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Zach Sunderland (BArch 2013 Architecture), AIA, NCGC, has launched Haven Design|Build, an architecture and construction firm in Durham, North Carolina, and partner company to Haven Developers. Haven exists to empower under-served neighborhoods through the design, construction and management of exemplary, community-oriented spaces.

February 19, 2018

Suburban Remix: Creating the Next Generation of Urban Places, edited by Jason Beske (BS 2002 / MCRP 2007 Community & Regional Planning), AICP, and David Dixon, has been published by Island Press. Beske is an urban planner and urban designer in the Washington, D.C., area.

February 8, 2018

Des Moines photographer Jon Lemons (BFA 2009 Integrated Studio Arts / Journalism & Mass Communication) won the Photo Media Award sponsored by the Octagon Board of Trustees in the 50th Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood National All-Media Exhibit on display Jan. 26 through April 7 in the Main and Sweeney Galleries at the Octagon Center for the Arts, 427 Douglas Ave., Ames.

Lemons received the award for “Dottie’s,” a “street” photograph he shot with his medium-format film camera of two similarly-dressed women having breakfast at Dottie’s Café in Dubuque.

“The pair looked to be completing a habitual tradition in a timeless setting,” he said in his statement, noting that he “aims to connect people with [my] photography through experiences and stories from day-to-day life” and “inspire viewers to learn about the people and environments that surround them.”

Lemons is a video production specialist with the Des Moines Public Schools.

February 4, 2018

Carol Faber (MA 1990 Art & Design – Drawing, Painting, Printmaking / MFA 2004 Integrated Visual Arts), an Iowa State University associate professor of graphic design, received an honorable mention for her “Colorado Rock” digital photograph (15″ x 15″, 2017) in the 50th Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood National All-Media Exhibit on display Jan. 26 through April 7 in the Main and Sweeney Galleries at the Octagon Center for the Arts, 427 Douglas Ave., Ames.

“The images used to make this piece were photographed near Boulder, Colorado. I used rock surfaces and landscape combined digitally to emphasize the various colored surfaces,” she said. “It is my memory of how something as simple as stone can impact one’s experience of a place: rich with color, majestic formations and magic.”

Juror Peter Pinnell, a professor of art at the University of Nebraska, announced awards at a public reception Friday, Jan. 26. Read more

“Sense of Place” by Meghan Flynn (BFA 2011 Integrated Studio Arts) has been accepted into Manifest Gallery’s International Painting Annual 8 publication.

February 1, 2018

Spoonful of Inspiration, a solo photography exhibition by Brent Herrig (BFA 2007 Integrated Studio Arts), will be on display April 4 through May 31 at the Le Mars Arts Center in Le Mars, Iowa. An opening reception will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 7.

After graduating from Iowa State, Herrig moved to New York City to pursue his photography career. In 2013 he started shooting culinary photography full time. While searching for a personal project he learned that nearly every chef has a favorite spoon, which is often their favorite kitchen tool. He then paired this idea with the foods the chefs are passionate about and that inspires them. He has created a series of 75-plus different chef spoon portraits to bring this story to life. He will debut this new series in the Le Mars exhibition.

Work by Art Ciccotti (BFA 1987 Art Education, owner of Ciccotti Art Glass, will be on display in Luminosity, a joint exhibition with Urbandale artist Flo Hayes from Feb. 22 through March 17 at the Iowa State University Design on Main Gallery in downtown Ames. An opening reception will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22.

January 30, 2018

Michael Wright (BS 2009 Community & Regional Planning) has joined Sites Southwest as an urban planner. Wright has experience in transportation planning and historical preservation and planning. He received a master’s degree in community and regional planning and a certificate in historic preservation, both from the University of New Mexico.

January 22, 2018

“The pale moon settles, outside the night winds moan. Tonight I sleep alone,”  an oil painting by Jeremy Caniglia (BFA 1993 Art & Design – Drawing, Painting, Printmaking), has been selected for Infected by Art Volume 6.

Chad (BFA 2009 Graphic Design) and Meg Gleason (BFA 2008 Graphic Design) are the founders of Moglea (pronouced MOH-glee), a letterpress stationery and home goods brand based in rural Iowa. They were featured in “House Tour: Merry Makers” in the November/December 2017 issue of Midwest Living magazine.

January 16, 2018

Janna Alampi (BArch 2007 Architecture), AIA, NCARB, BECxP, CxA+BE, has started a full-service architecture and building enclosure consulting firm, EPICx Studio. Her firm provides sustainable and energy-efficient building solutions through an integrated, holistic approach, which improves building performance, energy efficiency, and promotes sustainable communities.

Alampi is also founder and chair of the Building Enclosure Council of Iowa (BEC-Iowa), an interdisciplinary network of affiliated architects, engineers, consultants, manufacturers, contractors, developers, owners, facility managers, educators and other interested individuals. The council provides a forum for all those in the construction industry with an interest in the enclosure (envelope) of commercial, institutional and residential structures and the related building science to discuss, learn about and address the common and local issues and science relating to the building enclosure — the exterior systems of buildings that play a critical role in building performance, energy efficiency, and occupant health, comfort and safety.

January 11, 2018

“Colorado Rock” (digital print, 15″ x 15″, 2017) by Carol Faber (MA 1990 Art & Design – Drawing, Painting, Printmaking / MFA 2004 Integrated Visual Arts), an Iowa State University associate professor of graphic design, received Best Color Work Award in the Color of Korea “Natural Color” Exhibition: 2017 International Invitational Exhibition of Color Works at Hangaram Art Gallery in Seoul, South Korea. The image is published on page 18 of the exhibition catalog.

January 5, 2018

Kevin Wagner (BArch 2010 Architecture), AIA, an architect with Substance Architecture in Des Moines and a lecturer in architecture at Iowa State University, received the 2017 AIA Iowa Young Architect Award from the Iowa chapter of the American Institute of Architects at its fall convention in September. He is featured on page 9 of the Winter 2018 issue of Iowa Architect magazine.

The Young Architect Award is given to individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession in the areas of design, education and/or service in an early stage of their architectural career. Wagner is the third person to receive the award.

