Honors & Awards
May 15, 2018 9:42 am
The new Iowa Correctional Institution for Women facility in Mitchellville includes extensive landscape enhancements designed and constructed in collaboration with the Iowa State University Department of Landscape Architecture. Over the past seven years, students in an interdisciplinary studio taught by ISU assistant professor Julie Stevens have created outdoor classrooms, produce gardens and a decompression area for prison staff, and most recently, a children’s garden where incarcerated women and their families can visit together outdoors. The new correctional facility and the landscape collaboration received a Platinum Award in Building Design + Construction’s 21st Annual Building Team Awards and are featured in the May 2018 issue of Building Design + Construction magazine.
May 11, 2018 9:18 am
Andrea Wheeler, an Iowa State University assistant professor of architecture, has received an ISU Foreign Travel Grant to attend the Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) 2018 conference Dec. 10-12 in Hong Kong. Wheeler is a member of the conference review committee and has been actively involved in the evaluation of abstracts and full papers for the conference since 2011. She will present a paper on notions of comfort in sustainable architecture.
May 10, 2018 1:00 pm
Based on a True Story, an exhibition of audio works by Alex Braidwood, an Iowa State University assistant professor of graphic design, will be in the Sweeney Gallery at the Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames from May 18 through Aug. 11. Each visit to the exhibition will be a different experience because the works presented are not fixed compositions but are instead composed as dynamic systems that respond to a variety of conditions. A reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 1, in conjunction with the Ames Main Street Cultural District’s ArtWalk.
May 10, 2018 10:59 am
Andrea Wheeler, an Iowa State University assistant professor of architecture, has been awarded a Visiting Fellowship at CRASSH (The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities) and Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, for the Easter Term (April 23 to June 14) 2019. She will be working on a project that critically examines political and ecological aesthetics in architecture through the philosophy of Jacques Rancière, Luce Irigaray and Gernot Böhme.
May 9, 2018 10:40 am
Empty Dresses, an exhibition of mixed-media artworks by Paula Streeter, a lecturer in art and visual culture at Iowa State University, will be on display May 25 through June 30 in the Community Gallery at the Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames. A reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 1, in conjunction with the Ames Main Street Cultural District’s ArtWalk, and Streeter will hold a historic media workshop on Saturday, June 2.
May 7, 2018 10:06 am
Zoey Mauck, Des Moines, an Iowa State University senior working toward double degrees in landscape architecture and community and regional planning, is Iowa State’s newest Udall Scholar and one of only 50 students nationwide selected for this prestigious honor. Mauck is studying transportation planning at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, through June.
May 3, 2018 10:59 am
Iowa State University Morrill Professor Thomas Leslie, the Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture, will present two keynote lectures in honor of the opening of the Pier Luigi Nervi: Art and Science of Building traveling exhibition at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He will present “Beauty’s Rigor: Patterns of Production in the Work of Pier Luigi Nervi” at 4:20 p.m. Saturday, May 5, and “Nervi’s Harmonious Interplays” at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6, in the university’s Iacocca Hall.
May 1, 2018 9:14 am
“Transforming Pervasive into Collaborative: Engaging Youth as Leaders with GIS through a Framework that Integrates Technologies, Storytelling, and Action,” an article by Iowa State University faculty Alenka Poplin, assistant professor of community and regional planning, Linda Shenk, associate professor of English, and Ulrike Passe, associate professor of architecture, has been published in the International Journal on Interaction Design & Architecture(s) (IxD&A), Vol. 35, pp. 182-204.
April 30, 2018 10:21 am
“Evidence of Problem Exploration in Creative Designs,” a journal article by Seda McKilligan, an Iowa State University associate professor of industrial design, and her colleagues at the University of Michigan, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing. This manuscript reports on a large-scale qualitative analysis aimed as characterizing changes to problems during the process of design, describing distinct patterns of problem exploration across designers and problems.
This research is funded by the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education, Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE).
April 30, 2018 10:19 am
“Strategies to redefine the problem exploration space for design innovation,” a paper by Seda McKilligan, an Iowa State University associate professor of industrial design, and Samantha Creeger, a graduate student in human computer interaction, has been accepted for presentation at the 20th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, which will be Sept. 6-7 at the Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London.
The paper reports on an empirical study with industrial design students, documenting a high degree of variation in the problem perspectives among designers working on the same problem. The results also show a causal relationship between the number of strategies used in reframing the problem and the quality of the solution generated.
This research is funded by the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education, Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE).
April 23, 2018 3:02 pm
Catherine Reinhart, gallery manager and artist-in-residence at the Iowa State University Design on Main Gallery, has been accepted for an artist residency May 12-19 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Cedar Point Biological Station in western Nebraska.
The Art at Cedar Point Artist in Residence program is aimed at artists and writers interested in the intersection of art and science. The residency offers the opportunity to engage and interact with researchers, professors and students of the biological sciences.
Reinhart will work on a new body of works on paper, weavings and sculptures about the intersection of topography and textiles, exploring concepts of the real — land topography and textiles — and the ideal — cartography and weave drafts. What non-physical or digital systems do we use to understand and catalogue the land on a macro scale? How is this date translated visually and how do these image related to textile and woven structures?
April 23, 2018 11:47 am
Breanna Kixmiller, an Iowa State University senior in integrated studio arts, received an SDA Outstanding Student Award from the Surface Design Association. The award is presented annually for innovative work in textile media by student makers. Kixmiller was chosen from among 43 nominations nationwide. She will receive a certificate, access to SDA regional groups and SDA-sponsored conferences and events, and exhibition and professional development opportunities, among other benefits.
April 18, 2018 11:00 am
Zoey Mauck, Des Moines, an Iowa State University senior pursuing double degrees in community and regional planning and landscape architecture, received a Merit Award from the Central States chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for her project “Connecting Jefferson.” She developed the project as an independent study last semester with landscape architecture senior lecturer Tom Neppl. Mauck, who is studying abroad at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm this spring, was recognized in absentia at the ASLA Central States Conference 2018 Friday, April 13, in Kansas City.
April 17, 2018 10:57 am
“Site suitability and public participation: A study for a bike-sharing program in a college town,” a book chapter by Iowa State University alumna Yuwen Hou (MCRP 2013 Community & Regional Planning / Certificate 2013 Geographic Information Systems) and Monica A. Haddad, an ISU associate professor of community and regional planning, has been published in Bicycle Urbanism: Reimagining Bicycle Friendly Cities (Routledge, 2018), edited by Rachel Berney.
April 16, 2018 1:01 pm
Iowa State University faculty Diane Al Shihabi, assistant professor of interior design, and Mikesch Muecke, associate professor of architecture, were invited by Regina Loukotova, director of the Architectural Institute in Prague (ARCHIP), to speak about their current research and teaching related to the new preservation and cultural heritage certificate program administered through the ISU College of Design.
Al Shihabi and Muecke presented “Preservation and Cultural Heritage Curriculum Development: A Case Study in Design Education at the Intersection of History and Technology” Wednesday, March 14, at the ARCHIP facility in Prague, Czech Republic. Their lecture was co-sponsored by ARCHIP and the European Union Structural and Investment Fund.
April 16, 2018 8:15 am
Breanna Kixmiller, an Iowa State University senior in integrated studio arts from Atlantic, Iowa, will represent the ISU College of Design as its student marshal at the university’s public commencement exercises Saturday, May 5, at Hilton Coliseum. Kixmiller will graduate summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in integrated studio arts and a double-minor in performing arts and political science. Her faculty escort will be Teresa Paschke, professor of art and visual culture.
April 12, 2018 1:30 pm
Bricks & Blocks, a solo exhibition of artwork by Catherine Reinhart (BFA 2008 Integrated Studio Arts), artist-in-residence and manager of the Iowa State University Design on Main Gallery, will be on display April 16 through May 25 at the Stewart Gallery, Grinnell Art Center, Grinnell. The show will feature fiber works and a site-responsive installation created in partnership with the Grinnell community. A public reception will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, during which guests are invited to work with Reinhart to create elements of the installation. It will then be available for visitors to move, stack and investigate throughout the rest of the exhibition.
