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ISU College of Design students win research poster awards at renewable energy symposium

October 20, 2014

Five College of Design students were recognized for outstanding research posters presented at the Meeting the Renewable Energy Challenge Student Energy Expo Oct. 15 at the University of Iowa, Iowa City. [More...]

Design on Main Gallery to host monthly feedback forum for creative work

October 14, 2014

As part of its fall 2014 programming, the Design on Main Gallery is hosting a Feedback Forum at 6 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month through December. Bring a creative project (art, poetry, music, etc.) for discussion. The next event is Oct. 15 at 203 Main St., downtown Ames.

Rome Prize Fellow Thomas Kelley to share visually deceptive drawing techniques in Oct. 22 lecture at ISU

October 09, 2014

Thomas Kelley, the James R. Lamantia, Jr., Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome and a visiting assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will explore visual deception through architectural drawing in "Eye-Con," a lecture at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in Kocimski Auditorium. [More...]

Conceptualist landscape architect Claude Cormier to present P.H. Elwood Lecture Oct. 17 at ISU

October 07, 2014

Claude Cormier, principal of Claude Cormier and Associates Landscape Architecture and Urban Design in Montreal, will present the 2014 P.H. Elwood Lecture in Landscape Architecture Friday, Oct. 17, at Iowa State University. He will speak at 5:30 p.m. in Kocimski Auditorium, room 101 College of Design. [More...]

ISU BPMI students, alumni honored in 30th anniversary exhibition

October 07, 2014

Five Iowa State students and four alumni received awards in the "Before and After: BPMI 30th Anniversary Student and Alumni Exhibition" at the College of Design. The student show runs through Sunday, Oct. 12, on the second floor of the Design Building. The alumni show runs through Tuesday, Oct. 21, in Gallery 181. [More...]

ISU architecture professor honored with AIA Iowa Educator Award

October 06, 2014

Rob Whitehead, an assistant professor of architecture at Iowa State University, received the 2014 Educator Award from the Iowa chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Iowa) Sept. 25 at the AIA Iowa Annual Convention in Des Moines. [More...]

ISU College of Design to honor Main Street Iowa state coordinator with Design Achievement Award Oct. 10

October 06, 2014

Iowa State planning alumnus Michael Wagler, state coordinator for Main Street Iowa, is a recipient of the 2014 Design Achievement Award presented by the College of Design. He will be honored in a ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building. [More...]

ISU College of Design to honor Martha Schwartz Partners design director with Design Achievement Award

October 06, 2014

ISU landscape architecture alumnus Matthew Getch, the design director and a partner with Martha Schwartz Partners in London, is a recipient of the 2014 Design Achievement Award presented by the College of Design. He will be honored in ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building. [More...]

ISU’s Interlock House at Honey Creek Resort State Park is part of 2014 National Solar Tour

October 02, 2014

The Interlock House, Iowa State University's entry in the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, is part of the 19th Annual ASES National Solar Tour sponsored by the American Solar Energy Society. Now located at Honey Creek Resort State Park in southern Iowa, the house will be open for tours 1-4 p.m. Oct. 3-4. [More...]

Physician and poet Gabriella Miotto to speak about visual literacy and literary imagery Oct. 9 at ISU Design on Main Gallery

October 02, 2014

Gabriella Miotto, a family physician and poet, will share her work Oct. 9 as part of the Emerging Writers Series at the ISU Design on Main Gallery. The event begins with readings by Iowa State graduate students at 7 p.m., followed by Miotto's presentation on visual literacy and literary imagery at 8 p.m. [More...]

ISU design prof's e-textbook on 3-D modeling and animation lowers students' costs

October 02, 2014

Anson Call didn't want his design students paying nearly $300 for instructional materials that would be out of date in a matter of months. So when the associate professor of graphic design wrote his textbook on using industry-standard software to create 3-D modeling and animation, he did it digitally. [Link...]

