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ASLA Student Community Service Award of Excellence

The American Society of Landscape Architects selected an Iowa State University student project as the Community Service Award of Excellence winner in the 2023 ASLA Student Awards. Thirty student projects were selected for awards from 372 entries in eight categories.

The winning community service project, “Rooted in Resiliency: Empowering Vulnerable Youth Through Trauma-Informed Design” — a youth shelter and recovery center campus — was designed by an interdisciplinary team of students (now all College of Design graduates) in a spring 2022 elective studio taught by Julie Stevens , associate professor of landscape architecture. The team was honored at the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture in Minneapolis in October.

Pictured with Stevens are Elijah Williams (BFA 2022 Interior Design); Jordyn Kloss (BLA 2022 Landscape Architecture); Cheyenne Gebhart (BA 2022 Interdisciplinary Design); and Tara Tilstra (MArch 2022 Architecture). Not pictured are Hailey Holder (MLA 2022 Landscape Architecture); Daniela Paez (BLA 2022 Landscape Architecture); Josh Pollastrini (BLA 2022 Landscape Architecture); and Johanna (Sieja) Roszhart (MArch 2022 Architecture).

IF Design Awards Juror

Industrial design assistant professor Bruno Oro has been selected as a juror for the prestigious IF Design Award , an internationally recognized design competition that attracts entries from leading companies including Braun and Philips, among many others. Students have the chance to win a prize of 50,000 euros for their projects.

Exhibit Columbus

Funded by the City of Columbus and a National Endowment for the Arts "Our Town Grant," Shelby Doyle , Stan G. Thurston Professor in Design Build and associate professor of architecture, was a part of the team that created PIPE UP! for Exhibit Columbus in Columbus, Indiana. Composed of four elements using off-the-shelf products, the exhibit consists of a standing field of 150 charlotte pipes topped by 700 feet of undulating tile drains. PIPE UP! seeks to facilitate conversations about the future role of water in local riparian corridors and across the Mississippi Watershed Basin. The exhibit runs through Nov. 26.

AUID Scholarships

Two Iowa State interior design students received scholarships from the Association of University Interior Designers . Junior Rachel Luchsinger is one of six undergraduate student recipients nationwide. Heliya Ahmadi , a graduate student pursuing a master of arts in interior design and a master of science in human computer interaction, received the only graduate scholarship awarded.

FEEEL Design World Prize Gold Award

Melika Ziba , from Tehran, Iran, a graduate student in industrial design and human computer interaction, and her team, won a Gold Award for their "Nicho Cup" project in the 2022/2023 FEEEL Design World Prize international industrial and interior design competition. She will graduate from Iowa State in May 2024.

Press Forward Student Printmaking Exhibition

Integrated visual arts graduate student Natalie Deam is among 25 students selected for PrintHouston's  Press Forward contemporary student printmaking juried exhibition. Her work is on display through Saturday, Dec. 9, at Box13 Art Space in Houston.

Greater Des Moines Exhibited

Work by Matty Palamara , graduate student in integrated visual arts, was selected for the Greater Des Moines Exhibited show, which will run from Nov. 16–Jan. 3 at the Polk County Heritage Gallery. An opening reception will be from 6:30–8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, with an awards ceremony at 7 p.m.

Make a Note

  • Newsweek Feature — Newsweek recently listed Iowa State’s College of Design as one of the USA's Leading Art & Design Programs 2023. The culture of care we foster in art, planning and design sets our graduates apart, and this spotlight showcases some of the many ways that our Cyclone community is designing for the good of all.  More >>
  • Faculty-Staff Inspiration Award Call for Nominations — Alumni are invited to nominate a current or former Iowa State faculty or staff member who had a significant influence on your life as a student at ISU for the 2023 Faculty-Staff Inspiration Award. Nominations should be based on the impact the faculty or staff member had on your professional or personal life and are due Friday, Dec. 1. More >>
  • Iowa Lakeside Lab Artist-In-Residence (AIR) Call for Participants — Artists, musicians, composers and performers of all genres are invited to apply for a two- or four-week residency at the Lakeside Lab in northwest Iowa. The AIR program aims to create opportunities for collaboration, partnership and reflection between artists, scientists and community members. Apply online by Friday, Dec. 1. More >>

Noteworthy Alums

The College of Design recently welcomed nine close friends of the college as honorary alumni. Recipients included Susan Boren King , James P. Cramer , Mary Jane Foutch , LaVern and Rose Gordon , Steven McKay , Rita Pearsall and Dotty Thurston , and a posthumous award was given to Bob Pulver . New this year, our Honorary Alumni Awards recognize individuals who are not graduates of the College of Design, who embody the college’s values and who have made a significant impact on the college’s welfare, reputation, prestige and pursuit of excellence.