April 9, 2018 12:10 pm
“Design thinking in engineering course design,” a paper by Nicholas Fila, an Iowa State University postdoctoral researcher in industrial design and electrical and computer engineering; Kelly Guerin, a junior in industrial design, and Seda McKilligan, an associate professor of industrial design, has been accepted to the Annual Conference of American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). The paper investigates the use of design thinking in the processes of a cross-functional team redesigning a second-year course for electrical, computer and software engineering students.
This research is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education / Professional Formation of Engineers: REvolutionizing engineering and computer science Departments (IUSE/PFE: RED).
April 9, 2018 12:04 pm
Ted Grevstad-Nordbrock, an Iowa State University assistant professor of community and regional planning, presented “Heritage-Fueled Gentrification and the Remaking of Chicago’s Northside Neighborhoods” as part of a panel discussion on “Exploring Global Gentrification Processes” at the 48th Annual Urban Affairs Association Conference April 4-7 in Toronto, Canada.
April 9, 2018 11:59 am
“Incremental to Radical Ideas: Paradigm-Relatedness Metrics for Investigating Ideation Creativity and Diversity,” an article by Seda McKilligan, an Iowa State University associate professor of industrial design with colleagues from Rutgers University, Penn State University and University of Michigan, has been published by the International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation.
The article focuses on developing and testing alternative approaches for operationalizing paradigm-relatedness in ideation: category-based and component-based paradigm relatedness as an indicator for creativity and diversity.
This research is funded by the National Science Foundation, Research in Engineering Education (REE) Grants: #1264715, #1265018, and #1264551.
April 9, 2018 9:15 am
“Striking Images: Photographs of Iowa Packinghouse Labor Conflict, 1948-1960,” an article by Emily Morgan, Iowa State University assistant professor of art and visual culture (art history), is featured in the Spring 2018 issue of The Annals of Iowa, a quarterly journal published by the State Historical Society of Iowa.
In the article, Morgan analyzes two collections of photographs related to labor strife in the meatpacking industry in mid-20th-century Iowa, one amassed by members of a meatpacking union and the other by a meatpacking company. Her analysis of these images demonstrates that both labor and management used photos not only for passive record-keeping purposes but also for active purposes: identification, intimidation and retaliation. During times of conflict, the camera became not simply a tool but a weapon wielded by both sides.
April 6, 2018 9:22 am
“What’s In It for Us? Designing a Durable Team” by Julie Stevens, an Iowa State University assistant professor of landscape architecture — part of Design as Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity (Island Press, 2017) — is highlighted in “Participatory Design Must Evolve,” an article on the book published by “The Dirt,” the blog of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Stevens is also a presenter at the SheTalks community storytelling event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the ISU Economic Development Core Facility, 1805 Collaboration Place, Ames.
April 4, 2018 8:07 pm
“The Cross-Cultural Mentor Project” (original narrative and photographs) by Barbara Caldwell, Iowa State University associate professor of art and visual culture, was published in Global Consciousness through the Arts: A Passport for Students and Teachers (Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2018) by Allan Richards and Steve Willis, authors/editors.
Caldwell presented “Artful Transformations: A Global Approach to Pluralistic, Art Education” March 22 at the 2018 National Art Education Association National Convention in Seattle, Washington. Her presentation featured original photography, student work and qualitative assessments. The talk highlighted holistic, pluralistic teaching methods that impact creativity development and multi-dimensional growth.
April 4, 2018 1:35 pm
Sara Hamideh, Iowa State University assistant professor of community and regional planning, is a co-author of “Housing Recovery after Disasters: Primary versus Seasonal and Vacation Housing Markets in Coastal Communities,” published in Natural Hazards Review, Volume 19, Issue 2 – May 2018. Read more in the ISU News Service news release.
April 2, 2018 1:37 pm
“How engineering educators use heuristics when designing a sophomore-level embedded systems course,” a research paper written by Nicholas Fila, an Iowa State University postdoctoral researcher in industrial design and electrical and computer engineering; Steven Abramsky, a junior in industrial design, and Seda McKilligan, an associate professor in industrial design, has been accepted by the 125th Annual Conference of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). The paper presents a case study of the cognitive heuristics used by a cross-functional instructional design team as they modified a second-year embedded systems course for electrical and computer engineering students.
This empirical study suggests there are specific heuristics for finding a problem and transforming it into a set of alternative solutions or approaches to take. These heuristics capture alternative perspectives and differing levels of scopes that may lead to more varied and innovative curriculum design strategies. These results identify specific ways educators discover challenges and provide needed content knowledge for implementing potential solutions. The results also suggest ways of developing tools for educators of various levels to improve their teaching practices, potentially leading to more creative curriculum designs.
This research is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Improving Undergraduation STEM Education / Professional Formation of Engineers: REvolutionizing engineering and computer science Departments (IUSE/PFE: RED).
April 2, 2018 11:30 am
Christopher J. Seeger, Iowa State University professor of landscape architecture and landscape architecture extension specialist, and Bailey Hanson, GIS systems analyst and extension specialist, received the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 2018 Excellence in Research-Based Programming Award at the ISU Extension and Outreach Annual Conference 2018 Monday, March 26, at the Scheman Building on the Iowa State University campus.
Seeger and Hanson were recognized for the Iowans Walking Assessment Logistics Kit (I-WALK), “a perfect example of how Extension and Outreach helps Iowans understand and operationalize research from a land-grant university,” the award citation said. “Utilizing smartphone technology, geographic information systems and crowdsourcing to solve community problems takes everyday technology that community members can access and puts it into use to make informed decisions.”
March 30, 2018 1:52 pm
The ISU Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development Housing Needs Assessment Team of Biswa Das, Abbie Gaffey and Jon Wolseth received the 2018 ISU Extension and Outreach Outstanding Practice in Community Engagement Award at the ISU Extension and Outreach Annual Conference 2018 Monday, March 26, at the Scheman Building on the Iowa State University campus.
The three were recognized for its work in partnering with local communities to gather information on housing needs, empowering community leaders and providing guidance as to how communities can more efficiently serve their citizens. The award citation indicates “this team has been successful in educating and empowering communities to make their own choices and decisions based on data that they understand, help to collect, discuss, disseminate and evaluate.”
Das, an ISU assistant professor of community and regional planning, Gaffey and Wolseth are all community development extension specialists.
March 26, 2018 1:18 pm
Bambi Yost, an Iowa State University associate professor of landscape architecture, will present “Building Community through Play” at the American Society of Landscape Architects Iowa Chapter 2018 Spring Conference Monday, March 26, at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames.
March 26, 2018 11:10 am
Iowa State University landscape architecture assistant professor Julie Stevens will co-present “Tomorrow’s Prison Landscape Today” with Iowa State Penitentiary warden Patti Wachtendorf and Iowa Correctional Institution for Women warden Sheryl Dahm at the American Society of Landscape Architects Iowa Chapter 2018 Spring Conference Monday, March 26, at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames.
March 26, 2018 10:03 am
Iowa State University architecture assistant professor Andrea Wheeler presented a paper on “A Critical Perspective on Ecological Aesthetics and Architectural Atmosphere through the Work of Gernot Bőhme” at philoSOPHIA 2018: Biopower, Biologics, Biospheres — the 12th annual meeting of philoSOPHIA: Society for Continental Feminism — March 22-24 at the University of Richmond in Virginia. Her presentation was introduced by Gary Shapiro, University of Richmond professor emeritus of philosophy and author of books such as Nietzsche’s Earth: Great Events, Great Politics and Earthwards: Robert Smithson and Art After Babel.
March 21, 2018 5:45 pm
Robin Young of NPR’s “Here & Now” interviewed Bambi Yost, Iowa State University associate professor of landscape architecture, about her research into the value of risk in play. The interview, “Bricks, Two-By-Fours and Sharp Edges: Should Playgrounds be Riskier for Kids,” aired Wednesday, March 21, and is available online.
March 21, 2018 10:24 am
Kylee Cangas, an Iowa State University third-year architecture student from Bettendorf, Iowa, won the 2018 Richard F. Hansen Prize in Architecture awarded by the ISU Department of Architecture. She developed her winning project, “Where the Road Caved In,” in the fall 2017 ARCH 301 studio section taught by architecture lecturer Leslie Forehand.
March 20, 2018 3:32 pm
Zoey Mauck, Des Moines, a senior double-majoring in community and regional planning and landscape architecture, received a Merit Award from the Central States chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for her project “Connecting Jefferson.” She developed the project as an independent study last semester with landscape architecture senior lecturer Tom Neppl. Mauck, who is studying abroad at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm this spring, will be recognized in absentia at the ASLA Central States Conference 2018 in Kansas City Friday, April 13.