Community development expert to address inequity in suburban St. Louis in Oct. 8 lecture at Iowa State

October 01, 2014

Todd Swanstrom, the E. Desmond Lee Professor of Community Collaboration and Public Policy Administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, will present "The Ferguson Moment: Poverty, Politics and Planning in the Suburbs of St. Louis" at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, in Kocimski Auditorium. [More...]

ISU art professor C. Arthur Croyle goes ‘Back to Square One’ in Design on Main exhibition

September 29, 2014

Paintings and assemblages by C. Arthur Croyle, associate professor of integrated studio arts, will be featured in an exhibition Oct. 10-24 at the ISU Design on Main Gallery, 203 Main St., Ames. "Back to Square One" will open with a gallery talk by Croyle at 6 p.m. followed by a reception until 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10. [More...]

ISU's Biological/Pre-Medical Illustration Program plans 30th anniversary celebration Oct. 2-4

September 22, 2014

The Biological/Pre-Medical Illustration Program hosted a 30th anniversary celebration and alumni reunion Oct. 2-4 at Iowa State. Events included a keynote address, a symposium, an exhibition of student and alumni work, a banquet and a closing picnic. [More...]

ISU College of Design faculty, student work part of Des Moines Art Center's 'Window Dressings' exhibition

September 11, 2014

Work by ISU architecture faculty members Peter Goche and Mitchell Squire, and students in Squire's spring 2014 Toys! studio, was part of the Des Moines Art Center's Window Dressings exhibition, Sept. 13-27 in Des Moines' East Village. [More...]

ISU Community Design Lab seeks community feedback at Des Moines Open Streets event Sept. 14

September 11, 2014

The ISU Community Design Lab shared an installation at an Open Streets event Sunday, Sept. 14, on East Ninth Street near the intersection with Roosevelt Avenue in Des Moines. CDL staff sought feedback from area residents on traffic safety, pedestrian and bicycle access, among other issues. [More...]

ISU to host inaugural conference on the study of East German art Sept. 15-17

September 09, 2014

Iowa State hosted the inaugural conference of the Transatlantic Institute for the Study of East German Art in September at the Memorial Union and College of Design. "Reassessing East German Art: 25 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall" included a keynote address by Stephen Brockmann from Carnegie Mellon University. [More...]

Bassler named first Thurston Professor in Design Build in ISU College of Design

September 08, 2014

Bruce Bassler, associate professor of architecture, is the first recipient of the Stan G. Thurston Professorship in Design Build in the College of Design. He joined the ISU architecture faculty in 1985 and has coordinated its design-build studio since 1996. [More...]

ISU Design on Main Gallery presents ‘Emerging Writers Series’ by MFA Program in Creative Writing and Environment

September 08, 2014

The Design on Main Gallery will present the "Emerging Writers Series" at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of every month through December. Each session will feature three 15- to 20-minute readings by graduate students in the ISU MFA Program in Creative Writing and Environment. The first event is Sept. 11. [More...]

Adopted ISU planning student finds her way back to her homeland with study abroad scholarship

September 05, 2014

It's been Laurelin Haas' lifelong dream to live and study in China. After all, she was born there and was adopted when she was 11 months old by a single mother in Muscatine. Thanks to a 2014 David L. Boren Scholarship, the Iowa State junior is back in her homeland for a year of intensive cultural and language study. [Link...]

ISU will host internationally known fantasy coffin artist of Ghana Sept. 15-19

September 03, 2014

Ghana's leading fantasy coffin artist was an artist-in-residence in Iowa State University's integrated studio arts department, Sept. 15-19. Eric Adjetey Anang gave a presentation about this ethnic art and offered workshop demonstrations of his processes while he sculpted a fantasy coffin unique to Iowa. [Link...]

Second named faculty position established in Iowa State University’s College of Design

September 02, 2014

Iowa State University architecture alumnus Stan Thurston, retired president, CEO and board chairman of Life Care Services in Des Moines, has established the Stan G. Thurston Professorship in Design Build to support the recruitment and retention of ISU faculty who are leaders in the field of design-build. [More...]

