ArchiTour Fall 2018: BostonArchiTour

November 28, 2018

Sixteen architecture students and two former students visited the Boston area October 25 - 28, 2018 for ArchiTour Fall 2018. They visited notable work from great architects, past and present, in Boston, New Haven and Exeter. These included work by Le Corbusier, Louis Kahn, Eero Saarinen, Steven Holl, Alvar Aalto, and Frank Gehry, among others. Students also had an opportunity to meet one of our alumni, Blake Jackson, who generously invited them for an office tour at Stantec.


Kennesaw State Architecture Partners to Host Creative Placemaking SymposiumCPM panelists and organizing committee

November 15, 2018

Kennesaw State University's Department of Architecture, AIA Georgia, Art Papers, Architecture & Design Center, Atlanta Regional Commission, Generator and MA!  recently partnered to host the Creative Placemaking Symposium, a one-day symposium on the topic of creative placemaking. The event was held at KSU’s Architecture Department buildings on November 8, 2018. The symposium explored how integrating design and art into urban development projects from the beginning can be the catalyst for innovation. Speakers discussed their involvement in collaborative projects by multi-disciplinary teams of various governmental entities, community members, planners, artists, and designers, among others. The event was attended by academics and students of relevant fields, elected officials, policy makers, artists, arts professionals, architects and planners.

Dr. Miné Hashas-Degertekin initiated the event organization and represented the KSU Department of Architecture in the organizing team. Professor Kathryn Bedette, also of the KSU Department of Architecture, was in the organizing team as well representing AIA GA as its president.

Pictured above: organizers and panelists


Congratulations to the 2018-2019 DoArch Scholarship and Award Recipients

November 13, 2018

The KSU Department of Architecture would like to congratulate all of the the 2018-2019 scholarship nominees, award recipients and competition winners! We are immensely proud of all of you.

Dorothy P. Spence Memorial Scholarship

Timothy Huntley and Dyesha Holmes

James G. Fausett Scholarship

Callie Hoeve, Dyesha Holmes and Josh Robinson

John D. Mulford Memorial Scholarship

Darral Tate and Corey Jones

Jimmy Goldgeier Scholarship

Josh Robinson and Breck Small

Lance Linscott Scholarship

Caleb Lawrence

Jeremy Smith Scholarship

Callie Hoeve and Jacob Powell


2017 2nd Year Portfolio Competition

1st Place: Devon G Sams

2nd Place: Duc Huy Nguyen Ho

3rd Place: Maria D Delgado

Distinguished Global Ambassador 2018

Zachary Hart

Integrative Design Competition

1st Place: Callen Hoeve
2nd Place: Seth Landis

3MT Competition

Winner: Farhaan Samnani

Wilfred Baez-Padilla
Francesca Boakye
Alex Fashinasi
Camilla Hellebuyck
Joel Lee
Lee Martin
Evan Murray
Holly Pagel
Dhruvee Patel
Devin Perkey
Rana al-Rawi
Salman Sajwani

3MT Competition "People's Choice" Award

Winner: Joel Lee
Runner-up: Rana al-Rawi

CriticalMASS Nomination 2018

Farhaan Samnani

Alpha Rho Chi Bronze Medallion

Roderick Williams
Hailey Wilkins

AIA Henry Adams Medal & Certificate 2018

Didier Porter

Annual Thesis Competition Projects

Dhruvee Patel
Katie Master
Christopher Richardson
Lee Martin
Camila Hellebuyck
Farhaan Samnani
Salman Sajwani
Sandy Ferrier
Jeremy Penja
Hailey Wilkins
Evan Murphy
Dakota Lewis
Rana Al Rawi
Wenying Wu
Jamison G. Barger
Kishan Desai
Clayton Odom
Alex Fashnasi

Annual Thesis Competition "People's Choice" Award

Sandy Ferrier

Annual Thesis Competition "Faculty Choice" Award

Farhaan Samnani

Annual Thesis Competition Archi-Prix Nomination 2018

Lee Martin

Annual Thesis Competition Finalists

Farhaan Samnani
Sandy Ferrier
Evan Murphy
Camila Hellebuyck
Calyton Odom

Thesis Award Honorable Mention 2018

Farhaan Samnani
Clayton Odom

Annual Thesis Competition 2018

Winner: Evan Murphy
2nd Place: Camilla Hellebuyck
3rd Place: Sandy Ferrier 


Furniture of the Future

Architecture students use skills to improve urban environments

Novemeber 7, 2018

In architecture, a building doesn’t have to be just four walls and a roof. Similarly, a chair doesn’t have to be four columns and a slab.