March 20, 2018 1:09 pm
Bambi Yost, Iowa State University associate professor of landscape architecture, was a featured speaker at the Power of Play Conference, sponsored by the National Inclusion Project, March 20 in Raleigh, North Carolina. She presented “Lessons Learned the Hard Way While Building Community Through Play” about the challenges and successes of a successful citywide, public-private initiative to reconstruct 96 Denver Public School playgrounds and a newly established, community-based schoolyard initiative in Philadelphia.
March 19, 2018 11:01 am
Andrea Wheeler, an Iowa State University assistant professor of architecture, presented a paper on “Plant Ethics or an Environment for the Birth of the New Human? An Exploration in Radical Ethics for Sustainable Architecture” in the “Ecological Ethics and the Role of the Architect” session at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) 106th Annual Meeting March 15-17 in Denver. The session was moderated by Ursula Emery McClure, the A. Hays Town Professor of Architecture at Louisiana State University.
March 13, 2018 3:38 pm
“Disrupt/Displace: Translating Territory,” an article by Iowa State University faculty Shelby Doyle, assistant professor of architecture and the Daniel J. Huberty Faculty Fellow in Architecture, and Leslie Forehand, lecturer in architecture, has been published in the Journal of Architectural Education, Volume 72, Issue 1: A/To Project. “Disrupt/Displace” was both a 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale Session and a “report from the front” on the Dakota Access Pipeline — simultaneously a critique, a performance and a proposal in four parts: Searching for the Front (Iowa), Constructing the Front (Iowa), Reporting the Front (Venice) and Assessing the Front (Venice).
Alejandro Aravena’s curatorial statement for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, “Reporting from the Front,” provided context for “Disrupt/Displace,” which emerged from doubts about the possibility of political resistance in the practice of architecture. As a project, “Disrupt/Displace” serves as a tool for understanding architecture’s complicity in perpetuating spatial forms of political oppression and as a method that enables architects to resist disciplinary nihilism and defensiveness when confronted with intractable political issues.
March 8, 2018 5:03 pm
Iowa State University architecture assistant professors Shelby Doyle and Nick Senske, lecturer Leslie Forehand and Computation and Construction Lab associate Erin Hunt (BArch 2017 Architecture) won the International Masonry Institute’s inaugural Joan B. Calambokidis Innovation in Masonry Competition award in the young architects and engineers category for their latest project: 3D-printed ceramic facades that can be used to cool buildings.
March 8, 2018 9:11 am
“Smoke (no. 1)” (graphite, salvaged law-enforcement paper targets shot through, in artist-made painted plywood frame, 2015, 34.5″ x 50.5″ x 3″) by Mitchell Squire, a professor of architecture at Iowa State University, has been added to the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s permanent collection.
“Smoke (no. 1)” is part of a seven-piece series of works on paper Squire created in 2015 to explore the afterimage recorded on the backs of salvaged law-enforcement firearms-training targets. For this series, he applied multiple layers of graphite to the back side of compressed masses of targets. Each mass contains several dozen sheets stapled atop each other per each round of training. When positioned with the back side toward the viewer, they are said to “resemble highly abstracted human figures.” Select pieces from the series appeared in exhibitions in Des Moines, Chicago and New York.
The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) acquired the work through a generous gift from a private collector in the spring of 2017. The gift included two similar works from another 10-part series, titled “The Young Gladiators,” Squire created in 2013. Numbers 7 and 8 from this series have been on view at the museum since late 2017 and will remain on view through June 2018. Mia has a total of four Squire works in its permanent collection; in 2014 the museum acquired his lithograph, “Gladiators.”
March 8, 2018 8:30 am
Sungduck Lee, an Iowa State University lecturer in architecture and urban design, with Emily Talen, professor of urbanism at the University of Chicago, has co-authored Design for Social Diversity, 2nd Edition (Routledge, 2018), which addresses the physical requirements of socially diverse neighborhoods. Using the city of Chicago and its surrounding suburban areas as a case study, this book investigates whether social diversity is related to particular patterns and structures found within the urban built environment. Design for Social Diversity provides urban designers and architects with design strategies and tools to ensure that their work sustains and nurtures social diversity. The book is part of the Routledge Equity, Justice and Sustainable City series.
March 5, 2018 4:57 pm
“Overcoming design fixation in idea generation,” a paper by Seda McKilligan, an Iowa State University associate professor of industrial design, and her colleagues at the University of Limerick, Ireland, and the University Michigan, has been accepted by the Design Research Society international conference, DRS2018 Limerick. The paper explores the use of design heuristics, an empirically validated method for idea generation, to overcome fixation in a design education setting. This work is funded by the National Science Foundation TUES (Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM) Program.
March 1, 2018 9:54 am
“Innovative solutions through innovated problems,” an article by Seda McKilligan, an Iowa State University associate professor of industrial design, and her colleagues at the University of Michigan, has been accepted for publication by the International Journal of Engineering Education. The article reports on two empirical studies providing evidence about how stated problems are altered within successful solutions in open design challenges, along with evidence of talk-aloud protocols. The qualitative analysis revealed systematic patterns presenting common practices in exploring the problem space. This work is funded by the National Science Foundation IUSE (Improving Undergraduate STEM Education) Program.
February 28, 2018 11:47 am
Mitchell Squire, an Iowa State University professor of architecture, and Perry Kulper, an associate professor of architecture at the University of Michigan, will present their work spanning the fields of architecture, landscape, art practice, design research, drawing, making, thinking and building in a joint lecture from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, as part of the Graduate School of Architecture Boogertman + Partners International Lecture Series 2018 at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
February 28, 2018 8:58 am
Seda McKilligan, an Iowa State University associate professor of industrial design, has been invited to serve a three-year term as an associate editor of Design Science Journal. Design Science publishes original qualitative and quantitative research in the creation of artifacts and systems, and their embedding in our physical, virtual, psychological, economic and social environment.
The journal also publishes reviews and survey papers with strong tutorial elements, theory papers, shorter notes (for example, pertaining to a particularly interesting exemplification of design science in a design artifact or practice), editorials, and book, software and design tool reviews. Fields contributing to Design Science include architecture; behavioral, social and cognitive sciences; life and health sciences; business; computer and information science; engineering; industrial design; and organizational and management science.
February 27, 2018 3:19 pm
Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness, an assistant professor of industrial design at Iowa State University, is on a team that received a $14,148 Miller Faculty Fellowship for the 2018-19 academic year for their project “Sketchnoting a Pedagogical Tool in Ecology.” Her collaborators are Ann Gansemer-Topf, an assistant professor of education, and Ann Russell, an adjunct associate professor of natural resource ecology and management.
Sketchnoting is a design-visualization methodology that provides a framework for students to communicate visually by allowing them to break down complex forms and concepts into combinations of dots, lines, squares, triangles and circles. The simplicity of these shapes promotes this pedagogical tool’s use for skilled and non-skilled drawers alike.
This methodology is expected to foster higher-level thinking in STEM fields because it promotes visual synthesis that enhances students’ capacities to problem-solve. The objectives of the cross-disciplinary Miller Fellowship study are to adapt and evaluate the effect on student learning and attitudes of this tool in a STEM field. This will be the first rigorous evaluation of this low-cost tool in a required undergraduate course for biology majors.
February 27, 2018 9:15 am
Andrea Wheeler, an Iowa State University assistant professor of architecture, presented “Kites,” a paper about her work on the philosophy of Gernot Bohme and an ecological and architectural aesthetic, at the “Critical Practice in an Age of Complexity” international conference Feb. 22-23 at the University of Arizona, Tucson. The conference was organized by the AMPS (Architecture, Media, Politics and Society) group chaired by Graham Cairns, chair of architecture and interior design at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and local organizers from the University of Arizona Department of Architecture.
Presenters from Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand and the United Kingdom presented papers about their critical practice in architecture. The keynote speaker was Jane Rendell, director of architectural research at University College London.
February 23, 2018 10:32 am
Morrill Professor Thomas Leslie, the Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture at Iowa State University, has been named a fellow of the American Institute of Architects. AIA Fellows are recognized with the AIA’s highest membership honor for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society. Leslie will be invested in the College of Fellows at the 2018 AIA Conference on Architecture in New York City in June.