Artist Sharon Stewart shares “Common Threads” in exhibition Sept. 5-19 at Design on Main

August 29, 2014

Ames artist Sharon Stewart kicked off the Design on Main Gallery's 2014-2015 season with a textile-based, interactive exhibition exploring the concept of "revitalization." [More...]

Book release party marks start of ISU Design on Main Gallery’s fall programming Aug. 29

August 29, 2014

Design on Main Gallery hosted a release party for "Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland" Aug. 29 at 203 Main St. in downtown Ames. [More...]

Graphic design junior Maddy Baker wins Best of Show in Iowa State Fair exhibition

August 27, 2014

Maddy Baker, junior in graphic design from West Des Moines, took home Best of Show in the adult division of the 2014 Iowa State Fair Fine Art Exhibition. Her colored-pencil self portrait was chosen from among 370 works accepted for this year's show, which is one of the largest in Iowa. [Link...]

McCown appointed chair of ISU landscape architecture department

August 22, 2014

Following a national search, Kenneth McCown, Associate AIA, ASLA, a Lincy University Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and director of its Downtown Design Center, will become the new chair of the Iowa State University Department of Landscape Architecture. McCown's appointment will begin in December. In the interim, Mark Chidister, the college's associate dean for academic programs, will assist with the department's administration. [More...]

ISU Pickard Chilton Professor and Rome Prize Fellow Thomas Leslie to speak at ISU architecture department’s fall celebration

August 20, 2014

Thomas Leslie, FAAR, the Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture at Iowa State University, shared his research on the work of postwar Italian engineer and builder Pier Luigi Nervi as part of Architecture Premiere 14. [More...]

Student work created in Rome on display Sept. 5-19 in ISU College of Design’s Gallery 181

August 20, 2014

Projects by Iowa State University fourth-year architecture and landscape architecture students who studied in Italy last spring will be on display in the ISU College of Design's Gallery 181. [More...]

Owusu named chair of ISU community and regional planning department

August 18, 2014

Francis Owusu, professor and formerly interim chair of the Iowa State University Department of Community and Regional Planning, is the new chair of that department, effective Aug. 16. [More...]

Roger Baer, creator of ISU's graphic design program, to receive Christian Petersen Design Award

August 13, 2014

Graphic design professor Roger Baer received the 2014 Christian Petersen Design Award presented by the ISU College of Design at a ceremony in August. Baer, of Ames, is credited with turning the advertising design program into one of the nation's most respected graphic design programs. [Link...]

Industrial design professor Will Prindle designs explosion-resistant trash receptacles

August 01, 2014

Sometimes in the high-stakes world of commercial design, even the best ideas get shelved. That happened to Will Prindle about 10 years ago when he was vice president of design and development at Forms + Surfaces. His idea and designs for an explosion-resistant public trash receptacle were scrapped. Now an assistant professor of industrial design, Prindle has retrieved his discarded idea from the corporate junkyard. And he intends to see it through to the marketplace. [Link...]

Landscape architecture students create employee space at Iowa prison

July 15, 2014

Landscape architecture students are creating a "decompression" area for prison officers and staff at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women. Click here to hear an interview on IPR's River to River with student, Austin Javellana [Link...]

ISU integrated visual arts graduate student wins Best of Emerging Iowa Artists

July 01, 2014

Sodam Lee, an Iowa State University graduate student in the integrated visual arts program, won the $1,000 Leysens Family Award for Best of Emerging Iowa Artists at the 2014 Des Moines Arts Festival. Lee, of Seoul, South Korea, was one of nine Iowa State College of Design students and recent graduates among the 22 emerging artists selected to exhibit their work at the festival, June 27-29 in downtown Des Moines. [More...]

ISU planning, sustainable agriculture student studies poverty-reduction efforts for quinoa producers in Ecuador

June 23, 2014

Elisa Cárdenas, a second-year graduate student pursuing double degrees in community and regional planning and sustainable agriculture at Iowa State University, received a $4,500 Graduate Student Travel Award for International Study in Sustainable Livelihoods to study the work of a nongovernmental organization that supports small-scale quinoa producers in Ecuador. [More...]