At Kennesaw State University, architecture students are challenging what constitutes an urban space by creating outdoor furniture that is interactive and playful instead of drab and utilitarian. This fall, students taking the Tactical Urbanism course offered by the Department of Architecture were tasked with creating a series of so-called “urban chairs.” The chairs were designed and built by the students with the intent that they can be configured in multiple ways in order to make public spaces more appealing.

The furniture, dubbed the Morphogenesis Chairs by students, includes six chairs made of birch plywood slats carefully cut on a Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machine and painted red and blue. Unlike the benches currently used along sidewalks in major cities across the county, the “urban chairs” designed by Kennesaw State students are crafted with portability and usability in mind.

In September, Zamila Karimi, a lecturer within the College of Architecture and Construction Management, and her students took their design to Atlanta’s Lenox Mall for PARK(ing) Day, an annual global event in which car parking spaces are temporarily transformed into miniature public parks. At the event, students told passersby to use the furniture however they see fit. Some used it as a reclining beach chair and others saw it as a bench. Children saw it as a piece of playground equipment while adults sometimes saw them as flower planters.

“As an architecture student, there aren’t many opportunities that allow us to engage directly with the public, so I found this to be a great opportunity to become involved,” said Steven Yang. “It’s incredible to see how creative people can be with the furniture we create. Typically, when you’re walking through a public space, you can touch the furniture and see it but rarely do you have a chance to play with it.”

Yang, along with fellow classmate Christine Vu, presented the original concept in class.Tactical Urbanism

“With this design, we wanted it to have the ability to transform but still create something fun and playful,” said Vu.

Throughout the Tactical Urbanism course, students are exposed to the problems urban environments are facing, such as low interpersonal interaction, and are encouraged to use their architectural skills to find creative, low-cost solutions to improve the quality of public spaces. Karimi, said the approach is particularly impactful for KSU students because it provides a channel through which they can apply their studies.

Tactical UrbanismThe course begins by splitting the students into two groups to brainstorm ways to execute a design that fits the criteria given by Karimi. During the design development phase, models are developed at various scales to explore different aspects, such as assembly and portability. Once a fabrication strategy is agreed upon and a prototype has been tested, the class is ready to start with fabrication.

“This has direct relevance to the students as it offers an opportunity to put their skills into practice by designing small-scale architectural assemblages, fabricating them and ultimately testing them in the public sphere,” Karimi said. “On a more philosophical level, it exposes them to the responsibility we as architects have as social agents of change within our urban environments.”

Following the positive feedback at PARK(ing) Day, Karimi said her students will look for ways to introduce their temporary structures across the Kennesaw and Marietta campuses in the future, as well as seek opportunities to create permanent public structures across metro Atlanta.

“The main takeaway for my students is, they shouldn’t just think of themselves as service providers for their clients but to see that they have a real role to play in their neighborhoods, campuses and cities,” she said. “They have the power to bring people together with what they build and design. In the end, it becomes a playscape for all.”

Written by Travis Highfield , Photos and video by Rob Witzel, Original Story


ACSA News: Kennesaw State University


November 6, 2018

KSU Architecture's Associate Professor Kathryn Bedette, AIA and President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Georgia Chapter proposed the Diversity Pipeline and National Representation resolution to AIA leadership on June 20th at the 2018 Conference on Architecture in New York, New York. The initiative passed asserting a need for a national leadership pipeline of ethnically diverse women candidates for positions on the Institute Board of Directors and Strategic Council, this resolution called for a plan to support the Institute’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Bedette also serves as the Architect Licensing Advisor for Georgia and was awarded the 2016 AIA Atlanta James Gant Fausett, FAIA, Service to the Profession Award.

Associate Professor Chris Welty, AIA is currently the President-Elect for the AIA-Atlanta and serving as the KSU Architect Licensing Advisor for the National Council of Architectural Registration Board. Building upon his experience in practice, Welty also is the coordinator for KSU Department of Architecture’s Profession Program Sequence. His pedagogical interests center on integration of digital technologies and the art of craft focused around the notion of making. 

