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

October 06, 2014



AMES, Iowa — Michael Wagler, state coordinator for Main Street Iowa, is a recipient of the 2014 Design Achievement Award presented by the Iowa State University College of Design.

The award recognizes outstanding creative and professional achievements of alumni in all of the college's disciplines, which include art and design, community and regional planning, design, graphic design, industrial design, integrated studio arts, interior design and landscape architecture.

Wagler, of Ankeny, received a Master of Community and Regional Planning degree from Iowa State in 2006. He will be honored during Homecoming at the ISU Alumni Association's 83rd annual Honors and Awards Ceremony, 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building.

Wagler discovered his passion early—becoming a volunteer with the Main Street Iowa program in Bloomfield while still in high school. He joined the program staff on a part-time basis in 2002 and, after earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in historic preservation and architectural history from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga., and his MCRP from Iowa State in 2006, he moved into a full-time design specialist position with Main Street Iowa. In 2012 he was appointed the state coordinator.

In this role, Wagler provides comprehensive technical assistance in  historic commercial district revitalization, historic preservation and nonprofit development. He also manages the implementation of the National Main Street Center’s Four Point Approach® (organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring) for the State of Iowa.

Wagler is a member of Preservation Iowa and the National Trust for Historic Preservation and serves as a trustee of the First United Methodist Church in Des Moines. He was recognized with the Iowa Governor's Volunteer Award from the State of Iowa in 2004 and the Emerging Leader of Main Street Award from Main Street Iowa in 2006.

Michael Wagler, Main Street Iowa, (515) 745-4632,
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, (515) 294-9289,