ISU College of Design students, alumni to exhibit work at 2014 Des Moines Arts Festival

June 20, 2014

Nine Iowa State University students and recent graduates are among 22 Emerging Iowa Artists selected to exhibit their work at the Des Moines Arts Festival, June 27-29 in Western Gateway Park. [More...]

Iowa State architecture prof heads to UK on fellowship

June 19, 2014

Andrea Wheeler, an assistant professor of architecture at Iowa State University, has received the Sir Edmund Happold Senior Visiting Research Fellowship for an eight-week residency at the University of Bath, United Kingdom to conduct research examining the feasibility of Passivhaus (passive house) methods. [More...]

Canniffe named chair of ISU graphic design department

June 09, 2014

Following a national search, Bernard Canniffe, graphic design department head at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fla., will become the new chair of the Iowa State University Department of Graphic Design. He will begin his appointment July 15. [More...]

ISU College of Design names new associate dean for academic programs

May 30, 2014

Following an internal search, the Iowa State University College of Design has appointed Mark Chidister, an associate professor of integrated studio arts and the college's interim senior policy adviser, to serve as its new associate dean for academic programs. He will begin his appointment July 1. [More...]

ISA senior wins Best in Show in 2014 Biorenewables Art Competition

May 06, 2014

Natalie Buskohl, Waterloo, a senior in integrated arts at Iowa State University, won the Best in Show award in the 5th Annual Biorenewables Art Competition sponsored by the ISU Bioeconomy Institute. Several awards were announced at a reception on Earth Day, April 22, at the university's Biorenewables Research Laboratory. [More...]

Graphic design graduating senior, Academic All-American Hallie Christofferson is ISU College of Design's student marshal

May 05, 2014

Iowa State University women's basketball forward and graphic design graduating senior Hallie Christofferson, Hamlin, will represent the ISU College of Design as its student marshal at the university's public commencement exercises Saturday, May 10, at Hilton Coliseum. Her faculty escort will be Paula Curran, associate professor of graphic design. Christofferson will receive a bachelor of fine arts in graphic design from Iowa State. [More...]

ISU planning graduate student awarded Fulbright grant to research barriers to preserving rice diversity in Nepal

May 04, 2014

Marie Louise Ryan, a second-year graduate student pursuing degrees in community and regional planning and sustainable agriculture at Iowa State University, has received a 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to do research on barriers to preserving traditional rice varieties and the role of women in promoting rice diversity in Nepal. [More...]

Three ISU College of Design faculty awarded promotions, tenure

May 03, 2014

At its April 24 meeting in Council Bluffs, the state Board of Regents approved promotion and tenure awards for three Iowa State University College of Design faculty members for the 2014-15 academic year. Carlton Basmajian was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor with tenure in community and regional planning. Associate professors Teresa Paschke and Chuck Richards were promoted to professor (already tenured) in integrated studio arts. Promotions take effect Aug. 16, 2014. [More...]

Design students work with three southwest Iowa communities

April 23, 2014

Working with Clarinda, Red Oak and Shenandoah, 24 Iowa State design students in the senior-level Retail Scapes option studio class have developed design concepts to enhance local retail experiences. And what started as individual community storefronts and streetscapes has evolved into a regional vision with connections and collaborations that can strengthen the area's economy. [Link...]

Graphic design junior's concept chosen for Susan G. Komen Iowa's Race for the Cure promotion

April 22, 2014

Who will you race for? This simple but meaningful question is the theme for Susan G. Komen Iowa's 2014 Race for the Cure campaign. Iowa State University graphic design junior Megan Rupiper, Omaha, Neb., created the winning concept in the ARTGR 371 studio course this spring. [More...]

