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  • Register for ISU Innovation Prize competition
  • March 19, 2019

    The Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship and the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative are co-hosting an incentive competition called the ISU Innovation Prize for dynamic problem-solvers, thinkers and aspiring entrepreneurs. The event will take place Friday evening, April 5, through Saturday, April 6, at the ISU Economic Development Core Facility at the ISU Research Park. This year’s competition theme is “Innovation at Iowa State.” Participants will develop innovative solutions in three focus areas:

    • AgTech: How do we increase productivity of the global agricultural system with less negative impact on land, energy, water and Mother Earth?
    • EdTech: How do we design and reinvent learning for a better experience (quality and value) in an age of accelerating technology?
    • Global Impact: How do we improve the quality of life and continue to help solve urgent issues all around the globe?

    Brian McClendon, serial entrepreneur, will kick off the weekend with a keynote address from 4–5 p.m. Friday, April 5, in the Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall. He will share anecdotes on applied machine learning and discuss his work with Google, Uber and various startups. The talk will also feature a sneak-peek inside Iowa State’s new Student Innovation Center.

    The event is free and open to the public but registration is required (scroll to bottom of page). Additional details are online.

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Upcoming Events

Next 14 days

Monday 03/25/19
  • Mapping Natural Transformations: Studio Roberto Rovira’s EcoAtlas, Art and Design
  • 06:00 pm

    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.

Tuesday 03/26/19
  • Program Night – Spring 2019
  • 05:15 pm

    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.

Wednesday 03/27/19
  • Women in Business: Can You Design and Build the Career You Want?
  • 04:00 pm

    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).

  • Graphic Design Social Club Digital Portfolio Review
  • 05:30 pm

    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

Thursday 03/28/19
  • College of Design Film Forum: Rope
  • 05:30 pm

    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.

  • Graphic Design Zine Fair
  • 06:00 pm

    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.

  • Re-Envisioning the 1930s Midwest: The Farmer, the Artist, and the Aerial Photographer
  • 08:15 pm

    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).

Friday 03/29/19
  • Dominions: Survey and Surveil in the Global Map – Lawrence Bird
  • 12:00 pm

    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.

    Video screening

    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.

    Earth or World: Google Earth and the Prosthetic Imagination

    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.

  • Graduate Student Open House
  • 01:00 pm

    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 : Anna Segner
  • 05:00 pm

    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.

    Toy (with) Animals : Anna Segner

    Art event in Ames, IA by Design on Main on Friday, March 29 2019

  • Graphic Design Social Club Ninety-One Show
  • 06:00 pm

    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.

Saturday 03/30/19
  • Bureau of Infrastructure Tourism Listening Bus Tour
  • 01:00 pm

    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 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.

    Bureau of Infrastructure Tourism Listening Bus Tour

    Event in Ames, IA by Tibi Chelcea and Alex Braidwood on Saturday, March 30 20196 posts in the discussion.

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CoD Deadlines
Wednesday 03/27/19 This is due in 2 days
  • SS19 course registration begins
  • F19 course registration begins
Sunday 03/31/19
  • S19 study abroad proposals due to AAC
Monday 04/01/19
  • Post-tenure review dossiers due from dean to SVP and Provost
  • Preliminary (third year) reviews of tenure eligible faculty due from chairs to dean
Thursday 04/04/19
  • Preliminary room assignments for SS19 distributed
  • Changes to SS19 room assignments due to Room Scheduling
Friday 04/05/19
  • Foreign Travel Grants due from dean to Faculty Senate office @ noon
  • Big 12 Faculty Fellowship Program Applications due to SVP and Provost
  • Changes to SS19 room assignments due to Linda and Jean and Mandy
Tuesday 04/09/19
  • SS19, 12-week and Session 1 course cancelations due to low enrollment
Sunday 04/14/19
  • NTE 6 Semester Review completed by departments.
Tuesday 04/30/19
  • S20 study abroad proposals approved by AAC due to Education Abroad Committee
  • Final SS20 room assignments due to Linda and Jean
Wednesday 05/01/19
  • Preliminary (third year) reviews of tenure eligible faculty due from dean to SVP and Provost
  • Written college council reports of the past year activities due to the Liaison Council to be made available to faculty and staff on college website.
Monday 05/06/19
  • S20 original course offerings distributed to departments
  • S20 original course offerings (gray sheets) distributed for review
Friday 05/10/19
  • Request for FISIP increments for the following fiscal year are due from the colleges to the SVP and Provost
  • Departments begin approval process for S20 experimental courses
  • Last day to cancel SS 19 Session II courses due to low enrollment.
Thursday 05/30/19
  • Corrected S19 gray sheets due to Linda and Jean
Friday 05/31/19
  • Deadline for approval of new experimental courses for F19 in CIMX
  • Preliminary room assignments for F19 distributed
  • Changes to course titles and descriptions approved by college due to Registrar
Saturday 06/01/19
  • Annual reviews of faculty completed by departments
  • Professional development funding proposals for lecturers/senior lecturers to SVPP
  • Confirmation that all faculty annual performance evaluations are complete due from dean to SVP and Provost
Friday 06/07/19
  • Changes to preliminary F19 room assignments due to Linda and Jean and Mandy
Wednesday 06/26/19
  • Changes in F19 room assignments due to Room Scheduling @ 4 p.m.
Saturday 06/29/19
  • Women’s and Diversity Grant Program Impact Reports from grant recipient’s due to SVP and Provost
Sunday 06/30/19
  • Departmental responsibility statements for NTE faculty due to dean
Friday 07/12/19
  • Last day to cancel F19 courses due to low enrollment
  • S20 course offerings due to Registrar
Wednesday 07/31/19
  • D-Trak open to chairs for adding % for research, service, buyouts, etc. Changes to courses need to be made by Linda and Jean and Mandy to ensure alignment with ADIN
Thursday 08/01/19
  • College Responsibility Statements for % of Term Fac Teaching Efforts (CRS) due from colleges to Senior Vice President and Provost
Tuesday 10/01/19
  • College of Design Lectures Request Forms due to Rachel Moylan, 146 Design
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College News