January 3, 2018

Becky Popelka (MFA 2011 Graphic Design) opened Big Picture Gallery and Studio in North Liberty, Iowa, in September. The business offers children’s art classes, workshops and parties, including wine-and-paint parties for adults, and work for sale by local artists. Popelka previously taught K-8 art classes at Regina High School in Iowa City for six years. She was recently featured in a story in the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

December 22, 2017

Mariah Bakke (BLA 2015 Landscape Architecture), a landscape architect with R.S. Walsh Landscaping in Fort Myers, Florida, has earned her Registered Landscape Architect license.

“Mariah has always been inspired by tropical landscapes, leading her to south Florida,” said Robert Walsh, owner of R.S. Walsh, a family-owned, full-service landscape design-build company. “Her fresh, innovative approach to landscape design projects combined with her creative spirit are a tremendous asset to our design team.”

December 19, 2017

John Anderson (BFA 2000 Graphic Design / BFA 2001 Drawing/Painting/Printmaking) was chosen to participate in the 2017-2018 Art Writing Workshop through the Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program, which partners with the International Art Critics Association/USA Section to give practicing writers the opportunity to strengthen their work through one-on-one consultations with leading art critics. Anderson will be working with mentor Charles Desmarais.

Jim Lammers (BArch 1965 Architecture) is the co-chair and founder of AIA Minnesota’s newly organized Health Design Knowledge Community, which will provide a network of individuals engaged in healthcare design for the purpose of sharing knowledge in this rapidly changing practice sector.

December 15, 2017

Sean Heisler (BFA 1996 Graphic Design), the senior art director at Webster in Omaha, was named AAF Omaha Ad Pro of the Year by the American Advertising Federation Omaha. The award is given to an AAF Omaha member with a distinguished record of service in advertising, including professional and community service, particularly to AAF Omaha. Heisler has served as an active AAF Omaha volunteer, committee member and board member and currently leads the organization’s special events fundraising team.

Lisa Orgler (BLA 1992 / MLA 2000 Landscape Architecture), a senior lecturer in Iowa State University’s Department of Horticulture, was recently showcased for her illustrations and garden design website in a new book, Botanica, published by UpperCase magazine.

Iowa: A Place, an exhibition of artwork by Kristen Greteman (BArch 2011 / MS 2016 Architecture / MCRP 2016 Community & Regional Planning), is on display Dec. 3, 2017, through Jan. 27, 2018, at the Gallery in the Round in Ames. The show includes 23 prints incorporating intaglio, monotype, and cyanotype photography. The series contemplates the way in which land is parceled out and developed across the United States with a particular focus on suburban tract development and the division of land in Iowa. A public reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14.

An artist, aspiring architect and avid traveler with a passion for finding beauty in the everyday, Greteman is the exhibits manager for the Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames.

December 8, 2017

“Ecofeminist Ethics for Sustainable Urban Public Space,” a paper by Rucha Newalkar (MS 2017 Architecture) and Andrea Wheeler, Iowa State University assistant professor of architecture, has been published in the International Academic Forum (IAFOR) International Conference on the City 2017: Official Conference Proceedings. The paper was based on Newalkar’s master’s thesis. She is a job captain with OH Planning + Design in Portland, Oregon, where she conceptualizes, designs and delivers construction documents for institutional buildings and adaptive reuse projects. She is a member of EcOH, the firm’s committee devoted to education, advocacy and design excellence related to the environment and society.

November 28, 2017

David Lee Andersen (BA 1974 / MArch 1977 Architecture), AIA, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, completed a 20-year master plan for the iconic Fontenelle Forest Nature Center near the Omaha suburb of Bellevue, Nebraska. The plan was adopted by the Fontenelle Forest Board of Directors on Nov. 15. The nature reserve was established more than 100 years ago before the creation of the US National Park Service. It is one of the oldest such nature reserves in the US.

Andersen previously designed the Buffett Nature Center at Fontenelle Forest in 1999. He has established a reputation for park and nature reserve planning worldwide with his work on national parks in Panama, Guyana, Belize, Costa Rica and most recently in Vietnam.

November 27, 2017

Yongyeon Cho (MFA 2016 Interior Design), an interior designer with HOK in Chicago, Illinois, presented his graduate fellowship research on “Wellness Design Evaluation Criteria for the Main Lobby of a Healthcare Facility” Monday, Nov. 13, at the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Cho received the 2016 AAHID (American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers)/Steelcase Health Graduate Research Fellowship, a $7,500 grant that supported continuing research into his master’s thesis topic on creating a user-centered wellness design evaluation tool for the main lobby of a healthcare facility. Jihyun Song, ISU associate professor of interior design, was his major professor at Iowa State.

November 14, 2017

Anna Schwennsen Jones (BArch 2011 Architecture), the owner of MOD Design in Des Moines, has been elected editor of Iowa Architect magazine, the official publication of the Iowa chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Jones has been a member of the magazine’s editorial board since 2012. She is a member of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute Class of 2017 and an active member of Iowa Women in Architecture.

November 10, 2017

Alex Priest (BLA 2011 Landscape Architecture) is the new public engagement and curatorial manager at el dorado architects in Kansas City, Missouri. He will strategically implement curatorial thinking and artistic practices into the urbanistic and architectural work of this award-winning firm.

November 9, 2017

Natural Surfaces, a solo exhibition of digital artwork by Carol Faber, an Iowa State University associate professor of graphic design, is on display Oct. 30 through Dec. 1 in the Helene Constance Gallery at Graceland University, Lamoni. She will give an artist talk at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in the university’s Carol Hall.

November 7, 2017

Jeremy Rudd (BFA 2001 Visual Studies) is part of Relief from Endlessness, a two-person show with Anda Tanaka, on display Nov. 3 through Dec. 21 in the Sweeney Gallery at the Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames. A reception will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10.

Rudd is an assistant professor of art at Divine Word College, Epworth, Iowa, and the owner of Jeremy Rudd Art and Design, Dyersville.

Sarah Jensen (BLA 2015 Landscape Architecture) and Brian Haynes (BS 2016 Mechanical Engineering), Pasadena, California, were married Sept. 23, 2017, in Yosemite National Park. They fell in love with Yosemite on a weekend camping trip two years ago and knew it would forever be a special place for them. Their wedding day was perfect as they were surrounded by family and friends supporting them in this new journey of life.