Twelve senior students honored in ISU College of Design’s annual BFA exhibition

April 15, 2014

Twelve Iowa State University College of Design students took top honors in the 2014 Senior BFA Exhibition on view through Thursday, April 17, in the college's Gallery 181. The show features 85 artworks in a variety of media by 31 students who will receive bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degrees in integrated studio arts in May, August or December this year. Internationally renowned painter and Iowa State alumna Melanie Vote served as the juror for student awards. Edison Moody, Des Moines, won best in show for his oil painting titled "Encounter." Recognition also was given for first, second and third place; three merit awards and seven special mentions. [More...]

ISU research team awarded funding for remote-sensing program development

April 14, 2014

Kevin Kane, associate dean for research in the College of Design, and Jim Giglierano, ISU Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development, have been awarded $23,673 per year for three years from AmericaView and the U.S. Geological Survey for their project on "StateView Program Development and Operations for the State of Iowa." [More...]

ISU College of Design professor honored for service in art education

April 09, 2014

Barbara Caldwell, associate professor of integrated studio arts and art education in the College of Design at Iowa State University, received the 2014 Ziegfeld Service Award from the United States Society for Education through Art (USSEA) March 30 at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Convention in San Diego, Calif. The award recognizes one professional art educator annually for outstanding and internationally recognized contributions to art education through exceptional achievement in scholarly writing, research, or professional or community service. [More...]

ISU art history professor receives NEH grant to attend summer institute

April 07, 2014

Emily Godbey, associate professor of art history in the Department of Integrated Studio Arts at Iowa State University, has received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to attend an NEH Institute for College and University Teachers this coming summer. As a 2014 NEH Summer Scholar, Godbey will participate in "View from the East: The Federal Government and the American West," July 7 through Aug. 6 at George Mason University in Washington, D.C. [More...]

Influential Chicago nonprofit arts organization director to speak at ISU College of Design April 9

April 03, 2014

Shannon Stratton, a faculty member at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and executive director of threewalls, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization for the presentation of contemporary art and ideas, will speak at Iowa State University Wednesday, April 9. Stratton will present "Making Space for Culture" at 5:30 p.m. in Kocimski Auditorium, room 101 College of Design. Part of the 2013-2014 Architecture Advisory Council Lecture Series, the event is free and open to the public. [More...]

Renowned painter Melanie Vote is guest speaker, exhibition juror April 9-11 at ISU College of Design

April 02, 2014

Internationally renowned painter and Iowa State University alumna Melanie Vote will return to the Iowa State campus April 9-11 as a visiting artist and guest juror for the 2014 Senior BFA Exhibition at the ISU College of Design. She will speak about the New York Academy of Art at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in room 416 of the College of Design. She will speak about her own work at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in Kocimski Auditorium, 101 Design. She will also announce student awards in the 2014 Senior BFA Exhibition at a reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 11 in Gallery 181 and the Lightfoot Forum. All events are free and open to the public. [More...]

Four finalists named in search for ISU graphic design department chair

March 20, 2014

Four finalists have been named in the search for the next chair of the Iowa State University Department of Graphic Design. They are Bernard Canniffe, graphic design department head at Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Fla.; Kate LaMere, associate professor of graphic design and assistant director of the School of Art and Design at East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C.; Debra Satterfield, associate professor and interim department chair of graphic design at Iowa State University; and Rob Wittig, assistant professor of graphic design at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. [More...]

Urban planning professor to address neighborhood impact of housing foreclosures in March 26 lecture at ISU

March 13, 2014

Andrew Greenlee, assistant professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Urbana-Champaign, will address "The Geography of Risk and Post-Foreclosure Residential Displacement" in a lecture Wednesday, March 26, at Iowa State University. Greenlee's talk will be from 12 to 1 p.m. in room 130 of the ISU College of Design. Part of the college's 2013-2014 Contemporary Issues in Planning and Design Lecture Series, his presentation is free and open to the public. [More...]