Alumna Jessika Nelson, Assoc. AIA is currently serving as the Programs Director for AIA Atlanta, and was previously the 2013-2014 Chapter President of American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). Remaining active in the department, Nelson participated as a volunteer for the Georgia Regional Future City Competition hosted by Kennesaw State University. 

Assistant Professor Tim Frank, AIA received an 2018 AIA Georgia Design and Honor Award for his Angier Springs Monumental Work located along the Atlanta Beltline. Frank’s permanent structure creates a new kind of urban room for the city, offering a retreat for those traveling the promenade. Akin to a budding forest, the open field of slender pillars explores the light demarcation of public space without explicit boundaries. See link:

Souce: Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture News


KSU Architecture Faculty and Students at DCA Conference 2018 at Cornell UniversityDCA Conference

October 30, 2018

Kennesaw State University’s Department of Architecture was well represented this fall at the Design Communication Association (DCA) 2018 Conference that was held at Cornell University from October 7 - 10, 2018. In attendance from the Department of Architecture was Professor Dr. Saleh Uddin, who co-chaired the conference, and Associate Professors: Kathryn Bedette, Chris Welty and Michael Carroll. KSU's contributions to the conference ranged from paper presentations, moderation of paper sessions by KSU faculty and contributions to a curated exhibition of graphic work at Cornell’s Martha Van Rensselaer Gallery by KSU architecture students. One student submission received the Juror’s Choice Award.

The following five papers were presented by KSU Architecture Faculty:

  • Drawing Motion Through Stillness: Comparing Disciplinary Approaches. Kathryn Bedette
  • 1:1_Digital_Hand_Materiality. Michael Carroll
  • Embracing Slowness, Methods to Digital Fluency. Arief Setiawan & Christopher Welty
  • Immersion: Interaction - a case for gamification. Christopher Welty
  • Current Decline of Design Grammar during the Rise of the Digital Fabrication Era. Saleh Uddin

DCA ConferenceKSU Architecture student, Kathryn Stapleton, received the Juror's Choice Award in Undergraduate Design Foundation for her “Kinetic Structural System from Geometry” from Professor Saleh Uddin’s 2nd year design studio. The project highlights adaptation of transformable geometry in peacock’s feather to design a structure with kinetic expandable truss system.

The next DCA Conference will be hosted by the KSU Department of Architecture In Fall 2020. Announcements and Call for Papers will be posted soon.

Top right: KSU Architecture professors Michael Carroll, Chris Welty, Saleh Uddin and Kathryn Bedette at The DCA Conference 2018, Cornell University.
Bottom left: KSU Architecture student Kathryn Stapleton- “Kinetic Structural System from Geometry”


Distinguished Alumni HonorsDistinguished Alumni

October 9, 2018

Three graduates recognized at annual awards

Three prominent Kennesaw State University alumni were recognized during KSU’s 27th Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner, hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving the evening of Friday, Oct. 5 at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel and Convention Center. The event, sponsored by Nationwide, was held in conjunction with Kennesaw State’s 2018 Homecoming week.

Three deserving alumni – Matt Finn ’07, Daryle Higginbotham ’89 and Brian Pendley ’94 – were recipients of a 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award.

The Distinguished Alumni Award program was established in 1992 to honor KSU’s most accomplished graduates on an annual basis. A distinguished alumnus/alumna is a person who exemplifies the ideals and mission of the University; demonstrates distinguished achievement in his/her chosen field at a local, regional and/or national level; and embodies the spirit of Kennesaw State’s commitment to community engagement through service, University involvement or philanthropic endeavors.

Matt FinnFinn, an Atlanta native, earned a Bachelor of Architecture at Southern Polytechnic State University. He began his career working for the Atlanta office of Perkins+Will, an interdisciplinary, research-based design firm with 2,200 employees in 25 offices worldwide. Finn’s experience working on complex architectural projects prepared him for practice-led research into such topics as facilitating psychotherapy for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, which has been featured by the American Institute of Architects and the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture. In 2016, Healthcare Design magazine named Finn as the HCD 10 Researcher, making him the first practicing architect to receive this distinction.