Sarah is a designer with EPTDesign in Pasadena and Brian just joined Woodward, an aerospace engineering company, in Duarte, California, after working for 3M.

November 3, 2017

Gregory Leichty (BLA 2012 Landscape Architecture & Environmental Studies) was promoted to associate with DHM Design‘s Denver office earlier this year. Leichty recently became a licensed landscape architect in the state of Colorado.

October 13, 2017

Jay Pleggenkuhle (BLA 1990 Landscape Architecture), originally of Fredericksburg, Iowa, and now the co-owner of Stonerose Landscapes in Las Vegas, Nevada, worked to create a healing garden for the Las Vegas community following the deadly shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival. Thousands of people from across the country donated their time and resources to create the garden, which opened Oct. 6.

October 10, 2017

Matthew Getch (BLA 1998 Landscape Architecture) recently joined the boutique office of URBAN in London as an owner/partner and design director. Prior to URBAN, he ran the design studios of Martha Schwartz, Aecom and Peter Walker for many years. Getch is thrilled to join URBAN and have the opportunity to work with his good friend Alexandra Steed once again. She is a former colleague and past director of operations at Martha Schwartz Partners (MSP). He also worked with her while at Aecom, where she was the principal in charge of the London Design Studio.

URBAN is in the final stages of completing the new corporate headquarters of SKY TV Corporation (London) which is due to finish construction in late fall 2017. The firm also is delivering a multitude of mixed-use commercial and residential development projects in and around central London, a cancer research center in Wales, a series of playground sculptures in Shanghai, a 400-hectare Agricultural Park near Chongqing (China), an 18-hectare commercial/office development in Cairo and a landmark residential development in Weihai (China) with renowned architect Arata Isosaki.

October 5, 2017

Madeline (Emmerson) Sturms (BS 2009 Community & Regional Planning) has been appointed the community development director for the City of Pleasant Hill. She will direct and participate in the preparation of the city’s comprehensive development plans and land-use ordinances; and supervise all functions of planning and building, communications, economic development and the parks and recreation division.

Sturms had served as a regional planner for the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission in Burlington prior to joining Pleasant Hill as an associate planner and storm water coordinator in 2013. She was promoted to senior planner in 2015. She received a Master of Public Administration from Drake University in 2016.

Outside of work, Sturms enjoys spending time with her husband, Ryan (BS 2009 Agricultural Biochemistry / PhD 2013 Biochemistry), and their rescue dog, Charlie. She likes to cook, travel and run, and she is an avid podcast listener.


October 4, 2017

Dandi Zhang (BArch 2015 Architecture) is part of a team honored with a 2017 American Society of Landscape Architects Student Award in the Residential Design Category. The team developed its winning project in a spring 2017 option studio at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where Zhang received her MLA in May. They will be honored at the ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo Oct. 23 in Los Angeles. The project also is featured in the September issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine.

September 28, 2017

Lydia Sloan Cline (BA 1982 Architecture), a professor of computer-aided drafting and design at Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas, has had three books published by McGraw-Hill in the past two years: 3D Printing with Autodesk 123D, 3D Printing and CNC Fabrication with SketchUp and 3D Printer Projects for Makerspaces. One was published in Chinese and another in Korean. Other translations are in progress. She is working on another book, Fusion 360 for Makers, to be published by Maker Media.

September 18, 2017

Brennan Cox (BLA 1999 Landscape Architecture) is a founding partner of Groundworks Office in Berkeley, California, which recently was shortlisted for the Harvey Milk Plaza Design Competition. The three finalists’ submissions are being reviewed by the community and a finalist will be selected in October, with the construction of the $10M plaza and memorial to start in 2019.

September 15, 2017

Lisa Orgler (BLA 1992 / MLA 2000 Landscape Architecture), a senior lecturer in horticulture at Iowa State University, is serving on the national board of directors for the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD).

David Tim (BFA 2013 Integrated Studio Arts) received the Stinnett Philadelphia Museum of Art Collection Award (a purchase award) and the Jacqueline L. Zemel Prize for Printmaking (a cash award) in the Print Center’s 91st Annual International Competition. Awards were selected by jurors Kelly Baum and Jennifer Farrell of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

September 3, 2017

John Behling (BFA 1987 Graphic Design) recently moved from Los Angeles to Nashville to take a new position as chief marketing officer for Opry Entertainment Group.

“What I found throughout my career is we have many creative options in terms of career path. I chose branding in business. Marketers can be left brain, right brain or a combination of both,” he says.

“So while I don’t design anymore personally, my teams and agencies do. And let’s face it, we all listen to music… and for me it’s now my job!”

August 11, 2017

On the Beaten Path, an exhibition of artwork by Alexis Dwyer (MFA 2016 Integrated Visual Arts), is on display July 8 through Sept. 19 in the Iowa State Memorial Union Pioneer Room. A public reception will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14. Dwyer also will lead a relief printmaking workshop from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16.

August 3, 2017

Troy Abel (MFA 2008 Graphic Design / PhD 2010 Human Computer Interaction) has accepted a position as an assistant professor of design at the University of North Texas, Denton, where he will develop a Human Centered Design (HCD) program at the undergraduate and doctoral levels as well as establish and direct a new eye-tracking and usability lab.

Naomi Friend (MFA 2013 Integrated Visual Arts) is a finalist for the 2017 Agriculture Art Exhibition sponsored by the Iowa Arts Council, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. Her work is on display Aug. 1-Oct. 30 at Cafe Baratta’s in the State Historical Museum in Des Moines. Awards will be announced Aug. 17 at the Iowa State Fair.

July 28, 2017

Terry L. Allers, AIA, NCARB (BArch 1970 Architecture), founder and president of Allers Associates Architects, PC, Fort Dodge, was elected second vice president of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) at its 98th Annual Business Meeting. Allers previously has served in several positions on the NCARB board of directors, including his 2016-2017 term as treasurer.

An active volunteer in the Fort Dodge community, Allers also serves on the board of directors for the local Downtown Development Corporation and was recognized with the Catalyst Award by the Fort Dodge Area Chamber of Commerce in 2012. He is also an active member of the American Institute of Architects and served on the AIA Iowa board of directors for three years as well as numerous AIA committees.