Michael Braley

BFA 1993 Graphic Design

A poster by Michael Braley was selected to appear in Bucharest Graphic Days 2023 in Romania. The topic was "Noise."

Angela Bunge, Kyla Peterson & Peyton Tinker

BFA 2020 Interior Design

BFA 2018 Interior Design

BFA 2020 Interior Design

Angela Bunge, Kyla Peterson and Peyton Tinker were named to Interior Design Magazine's 30 Under 30 for Seattle.

Lee Cagley

BA 1975 Interior Design

Lee Cagley , professor emeritus and former interior design department chair, received the 2023 Christian Petersen Design Award from the College of Design at Homecoming earlier this month.

Jen Cross

BLA 2009 Landscape Architecture

Jen Cross , landscape architect and site design studio leader at HDR in Omaha, Nebraska, received a 2023 Design Achievement Award from the College of Design at Homecoming this month.

Kendyl Larson

MCRP 2019 Community & Regional Planning

Kendyl (Landeck) Larson , housing coordinator for the City of Minnetonka, Minnesota , received a 2023 Outstanding Young Professional Award from the College of Design at Homecoming this month.

Scott Olson

BArch 1969 Architecture

Scott Olson , broker associate at Skogman Commercial Group , received a 2023 Alumni Medal from the Iowa State University Alumni Association during Homecoming this month.

Katy Stone

BFA 1992 Art & Design

Katy Stone , artist and owner of Katy Stone Studio in Seattle, received a 2023 Design Achievement Award from the College of Design at Homecoming this month.

Hoàng Tr n

BArch 2013 Architecture

Hoàng Tr n , project architect for INVISION Architecture , received a 2023 Outstanding Young Professional Award from the College of Design at Homecoming this month.

Caroline (Freese) Warren

BFA 2016 Integrated Studio Arts

Caroline Freese and Garrett Warren (BS 2020 Animal Ecology) were married Oct. 20 at Hotel Fort Des Moines.

Sean Wittmeyer

MArch 2016 Architecture / MUD 2019 Urban Design

Sean Wittmeyer , architect, board game designer and founder of Waterworks Games , and his brother, Jillian Wittmeyer , designed Alpenglow , a ski resort strategy board game that pays homage to their Colorado roots and love for outdoor winter activities. Pre-orders are being collected on Kickstarter through Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Upcoming Events

  • Ecowomanist Aesthetics: Art, Ecology and Activism MFA Exhibition , closing reception, Friday, Nov. 10, Gallery 181, 5–8 p.m. More >>
  • ARCH 403 Black Contemporary Imaginary Exhibition , Wednesday, Nov. 15, Black Contemporary, 26107 530th Ave, Ames, noon–2:30 p.m. More >>
  • Drawings Are Not Innocent Tools: Spring 2023 Rome Show Roundtable , Wednesday, Nov. 15, College of Design Atrium, 5–6 p.m. More >>
  • The Intersection of Grief and Gratitude Exhibition , Nov. 10–19, CASA Gallery, 130 Sheldon Ave, Ames; closing reception, Friday, Nov. 17, 5–8 p.m. More >>
  • Situational Identities: This and Something Else MFA Exhibition , Nov. 14–Dec. 1, Gallery 181; closing reception, Friday, Dec. 1, 5–8 p.m. More >>
  • Deep Cities , lecture by Torgrim Sneve Guttormsen, Thursday, Nov. 30, Room 2630 Memorial Union and via Zoom, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. More >>
  • Integrated Visual Arts Grad Exhibition , Dec. 4–15, Gallery 181 More >>

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