Since October 2016, he has served full time as founder of Cognitive Design LLC, an Atlanta-based network of experts that provides consulting, design and research services for projects to improve human health and wellbeing. Ongoing and recent projects of Cognitive Design include a 10-acre master plan focused on reducing social isolation in rural communities; design guidelines for improving quality of life for low-income seniors in Mercy Housing; consulting with the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research on how design can reduce childhood obesity in America; and the renovation of a 1910 Southern School Book Depository into Constellations, a shared workspace that supports small business and entrepreneurs in the historic Sweet Auburn neighborhood of downtown Atlanta.

“I’m forever thankful for my architectural education, not only because it empowered me to become an architect – which it did well as a five-year professional program – but also because it was a generalist education,” Finn said. “By earning my diploma in architecture, I learned about things like engineering and craftsmanship, public policy, cultures different than my own, and generally speaking, about empathy. These lessons have proven of great value in my life, reaching far beyond the classroom and my work.

“The years I studied at SPSU shaped how I think about design and my career path. It encouraged me to remain humble and follow my passion toward a career of lifelong learning. My classmates were awesome; we encouraged and supported each other to do our best work. My best friends from those formative years are still my best friends today; we support each other in our careers and also as husbands and fathers.”

Higginbotham is another graduate of the former SPSU who received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering technology. Earlier in 1982, he received his machinist and toolmaker certificate at Lanier Area Vocational-Technical School (currently Lanier Technical College) in Gainesville, Georgia. Higginbotham, a Marietta resident, has been a generous donor to KSU’s Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, the Motorsports Formula SAE Team and Georgia BEST Robotics. After serving as chair of the SPSU Foundation from 2012-13, he remained as a trustee of the board of directors at Southern Poly and then Kennesaw State until 2016. Higginbotham was heavily involved with bathtub racing as a student on the Marietta campus and is still an active member of Sigma Nu fraternity. From his basement, he and his wife Becky started Higginbotham and Associates Inc. in 1988. Higginbotham formed Marietta X-Ray LLC in 1999 and Marietta Nondestructive Testing LLC in 2007. Today, Marietta NDT – with Higginbotham acting as its founder and chairman of the board – is a leading nondestructive testing equipment provider with a worldwide customer base. Under his leadership, Marietta NDT currently has more than 70 employees with 40 of them being graduates or interns from KSU or SPSU. Higginbotham and his company sponsor the annual Pumpkin Launch on the Marietta campus and were very involved in the startup of the R. Glenn Allen Endowed Scholarship at Kennesaw State. 

“KSU has provided Marietta NDT the engineering technology workforce we needed to become the leading company we are today,” Higginbotham said. “Engineering technology is the critical link between engineers and the manufacturing of the product. We simply make it happen and get our hands dirty.

“The University name has changed but the students and industries that KSU serves are the same. I look forward to continue supporting the engineering technology programs at KSU.”

Pendley obtained his Bachelor of Business in accounting with summa cum laude honors from KSU. At Kennesaw State, he was vice president and then president of the accounting club (now Beta Alpha Psi), along with treasurer of the Golden Key International Honour Society. Pendley stays connected to his alma mater and the Coles College of Business through the KSU School of Accountancy. He has been associated with the school’s advisory board for 18 years and presently is serving as immediate past chairman.

Outside of his financial support of nearly 15 years, Pendley has helped the School of Accountancy by securing grants from the Ernst & Young Foundation and being on its strategic planning committee. He has worked at Ernst & Young LLP for more than 24 years, currently as a partner in its assurance practice while also fulfilling the role of campus recruiting coordinator to Kennesaw State. In his position at EY, he serves clients in the services, life science, media and entertainment, distribution and diversified industrial products sectors. Pendley was on the Media Financial Management Association Board of Directors and later a member of its advisory committee. He lives in Acworth with his wife Dawn, also a KSU graduate, and their three children. Pendley is very active in his local community.

“Since graduating from KSU in 1994, I wanted to find a way to stay connected and was fortunate early in my career to be given that opportunity through our firm, EY, by assisting in our recruiting efforts on campus, which have increased meaningfully in recent years,” Pendley said. “I have enjoyed maintaining and building relationships with many of the great professors in the School of Accountancy, the College of Business, the development team and others. While my goal in this service and through our financial giving was not to receive special recognition, I am very honored and humbled to receive this award and proud to be counted among the fast-growing alumni of KSU.” 

Rich Cole, dean of the College of Architecture and Construction Management, presented the award to Finn, while Higginbotham was introduced by Renee Butler, interim dean of the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology. Pendley accepted accolades from Kathy S. Schwaig, dean of the Coles College of Business. 