July 26, 2017

Making a Scene: Jefferson Place, an exhibition curated by John Anderson (BFA 2000 Graphic Design / BFA 2001 Drawing/Painting/Printmaking), will be on display Sept. 5-Oct. 22 at the American University Museum in Washington, D.C. Anderson is an independent curator and freelance art critic who previously served as an associate professor of art and program coordinator of visual communication at Prince George’s Community College, a professional lecturer on new media at George Washington University, an adjunct associate professor at American University and an adjunct professor at George Mason University.

July 25, 2017

Brad Baer (BArch 2007 Architecture) is director of strategy for Bluecadet, an Emmy-winning digital studio based in Philadelphia that recently launched new websites for the World War II Museum and Denison University.

Artwork by Renelle White Buffalo (BFA 2011 Integrated Studio Arts) is part of HUMANNESS: A Group Show, independently curated by artist Marc Dennis, July 13 through Aug. 12 at Lyons Wier Gallery in New York City. The exhibition comprises work by seven emerging artists whose depictions of the complexities of emotion explore the concept of the essential and distinguishing attributes of being human. This is White Buffalo’s first NYC show.

July 5, 2017

Artwork by Emily Williams-Wheeler (BA 1986 Interior Design) has been published in 1340 Art Magazine, 2017 Q3. “Weather Permitting” (36″x48″, mixed media) is featured on the cover, while “Amid the Confusion” (24″x24″, mixed media on wood panel), “Eclipsed” (12″x12″, wax on wood panel) and “Lint in My Pocket” (36″x48″, mixed media on canvas) appear on page 10.

Williams-Wheeler, who practiced interior design for several years, today is a full-time professional artist who works in acrylics, graphite and encaustic.

Kayla Meyer (BLA 2011 Landscape Architecture), an associate with DLR Group in Omaha, Nebraska, recently participated as an artist fellow for the Sandhills Institute, a catalyst for the creation of civically-engaged and integrated art in and around the agricultural community of Rushville, Nebraska.

June 28, 2017

Through his company, Goche Inclusions, Peter Goche (BArch 1991 / MArch 2005 Architecture), an Iowa State University assistant professor of architecture, was part of the team that won Preservation Iowa’s 2017 Preservation at Its Best Award in the Large Commercial category for rehabilitation of the Walnut Tire – Globe Publishing Building in Des Moines.

June 26, 2017

Justin McCarthy (BArch 2004 Architecture / Environmental Studies) is one of seven associates promoted to principal in Merriman Associates/Architects‘ Dallas office, in January 2017. He also was promoted to team leader. This marks only the second time in the firm’s 30-year history that principal status has been awarded to staff members. McCarthy currently oversees the development of a 1.4 million-SF mixed-use development in North Texas and has overseen projects in multiple job sectors, including, but not limited to, commercial office, multi-family adaptive reuse, sports and entertainment, historical preservation and industrial.

June 9, 2017

Anna Jones (BArch 2011 Architecture) has started a full-service design company, MOD, which focuses on helping clients create beautiful spaces and structures to live, work and play, with the goal of making modern design accessible to all.

June 8, 2017

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has appointed Mark Lowe (BS 1988 Community & Regional Planning) director of the Iowa Department of Transportation. He had served as interim director since November 2016. He previously was director of the IDOT Motor Vehicle Division.

May 30, 2017

Seth Dreier (BLA 2006 Landscape Architecture), ASLA, PLA, LEED AP, a project architect with Mariani Design Studio in Lake Forest, Illinois, won a Merit Award from the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for the design of his “Craftsman Cottage” project (see pages 32-33 in the linked publication).

May 16, 2017

Elsye Walker‘s (BS 1995 / MCRP 1998 Community & Regional Planning) love affair with hiking and her inspiration to complete the Continental Divide Trail this year are featured in the ISU Alumni Association’s Cyclone Stories. You can follow her adventures on her blog and on Instagram at @elsyew.

May 12, 2017

J. Mark Schmidt (BArch 1971 / MArch 1974 Architecture) has retired from full-time work after seven years as a senior architect specializing in writing construction specifications at Invision Architecture in Des Moines. Schmidt will continue to work part time at Invision. Most of his career was with Charles Herbert and Associates and HLKB Architecture, also in Des Moines.

Shane Larsen (BArch 2002 Architecture), AIA, NCARB, has been elected to the Schemmer Associates board of directors. With more than 15 years of experience, Larsen leads the firm’s senior living and healthcare markets in the architecture division.

Larsen is a licensed architect in Iowa, Texas and North Dakota. He serves as co-chair for the AIA Iowa Design for Aging Knowledge Community and was a past NCARB committee member for the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). He also serves as an architectural mentor and volunteer for Iowa State University.

Schemmer is a full-service architecture, engineering and construction field services consultant providing responsible solutions for complex design and construction-related challenges. Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, Schemmer has regional offices in Lincoln, Nebraska, Des Moines and Council Bluffs; as well as in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

May 11, 2017

Restless Tenants, an exhibition of cyanotype-and-tea prints by Naomi Friend (MFA 2013 Integrated Visual Arts), is on display through August at the State Law Library in Des Moines. Hours are 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

May 5, 2017

World-renowned artist Jeremy Caniglia (BFA 1993 Art & Design – Drawing, Painting, Printmaking), a fine arts teacher at Creighton Preparatory School and at the Joslyn Art Museum’s Kent Bellows Center for Visual Arts, both in Omaha, Nebraska, has been accepted for a four-month apprenticeship with figurative master Odd Nerdrum at his studio in Stavern, Norway.

Nerdrum is considered the greatest figurative painter since Caravaggio and Rembrandt, and the Nerdrum School is considered the most important school of figurative painting. It is made up of painters who are bound together by their desire to create timeless masterpieces. As Nerdrum told ArtNews in 2002, “Kitsch is the intimate space, our selves, our love and our congeniality, our yearnings and our hopes, and our tears, joys and passion. Kitsch comes from the creative person’s private space, and speaks to other private spaces. Kitsch deals therefore with giving intimacy dignity.”

