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September 6, 2016
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APDesign architecture student from Medicine Lodge wins MANKO design competition

Brock Traffas, a fourth-year architecture student at Kansas State University, is receiving a $5, 000 scholarship as the winner of a College of Architecture, Planning & Design, or APDesign, competition sponsored by MANKO Window Systems in Manhattan.

Traffas, Medicine Lodge, was the competition judges' top selection for his project design of the Crossroads Campground in Kansas City.

The design was an assignment in his fourth-year comprehensive studio class, requiring students to integrate conceptual and technical knowledge into one complete project for a presentation with drawings, renderings and models. Following a review, one student from each studio was selected to compete for the MANKO award, with each developing a narrative slide presentation to present to judges, who were all established practitioners in the field.

Traffas was a student in the BNIM Studio taught by four rotating BNIM professionals during the fall semester: Greg Sheldon associate principal; James Pfeiffer, associate principal; Carley Pumphrey, an APDesign alumna; and Elvis Achelpohl, an APDesign alumnus. BNIM has been in partnership with the College of Architecture, Planning & Design since 2011 to offer fourth-year architectural design studios to students in the architecture department in the fall and summer semesters. The university's BNIM team varies from year to year, but Sheldon and Pfeiffer have led the studio since its inception. Each of the team members commutes to campus from their Kansas City base office on a different studio day to teach their fourth-year studio.

ksu alum"The MANKO Prize, now in its fourth year, has become a highly coveted achievement at APDesign, " said Tim de Noble, professor and dean of the college. "Each year the students attain new visions in design and leave the professionals in the jury astonished with their remarkably advanced work. MANKO'S commitment and generosity is helping us raise the bar higher with each passing year."

Images of the winning project can be found at .

The competition jury included Thomas Leslie, Pickard Chilton professor in architecture, Iowa State University; Paul Mankins, principal, substance architecture, Des Moines, Iowa; and Kevin Greischar, partner, DLR Group, Kansas City.

Lanting Su Crossroads BreweryTraffas will study abroad in the 2016 spring semester at the Dessau Institute of Architecture in Dessau, Germany, and then complete his Master of Architecture in May 2017. Continue reading.

Architecture students earn honors at university's 17th annual Bowman Design Forum

Outstanding design work by six third-year architecture students at Kansas State University's College of Architecture, Planning & Design, or APDesign, earned honors at the 17th annual Bowman Design Forum, Dec. 9, on the Manhattan campus.

Sponsored by BBN Architects Inc., Manhattan, and hosted by APDesign, the forum brought acclaimed architects to campus to discuss work by students in the architecture department. The forum is an opportunity for students to present their work to the architecture practitioners and educators for critiques.

One student from each of the department's six third-year studio sections was selected to present his or her design for "The Falls Brewpub | Cottonwood Falls, KS." Each student nominee prepared models, drawings and a PowerPoint presentation.

This year's invited guest jurors were Frank Harmon, fellow of the American Institute of Architects and owner of Frank Harmon Architect PA, Raleigh, North Carolina; Matthew Kreilich, principal of Snow Kreilich Architects, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Brent Bowman, Austin Massoth and Aaron Dyck, BBN Architects. Harmon and Kreilich each delivered a public presentation of their respective work following the forum.

The jurors awarded $3, 750 in scholarship monies to the following third-year architecture students:

• Bradley Gollwitzer, Shawnee, $250 Finalist Award. Gollwitzer isa student in the studio of Wendy Ornelas, professor of architecture.

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