February 21, 2018 10:03 am
Kimberly Zarecor, an Iowa State University associate professor of architecture, will present “Post-Industrial Urban, Post-Industrial Rural: Community Transformation in the Trump Era” Thursday, Feb. 22, as part of the Florida Atlantic University School of Architecture’s lecture series.
February 20, 2018 3:35 pm
“Cartographies of Fuzziness: Mapping Places and Emotions,” an article by Alenka Poplin, an Iowa State University assistant professor of community and regional planning, has been published in The Cartographic Journal: The World of Mapping, Vol. 54, Issue 4, pp. 291-300.
February 20, 2018 11:55 am
The Annual Fiscal Conditions Report, FYE 2017, for all cities in Iowa is now available on the Iowa Government Finance Initiative (IGFI) website. The individual reports include revenue and expenditure indicators that track fiscal performance of cities in Iowa. They also include legislative updates that impact city finances.
Published annually for the past four years, the reports use the latest US Census data to provide key socioeconomic indicators for each city that provide the context in which the financial data can be understood. Biswa Das, an assistant professor in community and regional planning at Iowa State University and the IGFI program leader; Christopher Seeger, ISU professor of landscape architecture; and ISU Extension and Outreach staff Bailey Hanson, GIS systems analyst, and Cindy Kendall, program coordinator, are co-authors of the report.
February 19, 2018 12:04 pm
ISU Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development (CED) recently received an $80,000 grant from the US Department of Commerce (Economic Development Administration) through the Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission to undertake a study for a six-county region in northeast Iowa. The focus of the study is to learn of the barriers to and opportunities for attracting a vibrant workforce to the study region in northeast Iowa, with particular emphasis on the housing needs of the study region.
Based on the findings, the study will develop an action plan for improving workforce attraction and the housing supply in the study region. Co-PIs for the study include Biswa Das, Iowa State University assistant professor of community and regional planning and community development extension specialist; Liesl Eathington, an assistant scientist in economics; Nora Ladjahasan, an assistant scientist with the Institute for Design Research and Outreach; and Gary Taylor, an associate professor of community and regional planning and director of ISU Extension and Outreach CED.
February 19, 2018 10:20 am
Reinaldo Correa, lecturer in architecture at Iowa State University, has won the commission for a public art installation at the entrance to the new Jester Park Nature Center in Granger, Iowa. Correa’s “Whispers of Nature” proposal features a central stem with “reflective droplets” and four stacked metal rings on which he intends to cut patterns referencing the woodland, prairie and wetland ecosystems found in the park as well as conservation-related imagery. The content for each ring will be determined through an art workshop Correa plans to conduct with students from area schools and/or other local stakeholders. The sculpture should be installed in June; the nature center will be dedicated in August.
February 16, 2018 9:12 am
Bernard Canniffe, chair of the Iowa State University Department of Graphic Design, has been named the first recipient of the Dorothy Maitland Miller Professorship in Graphic Design in the ISU College of Design.
February 11, 2018 2:19 pm
Paintings by Barbara Walton, an Iowa State University associate professor of art and visual culture, will be on display in Waxing Poetic: The Journey of An Accidental Scientist, a solo exhibition Feb. 19 through April 1 at the Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery in the Bachman Fine Arts Center at Wartburg College in Waverly. Walton will give a gallery talk at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, followed by a reception from 6-8 p.m.
February 10, 2018 9:12 am
A new article in the Des Moines Register showcases the work of Jennifer Drinkwater, Iowa State University assistant professor of art and visual culture, community arts extension specialist and Iowa Arts Council Fellow. Her project, “168 hours,” is a series of cross-stitched covers from Time and People magazines that juxtapose the intense but fleeting attention the public gives these images and topics during their short time on the newsstand. You can see nine of Drinkwater’s images on display at Cafe Baratta’s in Des Moines through April. Learn more about her and her artwork here: bit.ly/2EfXKO7.
February 8, 2018 1:54 pm
Alex Braidwood, an Iowa State University assistant professor of graphic design and director of the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Artist-in-Residence Program, has curated an Iowa Lakeside Lab artist-in-residence alumni group exhibition for Public Space One in Iowa City. At the Intersection of Art + Science will feature work by AIR alumni since 2014, including ISU alumnus Eric “Oz” Andren (BFA 2012 / MFA 2016 Graphic Design). The show will run March 2-25 with an opening reception from 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 2, during the Iowa City Gallery Walk.
February 4, 2018 2:16 pm
Robert Jinkins, an Iowa State University graduate student in integrated visual arts from Rewey, Wisconsin, won the Winifred V. Brown Best of Show award sponsored by the Brown Endowment Fund in the 50th Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood National All-Media Exhibit on display Jan. 26 through April 7 at the Octagon Center for the Arts, 427 Douglas Ave., Ames.
Jinkins received the award for his painting “Immigrant: Symphony in Sepia.” Juror Peter Pinnell, a professor of art at the University of Nebraska, announced awards at a public reception Friday, Jan. 26. Read more
February 4, 2018 2:11 pm
Carol Faber, 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 Octagon Center for the Arts’ 50th Clay, Fiber, Paper, Metal, Glass Wood National All-Media Exhibit.
“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. The exhibition is on display through April 7 in the Octagon’s Main and Sweeney Galleries. Read more
January 26, 2018 4:31 pm
Olivia Valentine, an Iowa State University assistant professor of art and visual culture, and composer and sound artist Paula Matthusen, an associate professor of music and chair of the music department at Wesleyan University, have collaborated on a performance and installation project that creates a feedback loop between textile construction processes and feedback-based electronic music. “between systems and grounds” connects these two systems through time, shared space and a system of sonic and visual exchanges that produce an accumulation of interrelated sound and textile artifacts. The performance and installation will take place at noon Saturday, Feb. 3, and Sunday, Feb. 4, at the Russell House at Wesleyan University. The project is funded in part by a grant from the ISU Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities.
January 22, 2018 3:59 pm
Bernard Canniffe, chair of the Iowa State University Department of Graphic Design, is a member of the committee organizing the 6th International Conference on Computer Graphics, Animation and Computer-Aided Design scheduled June 18-19 in London.
January 22, 2018 3:53 pm
“Open Space Provision and Environmental Preservation Strategies: A Case Study in Brazil” by Monica A. Haddad, an Iowa State University associate professor of community and regional planning, has been published as Chapter 15 in The Routledge Companion to Planning in the Global South (Routledge, 2018) edited by Gautam Bhan, Smita Srinivas and Vanessa Watson.
January 17, 2018 10:35 am
Daniel J. Huberty Faculty Fellow in Architecture Shelby Doyle and Nick Senkse, both assistant professors of architecture at Iowa State University, will chair a conference session on “The Next Digital Turn: Identifying Inequalities” at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture’s 106th Annual Meeting March 15-17 at the University of Colorado Denver.
January 11, 2018 12:41 pm
“Midwest Facade I” (digitally printed and hand-embroidered textile) by Teresa Paschke, an Iowa State University professor of art and visual culture, is part of A Common Thread 2018: Annual Member Exhibition Jan. 8 through March 10 at the Textile Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The work has been featured in a wide range of publicity for the exhibition, including City Pages‘ weekly “A-list” of art exhibitions.
January 8, 2018 6:55 pm
“Using creative exhaustion to foster idea generation,” an article by Seda McKilligan, an Iowa State University associate professor of industrial design, with colleagues from Purdue University and the University of Michigan, has been published in the International Journal of Technology and Design Education.
The journal article highlights the outcomes of an experimental study demonstrating that once students’ own ideas are exhausted, they are more open to using and learning from cognitive support tools that lead to more creative and higher quality design solutions. The pairing of a design tool intervention with the learner’s experienced need for it (in this case, an exhausted cognitive state) suggests a pedagogical practice for making idea generation tools feel related and of potential benefit to students.This effort is part of the National Science Foundation TUES Type II project that was awarded to Iowa State.
January 5, 2018 5:32 pm
“Colorado Rock” (digital print, 15″ x 15″, 2017) by Carol Faber, 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 4:42 pm
Lenses: Seen and Be Seen, an exhibition of new work by Jennifer Drinkwater, an assistant professor of art and visual culture and the community arts extension specialist at Iowa State University, will be on display Jan. 8 through Feb. 7 at the Lewis Art Gallery at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. She will give an artist’s talk at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan 19, with a reception following.