Like Nerdrum, Caniglia is known for his emotionally charged and often unsettling work, which focuses on the human condition. Striking, illuminating, foreboding, offensive, haunting and always poignant, Caniglia’s paintings wallow in the glories of expansiveness and of timeless places. His work is showcased in private collections around the world and exhibited in solo and group fine art exhibitions at museums and galleries that include the Society of Illustrators, the Allentown Art Museum, the Walters Art Museum, Salmagundi Gallery in NYC, Coprogallery, Paul Booth-Last Rites Gallery and the Joslyn Art Museum.

An exhibition of Caniglia’s new works will be installed at the Union for Contemporary Arts and other galleries upon his return to the United States. Read more on Caniglia’s blog and Facebook page.

May 2, 2017

The premiere performance of “Cassils: Monument Push” — curated by Alex Priest (BLA 2011 Landscape Architecture) — will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska. The performance involves pushing a 1,300-pound bronze monument to locations in downtown Omaha where acts of violence, trauma, celebration, resistance and resilience occur with the LGBTQI+ community.

April 19, 2017

Brittni (Heisterkamp) Pertijs (BFA 2007 Graphic Design) recently moved from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where she was a graphic designer with Nike Global Football Apparel, into a color, material and finish designer role within Whirlpool Corporation in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

April 13, 2017

By day, Mohamad Hafez (BArch 2009 Architecture) is an architect with Pickard Chilton in New Haven, Connecticut. In the evenings, he reconstructs the landscapes and cities of his native Syria in miniature, channeling his emotions about that country’s civil war into 3-D replicas of “gutted apartment complexes” and other scenes of chaos and destruction. His work is on display in HOMELAND inSECURITY, a solo show April 2-30 at the Lanoue Gallery in Boston, and highlighted in an April 4 article in The New Yorker. An artist’s talk and reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at the gallery.

April 7, 2017

Reflex, a solo exhibition by Chris Vance (BFA 2000 Visual Studies), is on display at Moberg Gallery in Des Moines through Saturday, April 15. The show was reviewed by Des Moines Cityview‘s Jim Duncan. Read the review

Jen (DeWall) Cross (BLA 2009 Landscape Architecture), PLA, ASLA, CLARB, a landscape architect with RDG Planning & Design in Omaha, Nebraska, has been recognized as a 2017 Iowa STATEment Maker by the Iowa State University Alumni Association.

April 6, 2017

Carrie Matlock (BArch 1994 Architecture), AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, has been promoted to president of DLA Architects in Itasca, Illinois. Matlock joined DLA (then known as Dahlquist and Lutzow Architects) as an architect intern in 1995. She was promoted to job captain in 1997 and soon after to project manager. In 2007, she became the firm’s first woman partner and vice president.

Six years ago, Matlock began a tradition for DLA; the team annually takes a client to Learning Environments for Tomorrow (LEFT), a program jointly designed by the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where they collaborate with educators and architects around the world and learn more about the connection between the built environment and the educational delivery process. This helps DLA educate its clients on how innovative design can enhance learning.

April 5, 2017

Pamela Abalu (BArch 2001 Architecture), chief architect and global head of design and construction at MetLife Inc. in New York City, is highlighted in the April 2017 issue of Real Simple magazine, pages 105-106 (go to 94-95 on the slider bar at the link provided).

March 24, 2017

Robin McNeely (BLA 1993 / MLA 1995 Landscape Architecture), GIS analyst and manager of the ISU GIS Support and Research Facility, is the recipient of a 2017 P&S CYtation Award presented by the university’s Professional and Scientific Council. She will be honored in an awards ceremony Thursday, March 23, at the ISU Alumni Center. Read more

March 22, 2017

Kevin Kane (BS 1982 Landscape Architecture / BA 1982 Physical Education & Leisure Studies / MLA 1986 Landscape Architecture / PhD 2007 Educational Leadership & Policy Studies), associate dean for research and outreach in the Iowa State University College of Design, is the recipient of the 2017 P&S Woodin CYtation Award presented by the university’s Professional and Scientific Council. He will be honored in an awards ceremony Thursday, March 23, at the ISU Alumni Center. Read more

Harmony in the City, an exhibition curated by Jasmine Singh (BArch 2012 / MS 2015 Architecture) and Jassim Al Nashmi (BArch 2013 Architecture), was exhibited in February at Masaha 13 in Industrial Shuwaikh, Kuwait. The show brought together artists addressing pressing issues of food systems, human experience, transportation, climate change, energy and environmental depletion to initiate conversations on urban issues at global and individual scales. Singh teaches three-dimensional design at the American University of Kuwait and Al Nashmi is an architect at Pace Architecture Engineering + Planning, Hawalli, Kuwait.

February 27, 2017

Danielle Hermann, AIA (BArch 2001 / MArch 2008 Architecture), an associate principal at OPN Architects in Des Moines, is a recipient of the 2017 AIA Young Architects Award from the American Institute of Architects. This  national award recognizes individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their architectural careers. She will be recognized at the 2017 AIA Conference on Architecture April 27-29 in Orlando, Florida.

February 24, 2017

Michelle (Pinkston) Ohle, ASLA, PLA, LEED AP (BLA 2005 Landscape Architecture), an associate principal with [dtls] studio, received the inaugural Emerging Young Professional Award from the St. Louis Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. The award acknowledges the contributions of a young landscape architect to the profession. Nominees must be 35 years of age or younger and members of ASLA St. Louis.

Ohle joined [dtls] in January 2016 following nearly a decade at HOK. She began her career as a junior landscape architect with Thomas Balsley Associates.

February 21, 2017

David Tim (BFA 2013 Integrated Studio Arts) has been named one of 12 finalists out of 400 applicants in the Print Center 91st Annual International Competition. Artists awarded solo exhibitions will be announced later in February.

February 15, 2017

The Kimberley Collection, a new range of high-traffic outdoor furniture designed by Kristin Lewis (BS 2006 Apparel, Merchandising, Design & Production / MA 2010 Interior Design), was launched this month. It is sold by D.M. Braun & Co. out of Irvine, California, and is fabricated locally. Lewis works full time in commercial real estate development and designs furniture, spaces and more on weekends through her business, Sway Concepts.

Bernard I. Jones, FAIA (BS 1957 Architectural Engineering), retired from active architectural practice and moved with his wife, Jane, from Carbondale, Illinois, to Waverly to be near family in the Waverly and Des Moines areas.