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In thesis exhibition, Segner grapples with humans’ attempts to replace the ‘lost wild’

March 25, 2019

03/25/19 AMES, Iowa — Artwork exploring humans’ artificial approach to replacing the “lost wild” will be on display March 26 through April 4 at the Iowa State University Design on Main Gallery, 203 Main St. Toy (with) Animals will feature…[read more]

ISU MFA student’s printmaking exhibition explores significance of human-made surfaces

March 19, 2019

3/19/19 AMES, Iowa — Prints by Andrew Zandt, an Iowa State University graduate student in integrated visual arts, will be on display April 1-5 at the ISU College of Design’s Gallery 181. Zandt’s thesis exhibition, Time, Action, Wear, Memory, explores…[read more]

Landscape architect known for ecosystem visualization research to present P.H. Elwood Lecture March 25 at ISU

March 19, 2019

03/19/19 AMES, Iowa — Roberto Rovira, the internationally recognized principal of Studio Roberto Rovira, will present the 2019 P.H. Elwood Lecture in Landscape Architecture at Iowa State University. Rovira will present “Mapping Natural Transformations: Studio Roberto Rovira’s EcoAtlas, Art and…[read more]

Submissions invited for ‘Spring into Arts Festival’ at ISU Design on Main Gallery

March 18, 2019

03/18/19 AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Design on Main Gallery, 203 Main St., will host a celebration of spring festivals from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 5. The “Spring into Arts Festival” will feature interactive art and craft projects…[read more]

ISU College of Design to celebrate first Design Week April 8-12

March 14, 2019

03/14/19 AMES, Iowa — When the Iowa State University College of Design opened in fall 1978, the distinctive Brutalist building on the west side of campus became the new home of four departments from different colleges: Architecture (College of Engineering); Art…[read more]

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Research News

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Bio World Congress, July 8-11

March 6, 2019

The 2019 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology will be held in Des Moines, Iowa at the Iowa Events Center, July 8 -11. We expect another exciting event with new programming featuring the latest in industrial biotech, food and ag tech, BIO…[read more]

Design faculty team wins BNIM Regenerative Design Challenge grant

March 4, 2019

Design faculty team wins BNIM Regenerative Design Challenge grant 03/01/19 AMES, Iowa – A team of Iowa State University College of Design faculty has received the inaugural BNIM Regenerative Design Challenge grant to study the potential conversion of existing buildings…[read more]

March 8: Friday Research Seminar: Skin Deep: Explorations of a Metalsmith

March 4, 2019

Friday Research Seminar: Skin Deep: Explorations of a Metalsmith

CAC grants $50,000 for College of Design robotic arm

December 3, 2018

CAC Grants $50,000 for College of Design Robotic Arm After joining the university in 2015, architecture assistant professors Shelby Doyle and Nick Senske co-founded the ISU Computation + Construction Lab (CCL), designed to bring the latest tools and technologies into…[read more]

CoD Research Highlight: Reinaldo Correa

October 24, 2018

ISU lecturer incorporates three ecosystems into sculpture for Jester Park Nature Center Posted AMES, Iowa – You can find Polk County’s three major ecosystems – prairie, woodlands and wetlands – at Jester Park in Granger. Soon, you’ll be able to…[read more]

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