Photography by local artist, ISU alumnus Nick Muhlbauer at Design on Main Gallery March 13-29

March 12, 2014

"Accumulating Light," a solo exhibition of photography by Ames artist and Iowa State University alumnus Nick Muhlbauer, will be on display March 13-29 at the ISU College of Design's Design on Main Gallery, 203 Main St. in downtown Ames. Exhibition hours will be from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturdays. An open house will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 21, with an artist's talk at 7:30 p.m. [More...]

ISU design students head to Peru to build micro-library

March 07, 2014

Students from the Iowa State University College of Design and the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences (UPC), Lima, are working with a Lima community organization to develop a micro-library for the El Carmen neighborhood in Comas, one of the capital city's many informal suburbs. The class will showcase its collaborative project from 3 to 6 p.m. today, March 7, at Design on Main, 207 Main St., Ames. Students also are collecting book donations to help supply the library. [More...]

Workshops offer high school students opportunity to be 'Artists Next Door'

March 05, 2014

In "The Artists Next Door," a series of workshops in Sioux City this spring, artist and Iowa State University faculty member Jennifer Drinkwater invites local high school students to explore what it means to be an active "artist citizen" in their community. Remaining workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, March 8, March 29 and April 19 at ISU Design West in downtown Sioux City. A public reception and exhibition will be held Saturday, April 26. [More...]

Design students to share work inspired by Paris visit

March 04, 2014

For five days in January, a small group of students from Iowa State University's College of Design rubbed shoulders with professional interior designers, interior design manufacturers and design publication editors from around the world who gathered in France for the annual Maison et Objet Paris and Paris Decó Off—interior design's equivalent of Fashion Week. The students—seven from the undergraduate interior design program and one from the graduate industrial design program— were part of a two-credit studio workshop and study-abroad course taught by Lee Cagley, professor and chair of the ISU interior design department. They will share their work in a final review from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, in room 077 College of Design. The presentation is free and open to the public. [More...]

Architecture students take top spots in AIAS/Kawneer Frozen Music Design Competition

February 13, 2014

Iowa State fifth-year architecture student teams swept the top prizes in the American Institute of Architecture Students/Kawneer Frozen Music Design Competition with projects they developed in the fall 2013 ARCH 403 studio. [More...]

Design students win Art Inspired exhibit awards

February 13, 2014

Seven students from the Iowa State University College of Design won awards in the "Art Inspired Student Juried Exhibit" on view through March 10 in the Iowa State Memorial Union Pioneer Room. [More...]

Three finalists named in search for ISU landscape architecture department chair

January 31, 2014

Three finalists have been named in the search for the next chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Iowa State University. They are Brian LaHaie, associate dean of outreach and professional relations, College of Environment and Design, University of Georgia, Athens; Kenneth McCown, Lincy University Professor in the School of Architecture and director of the Downtown Design Center, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and Judith Wasserman, associate professor and director of the advanced visualization initiative, College of Environment and Design, University of Georgia, Athens. [More...]

ISU College of Design to host Wuhan University design faculty exhibition, workshops Feb. 12-21

January 29, 2014

Artwork by faculty from the Wuhan University (WHU) School of Urban Design in Wuhan, China, will be on display Feb. 12-21 at the Iowa State University College of Design. "The Highest Good is Like Water: Artwork by Wuhan University School of Urban Design Faculty" will open with a reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in the College of Design's Gallery 181. A brief program at 5 p.m. will include remarks by ISU Associate Provost David Holger, ISU College of Design Dean Luis Rico-Gutierrez and WHU School of Urban Design Dean Zhang Ming. [Link...]

Custom electric guitarmaker Peter Malinoski will be ISU College of Design artist-in-residence Feb. 3-7

January 28, 2014

The Iowa State University College of Design will host Maryland-based custom electric guitarmaker Peter Malinoski as a visiting artist-in- residence Feb. 3-7. He will share examples of his work in a public presentation at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, in 2019 Morrill Hall. Also during his residency, Malinoski will demonstrate the making of an electric guitar from beginning to end in a workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily in the industrial design shop in the Armory. [Link...]