February 10, 2017

Using white-painted steel and colorful string for its latest art shanty entry called “String Box Shanty,” NewStudio Architecture is encouraging hands-on interaction with its design during the Art Shanty Projects On-Ice Program, weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 4-26 on White Bear Lake, Minnesota. The collaborative art installation will react to the ever-changing environment of the lake and its surroundings and showcase the effect of human touch. Visitors will thread string through steel washers welded to the 7 ft. x 7 ft. frame, creating unique patterns in a maze of overlapping colors. The structure is built with hinged triangles that can open like flaps on an envelope to add even more structural interest. The designers hope that reflective strips on the frame and glow-in-the-dark parachute cord in the lower triangles will create a unique nighttime effect as well.

“Our team appreciates the Art Shanty Projects’ mission to create artist-audience interaction in a friendly, accessible way. Our two previous projects invited participation but this design pushes the concept to a new level. We don’t even know what this shanty will look like in the end. It’s totally dependent on how visitors thread the strings and if nature adds precipitation or not,” said Sean Wagner, CEO/president of NewStudio Architecture (BArch 1991 Architecture).

This year’s design team includes Wagner and staff members Christopher Brenny, Dave Dammar, Mark Dunsworth, Adam Jarvi and Monica Russell (MArch 2005 Architecture). “We’re pairing this design with last year’s art shanty, which has the same dimensions for balance. We’ll position a time-lapse camera in the older shanty to capture how this concept develops,” added Jarvi. “We’ve participated in the Art Shanty Projects for the past three events and it’s always a high-energy experience.”


January 31, 2017

The ownership of the Ames-based architecture firm Haila Architecture Structure Planning transitioned in the fall of 2016. Three long-time employees, Sam Stagg (BArch 1998 Architecture), Eric Vermeer (MArch 2004 Architecture / MS 2005 Civil Engineering) and Chad West (BArch 1998 Architecture), purchased the assets and rights of the company from founder John Haila.

“We are excited to build upon the strong foundation John has laid with fresh leadership and new opportunities,” Stagg says. The office recently moved and is now located in downtown Ames.

January 27, 2017

Cory Witt (BFA 2012 Graphic Design), a designer with Flying Hippo Brand + Digital in Des Moines, was recognized for a project completed for RAID (Ride Across Iowa in a Day) in Print magazine’s Regional Design Awards 2016: Midwest category (see no. 51).

January 24, 2017

Paige Winters (BFA 2013 Graphic Design), a graphic designer with Grey Dog Media USA in West Des Moines, was on a team recognized for its “John Deere Factory Shirts” in Print magazine’s Regional Design Awards 2016: Midwest category (see no. 31).

John Anderson (BFA 2009 Graphic Design) and Annie Eischen (BFA 2014 Graphic Design), designers with Flying Hippo Brand & Digital in Urbandale, were on a team recognized for their “Inbound Marketing E-books” in Print magazine’s Regional Design Awards 2016: Midwest category (see no. 28).

“Where humanity failed, death unveiled the metamorphosis of the dystopian dream,” an oil painting by Jeremy Caniglia (BFA 1993 Art & Design – Drawing/Painting/Printmaking), was selected for publication in Infected by Art Volume 5.

January 18, 2017

Yongyeon Cho (MFA 2016 Interior Design) received the 2016 AAHID (American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers)/Steelcase Health Graduate Research Fellowship. The $7,500 fellowship grant will support Cho’s continuing research into his master’s thesis topic on creating a user-centered wellness design evaluation tool for the main lobby of a healthcare facility. It will also fund his travel to present his research at the 2017 Healthcare Design Conference Nov. 11-14 in Orlando, Florida. Cho graduated with his MFA in December 2016 and is now an interior design intern with HOK in Chicago, Illinois.

Alex Priest (BLA 2011 Landscape Architecture), the exhibitions manager for the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska, is curating an exhibition and performances with Los Angeles-based artist Cassils. Cassils: The Phantom Revenant explores concerns of unseen violence and trauma against gender non-conforming bodies. The show will run Feb. 2 through April 29 at the Bemis Center.

Akshali Gandhi (BS 2012 Community & Regional Planning / International Studies) is now employed as an associate transportation planner at NelsonNygaard Consulting Associates, Washington, D.C.

January 13, 2017

Rachel Tokarczyk (BFA 2016 Interior Design) is an interior design assistant for Tiffany Brooks Interiors, Grayslake, Illinois. Brooks is an HGTV host and interior designer.

January 11, 2017

“Uprooted,” an exhibition of photography by Kristine Heykants (BFA 1988 Art & Design), is on display through Tuesday, Jan. 31, in the Pioneer Room at the Iowa State Memorial Union. A reception will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, with a gallery talk by Heykants at 7 p.m.

January 9, 2017

“Works by Jon P. Baldwin (BFA 1996 Art & Design) are on display Jan. 1 through Feb. 25 at the Gallery in the Round, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames. The show includes paintings and photographs.

January 5, 2017

Winsight Media, a recent project by Jessie James (BFA 2007 / MFA 2009 Interior Design), NCIDQ, project manager for Whitney Architects, has been published on Chicago Creative Space.

January 3, 2017

Studio Breithaupt, owned by Claude Breithaupt, AIA (BArch 2008 Architecture), received a Design Citation in the Detail category at the 2016 AIA Blue Ridge Design and Honor Awards for a project constructed almost entirely of reclaimed and recycled materials.

Studio Breithaupt was commissioned for more than $1 million in residential and commercial projects in its first year of operation and currently is involved in several high-end residential projects throughout the Appalachian region.

Breithaupt also was selected as one of AIA Virginia’s Emerging Leaders in Architecture Class of 2017.

December 16, 2016

Leila Ammar (BArch 2012 Architecture) will graduate with a Master of Business Administration from Iowa State University this month (Dec. 17, 2016). She also was named MBA Student of the Year, an honor determined by the MBA program’s core faculty members. She is a registered architect with Haila Architecture in Ames.

December 9, 2016

Renelle White Buffalo (BFA 2011 Integrated Studio Arts) has been accepted into the Jentel Artist Residency Program in Banner, Wyoming, Feb. 15 through March 13, 2017. A solo exhibition of her work at the Journey Museum & Learning Center in Rapid City, S.D., will open May 26, 2017.

