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Kansas State University

October 27, 2011

Architecture Professor David Seamon attended the 30th annual International Human Research Science Conference, held in Oxford, England, July 27-30, 2011. He organized a symposium, “Lived Relationalities among Place, Space, and Environmental Embodiment.” The three symposium presenters were health sociologist Dr. Andrew Moore, a research associate with the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre at Keele University in Staffordshire, England; Dr. Sam Griffiths, a Lecturer in urban morphology and theory at University College London’s Bartlett School of Architecture; and Seamon, whose presentation was entitled, “‘Seeing’ Merleau-Ponty’s Perception: Possibilities in the Urban Photographs of New York City Photographer Saul Leiter. Seamon also presented “Homeworld, Alienworld, and Being at Home in Alan Ball’s HBO Television Series, Six Feet Under,” a blind-reviewed paper presented at the 7th annual Religion, Literature, and the Arts conference held at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, August 27. The conference theme was “Uncanny Homecomings: Narrative, Structures, Existential Questions, Theological Visions.”

Professor Donald Watts joined more than one hundred former Peace Corps Volunteers who had served in Afghanistan as part of the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Peace Corps in Washington D.C.  He represented our college at a special reception for former Peace Corps Afghanistan volunteers hosted by His Excellency, Ambassador Eklil Hakimi at the Afghan Embassy in Washington. Watts served as the architectural coordinator of the Kansas State University / Kabul University Partnership Program occurring between 2007 and 2010. 

Assistant Professors Nathan Howe and Sam Zeller with the help of fourth-year students Ethan Rhoades, Hana Havlova, Matthew Whetstone and Scott Davis entered  and won the international design competition The 2011 Friends of Seger Park Playground Sprayground in Philadelphia, PA. This competition was to look at the site of their existing water feature and envision a design that would be contemporary, interactive and provide an icon for their park. The team has now been commissioned to produce a promotional model and construction documents while Seger Park continues to raise funds for the project’s implementation.

Greg Sheldon, James Pfeiffer, and Rick Schladweiler from the Kansas City-based firm BNIM are co-teaching a fourth-year design studio this fall. The trio is quite enthusiastic about diving into teaching design. Sheldon, associate principal at the firm, and 2006 Architect of the Year for the AIA Kansas City chapter, taught building construction techniques to beginning students at the KC campus of the University of Missouri, but has never taught studio. The trio intends to fold verifiable design techniques into the studio's semester-long project. 

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