Master of ceremonies for the event was Ashlie Wilson Pendley ’96, ’15, a member of the Kennesaw State Alumni Association board of directors and a Distinguished Alumni Award winner herself in 2008. Also speaking during the ceremony were Pamela Whitten, president of the University; Jim Dunn, interim chief executive officer of the KSU Foundation and interim vice president for advancement, alumni and development; and Nathan Humphrey, president of the KSU Alumni Association.

“It was an incredible night, and true privilege to recognize these outstanding alumni for the significant impact they are having in their professional careers, and more importantly in their communities,” Humphrey said. “They are a fantastic representation of what it means to be KSU alumni.”

Written by Steve Ruthsatz | Photos by Lauren Kress | Original Story


Focus Studio Faculty 2018Alden and Karimas

August 23, 2018

The Department of Architecture at Kennesaw State University welcomes Robert P. Alden, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, who was appointed as the 2018 Focus Studio Faculty. He is an architect with over thirty years of professional experience on a wide range of project types and scales -- including Georgia World Congress Center, 2002 Perimeter Summit Office Tower, the Reno Nv. Events Center, and 12th & Midtown, a 2.4M square foot, $270M mixed-used development in Atlanta. He has also taught at Chattahoochee Technical College in Woodstock, GA in the interior design program. Rob brings real-world insight to his 2018 Focus Studio entitled: Comprehensive Design and Systems Integration.

The Department also welcomes Soleen Karimas the 2018 Focus Studio Faculty. She currently works at Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam Architects as a Project Manager; her project experience ranges from a single family, high-end residential, to civic buildings, urban design and architectural installations, most notably the US Pavilion in Detroit presented at the 2016 Venice Biennale. Soleen graduated from Georgia Tech with Bachelors of Architecture, Masters of Architecture and Masters of City and Regional Planning. Born in a refugee camp in Iran, Soleen combines her passion for social justice with her eye for design through her non-profit, Design4Refugees, Corp., an organization who aids refugees within camps. Soleen’s 2018 Focus Studio is entitled: Childhood Warscape.

Visit the Focus Studio webpage.

Photos: (L) Robert P. Alden, (R) Soleen Karimas


New Faculty Appointments, Fall 2018nee faculty

August 21, 2018

Jeffrey Collins joins Kennesaw State University this fall 2018 as an Assistant Professor in a tenure track position. Jeffery is a Registered Architect and architectural educator. He obtained his bachelors and masters degrees in architecture from The Ohio State University and is currently pursuing a doctorate in architecture, with concentration in design computation, from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Since 2009, he has taught architecture studio and lecture courses at Georgia Tech, Southern Polytechnic State University, Auburn University, and Kennesaw State University. In 2018, AIA Atlanta and the Young Architects Forum named Jeffrey as their Emerging Voices honoree.

The Department of Architecture at Kennesaw State University also welcomes Dr. Selen Okcu (PhD 2011, Georgia Institute of Technology), who was appointed a fulltime Lecturer. As a former Research Scientist at NASA and a Design Educator, she has published widely on a variety of emerging architectural topics including culture, perception, and technology. She is the recipient of the King Medal from the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) and the Newman Medal from the Acoustical Society of America (ASA).

Original announcement | Photos: (L) Jeffrey Collins, (R) Selen Okcu, PhD


AIA National passes Diversity and Leadership Development Resolution proposed by KSU's Kathryn Bedette
AIA Bill Passes

July 9, 2018

KSU Architecture's Kathryn Bedette, President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Georgia Chapter, proposed the Diversity Pipeline and National Representation resolution to AIA leadership on June 20th at the 2018 Conference on Architecture in New York, New York.

Resolution 18-3

Diversity Pipeline and National Representation, sponsored by AIA Georgia, passed with 4266 voting yes and 204 voting no (with 87 abstentions). Asserting a need for a national leadership pipeline of ethnically diverse women candidates for positions on the Institute Board of Directors and Strategic Council, this resolution called for a plan to support the Institute’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. The delegates voted down an amendment that would have changed the resolution’s language to refer not only to ethnically diverse women, but to all ethnically diverse individuals. The resolution was amended, however, to require that the Board and Secretary present a plan for action by delegates at the 2019 AIA Conference on Architecture in Las Vegas. Read more


Professor Tim Frank  Receives ARCC-EAAE AwardTim Frank ARC-EAAE Award

May 23, 2018

The KSU Department of Architecture is proud to announce that Professor Tim Frank was awarded Best Paper at the 2018 ARCC-EAAE International Conference held in Philadelphia May 16th - 19th.