Adrienne Nelson, Assoc. AIA (BFA 2009 Interior Design / MArch 2013 Architecture), a designer with Pickard Chilton in New Haven, Connecticut, received the AIA Connecticut Emerging Architect Award. This award recognizes and supports emerging, graduate architects who have made outstanding, innovative contributions to their practice or profession or have rendered distinguished service in the public realm.

December 6, 2016

Laura Waller (BFA 2013 Interior Design), interior designer with the Opus Group, Minneapolis, Minnesota, designed the interior spaces of Iowa State University’s new Geoffroy Hall, which will house 784 students and be completed for the 2017 spring semester. Waller will attend the formal ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 17, 2017, together with former ISU President Gregory Geoffroy and current President Steven Leath.

November 28, 2016

Matt Kuhns (BFA 2000 Graphic Design) has published Hancher vs. Hilton: Iowa’s Rival University Presidents, a new book about Iowa State University during James Hilton’s presidency and the multi-year conflict with Virgil Hancher’s University of Iowa during that period. The book is the product of extensive research at the Iowa State and University of Iowa archives as well as interviews with Hilton’s son, James G. Hilton, and various scholars.

Peggy Bang (BA 1972 Art Education) of Mason City, author of The Melson House Revealed: An Owner’s Perspective, recently spoke at two events sponsored by the Walter Burley Griffin Society of Australia. Bang presented the seventh annual Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture at the National Archives in Canberra, Australia. The first American invited to address the society in this prestigious lecture, Bang spoke about the history of the Melson House — designed by the Griffins — and its restoration. Bang also spoke about the house in a lecture in Castlecrag, an inner-ring suburb of Sydney, Australia. Bang is a board member of the Walter Burley Griffin Society of America and vice president of the MacNider Art Museum Foundation.

November 3, 2016

Cory Witt (BFA 2012 Graphic Design), a designer with Flying Hippo Brand + Digital in Des Moines, was recognized in the Print Magazine 2016 Regional Design Annual for a project completed for RAID (Ride Across Iowa in a Day). The project will be featured in the Print Magazine Winter 2016 issue, which ships in December, and the 2016 Regional Design Annual website.

A restoration project designed by Studio 31a under the direction of principal A. Elizabeth Ortner (BFA 1995 Interior Design), AIA, LEED AP, received a Chicago Landmarks 2016 Preservation Excellence Award. A Queen Anne-style single-family home in the Kenwood Historic District was restored to its intended beauty.

October 28, 2016

Jim Del Carpio (BLA 1997 Landscape Architecture / Environmental Studies), principal of JDC Designs and Consulting Services, is now the construction project manager of SQLA Landscape Architecture and Landsit Group in Los Angeles, Calif.

October 16, 2016

“Crossroads,” a sculpture by Jo Myers-Walker (MA 1980 Art Education), has been installed in a section of skywalk on Third Street SE in downtown Cedar Rapids. Commissioned by Murals & More: The Cedar Rapids Mural Trail, the sculpture consists of shaped polycarbonate panels with a total of 40 painted figures designed to reflect the people, culture and spirit of Cedar Rapids.

Myers-Walker writes about the process of creating “Crossroads” in her September 2016 newsletter posted on her website. She currently lives, paints and teaches in Iowa City.

October 13, 2016

Shannon (Hoy) Gapp (BS 2011 Community & Regional Planning / MLA 2015 Landscape Architecture), Assoc. ASLA, is now a landscape designer with Bolton & Menk, Inc., in Des Moines, where she will assist with landscape architecture projects, including the design and development of graphics and construction documents and facilitate public meetings. She previously worked as an urban planner at Confluence in Des Moines for more than a year.

September 28, 2016

Marc Jensen (BA 1972 Applied Art – Advertising Design) has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of The Mint Museum, Charlotte, N.C. An internationally renowned institution, The Mint occupies two locations in Charlotte and features collections of ceramics, craft and design, contemporary American and European art.

September 27, 2016

David Lee Andersen (BA 1974 / MArch 177 Architecture),  AIA, architect and consultant with Andersen by Design LLC, received the 2016 AIA Minnesota Louis Lundgren Award. The award recognizes one Minnesota architect annually for his/her dedication to the profession through community volunteer activities and professional leadership.

September 15, 2016

Zach Sunderland (BArch 2013 Architecture),  AIA, passed the Architect Registration Examination and is now a licensed architect in North Carolina. He is an architect with Cline Design Associates in Raleigh, N.C.

September 11, 2016

Lori Vierow (BLA 1992 Landscape Architecture), an award-winning designer with more than 24 years of professional experience in master planning, park and recreation planning, urban design and landscape architecture services for a wide variety of private and public-sector clients, has joined the Chicago office of GreenbergFarrow as senior landscape architect. Her responsibilities include expanding the firm’s landscape architecture department as well as providing design and due diligence services to new and existing clients throughout the US and abroad. She will be based in Arlington Heights, Ill.

Vierow’s experties lies in coordinating interdisciplinary teams in the design and construction of projects ranging from public parks and urban streetscapes to residential, commercial and sustainable developments. Her professional experience also includes working with clients and communities to develop open space master plans and park master plans that are unique and tailored to fit each community. She has assisted in preparation for analyzing service levels and forecasting recreation needs for these communities. Representative projects include Eagle View Park, New Lenox Community Park District Comprehensive Master Plan, Wenonah Tot Lot and Generations at Regency.

September 9, 2016

Katherina Dimenstein (BFA 2011 Interior Design) is now working for US Senator Joni Ernst in her Washington, D.C., office as an adviser on veterans affairs, national security, defense and foreign affairs policies.

September 8, 2016

R. Todd Ashby (BS 1992 Community & Regional Planning), executive director of the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, received the Walter Scheiber Leadership Award at the National Association of Regional Councils 50th Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, in June. The award recognizes the significant impacts an executive director has made at the local, state and national levels.

August 23, 2016

Chiaroscuro: Material Modalities and Immaterial Harmonics, an exhibition of work by Peter Goché (BArch 1991 / MArch 2005 Architecture), assistant professor of architecture at Iowa State University, will be exhibited Sept. 1-8 at the University of Florida School of Architecture Gallery. An opening reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, with a gallery talk by Goché at 5:30 p.m.

