "Impressions of Friends from the Near, Recent Past" will open with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. [More...]

ISU College of Design to honor Iowa Economic Development Authority director with Christian Petersen Design Award

October 23, 2015

Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, is the recipient of the 2015 Christian Petersen Design Award presented by the ISU College of Design. She will be honored at the ISU Alumni Association's 84th Honors and Awards Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, in Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building. [More...]

ISU design students explore mother-child bond through performance, installation at Venice Art Biennale

October 21, 2015

Forty-nine ISU students majoring in graphic design, interior design and integrated studio arts who are studying in Italy this fall with the College of Design Rome Program will participate in a workshop and colloquium Oct. 22-24 at the Venice Biennale 2015, 56th International Art Exhibition. [More...]

ISU College of Design students win national healthcare environment design award

October 20, 2015

A project by ISU students in interior design and architecture has won the student category of the 2015 Healthcare Environment Awards. The team's winning conceptual design of a patient tower at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is featured in the October issue of Contract magazine. [Link...]

Hazard-planning expert to speak about community resiliency Oct. 22 at Iowa State

October 15, 2015

Urban planner James Schwab, manager of the American Planning Association (APA) Hazards Planning Research Center in Chicago, will speak about community resiliency in the face of natural hazards and climate change effects in a lecture at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in Kocimski Auditorium, 101 Design. [More...]

ISU Metals Professor Joe Muench Creates Silk from Steel

October 14, 2015

Joe Muench has been honing his award-winning metalsmithing for 40 years. Now an associate professor of art and visual culture at Iowa State, Muench teaches metalsmithing and jewelry in the same classroom where he learned during the early 1980s. [Link...]

ISU industrial design grad student helps design conceptual urban farm at Minneapolis Agritecture workshop

October 05, 2015

ISU industrial design graduate student Andrew Verhasselt joined a multidisciplinary team of professionals and students to develop a conceptual urban farm for the city of Richfield, Minnesota, at the Minneapolis Agritecture Design Workshop 2015 in September. [More...]

ISU industrial design students recognized in AWFS Fresh Wood competition

October 01, 2015

Two recent ISU industrial design graduates won awards for projects they completed as seniors in an advanced furniture design class. Jonathan Manoles received first place for his "Bent Lounge Chair" and Benjamin Pedrick received an honorable mention for his "Sema Seat" in the AWFS 2015 Fresh Wood competition. [More...]

Iowa State landscape architecture students win national award for women's prison project

September 30, 2015

An ISU landscape architecture student project has won the 2015 Community Service Award of Excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architects. The national award honors an ongoing landscape project with the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville, Iowa, led by Assistant Professor Julie Stevens [Link...]

Leading architectural theorist Juhani Pallasmaa to speak about themes in his work Oct. 7 at ISU

September 30, 2015

Finnish architect, educator and critic Juhani Pallasmaa will present "Twelve Themes in My Work: Interplay of Thought and Form" at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, in Kocimski Auditorium, room 101 College of Design. Part of the Fall 2015 Architecture Advisory Council Lecture Series, his talk is free and open to the public. [More...]

ISU band 'The Lawn Chairs' to open for alt-folk singer-songwriter Pieta Brown Oct. 3 in Ames

September 28, 2015

The Lawn Chairs—a band comprising landscape architecture students, faculty and alumni—will open for Pieta Brown and Bo Ramsey at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Bluestem Stage in Ames. [More...]

Interior design assistant professor Diane al Shihabi's article published in Journal of Interior Design

September 25, 2015

"American Beaux-Arts Architects and 'The Decoration of Houses': Elucidating French Academic Influences of a Seminal Literary Work," an article by Diane al Shihabi, assistant professor of interior design, was published in the September 2015 issue of the Journal of Interior Design. [Link...]

Learn about vegetated floating islands as water-quality-improvement tool at ISU event Sept. 26

September 21, 2015

Iowa State researchers who piloted a water-quality improvement project on Lake LaVerne will share initial results in a public outreach event at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, on the lake's north shore. Participants can learn about vegetated floating islands as a practical tool to reduce pollutants in ponds and lakes. [More...]

Guidebook, webinar address zoning issues when agriculture comes to the city

September 17, 2015

Gary Taylor, interim director of the ISU Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development Program, has produced "Municipal Zoning for Local Foods in Iowa," a new guidebook for city governments on zoning issues related to urban agriculture. A free public webinar introducing the guide will be at noon Sept. 30. [More...]

Iowa State students tag monarch butterflies to track migration to Mexico

September 11, 2015

With monarch butterfly numbers in significant decline, a new ISU learning community focused on environmental stewardship and sustainability is making monarch conservation a key component of its curriculum. On Sept. 14, students will capture and tag monarchs to aid efforts to tally the population and track its migration [More...]

Jill Lerner, principal with global design firm KPF Associates, to speak at ISU architecture department's fall celebration

September 10, 2015

Jill Lerner, FAIA, a principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, will talk about KPF's work, structure and development into a global design firm in a lecture at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at the College of Design. Her presentation, "Architecture for the Public – A Global Practice," is part of Architecture Premiere 15. [More...]

Student work created in Rome on display Sept. 11 – Oct. 3 in ISU College of Design’s Gallery 181

September 09, 2015

Projects by ISU fourth-year architecture and landscape architecture students who studied in Italy last spring will be on display Sept. 11 – Oct. 3 in the College of Design's Gallery 181. The Rome Show 2015 will open with a reception at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, following the Architecture Premiere 15 lecture. [More...]