The exhibition features nine pairs of paintings that explore the perceptions of and intersections between current and former Jackson residents. One side of each panel shows an image of a resident composed to illustrate the subject’s self-image. The other side shows the subject’s view of how he or she is perceived by others. In some cases, the two views may be identical; in others, they are vastly different. The design and composition of each painting is based solely on information provided by the subject, including photographs, conversations and survey responses.
“With the pervasiveness of technology and social media, Americans interpret their worlds through a variety of lenses, both literal and ideological. These lenses shift, distort and refract our perceptions in subtle and unacknowledged ways,” Drinkwater says. “When we begin to unpack the ways that we see and are seen, we begin to recognize how our vision is never neutral or complete. This exhibition showcases the subtleties between how individual Jackson residents perceive themselves and how they believe they are perceived by others.”
January 5, 2018 12:59 pm
“Empty Dresses,” a series of mixed-media artworks by Paula Streeter, a lecturer in art and visual culture at Iowa State University, is featured in New Letters Magazine, Vol. 84, No. 1, Fall 2017 (published in January 2018). This award-winning publication is the oldest literary magazine in the United States. The Fall 2017 issue includes eight of Streeter’s images on pages 49-56 and one on the cover — “Bruised” (colored pencil on toned paper, Empty Dresses: Handled, 2016). It also features an essay by Streeter, “Empty Dresses: An Introduction to the Art,” on page 47.
Streeter received an Iowa Arts Council Project Grant to develop “Empty Dresses,” which currently encompasses three series of two-dimensional representations of dresses that are symbolic of those worn by significant women in Iowa’s history. Each is executed in a different or combinations of handmade historic media including egg tempera, milk-based paint, encaustic, metal point, charcoal and tannin inks. Each piece represents a life-sized image of a dress from a different era, culture and/or significant event or individual from Iowa history.
The three series are titled “Empty Dresses: Childhood Lost,” “Empty Dresses: Handled” and “Empty Dresses: Historic Media.” The project is intended to reintroduce or, in many cases, introduce historic media as safe, relatively economical and environmentally friendly alternatives to making that nurture a sense of total creativity. Consideration has been given not only to rendering the materials, styles and details but also to light the form to contribute to each narrative and go beyond the physical representation of clothing to signify the courage, challenges and conquests of the women to whom they pay homage.
“Childhood Lost” is a series illustrating children’s dresses and experiences in charcoal, colored pencils, pastels, graphite and watercolor. “Handled” is a series depicting the hand engaged with the dress and executed primarily in color pencil and watercolor. “Historic Media” explores women in history as represented by their dress, rendered in egg tempera, metal point, encaustic, handmade inks and charcoals.
December 20, 2017 10:45 am
Andrea Wheeler, an Iowa State University assistant professor of architecture, is the author of a review of Engaging the World: Thinking After Irigaray (SUNY Press, 2016), edited by Mary C. Rawlinson, now available on Hypatia Reviews Online.
A forum for cutting-edge work in feminist philosophy, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosphy has been a catalyst for broadening and refining feminist philosophy since the 1980s. All book reviews are open access online. Reviews are commissioned by the Hypatia book review editor and vetted by members of the Hypatia Editorial Board.
December 18, 2017 3:52 pm
“What’s In It for Us? Designing a Durable Team” by Julie Stevens, an Iowa State University assistant professor of landscape architecture, is part of Chapter 1: “Suiting Up to Shed” in Design as Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity (Island Press, 2017), edited by David de la Pena, Diane Jones Allen, Randolph T. Hester, Jeffrey Hou, Laura J. Lawson and Marcia J. McNally.
December 14, 2017 2:29 pm
Catherine Reinhart, the artist-in-residence and manager of the Iowa State University Design on Main Gallery, has been invited to participate in the 2018 Pentaculum in the Fibers Studio, an institutional residency from Dec. 31, 2017, through Jan. 6, 2018, at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Reinhart also was awarded a Micro Grant from Grin City Collective for her “Bricks & Blocks” exhibition April 17 through May 25, 2018, at the Stewart Gallery in Grinnell, Iowa. This exhibition will include fiber works and a site-responsive installation created in collaboration with members of the community and Grinnell College students. An artist reception will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018.
December 13, 2017 1:16 pm
“Livability and Co-Existence Between the Sexes: An Architectural Question?” by Andrea Wheeler, an assistant professor of architecture at Iowa State University, was published in Coexistence. Bodies, actions and hybrid spaces in the contemporary city (RomaTrE-Press, 2017), edited by Giovanni Caudo, Janet Hetman and Annalisa Metta.
This book collects the outcome of a call, launched in the fall of 2016, promoted by a group of researchers of the doctorate in landscapes of the contemporary city in the University of Roma Tre Department of Architecture. The invitation, addressed to scholars, designers, photographers and artists in various fields, was to investigate the various circumstances and situations through which coexistence — whether spontaneous, arranged or suggested – takes place in the contemporary city and hosts the gathering of different bodies, behaviors, spaces, times and cultures.
The book contains the selected contributions, with a rich variety of cases and reflections, addressed to informal practices and to author projects, to buildings and open spaces, to didactic experiences, theoretical or applied research, able to offer food for thought and answer some questions that we urgently need: What are the spatial dynamics underway in our cities capable of welcoming and expressing forms of coexistence? What chronologies do they require or describe? What are the tools, attitudes and skills needed to design areas of coexistence? Which are the privileged places to experiment actions, practices and projects of co-presence?
December 12, 2017 4:19 pm
Elizabeth Bixenman of Le Mars, an Iowa State University senior in interior design, has been awarded a $4,500 scholarship by the North Central Chapter of NEWH, the Hospitality Industry Network. In addition to the scholarship, which will cover tuition and other expenses for her final semester of college, Bixenman will receive a free two-year NEWH membership that will allow her to attend the organization’s meetings, events and conferences.
December 10, 2017 4:37 pm
Ulrike Passe, an associate professor of architecture and director of the Center for Building Energy Research (CBER) at Iowa State University, received the 2017 Educator Award from the Iowa chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Iowa) Sept. 28 at the AIA Iowa Annual Convention in Des Moines. The award recognizes significant contributions to architectural education in Iowa.
December 8, 2017 2:40 pm
Iowa State University College of Design student Zoey Mauck, Des Moines, was awarded a $1,000 Study Abroad Grant from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. A senior double-majoring in landscape architecture and community and regional planning, Mauck is one of 25 students nationwide to receive the award. She will use the grant to study abroad at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm from January through June 2018.
December 7, 2017 3:15 pm
Luis Rico-Gutierrez, dean of the Iowa State University College of Design, is one of four professionals recently named Senior Fellows of the Design Futures Council. The designation is granted annually to outstanding individuals who have provided noteworthy leadership to the advancement of design and related professions. Senior Fellows are recognized for “clear, acknowledged and measurable contribution to the betterment of the A/E/C industry over the past decade.” This year’s Senior Fellows were announced at the Design Futures Council Leadership Summit on the Business of Design in New York City in November.
December 5, 2017 7:58 am
“An Interview with Luce Irigaray on Through Vegetal Being: Two Philosophical Perspectives and Sexuate Difference,” an article by Andrea Wheeler, an assistant professor of architecture at Iowa State University, has been published in Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, Issue 4.
November 28, 2017 9:10 am
“Ecofeminist Ethics for Sustainable Urban Public Space,” a paper by Iowa State University architecture alumna Rucha Newalkar (MS 2017 Architecture) and Assistant Professor Andrea Wheeler, has been published in the International Academic Forum (IAFOR) International Conference on the City 2017: Official Conference Proceedings.
November 27, 2017 3:44 pm
Claire Smith, Belmond, will represent the Iowa State University College of Design as its student marshal at the university’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 16, at Hilton Coliseum. Smith will graduate summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in integrated studio arts. Her faculty escort will be Joe Muench, professor of art and visual culture.
November 17, 2017 2:20 pm
“Asymmetry in Municipal Government Responses in Growing vs. Shrinking Counties with Focus on Capital Spending,” a working paper co-authored by Biswa Das, an assistant professor in community and regional planning and community development specialist at Iowa State University, and Mark Skidmore, a professor of economics at Michigan State University, has been published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, November 2017. The study compares capital spending during 1972-2012 in municipalities across the United States and examines the asymmetry between growing and declining areas across the nation.