Iowa State students in unusual major have communicated science through art for 30 years

January 28, 2014

About 60 Iowa State students major in biological and pre-medical illustration. Although BPMI may be an unusual major—fewer than 10 similar programs exist or are planned at other American universities— ISU's program (shared by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and College of Design) turns 30 this year. [Link...]

Iowa State graduate students help Des Moines neighborhoods plan for change

January 27, 2014

Graduate students in Jane Rongerude's community and regional planning studio have been helping two of Des Moines' oldest and most diverse neighborhoods plan for their next two decades of change. The students will present the plans to the neighborhood associations in February. It's the first round of presentations in a two-month approval process with the plan and zoning commission, city council and county board of supervisors. Once approved, the plans will become part of the city's comprehensive plan. [Link...]

Integrated studio arts faculty, student win Octagon exhibition awards

January 27, 2014

Four Iowa State University College of Design integrated studio arts faculty members—Associate Professors Teresa Paschke, Chris Martin and Joe Muench, and Senior Lecturer Jennifer Drinkwater—and one student, Omar Ibrahim of Coralville, Iowa, brought home many of the awards presented Friday, Jan. 24, at the opening reception for the 46th National Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood Exhibition at the Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames. Paschke won the Winifred V. Brown Best of Show award for her "Hip Hop Sampler." The exhibition runs through April 5 at the Octagon. [More...]

Urban planning professor to highlight U.S. Rust Belt regions' differing resilience in Feb. 4 lecture at ISU

January 27, 2014

Margaret Cowell, assistant professor of urban affairs and planning at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, will highlight regional differences in economic resilience across the United States Rust Belt—and the impact of those differences for resilience studies—in a lecture at Iowa State University. She will present "Economic Restructuring and the Art of Adaptive Resilience" at 12 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, in room 262 of the ISU College of Design. Part of the college's 2013-2014 Contemporary Issues in Planning and Design Lecture Series, her talk is free and open to the public. [More...]

Des Moines planners, development leaders will discuss two plans for area's future on Jan. 22 at ISU

January 17, 2014

Four Des Moines leaders who guided two distinct plans for the area's future will compare and contrast the plans in a discussion at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, in the Morrill Hall Auditorium. The presentation is free and open to the public. The panel is part of a visiting speaker series for a College of Design interdisciplinary option studio. [Link...]

Former ISU animal science professor's artwork serves as his voice since stroke

January 09, 2014

When a debilitating stroke robbed him of his ability to speak, Steven Nissen, formerly a professor of animal science at Iowa State University, found a new way to express himself through art. Nissen will share this journey of self-rediscovery through "Aphasia: Paintings by Dr. Steven Nissen," an exhibition at the ISU College of Design's Design on Main Gallery, 203 Main St. in downtown Ames. The show, which will feature about 20 acrylic paintings on canvas, will open with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24. The work may be viewed by appointment Jan. 25 through Feb. 4. Both the reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. [More...]

Reindeer-like sculpture has landed at the ISU College of Design

December 12, 2013

A larger-than-life sculpture of a red deer stag made of scrap steel from agricultural implements stands proudly on the front lawn of the College of Design until Dec. 21. The sculpture "Metempsychosis" is an independent-study project by Nathan Daniel, an ISU senior majoring in design. [Link...]

Industrial design senior Amy Edmondson is ISU College of Design's student marshal

December 04, 2013

Amy Edmondson, Ames, will represent the Iowa State University College of Design as its student marshal at the university's public commencement exercises Saturday, Dec. 21, at Hilton Coliseum. She will graduate magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Industrial Design degree. Her faculty escort will be David Ringholz, associate professor and chair of industrial design. [More...]

Students honored in ISU College of Design's 33rd Art and Design Annual Exhibition

November 18, 2013

Ten students from Colorado, Iowa and Texas took top honors in the 33rd Art and Design Annual Juried Student Exhibition now on view in Gallery 181 at the Iowa State University College of Design. The exhibition, which runs through Thursday, Nov. 21, showcases 54 works by 45 Iowa State students majoring in biological/pre-medical illustration, graphic design, integrated studio arts and psychology. [More...]

