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Designotes: News from the College of Design, 05/09/24 


Iowa State University College of Design

Iowa State architecture students win national hospital design competition

Fifth-year architecture students Emily Drennen Hatch, from Plano, Texas, and Ryan VerMulm, from Hartley, won first place in the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) Critical Access Hospital inaugural student design competition. Hamid Akhtarkavan (MArch 2023 Architecture), who now works as an architect for Iowa State’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, received an honorable mention. They developed their projects in the fall 2023 competition studio taught by architecture associate professor and interim department chair Cameron Campbell (BArch 1997 / MArch 2003 Architecture) with support from Invision and Shive-Hattery.


Metropolis Future100 Recognition

Interior design senior Krista Smith, from Minburn, has been named one of the Metropolis Future100 top architecture and interior design graduates nationally in the class of 2024. She was nominated by interior design assistant professor Daejin Kim. She will receive her BFA from Iowa State this month and complete an internship with Mead & Hunt in Bloomington, Minnesota, this summer.


Hospitality Design Awards Finalist

A multidisciplinary team of current students and recent graduates was a finalist in the annual Hospitality Design Awards competition. They developed their spaceport-themed hotel, exhibit and mobile learning experience in the spring 2023 "NASA's Innovative Mission Through Design" studio taught by faculty from graphic design, industrial design and interior design. The team was recognized at the HD Awards ceremony in Las Vegas at the end of April.


Gilman Scholarship Recipients

Andrea Muchori, a fourth-year architecture student from Ankeny, pictured at right in image, and Tyrique Ross, a sophomore in community and regional planning from Kansas City, Missouri, are fulfilling their dreams of studying abroad as recipients of the U.S. Department of State's prestigious and highly competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Muchori is wrapping up her spring semester in Italy with the College of Design Rome Program, and Ross will travel to Valencia, Spain, for a six-week summer program offered through Iowa State.


ASLA Central States Honor & Merit Awards

Two Iowa State student teams won awards at the American Society of Landscape Architects Central States Conference in April.

"The Garden of Hope and Healing: Overcoming Domestic Violence through Trauma-informed Design," developed by fifth-year landscape architecture students Alexis Banks, Priyansh Kapoor, Brooke Lombardi, Megan Palmer and Jaelyn Waddle, received an Honor Award. They worked with a local human-services agency to propose a space intended to nurture trauma survivors.

"River Valley Park," by Banks, Delaney Giles and Linus Larson, received a Merit Award. The project proposed a park and plaza along the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad corridor just north of downtown Boone.


ADAI Awards

Graphic design assistant professor Patrick Finley won Best of Show, Best of Category: Identity Mark and an Excellence Award in Identity Mark in the 66th Annual Art Directors Association of Iowa juried exhibition for his North Central Iowa Coalition Against Human Trafficking logo redesign. He also received awards for his Oak Owl and Dogma Ames logo designs.

Graphic design junior Hannah Litterer won Student Best of Show, Best of Category: Identity Mark and Excellence in Identity Mark for her branding for the Kyoto 2038 Winter Olympics. She also received an Excellence Award in Identity Mark for her Bluefield State University logo. Her projects were created in the fall 2023 and spring 2024 graphic design practicum courses taught by Finley.

A large number of graphic design faculty members and students won additional awards in the competition; we'll share the link to the exhibition catalog in a future edition of Designotes when it becomes available.


American Illustration 43

Graphic design assistant teaching professor Miriam Martincic had an illustration series and a single illustration accepted for inclusion in the American Illustration 43 international juried annual and book publication. From over 8,000 entries, the jury selected 356 images by a majority vote or better to represent the best pictures from 2023.


Exemplary Faculty Mentor Award

Graphic design professor Sunghyun Kang, who is retiring on May 15 after 25 years on the Iowa State faculty, received an Exemplary Faculty Mentor Award from the university for going above and beyond the formal expectations of the university's mentoring program for new faculty. She was nominated by associate professor Andrea Quam.


Student Marshal

Emily Drennen Hatch, from Plano, Texas, will represent the College of Design as our student marshal for spring commencement. She will graduate summa cum laude with a bachelor of architecture and a minor in sustainability at the university's Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony #2 on Saturday, May 11, at Hilton Coliseum. Her university escort will be Rob Whitehead (BArch 1993 Architecture), FAIA, associate professor of architecture and associate dean for academic programs and student success in the College of Design.