November 17, 2017 1:54 pm
Austin Stewart, an assistant professor of art and visual culture and an affiliate faculty member of the sustainable environments graduate program at Iowa State University, presented his “Second Livestock” project in the Robotanica expo at Transnatural Art and Design in Amsterdam in September and as part of Dutch Design Week Eindhoven 2017 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, in October.
November 15, 2017 1:56 pm
“Prairie Revival,” a steel sculpture by Reinaldo Correa, a lecturer in architecture at Iowa State University, will be dedicated in a celebration from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Lowe Park in Marion, Iowa, with a ribbon-cutting at 1:30 p.m. Correa won a competition sponsored by the Marion Arts Council to create a focal entry point to the 188-acre park.
November 14, 2017 3:56 pm
Christopher J. Seeger, an Iowa State University professor of landscape architecture and extension specialist, authored a chapter on “Mapping and Visualizing the Urban Environment and User Interaction through Facilitated-Volunteered Geographic Information” in The Virtual and the Real in Planning and Urban Design: Perspectives, Practices and Applications (Routledge, 2018). The book was co-edited by Alenka Poplin, ISU assistant professor of community and regional planning. It is also available in an Amazon Kindle edition.
November 7, 2017 5:03 pm
Matthew Obbink, Ames, a graduate student in integrated visual arts, won second place for “Emergency Use Only” (2015) in Forge Form Fabricate, a national juried exhibition of student metalwork hosted by the Southern Illinois Metalsmiths Society at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. The show was juried by Heiner Zimmerman, a metal designer, artist and educator based in Sweden. Demonstrating artists Lee Sauder and Jim Austin selected the top three awards.
November 7, 2017 10:23 am
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 6, 2017 11:16 am
Associate Professors Seda McKilligan and David Ringholz and Assistant Professor Tejas Dhadphale, all from the Iowa State University Department of Industrial Design, presented a paper on “Speed dating with design thinking: An empirical study of managers solving business problems with design” at the 2017 International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR) Conference Oct. 31-Nov. 3 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The paper reported on a Design Thinking Workshop the team conducted on campus with administrators leading agriculture businesses, and the managers,’ directors’ and CEOs’ responses on the potential impact of design thinking into business and management issues.
McKilligan also presented a poster on “Investigating ideation flexibility through incremental to radical heuristics,” co-authored with colleagues from the University of Michigan and Pennsylvania State University.
November 2, 2017 11:32 am
Beauty’s Rigor: Patterns of Production in the Work of Pier Luigi Nervi, a book by Morrill Professor Thomas Leslie, the Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture at Iowa State University, has been published by the University of Illinois Press. The book makes the argument that while Nervi has long been appreciated as a structural engineer, his “other” career — as a contractor who actually built most of his projects — played an important role in his buildings’ aesthetics, particularly in the striking patterns that impart a fine grain and scale to his roofs.
October 26, 2017 10:30 am
“Addressing Correctional Staff Stress through Interaction with Nature: A New Role for Occupational Therapy,” a paper co-authored by Julie Stevens, an Iowa State University assistant professor of landscape architecture, and Nora Ladjahasan, an assistant scientist with the ISU Institute for Design Research and Outreach, and others, has been published in Occupational Therapy in Mental Health online.
October 26, 2017 10:18 am
Sunghyun Kang, an Iowa State University professor of graphic design; Debra Satterfield, an associate professor of design at California State University, Long Beach; and Nora Ladjahasan, an assistant scientist with the ISU Institute for Design Research and Outreach, will present a paper on “Snack Food Package Design: Exploratory Study on Children’s Snack Choices and Design Elements” at the 2017 International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR) Conference Oct. 31-Nov. 3 at the University of Cincinnati.
October 25, 2017 10:25 am
Iowa State University architecture faculty members Shelby Doyle (assistant professor and Daniel J. Huberty Faculty Fellow in Architecture), Leslie Forehand (lecturer) and Nick Senske (assistant professor) will present a paper they co-authored, “Computational Feminism: Searching for CyBorgs,” at the 2017 ACADIA (Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture) Conference Nov. 2-4 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The paper introduces a definition for computational feminism and presents examples of the feminist theory establishing possible entry points within computational design to bridge the gaps in gender equity and representation.
October 23, 2017 2:33 pm
Seda McKilligan and Mani Mina, Iowa State University associate professors of industrial design; Nick Fila, a postdoctoral researcher in industrial design, and Diane Rover, University Professor of electrical and computer engineering, presented a paper on “Design Thinking as a Catalyst for Changing Teaching and Learning Practices in Engineering” at the Frontiers of Education (FIE) 2017 conference Oct. 18-21 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The paper, which will be published in the conference proceedings, outlines the means to use design thinking as the foundational methodology for transforming a traditional engineering department into an agile department. This effort is part of the NSF RED (Revolutionizing Engineering Departments) project that was awarded to Iowa State in 2016.
October 23, 2017 11:31 am
Alenka Poplin, an Iowa State University assistant professor of community and regional planning, is the lead author of “Online Survey of Heterogeneous Users and Their Usage of the Interactive Mapping Platform WorldMap,” an article published in The Cartographic Journal, Issue 3.
October 23, 2017 11:24 am
Alenka Poplin, an Iowa State University assistant professor of community and regional planning, presented two papers at the 2nd International Conference on Smart Data and Smart Cities, Oct. 4-6, 2017, in Puebla, Mexico.
“Place-making: An Approach to the Rationale Behind the Location Choice of Power Places. Iowa State University Campus as Case Study,” co-authored with Claudia Yamu and Luis Rico-Gutierrez, dean of the ISU College of Design, has been published in the International Society for Photogammetry and Remote Sensing’s International Archives of the Photogammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, XLII-4/W3, 73-81, 2017.
“Engaging Youth through Spatial Socio-technical Storytelling, Participatory GIS, Agent-based Modeling, Online Geogames and Action Projects,” co-authored with Linda Shenk, ISU associate professor of English; Caroline Krejci and Ulrike Passe, ISU associate professor of architecture, has been published in the ISPRS Annals of the Photogammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, IV-4/W3, 55-62, 2017.
October 23, 2017 10:58 am
Alenka Poplin, an Iowa State University assistant professor of community and regional planning, is a co-editor of The Virtual and the Real in Planning and Urban Design: Perspectives, Practices and Applications (Routledge, 2018), also available in an Amazon Kindle edition.
She is also a co-author with several planning students (some of whom are now alumni) of the book’s chapter on “Serious GeoGames for Civic Engagement in Urban Planning: Discussion on Four Game Prototypes.” Co-authors include Timothy Kerkhove, a senior in community and regional planning and global resource systems; Marina Reasoner (MCRP 2017 Community & Regional Planning) and Arindam Roy (MCRP 2016 Community & Regional Planning / GIS Graduate Certificate 2016).
October 17, 2017 1:00 pm
A research team led by principal investigator Kimberly Zarecor, an Iowa State University associate professor of architecture and director of the interdisciplinary design program in the ISU College of Design, has received a one-year, $100,000 National Science Foundation Grant to study “shrink-smart” communities in Iowa and develop tools to help all small and shrinking communities plan for population loss and mitigate its negative effects.
Funded as part of the NSF’s Smart and Connected Communities program, the Iowa State project — “A Data-Driven Framework for Smart Decision-Making in Small and Shrinking Communities — will combine data science with design and social science methodologies and community engagement processes to create an innovative, interdisciplinary research framework that can be a model for future projects. Sara Hamideh, an assistant professor of community and regional planning, is a co-PI on the project.
October 10, 2017 12:36 pm
“Rethinking Post-occupancy Evaluation for Sustainable Learning Environments,” a book chapter co-authored by Andrea Wheeler, an Iowa State University assistant professor of architecture, with graduate research assistant Hina Illahe and Rucha Newalkar (MS 2017 Architecture), has been published in The Handbook of Sustainability Science and Research, edited by Walter Leal Filho (Springer Press).
