Roberto Rovira is the principal of Studio Roberto Rovira and an associate professor and former chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental and Urban Design at Florida International University. His teaching, research and creative work explore the field of landscape architecture through various lenses that often test the concepts of time and transformation and the potential of landscape architecture to play a pivotal role in envisioning and shaping public space.
Rovira has been recognized internationally for his work as an educator and professional landscape architect. Architect’s Newspaper named his firm one of the five most exciting in Miami, and Fast Company magazine selected his EcoAtlas project as a 2018 World Changing Ideas finalist. Rovira additionally earned an Emerging Voice award from the Architectural League of New York, one of the most coveted awards in North American architecture. He has been the lead designer in national and international projects and his work ranges from environmental installations and competitions to art commissions and landscape architectural projects.
Students in the Core Design Program are encouraged to attend the College of Design Program Night. Representatives from each of our degree programs will be available to talk about their programs and answer your questions to help you decide what areas you want to apply to at the end of the academic year. Flyers with a map of locations for all programs will be hung around the building.
Suzanna de Baca has more than 20 years of executive leadership at public, privately held and nonprofit organizations and was recently named president and publisher of the Des Moines-based Business Publications Corporation. She has held leadership roles at several nationally recognized financial services and wealth management firms, including Ameriprise Financial, Bank of America Private Bank, Morgan Stanley’s Private Asset Management division and Weiss, Peck & Greer Investments. Most recently de Baca served as president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. Raised on a farm near Huxley, de Baca received her BA in art and design from Iowa State and completed her MBA studies at the Harvard University School of Business Administration.
Cosponsored by the College of Design, Iowa Women in Architecture, iaWia student chapter and ISU Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government).
The Graphic Design Social Club is hosting a digital portfolio review free to all graphic design students. Bring your laptop to 311 Design to showcase your online portfolio and get feedback from College of Design faculty, AIGA board members and interactive/UX designers from Ames and Des Moines. Sign up in advance on the sheet posted outside 334 Design. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Department of Architecture presents the College of Design Film Forum on Alfred Hitchcock.
In a symposium setting, architecture faculty Mikesch Muecke and Andrew Gleeson, together with guest critics, will briefly discuss the evening’s film, followed by a screening. This will be followed by closing comments and time for questions. The goal is to broaden the experience of film for the design student by showing movies the faculty members love and that have changed their world view.
Tonight’s movie is Rope, starring James Stewart, John Dall and Farley Granger. All movies are shown in the north end of the Lightfoot Forum.
View the public exhibition of ArtGr 372, Material & Processes Course, as they display their latest printing assignment. Students will be available to talk about their process and exchange fanzine.
Jason Weems is an associate professor of American art, visuality and material culture studies and author of Barnstorming the Prairies: How Aerial Vision Shaped the Midwest. His current research includes an exploration of the intersection of art and archaeological imagery in the Americas at the turn of the century, and an investigation into photography of and by Native Americans during the New Deal. Weems currently chairs the Department of the History of Art at the University of California, Riverside. Part of an interdisciplinary symposium on the history of Midwest science and engineering, Weems’ talk is cosponsored by the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities, Department of History and Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government).
The Spring 2019 Urban Design Colloquium: Questions of Civility takes as its overarching theme the notion of “civility” – considering civic topics from a variety of standpoints. This session falls under the subtheme “Civil Eyes I Civilize: Tracing Dominions.”
Today, in a globalized world, under what has been described as an era of planetary urbanism, regimes of control extend from the earth to its image. That image is not neutral: its distortions reflect political and economic as well as technical biases and dysfunctions. Among the first acts of city founding is the surveying of land, very often through the laying out of a grid. In the modern era that grid has been extended to the entire surface of the globe, as a tool of rational and colonial domination.
In this lecture, Lawrence Bird, an architect, practitioner, educator and artist from Winnipeg, Canada, draws on his recent video projects to discuss two surveying systems. The first of these is Canada’s 19th-century Dominion Land Survey (DLS), an analogue to the American Public Land Survey. It attempted to lay a rational grid over the prairies to facilitate settlement, while disempowering those already there. Its marks remain present today, but also its failures: its disruption by natural features, cycles and alternative models of land ownership.
Bird’s video project Dominion documents these aspects of the DLS through the lens of a contemporary system, Google Earth — which, as one of the latest tools for commodification through maps, introduces its own distortions onto the image of the world. Also discussed for what they reveal about the politics of the image will be Transect – addressing the Greenwich Prime Meridian – and parallel, whose subject is the 49th parallel.
Following the lecture, Bird will host a seminar session introducing students to the ins and outs of Google Earth, discussing how he has used it as a teaching and research tool and providing a brief overview of related artwork by others. Interested students should contact Sharon Wohl, assistant professor of architecture and urban design, to register.
Three of Bird’s video projects related to his research into contemporary aerial and satellite imaging technologies will be screened in the College of Design on Thursday, March 28, and Friday, March 29, in conjunction with his visit. They include:
Dominion documents the western Canadian landscape as charted and commodified by two mapping machines: the 19th-century Dominion Land Survey and Google Earth. The project examines attempts to assert control over the Earth and its image, and their inevitable failures.
This project tracks along the 49th parallel, that is, the western border between Canada and the United States. The work considers a series of other parallels: parallel countries, parallel modes of imaging and imagining, and parallels between political, technical and visual territories.
This project incorporates student work produces during a five-week graduate seminar in the history and theory of architecture that examined writing on technology, image and landscape (Broeckmann, Corner, Heidegger, Waldheim). Students used basic video-editing and internal Google Earth tools to document political or personal landscapes of their choice.
Co-sponsored by the urban design graduate program, Department of Architecture and Department of Landscape Architecture.
Join us for a day of orientation and engagement, culminating in an evening of camaraderie. Events will include a comprehensive introduction to the College of Design and specific areas of graduate study, interaction with college faculty and current gradate students from each discipline, and an evening reception.
The day will begin with an introductory program in the College of Design followed by a tour of Iowa State’s award-winning campus, including a sample of the university’s renowned and historic architecture. We will conclude with a reception for prospective gradate students, College of Design faculty, and current graduate students.
Toy (with) Animals features paintings, mixed media artworks and an installation by integrated visual arts graduate student Anna Segner. Her artwork explores the complexity of humans’ artificial approach to replacing the lost wild.
Meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments at this public reception for Segner’s MFA thesis exhibition at the Design on Main Gallery.
Art event in Ames, IA by Design on Main on Friday, March 29 2019
The Graphic Design Social Club will host this exhibition of graphic design students’ “passion projects” produced outside of class time during the fall 2018 semester in Rome.
Come listen to the Ames’ infrastructure — maybe you’ll hear it for the first time, or maybe not, but it’ll sound like nothing before! Free, but advance sign-up required at http://tibichelcea.net/fpg-bit/ to be able to rent an appropriate mini-van. A second tour the same day at 3pm is possible if enough people sign.
Alex Braidwood, assistant professor in the College of Design at Iowa State University, will present a tour of Ames infrastructure, organized by his own “Bureau of Infrastructure Tourism”. BIT is an organization that develops tours and documentation of various infrastructure features from around the world. These elements of the built environment often go unnoticed or ignored. Many are commonly considered to be non-places. Tours allow participants to document their experiences in these overlooked parts of town, so that these spaces become part of new city mental maps for participants. As part of the tour, participants will walk and visit several infrastructure—heavy parts of Ames.
Event in Ames, IA by Tibi Chelcea and Alex Braidwood on Saturday, March 30 20196 posts in the discussion.