“Black Contemporary,” an article by architecture Assistant Professor Peter Goché (BArch 1991 / MArch 2005 Architecture), has been published in “Material Vocabularies,” the International Journal of Interior Architecture and Spatial Design (ii journal), Vol. IV.

August 18, 2016

Lee Rainboth: Epicenters, an exhibition by Lee Rainboth (BFA 2007 Integrated Studio Arts), founder and executive director of Living Media International, is on display July through December 2016 in the Multicultural Center at the Iowa State Memorial Union.

Rainboth has spent his career traveling, researching and experimenting with global artistic traditions to see how people find ways to express what emanates from their spiritual core. Using friends in Haiti, he placed his subjects in iconic poses that reference representations of saints. Patterned sequin designs inspired by Haitian voudun flags and mandala art originating from Buddhist and Hindu practices surround each figure.

Rainboth’s intention is to go beyond the stereotypes and to share a single, yet multi-layered story about who the people in the paintings really are.

August 15, 2016

Matthew Corones: Hyperreal Spectacular, an exhibition of paintings by Matthew Corones (MFA 2012 Integrated Visual Arts), Ames, is on display July 7 through Oct. 24 in the Iowa State Memorial Union Pioneer Room.

Using a fusion of nonrepresentational brushstrokes and stenciled shapes, Corones painted on a clear film surface. The painted film shows detailed textures, interesting transparency and the artist’s bold color relationships. Viewers can find shapes inspired by Henri Matisse, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Paul Klee and experience the overlay of ideas from a range of sources.

Kathryn Finney (BA 1983 Art & Design), creative director of Live Happy magazine, received the top honor for Art Direction – Single Article/Feature in min’s Magazine Media Awards for “A Joyful Juggling Act,” a feature on actor Anthony Anderson.

August 12, 2016

Comedy for All, Tragedy for None, an exhibition curated by Alex Priest (BLA 2011 Landscape Architecture), will run from Sept. 2 through Oct. 28 at the Nebraska Arts Council’s Fred Simon Gallery in Omaha, Neb. Priest, the exhibition manager at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, is the first curator to be awarded an exhibition at the Nebraska Arts Council.

Kate Schwennsen (BA 1978 / MArch 1980 Architecture), FAIA, director and professor of the Clemson University School of Architecture in Clemson, S.C., is the recipient of the 2016 Christian Petersen Design Award presented by the ISU College of Design. She will be honored during Homecoming Oct. 28 at the ISU Alumni Association’s 85th Honors and Awards Ceremony.

August 9, 2016

Michael C. Ludwig (BFA 2000 Art & Design – Drawing/Painting/Printmaking) is now the art director and project manager at I Work & Play in Clive, Iowa. He had been with Image Sport in Waukee.

August 4, 2016

Paulina (Coursey) Colton (BFA 2015 Interior Design) and Ben Colton (BS 2015 Mechanical Engineering) were married May 7 in Burlington, Iowa, and now live in the Kansas City area.

August 3, 2016

Courtney Long (BLA 2010 Landscape Architecture / MS 2012 Sustainable Agriculture), a research associate with the ISU Community Design Lab, received the Second Runner-Up for Outstanding Partnership Award in the 2016 Farm Credit MarketMaker Innovation Awards for the Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit program at Iowa State. Long leads a team that conducts food systems and health assessments for communities in Iowa. MarketMaker was the tool used to identify food-system gaps and assets around the state and identify opportunities for innovative projects that are complementary to existing agricultural enterprises. Long was recognized at the 18th annual National Value Added Agriculture Conference in Madison, Wis.

August 2, 2016

Becky (Murphy) Simpson (BFA 2010 Graphic Design) will be a featured speaker for the Adobe MAX 2016 Creative Careers Track Nov. 2-4 in San Diego.

August 1, 2016

Meghan Flynn (BFA 2011 Integrated Studio Arts) will join the faculty at Yakima Valley Community College, Yakima, Wash., as an art instructor in September. She will teach drawing and design.

July 24, 2016

Matthew Schultz (BArch 2012 Architecture), Assoc. AIA, an architectural intern with OPN Architects in Des Moines, is a member of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute’s Community Leadership Program Class of 2017. Each year, 50 emerging and existing leaders from the private, public and nonprofit sectors of the community are selected to participate in this nine-month program, which offers a view of Greater Des Moines from different vantage points, heightens participant awareness of current conditions and issues, enhances individual and group leadership skills and helps class members see themselves as partners for change.

July 18, 2016

Lisa Orgler (BLA 1992 / MLA 2000 Landscape Architecture), a lecturer in horticulture at Iowa State University, will receive the 2016 ISU Award for Early Achievement in Teaching for non-tenure-eligible faculty Sept. 26 at the University Awards Ceremony.

Samantha (Abkes) Price (BLA 2009 Landscape Architecture) passed the Landscape Architecture Registration Examination (LARE) and is now a licensed landscape architect with Ritland + Kuiper Landscape Architects in Waterloo, Iowa. She has been a design professional with RKLA since May 2011. She has remained involved with Iowa State University through her participation in the Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program, a partnership of ISU landscape architecture extension, the Iowa Department of Transportation, Trees Forever and local design professionals.

July 14, 2016

After 10 years as a K-12 classroom teacher and instructional coach, T.J. (Tyler J.) Purdy (BLA 2004 Landscape Architecture) is now the assistant principal at Curtis Senior High School in University Place, Wash. He received a Master of Arts in education from Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash., in 2006

Tom Gerend (BS 2000 Community & Regional Planning), executive director of the Kansas City Streetcar Authority in Kansas City, Mo., is a recipient of the 2016 Design Achievement Award presented by the ISU College of Design. He will be honored during Homecoming Oct. 28 at the ISU Alumni Association’s 85th Honors and Awards Ceremony.

July 12, 2016

Michael Braley (BFA 1993 Graphic Design), creative director of Braley Design in Lexington, Ky., is a recipient of the 2016 Design Achievement Award presented by the ISU College of Design. He will be honored during Homecoming Oct. 28 at the ISU Alumni Association’s 85th Honors and Awards Ceremony.