October 9, 2017 9:17 am
“The Mending Series” (harvested branches, fabricated copper, brass, steel, titanium, rubber, found objects, 41 x 20 x 3, 2007) by Joe Muench, an Iowa State University professor of art and visual culture, has been published in Metalsmith: Exhibition in Print, Vol. 37, No. 4, a publication of Metalsmith and the Society of North American Goldsmiths. The selection was guest curated by Stuart Kestenbaum, who chose the theme “Repair and Renewal: Making Things Whole Again.”
October 5, 2017 11:01 am
Alex Braidwood, an Iowa State University assistant professor of graphic design, recently was elected the education director for AIGA Iowa. This gives him the opportunity to connect students to the profession in a new way and help professionals better understand how they can support the various design education programs throughout the state.
October 5, 2017 2:03 am
Morrill Professor Tom Leslie, FAAR, the Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture at Iowa State University, is on an international team of scholars awarded a Getty Foundation grant to pave the way for conserving the Flaminio Stadium, designed and constructed by Pier Luigi Nervi and his son, Antonio, for the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome.
October 4, 2017 9:26 am
Ted Grevstad-Nordbrock, an Iowa State University assistant professor of community and regional planning, will give a presentation on “Preservation-Fueled Gentrification and Displacement” Friday, Oct. 13, at the Cultural and Historic Preservation Conference in Newport, R.I. The conference theme is “Gentrification and Preservation: A Reappraisal.”
October 3, 2017 4:50 pm
Iowa State University faculty members Shelby Doyle, assistant professor and Daniel J. Huberty Faculty Fellow in Architecture, and Leslie Forehand, lecturer in architecture, have a book chapter forthcoming in Architecture and Feminisms: Ecologies, Economies, Technologies edited by Helene Frichot, Catharina Gabrielsson and Helen Hunting. This publication in the Routledge Critiques series resulted from a conference of the same name in Stockholm, Sweden, where they presented their work in November 2016.
The chapter, titled “Searching for Cyborgs,” is an essay about an annotated photo of the shelf where “Technology” (NA2543.T43) and “Women” (NA2543.W65) coexist, and speculates about a space between these ideas.
October 2, 2017 9:54 am
“Post Occupancy Evaluation of Sustainable Schools and Children’s Ways of Knowing: New Directions in Teaching and Research,” an article by Andrea Wheeler, an assistant professor of architecture at Iowa State University, has been published in the Journal of Green Building, Summer 2017, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 125-135.
September 29, 2017 9:34 am
Peter Goché, an Iowa State University assistant professor of architecture, will receive two regional awards for his work from the American Institute of Architects Central States Chapter. Goché’s “Water Hutch” will receive an Excellence in Architectural Detail Merit Award and his “InsideOute” project will receive an Excellence in Architecture Merit Award at the AIA Nebraska / Central States Excellence in Design Gala Thursday, Oct. 5, at Gallery 1516 in Leavenworth, Neb.
Reminiscent of the many waterways that meander through the open flat of northeastern Iowa, “Water Hutch” is a sinuous line consisting of three oxbows constructed of white cedar. Conceived as a standalone sculpture or as part of a community of similar components arranged in a series that make up a larger installation, the work can be placed in various contexts. It has been exhibited in multiple regional contemporary art institutions. The initial work was acquired as reception area seating by Faegre Baker Daniels law firm in Des Moines, which also commissioned a second, similar installation.
“InsideOute” consists of an archive/open-air classroom at Black Contemporary, a defunct seed farm now used as a field station dedicated to the study of spatial phenomena and perception. The series of spaces (gallery, sky room and earth room) serve as a venue for seminars and workshops, using the archive of collected artifacts for experimental practices and performances.
September 29, 2017 8:45 am
At its April meeting, the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approved promotion and tenure awards for Iowa State University faculty members for the 2017-18 academic year. Bambi Yost, assistant professor of landscape architecture in the ISU College of Design, was promoted to associate professor with tenure, effective Aug. 16, 2017.
Yost joined the landscape architecture faculty in 2010. She regularly teaches courses in social and behavioral landscapes, principles of research for landscape architects, and advanced landscape architecture and community design studios. She also has taught site planning, designing for health, poetry of place, advanced graphics and representation for landscape architects and portfolio design, as well as the first-year design studio for students in the College of Design’s Core Design Program.
Yost has published and presented widely on place attachment, land art, learning landscapes, landscapes of play and making room for risk in play environments, among other topics. Students in her studios have been recognized with numerous awards, including American Society of Landscape Architects Central States Chapter Merit Awards for a parklet project and master plans developed for several Philadelphia elementary schoolyards. Her students also have received Merit Awards from the Iowa ASLA for Philadelphia schoolyard projects. She received the College of Design Advising Award in 2017.
Yost holds a Bachelor of Science in general arts and sciences from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Landscape Architecture and Master of Urban and Regional Planning, both from the University of Colorado at Denver.
September 25, 2017 11:25 am
Shelby Doyle, an assistant professor of architecture and the Daniel J. Huberty Faculty Fellow in Architecture at Iowa State University, and ISU alumna Erin Hunt (BArch 2017 Architecture), a laboratory associate with the ISU Computation + Construction Lab, co-authored a submission about the spring 2017 IM_RU Pavilion project accepted for the 2017 ACADIA (Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture) Conference.
Hunt is one of only 21 students internationally awarded an ACADIA Student Scholarship to attend the conference, which will take place Nov. 2-4 in Cambridge, Mass. The IM_RU Pavilion presented architecture and public space where an individual was simultaneously confronted with a multiplicity of individual and collective perceptions. This project also challenged the expected costs of built computational projects, a parameter that often keeps these technologies cloistered in specific institutions and communities.
September 25, 2017 9:05 am
Iowa State University architecture faculty members Shelby Doyle (assistant professor and Daniel J. Huberty Faculty Fellow in Architecture), Leslie Forehand (lecturer) and Nick Senske (assistant professor) will present a workshop on “Computation as a Catalyst to Gender Parity in Architectural Practice” at the Fall 2017 AIA Iowa Convention, “Cohesion.” Their workshop will examine the gender gap in architectural technology and computational design and propose an agenda toward greater equality in academia and practice. The workshop will conclude with an overview of three initiatives in design education that reduce gender-based barriers for women within the field of architecture.
September 25, 2017 8:20 am
Iowa State University architecture faculty members Shelby Doyle (assistant professor and Daniel J. Huberty Faculty Fellow in Architecture), Leslie Forehand (lecturer) and Nick Senske (assistant professor) were awarded a 2017 ISU Women’s and Diversity Grant (recently renamed the Inclusion Initiatives Grant) to offer “Cyborg Sessions: Women in Robotics Workshop,” a free workshop introducing robotic drawing to 20 students across design disciplines. Students who identify as female were given registration priority, but all students were welcome.
This work has been supported by CCL Associate Erin Hunt (BArch 2017 Architecture) and Undergraduate Research Assistants Nick Loughrey and Sarah Schneider. It will culminate with a public lecture by Madeline Gannon of Atonaton on Wednesday, Oct. 18, part of the ISU Department of Architecture 2017-18 Public Programs: For Other Architectures.
September 25, 2017 8:10 am
“Fabricating Architecture: Digital Craft as Feminist Practice,” an article by Iowa State University faculty members Shelby Doyle, assistant professor and Daniel J. Huberty Faculty Fellow in Architecture, and Leslie Forehand, lecturer in architecture, was published in The Avery Review, No. 25. The article calls for the development of a more robust theoretical position about the gender implications of advanced parametric design and the use of machines to design and fabricate architecture. It explores alternative histories of digital craft as rooted in feminist practice rather than narratives of biomimicry, robotics and science.
September 21, 2017 12:48 pm
Jelena Bogdanovic, an Iowa State University associate professor of architecture, has been elected the at-large chair of the ISU College of Design’s Academic Affairs Council.
September 20, 2017 12:06 pm
Kimberly Zarecor, an Iowa State University associate professor of architecture, recently gave two public talks and a conference presentation in the Czech Republic on her research about socialist cities. She spoke about “How the Past Informs the Future of Czech ‘Sidliste'” at the VI PER Gallery in Prague and “Ostrava and the Typology of Socialist Cities” at the Fiducia Antiquarian Bookstore and Club in Ostrava. She presented her paper on “The Socialist City as a Distinct Urban Typology in Postwar Europe” at the 11th Congress of Czech Historians in Olomouc.
