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Architecture students earn honors for projects

By The Mercury

Outstanding studio work and a design-build project at a Girl Scout camp near Topeka have earned several Kansas State University architecture students honors from the American Institute of Architects Kansas, or AIA Kansas.

The awards were presented at the AIA Kansas Conference, Sept. 11-14, in Lawrence.

Eli Logan, master’s student in architecture, Manhattan, earned second place and a $250 prize in the AIA Kansas Student Competition. Award winners are determined by the votes of conference attendees.

The competition, for architecture students at the University of Kansas and Kansas State University, encourages and recognizes excellence in student work, elevates public awareness and recognizes architecture students whose efforts enhance the art of architecture. Six students from each university are selected for the competition, with the students submitting drawings or models of their work.

Earning the AIA Kansas Design Award for Student Architecture at the conference was a team of Kansas State University students, all seniors in architecture, for their design-build project at Camp Daisy Hindman in Shawnee County. The area Girl Scout council, the Girls Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri, teamed with Kansas State University’s architecture program to make needed improvements to camp facilities.

The Kansas State students designed and built a new shower building and camper housing.

In describing the project, the judges wrote: “Camp Daisy is a reminder that archetypes still have significance. The cubes and living huts compliment the gabled temple of the shower building that’s up the hill. Modest means and materials are heightened by a sophisticated planning strategy that places the shower at the top of an ascending path, which makes certain that nature is engaged in between. The curtain — in robin’s egg blue — is counter intuitively placed on the outside of the building, transforming it into a sun-breaker that will flutter and modulate the interior light. Both buildings are vivid, well crafted and delightful.”

Students participating in the Camp Daisy Hindman project were:

From Greater Kansas City: Amanda Mihelcic, Lenexa; Jessica Symons, Olathe; and Justin Pohl, Overland Park.

Kevin Stiegler, Manhattan; and Kristen Martin, Topeka.

From out of state: Aaron Garcia, Denver, Colo.; Luis Fretes, Sarasota, Fla.; and Jennifer Hannon, Columbia, Ill.

From Missouri: Shannon Gayman, Archie; Alex Callow, Graham; Kevin Stelzer, Labadie; Ross Morgan, Neosho; and Ryan Stumpf, St. Louis.

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