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This Week in the College of Design

This is a weekly listing of announcements and news sent via e-mail on Mondays (except holidays) to all College of Design faculty and staff. To have information included in the weekly update, please forward all materials to Heather Sauer ( by 9 a.m. on Monday of the week they should appear. Announcements will be updated here throughout the week.

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This Week in the College of Design


College Faculty-Staff Meeting

The college faculty-staff meeting originally scheduled for today, March 25, has been moved to next Monday, April 1, from noon–1 p.m. in 130 Design. See the email from Liaison Council chair Mikesch Muecke with the agenda.

Workday Faculty Forums

Two of the faculty forums on Workday and integrated service delivery will take place this week: 10 a.m.–noon and 1–3 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Administrative leaders will open each identical forum with a brief overview of Workday and ISD, followed by a breakout session of interactive table-topic stations. Read more and register

ISU Innovation Prize Competition

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to enter the ISU Innovation Prize incentive competition scheduled Friday evening, April 5, through Saturday, April 6, at the ISU Economic Development Core Facility in the ISU Research Park. The competition theme is "Innovation at Iowa State" and will involve three focus areas for participants: AgTech, EdTech and Global Impact. The event will kick off with a keynote address by serial entrepreneur Brian McClendon at 4 p.m. Friday in the Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall, and a sneak peek at the new Student Innovation Center. Registration is free but required. Read more and register

CELT Teaching and Learning Academy

Applications for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning's new Teaching and Learning Academy are open to any faculty member (including staff with a teaching appointment) with 1–5 years of teaching experience at Iowa State. Applicants should obtain their department chair's or supervisor's endorsement before submitting an application, due Monday, April 15. Questions? Contact Monica Lamm, CELT Faculty Fellow, or

ISU ADVANCE Faculty Workshop

ISU ADVANCE will offer a workshop on "Faculty with Multiple Identities as Strategic Agents to Institutional Change" from 9:30–11 a.m. and again from 1–2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in the Memorial Union Campanile Room. You can select the session that works best for your schedule. Register online via Learn@ISU. Read more

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P.H. Elwood Lecture in Landscape Architecture

"Mapping Natural Transformations: Studio Roberto Rovira's EcoAtlas, Art and Design," Roberto Rovira, principal, Studio Roberto Rovira, and associate professor of landcape architecture and environmental and urban design, Florida International University, 6 p.m. today, March 25, 2245 Coover. Read more

College Lecture

"Women in Business: Can You Design and Build the Career You Want?", Suzanna de Baca, president and publisher, Business Publications Corporation, 4–6 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, Gallery 181. Read more

University Lecture

"Re-Envisioning the 1930s Midwest: The Farmer, the Artist, and the Aerial Photographer," Jason Weems, associate professor of American art, visuality and material culture studies, University of California, Riverside, 8:15 p.m. Thursday, March 28, Memorial Union Sun Room. Read more

Urban Design Colloquium

"Dominions: Survey and Surveil in the Global Map," Lawrence Bird, architect, educator and artist, Winnipeg, Canada, 12–1 p.m. Friday, March 29, Gallery 181. Read more

Exhibition Reception

"Toy (with) Animals," Anna Segner, integrated visual arts graduate student, 5–8 p.m. Friday, March 29, Design on Main Gallery. Read more

Graphic Design Social Club Exhibit

"Ninety-One Show," work by graphic design students from fall 2018 in Rome, 6–9 p.m. Friday, March 29, 5646 N. Swing, Ames. Read more

Exhibition Reception

"Natura Moderna," work by Amy Harris and Deborah Pappenheimer, senior lecturers in art and visual culture, 3–5 p.m. Saturday, March 30, Gallery in the Round. Read more

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Roberto Rovira Lecture

Roberto Rovira, principal of Studio Roberto Rovira, will present the 2019 P.H. Elwood Lecture in Landscape Architecture at 6 p.m. today, March 25, in 2245 Coover. His lecture, “Mapping Natural Transformations: Studio Roberto Rovira’s EcoAtlas, Art and Design,” will explore the intersections of art and design that have guided his studio for more than 15 years and will include a range of projects from his practice and research. Read more

Anna Segner MFA Thesis Exhibition

Paintings, mixed-media works and an installation by integrated visual arts graduate student Anna Segner will be on display March 26 through April 4 at the Design on Main Gallery. Her MFA thesis exhibition, Toy (with) Animals, explores humans' artificial approach to replacing the "lost wild." A public reception will be from 5–8 p.m. Friday, March 29. Read more

Andrew Zandt MFA Thesis Exhibition

Prints by Andrew Zandt, graduate student in integrated visual arts, will be on display April 1-5 in Gallery 181. His MFA thesis exhibition, Time, Action, Wear, Memory, explores the relationship between the human body and surface through the lens of skin and clothing. A closing reception will be from 6–8 p.m. Friday, April 5. Read more

Spring into Arts Festival

The Community-Engaged Arts Management studio will host a celebration of spring festivals from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 5, at the Design on Main Gallery. The “Spring into Arts Festival” will feature interactive art and craft projects — including make-your-own May Day treat baskets — a community-crafted flower wall, a collaborative outdoor Holi piece and a pop-up community art exhibition. Read more

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Honors, Awards & Publications

Diane Al Shihabi & Mikesch Muecke

Diane Al Shihabi, associate professor of interior design, and Mikesch Muecke, associate professor of architecture, were invited by the US Department of State Bureau of Overseas Building Operations Office of Cultural Heritage to document the American Legation in Tangiers, Morocco, as part of the ISU-US Department of State Cultural Heritage Documentation Project. They led 24 students from their spring option studio on an international field trip to Tangiers Feb. 10-17 to conduct interviews with Legation staff, survey the buildings, courtyards and roof terraces and document the extensive collections. Read more

Alex Braidwood

Alex Braidwood, associate professor of graphic design, will lead a two-day "Listening Instruments" workshop at Space Saloon's FIELDWORKS, a weeklong design-build festival May 25–June 1 in the Morongo Valley in Southern California, between Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park.

IDEC Presentations

Interior design faculty Diane Al Shihabi, associate professor; and assistant professors Yongyeon Cho, Julie Irish, Daejin Kim, Jae Hwa Lee and Nicole Peterson all presented papers at the 2019 Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Annual Conference in Charlotte, North Caroline, earlier in March. Al Shihabi was selected as a Top 10 Presenter and her abstract scored in the top 10 of all accepted abstracts.

Julie Irish

“Evidence-based design: Documenting a research experiment in a school environment with children with autism spectrum disorder,” a peer-reviewed paper by Julie Irish, assistant professor of interior design, has been published in Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research.

Tom Leslie

Chicago radio station WBEZ's Curious City spoke with Tom Leslie, Morrill Professor of architecture, about the John Hancock Tower for this week's episode, which will air Wednesday, March 27, but is available as a podcast online now. They also turned it into a video.

Ingrid Lilligren

Work by Ingrid Lilligren, professor and chair of the Department of Art and Visual Culture, is on display in the Iowa’s Educators: Artists as Makers exhibition March 26–30 at Squirrel Haus Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A public reception for the show, organized by JoAnn Schnabel in conjunction with the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts Annual Conference, will be from 5–7 p.m. Thursday, March 28.

Ulrike Passe

Ulrike Passe, associate professor of architecture, leads a research team that received a one-year, $29,999 seed grant from the University of Iowa’s Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER) for the research project “Extreme Heat Adaptation Strategies for Buildings and Neighborhoods in the Upper Midwest Using Novel Urban Energy Modeling Techniques.” Read more

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