September 19, 2017 3:29 pm
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded a $216,849 grant to support an interdisciplinary Summer Institute for College and University Teachers on the topic of “Culture in the Cold War: East German Art, Music and Film,” to take place from June 17 to July 14, 2018. One of eight people organizing the project, April Eisman, ISU associate professor of art and visual culture (art history), will serve as a guest faculty member, giving a keynote address and several lectures.
September 19, 2017 1:17 pm
Recently as part of the Iowa Government Finance Initiative (IGFI) program through ISU Extension and Outreach, the Annual Fiscal Conditions reports for 2016 for each of the 945 cities and 99 counties in Iowa were published. The customized reports are designed to assist local elected and appointed officials, economic development organizations and other stakeholder groups in improving understanding of their jurisdictions’ financial conditions. In addition, the free reports allow for peer comparison to assess the level of efficiency in delivering different types of government services. The reports are used by local governments for various purposes including budgeting, grant writing and financial assessment.
Biswa Das, an Iowa State University assistant professor of community and regional planning and community development extension specialist, is the lead investigator of the IGFI program. In addition to providing the reports, the program’s outreach efforts include conducting training and workshops and providing specialized technical services on a fee-for-service basis.
September 19, 2017 1:13 pm
Kathranne Knight, an Iowa State University lecturer in art and visual culture and interdisciplinary design, is one of six artists named 2017 George L. Stout Fellows for Art in the Public Sphere. The fellowships support artist residencies based in or near Madison County, Iowa.
Knight’s work is included in the fellowship program’s inaugural exhibition, Embark, curated by Kevin Lair, ISU lecturer in architecture and interdisciplinary design. Public receptions will be held in Des Moines Saturday, Oct. 7, at Rush Hall from 5-7 p.m. and at the Market One Building from 6-8 p.m. A dialogue with Knight and Ignatius Widiapradja will start at 7 p.m. at Market One.
September 19, 2017 9:56 am
Ben Shirtcliff, an Iowa State University assistant professor of landscape architecture, presented “Urban Affordances and Reflexivity: How the Stage of Social Media Transforms Public Space” at the 20th Triennial International Play Association Conference in Calgary, Canada, Sept. 13-17.
September 19, 2017 9:51 am
Bambi Yost, an associate professor of landscape architecture at Iowa State University, gave two presentations at the 20th Triennial International Play Association Conference in Calgary, Canada, Sept. 13-17. Yost and Daniel Jost presented “Challenging Perceptions of Risk & Making the Case for Embracing Risk-Taking,” and Yost, Lois Brink and Taylor Danger presented “Re-imagining and Rebuilding Public Elementary Schoolyards: City-wide Initiatives, Strategies, and Lessons Learned.” Yost was also quoted in a Calgary Herald article about the conference.
September 18, 2017 5:32 pm
Andrea Wheeler, an assistant professor of architecture at Iowa State University, attended four conferences over the summer where she presented her work that reconsiders eco-aesthetics in architecture, part of ongoing research funded by an ISU Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities grant.
Wheeler’s presentation at the Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) 2017 conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, is published in the conference proceedings as “Outsider ethics and marginalized aesthetics: The value of contemporary environmental philosophies for designing sustainable architecture.”
She presented “Rethinking Heidegger’s Fourfold and Luce Irigaray’s Philosophy in To Be Born,” which explored the philosophical criticisms at the heart of her theoretical investigations, at “The Genesis of a New Human Being” conference at the University of Bristol, England.
Wheeler also presented at the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) 2017 conference in Madison, Wisconsin, and at “Compresenze. Invito ai Dialoghi / Co-existence. Invitation to the Dialogues” at Roma Tre University in Rome, which accompanied a small photographic exhibition about the question of co-existence.
September 18, 2017 9:57 am
Ulrike Passe, an Iowa State University associate professor of architecture, presented her paper on “Performance, data and the expanding field of sustainable design” at the 6th International Alvar Aalto Meeting on Contemporary Architecture – Technology and Humanism organized by the Alvar Aalto Academy at the Town Hall in Seinajoki, Finland, which was designed by Aalto in 1962.
Passe presented the theoretical framework which relates her interdisciplinary research into sustainable neighborhoods to architectural design thinking. The theoretical base supporting this work is Hermès V: Le Passage du Nord-Ouest by Michel Serres, where he is searching for a passageway that leads from the exact sciences to the arts and humanities. For Passe, the Northwest Passage serves as metaphor for the complex thought process between disciplines needed to produce and perceive sustainable urban environments. Based on this understanding, the paper established four overarching theoretical frames crossing between data and perception, narrative and policy, atmosphere and urban typology, technology and behavior, thus befriending quantitative and qualitative methods of research and design thinking.
The meeting was chaired by Professor Markku Hedman of Tampere University and discussed the relationship between evolving technology and changing premises for human well-being within the context of the built environment, such as virtual reality and computational landscape design, smart urban lighting and social spaces for refugee housing.
September 5, 2017 5:09 pm
Biswa Das, an Iowa State University assistant professor of community and regional planning and community development extension specialist, recently completed a national study on the fiscal condition of rural counties in the United States after the end of the Great Recession. Das was the principal investigator on the study — funded by the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development/USDA — with co-PIs from four other Midwest land-grant universities: Kansas State University, Michigan State University, University of Missouri and University of Nebraska. The whitepaper, “Fiscal Stress after the Great Recession: A Study of Rural Counties in the U.S.,” is now available.
September 5, 2017 4:56 pm
Jelena Bogdanovic, Iowa State University associate professor of architecture, has been selected to serve on the editorial advisory committee of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians from 2017-2021 as well as on the newly established Digital Humanities and Multimedia Studies Prize Committee of the Medieval Academy of America from 2017-2019.
She recently was elected to serve as chair of the College Art Association’s Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art Committee.
September 5, 2017 1:50 pm
Bernard Canniffe, chair of the Iowa State University Department of Graphic Design, will speak about “Designing Collaborations” Thursday, Sept. 7, at Louisiana State University Shreveport. His presentation is part of the LSUS Science and Liberal Arts Lecture Series.
September 5, 2017 1:34 pm
Irritamenta: Numismatic Treasures of a Renaissance Collector (American Numismatic Society, 2016) by John Cunnally, Iowa State University associate professor of art and visual culture (art history), received the annual award for Best Book on World Coins from the Numismatic Literary Guild.
September 5, 2017 9:08 am
“An interdisciplinary system dynamics model for post-disaster housing recovery,” an article by Sara Hamideh, Iowa State University assistant professor of community and regional planning, has been published by Taylor & Francis Online.
August 24, 2017 4:49 pm
“Assessing the validity of volunteered geographic information: comparisons of expert and novice ratings,” an article co-authored by Chris Seeger, has been published in GeoJournal online. Seeger is an Iowa State University professor of landscape architecture and extension landscape architect.
August 23, 2017 11:00 am
Andrea Wheeler, an Iowa State University assistant professor of architecture, led a workshop on sustainable design for more than 50 participants as part of the Institute of Contemporary Arts’ summer program, “Luce Irigaray: How to Give Birth to a New Human Being,” in London Aug. 18.
August 22, 2017 4:54 pm
“The Framing of Sacred Space: The Canopy and the Byzantine Church,” a monograph by Jelena Bogdanovic, Iowa State University associate professor of architecture, has been published by Oxford University Press.
August 18, 2017 2:07 pm
Two research articles by Sharon Wohl, Iowa State University assistant professor of architecture, have been published online and will later appear in print: “Tactical urbanism as a means of testing relational processes in space: A complex systems perspective” in Planning Theory and “From form to process: Re-conceptualizing Lynch in light of complexity theory” in Urban Design International.
August 18, 2017 9:15 am
The Museum of Modern Art recently shared an interview with April Eisman, Iowa State University associate professor of art and visual culture, who gave a presentation on “Field of Friction: An Introduction to East German Art/Painting” as part of MoMA’s C-Map (Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives) Project. Eisman has received an NEH Fellowship to conduct research in Germany in 2018-2019 for a book on East German artist Angela Hampel.
August 9, 2017 2:47 pm
The Landscape Architects Network has named Iowa State University architecture Assistant Professor Nick Senske’s YouTube channel one of the “10 Best YouTube Channels for Landscape Architecture Students.” On his channel, which has surpassed 25,000 subscribers and 1.3 million views, Senske shares video tutorials and lectures on various 3D modeling and rendering software packages and skills.