The Charnley-Norwood House, situated along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, is a lesser-known vacation bungalow drawn by Frank Lloyd Wright as an experiment while working under his “Lieber Meister”, Louis Sullivan. Built in the latter part of the 19th century, it exemplifies a turning point in American architecture as the groundwork for Wright’s signature Prairie Style was taking root. Embedded within this structure are fundamentals about an organic approach to architecture, clearly demonstrated by the assimilation of the building into the interworkings of both site and climate. Sullivan and Wright scholars both agree that this house, undocumented to‐date, serves as a significant milestone in the history of American environmental design.

What is unknown about the house is how the dictates of the coastal gulf climate influenced its spatial disposition and how this composition grew out of well‐established traditions of environmental design. The T‐shaped bungalow encompasses many distinctive features including its overall horizontality, an overarching parasol roof plane, a permeable building exterior and intermediary space types along its perimeter. The open plan organization follows its predecessors in its thinness with rooms dispersed along each axis, creating multiple exposures that alter the orientation of interior spaces to year‐round climatic effects. Operating in concert, these attributes serve to admit prevailing breezes, extend views to the surrounding landscape, and shade inhabitable areas; hallmarks that would alter the course of 20th century residential architecture in America.

Using computational simulation tools, this paper discloses how the bungalow advances strategies of passive design utilized by early 19h century predecessors and paves the way toward an environmentally integrated 20th century period of residential construction. Additionally, this paper offers insight into a formative moment in architectural history when two American masters were in direct collaboration.


There were over 90 accepted papers at this conference, which had a blind-peer review acceptance rate of 37%. The conference theme centered on happiness with the aim to advance the discourse on explicit connections between design decisions, qualities of life, and the promotion of community. The idea of Gross National Happiness (GNH) speaks to a measure of the collective well-being of a nation. Introduced by the King of Bhutan in early 1970s as an alternative to the prevalent notion of Gross National Product (GNP), the revised concept focuses on human life and identifies four pillars of happiness as outlined in Bhutan's constitution: good governance, sustainable socioeconomic development, preservation and promotion of culture and environmental conservation.

Recognizing the inherent relationship of the built environment to the tenets above, researchers revisit the framework for Gross National Happiness. The timing of this is significant as it aligns with major shifts in social and political agendas both globally and locally that impact our physical and social environment. This is an opportunity to reflect on what and why we research.

The 2018 ARCC-EAAE International Conference brings together architectural scholars, researchers and practitioners from around the world, examining the architectural dimensions of community at scales between intimately local settings and the broader global commons. Philadelphia - referred to as the cradle of modern democracy - provides an opportunity to extend the conversation to consider the humanistic and environmental forward-looking gaze that is part of the spirit of the place.


Professor Ed Akins Honored with the 2018 R.C. Paul Excellence in Sustainability Award

May 3, 2018

The KSU Department of Architecture is proud to announce that Professor Ed Akins has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 2018 Presidential Diversity Awards' R.C. Paul Excellence in Sustainability Award.

Ed has served as Co-Chair and Chair on the President's Commission for Sustainability at KSU and has taught Ecological Urbanism within the USG European Council Paris program. He was chosen as KSU Sustainability Fellow for the 2016-2017 Academic year and was chosen to attend the 2017 EAO Workshop in Germany focused on the topic "Sustainability - Challenges for the World of Tomorrow.

Ed Akin's FacultyWeb page

The R.C. Paul Excellence in Sustainability Award

The R.C. Paul Excellence in Sustainability Award recognizes the outstanding efforts of an individual toward promoting environmental sustainability in the educational and operational practices of the Kennesaw State University (KSU) campus community.