CYstarters Cohort 9

Integrated studio arts senior Shayla Timm, from Madrid, with her digital photography service Belle Brand Artistry, and graphic design junior Tate Zalasky, from Ames, with Z Creative Hub by Zalasky Design, have been selected to participate in the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship's CYstarters cohort 9. They will join 14 other student entrepreneurs from across the university in this 11-week summer accelerator program that provides mentorship, funding and other resources to bring their entrepreneurial ventures to life.


Make a Note

  • Design Dimensions Summer Camp — A handful of spots remain in our week-long Design Dimensions summer camp for high school students entering grades 9–12, which will take place June 16–21 on the Iowa State campus. Read more and register your student online >>
  • College of Design Alumni Reception at AIA24 — Alumni from all disciplines are invited to reconnect with friends and fellow alumni at the College of Design alumni reception Wednesday, June 5, at the AIA Conference on Architecture and Design (AIA24) in Washington, DC. Read more and RSVP online >>

Noteworthy Alums

Colin Behr

BID 2015 Industrial Design / BS 2015 Apparel, Merchandising & Design

Selling out in an hour, Colin Behr's twist on the AF1 earned a spot in Nike's lineup. Read more about the senior product designer's creative process in the Iowa Stater story.

Carl Gauley

BArch 2000 Architecture

Carl Gauley, AIA, owner of Grayspace Architecture, received the 2024 AIA Minnesota Residential Emerging Architect Award from the Minnesota chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Jurors cited Gauley's beautiful design work across a range of project types and scales and his commitment to design research and exploration.

Seth Gray

BLA 2003 Landscape Architecture

Seth Gray, ASLA, PLA, LEED AP, has rejoined Confluence as a principal in the Omaha office. He had been a senior associate at GGN in Seattle for the past seven years.

Kelly (Zolnierczyk) Pohlman

BLA 2013 Landscape Architecture

Kelly (Zolnierczyk) Pohlman has joined the Vida Design Resource sales team.

Jason Schulte

BFA 1995 Graphic Design

Office: Jason Schulte Design was the branding firm for Flour + Water Pizzeria, which won the 2024 Hospitality Design Award in the Visual Identity category.

Kate Thuesen

BArch 2007 Architecture

Kate Thuesen, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP, NCARB, has been elevated to principal at DLR Group.


In Memoriam

Derek Anderson

Derek Anderson (BFA 1991 Drawing, Painting, Printmaking), 55, of Edina, Minnesota, died Friday, April 26, at Our Lady of Peace Hospice in St. Paul, Minnesota, from glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer.

Anderson was a prolific and highly successful children's book author and illustrator. He received a 2009 Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the ISU Alumni Association and a 2013 Design Achievement Award from the College of Design. He regularly visited elementary schools, book stores and libraries to demonstrate how he drew his characters and inspire generations of young readers, authors and illustrators.

Visitation will be from 5–7 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames, with a Celebration of Life at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18 (livestream).


Upcoming Events

  • Spectrum: 2024 BFA Exhibition, through today, May 9, Gallery 181, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. More >>
  • Coalescence: Spring 2024 Industrial Design Senior Show, today, May 9, Student Innovation Center Atrium and Step-a-torium, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. More >>
  • 72 UNDEFINED: Graphic Design Senior Show, today, May 9, Hy-Vee Hall, Iowa Events Center, Des Moines, 5–7 p.m. More >>
  • Integrated Visual Arts MFA Exhibition Reception, today, May 9, Community Gallery, Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, 6–7:30 p.m. More >>
  • Spring 2024 Graduate College Commencement Ceremony, today, May 9, Hilton Coliseum (with livestream), 7 p.m. More >>
  • Spring 2024 College of Design Graduation Convocation, Saturday, May 11, Stephens Auditorium, 9–11 a.m. More >>
  • Spring 2024 Afternoon Undergraduate Ceremony (Engineering and Design), Saturday, May 11, Hilton Coliseum (with livestream), 2 p.m. More >>
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