ISU College of Design honors Derek Anderson with 2013 Design Achievement Award

November 18, 2013

Award-winning children's book illustrator and author Derek J. Anderson is a recipient of the 2013 Design Achievement Award presented by the Iowa State University College of Design. Anderson, a native of Ames, Iowa, who resides in Minneapolis, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in art and design (drawing/painting/printmaking emphasis) from Iowa State in 1991. He was honored during Homecoming at the ISU Alumni Association's 82nd annual Honors and Awards Ceremony, Nov. 8. [More...]

ISU College of Design honors Iowa Women in Architecture founders with 2013 Design Achievement Award

November 18, 2013

Danielle C. Hermann, Erin Olson-Douglas, LaDan Omidvar and Ann Sobiech Munson, co-founders of the Iowa Women in Architecture nonprofit educational organization, are recipients of the 2013 Design Achievement Award presented by the Iowa State University College of Design. They were honored during Homecoming at the ISU Alumni Association's 82nd annual Honors and Awards Ceremony, Nov. 8. [More...]

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

November 08, 2013

Iowa State University's undergraduate program in landscape architecture ranked 11th and the undergraduate program in architecture ranked 18th in the nation, according to a new survey of practitioners by DesignIntelligence. In addition, Lee Cagley, chair and professor of interior design, and Jason Alread, associate professor of architecture, were named two of the 30 most admired design educators in the nation for 2014. DesignIntelligence is a bimonthly publication for leaders in design professions and conducts the only national college ranking survey that focuses exclusively on design. [Link...]

Planning professor creates new video series on flooding

November 05, 2013

Gary Taylor, associate professor of community and regional planning and ISU Extension and Outreach planning and development specialist, has developed a new, web-based educational video series on "Flooding in Iowa" for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Students from CRP, architecture, landscape architecture and biological/pre-medical illustration helped Taylor create illustrations for the series. [Link...]

Design Students Take Top Honors in Studies in Creativity Exhibit

October 30, 2013

Seven College of Design students received top honors at a reception Oct. 29 for the university's annual Studies in Creativity Exhibit, on display through Dec. 10 in the Memorial Union Gallery. Sara Madison, Council Bluffs, junior in integrated studio arts, won Best in Show for "Male and Female Recreation" (collage). [More...]

College of Design students' work part of ISU Studies in Creativity exhibition

October 29, 2013

Artwork by 31 students from the Iowa State University Colleges of Design and Liberal Arts and Sciences is on display in the university's annual Studies in Creativity Exhibit, which runs through Dec. 10 in the Iowa State Memorial Union Gallery. A free public reception will begin at 6 p.m. today, Oct. 29, with remarks and presentation of awards by ISU alumnus Asa Wentzel-Fisher, printmaker and owner of Whole Hog Editions, a collaborative printmaking studio in downtown Ames. [More...]

Bureau Spectacular founder Jimenez Lai to address "Cartoonish Architecture" Nov. 6 at ISU

October 23, 2013

Jimenez Lai, an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and founder of Bureau Spectacular—which engages the design of architecture through storytelling, cartoon narratives, installations, models and small buildings—will speak Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Iowa State University. Lai's presentation on "Cartoonish Architecture" will be at 5:30 p.m. in the Kocimski Auditorium, room 101 College of Design. Part of the ISU Department of Architecture's Architecture Advisory Council Lecture Series, the event is free and open to the public. [More...]

Internationally known graphic designer Michael Braley to speak at ISU Oct. 24

October 21, 2013

Iowa State University College of Design alumnus Michael Braley (BFA 1993 Graphic Design), creative director at Shatterbox in Lexington, Ky., will speak at Iowa State Thursday, Oct. 24. Braley will present "Hindsight," a look at his 20 years of brand, print and packaging design experience, at 7 p.m. in 2055 Hoover Hall. [More...]

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