Iowa State interior design student wins national design competition

September 08, 2015

Joseph Danielsen, an ISU junior in interior design, won the 2015 Raymond Waites Design Competition sponsored by the International Furnishings and Design Association Educational Foundation. He will receive a $5,000 prize and expense-paid trip to the High Point International Home Furnishings Market in North Carolina. [Link...]

New ISU professor helps Iowa towns build community, identity and economy through art

August 26, 2015

This summer, Jennifer Drinkwater was named assistant professor of art and visual culture and community art extension specialist. The outreach-oriented position was created under the ISU president's high-impact hire initiative and is one of only a handful nationwide. [Link...]

Artist-in-residence Scott Martinson to exhibit new work Sept. 4 at ISU Design West

August 25, 2015

ISU Design West artist-in-residence Scott Martinson will share new work at an event from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, Sept. 4, at the Design West facility in Sioux City. He will give an artist's talk at 8 p.m., following by a live painting demonstration and electronic dance music party. [More...]

ISU College of Design strengthens community college relationships with new bachelor's program transfer agreements

August 24, 2015

New agreements between Iowa State and two community colleges— Northwest Iowa Community College and Western Iowa Tech Community College—make it easier for students attending those colleges to complete professional bachelor's degrees in community and regional planning at ISU. [More...]

ISU planning, sustainable agriculture student wins travel award to study female farmers’ access to water in Kyrgyzstan

August 11, 2015

Rebecca Nixon, a second-year graduate student pursuing degrees in community and regional planning and sustainable agriculture, received a $4,000 Graduate Student Travel Award for International Study in Sustainable Livelihoods to study barriers to female farmers' participation in Water Users Associations in Kyrgyzstan. [More...]

ISU community art specialist seeks submissions for yarn-bombing project

August 05, 2015

Area residents are invited to participate in "Intertwine," a collaborative community project to "yarn bomb" the facade of Design on Main in downtown Ames with 1-foot-square knitted or crocheted wool panels stitched together to form a giant quilt over the front of the building. [More...]

Fiberart exhibition headlines fall series at ISU Design on Main Gallery

August 03, 2015

A two-person exhibition of work inspired in part by Mexican folk art and Iowa's rural landscapes will kick off the ISU Design on Main Gallery's 2015 fall program. "Fiberart: Two Views" by Timothy J. Arand-McIlrath and Nancy Polster will be on display Aug. 28-Sept. 30 with an opening reception 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28. [More...]

Iowa State students and incarcerated women grow thriving vegetable garden and more at prison

July 28, 2015

Teams of students and incarcerated women are transforming acres of prison yard into a beautiful landscape that now includes food. The partnership between the ISU Department of Landscape Architecture and the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville is in its third year of providing hands-on experiences. [Link...]

Multimedia artist explores decay and restoration in solo show July 17-Aug. 8 at ISU Design on Main Gallery

July 14, 2015

Work exploring cycles of life and death, illness and health, destruction and restoration of the body will be on display July 17 – Aug. 8 at the ISU Design on Main Gallery. "Cyclical: New Works by Kristin Roach" will open with a reception from 7-9 p.m. Friday, July 17. Roach will give an artist's talk at 8 p.m. [More...]

ISU graphic design students take top honors in ADAI Design Exhibition

July 08, 2015

Iowa State graphic design students took top honors, including Best of Show, in the 57th Annual Art Directors Association of Iowa (ADAI) Design Exhibition. Junior Jeremy Murray from Ames won the Student Best of Show as well as the Identity System Student Best of Category for his "Bikes and Beatniks" project. [More...]

ISU integrated visual arts graduate student Rohini Kummitha to share thesis work June 30-July 7 in Design on Main Gallery exhibition

June 25, 2015

"Magic Masala," the Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition of work by integrated visual arts graduate student Rohini Kummitha, will be on display June 30 through July 7 at the ISU Design on Main Gallery, 203 Main St. in downtown Ames. The show will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 30. [More...]

ISU landscape architecture professor co-founds environmental justice professional network

June 16, 2015

"Environmental justice means providing everyone with access to healthy outdoor spaces, facilities and resources," says landscape architecture Assistant Professor Julie Stevens. She recently helped establish and co-chairs the American Society of Landscape Architects' Environmental Justice Professional Practice Network. [More...]

ISU's Ted Grevstad-Nordbrock is building the state's first historic preservation degree program

June 11, 2015

Ted Grevstad-Nordbrock, who joined the ISU Department of Community and Regional Planning as an assistant professor in January, is tasked with developing a new, multidisciplinary program in historic preservation within the College of Design. His position was created under President Leath's high-impact hiring initiative. [Link...]

ISU College of Design student, alumni to exhibit work at 2015 Des Moines Arts Festival

June 10, 2015

An Iowa State graphic design graduate student and three recent integrated studio arts graduates are among 12 Emerging Iowa Artists selected to exhibit their work June 26-28 at the Des Moines Arts Festival. [More...]

ISU professor co-authors first natural ventilation design guide specifically for architects

June 09, 2015

ISU architecture associate professor Ulrike Passe and Francine Battaglia, a mechanical engineering colleague at Virginia Tech, have just published "Designing Spaces for Natural Ventilation: An Architect's Guide"—the first book focused solely on helping architects design successfully naturally ventilated buildings. [More...]

Two ISU student projects honored in national Hospitality Design Awards

June 04, 2015

Two teams of recent Iowa State graduates are finalists in the student project category of the 11th annual HD Awards for Creative Achievement sponsored by Hospitality Design magazine. Winners and finalists were honored June 3 in New York City; projects and products also are published in the June issue of the magazine. [More...]

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