The nominee will have demonstrated consistent leadership in addressing sustainability issues and works to implement sustainable practices on our campus, with tangible results. Examples of such efforts might include, but should not be limited to, the following:

  • Designing or coordinating campus sustainability initiatives such as green building projects, commuting alternatives, energy and water conservation measures, farm-to-campus programs, etc.
  • Advocating for the inclusion of sustainability perspectives in campus planning and policy making.
  • Contributing across the curriculum by promoting sustainability content in courses and academic programs throughout the university.
  • Creating projects and events that promote greater awareness of KSU's sustainability efforts (e.g. energy and water conservation, commuting alternatives, farm-to-campus programs).
  • Designing informal educational activities and programs to inform students, faculty, and staff about ways to foster sustainable practices at KSU and the communities it serves.

Diversity Awards History

Established in 2013, and led by the six Presidential Commissions on Diversity, these awards honor faculty, staff and students of Kennesaw State University (KSU) whose actions, activities, and/or accomplishments in diversity support the pursuit of excellence towards making KSU a more inclusive and welcoming university.

Presidential Commission Structure

Annually, the six Presidential Commissions on Diversity seek nominations of individuals at KSU whose accomplishments are aligned with the charge of one (or more) of the commissions. Each commission has its own award criteria that a prospective nominee should meet. This criteria also serves as a guideline in the selection of the award recipient(s).


Professor Tim Frank Receives AIA Georgia Design and Honor AwardAngier Springs Monumental Work

April 17, 2018

Congratulations to the Department of Architecture's Professor Tim Frank for winning a design award for his Angier Springs Monumental Work at the 2018 AIA Georgia Design and Honor Awards.

A description of Prof. Frank's work as presented during the ceremony:


Located along the Atlanta BeltLine, this permanent structure creates a new kind of urban room for the city, offering a retreat for those traveling the promenade. Akin to a budding forest, the open field of slender pillars explores the light demarcation of public space without explicit boundaries. The structure produces a medley of effects, offering visitors numerous encounters that change with the sun, the wind and the collection of participants who pervade the space. The transforming character of the room emboldens public engagement, creating immersive and interactive zones to be discovered anew as the space constantly reinvents itself within an ever-changing context.


ArchiTour Spring 2018: Seattle and PortlandArchitecture News

April 9, 2018

This Spring, Dr. Setiawan and fifteen students traveled to Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon as part of KSU Architecture's ArchiTour Program. Among the sites visited were the Seattle Public Library by Rem Koolhaas/OMA, the Olympic Sculpture Park by Weiss/Manfredi, the Bullit Center by Miller/Hull, the Ballard branch public library by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, the Bellevue Art Museum by Steven Holl, the Museum of Pop Art by Frank Gehry, the Seattle Center, the Cultural Park (Portland) by Kengo Kuma, the chapel of St. Ignatius by Steven Holl and the Amazon Spheres.

For more on the ArchiTour program, click here.

Additional photos from this trip, as well as previous ArchiTours:


Architecture Faculty Appointed 2018-2019 Sustainability Faculty FellowshipsLiz Martin-Malikian

March 26, 2018

Congratulations to the Department of Architecture's Liz Martin-Malikian, Dr. Miné Hashas-Degertekin, and Michael Carroll, who have each been appointed 2018-2019 Sustainability Faculty Fellowships with the Center for Diversity Leadership and Engagement at Kennesaw State University.

Liz Martin-Malikian (right) will be developing a new curriculum in Real Estate Sustainable Development as a campus-wide undergraduate minor to prepare students for careers in the corporate sector, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, or environmental advocacy groups. As proposed, this new minor would be an interdisciplinary one-year program to prepare students to become effective and influential participants in the fields of real estate, finance, design and development. The intent of this undergraduate minor is to not only help students develop a systems-level perspective of the economic, environmental and social dimensions of sustainable developments, but also raise awareness within the broader campus community.Mine Hashas-Degertekin

Miné Hashas-Degertekin (right) has been working with various government agencies, non-profit, and advocacy groups including Atlanta Regional Commission, Transformation Alliance, GA Stand Up, ULI-Atlanta, City of Atlanta, and Soccer in the Street, etc. for identifying social, economic and cultural patterns, physical character and place making solutions to challenge anticipated gentrification in West-End Neighborhood. She has integrated various students taking her courses to the projects via internships, research, sustainable urban design proposals and associated community participation processes. Continuing these partnerships and based on the study results, Dr. Hashas-Degertekin will be developing an implementation project addressing the same issues in West-End involving additional faculty and students.

Michael Carroll’s (right) academic research focuses on materiality and material expression in Michael Carrollcontemporary architecture. As Sustainability Faculty Fellow 2018-19, Professor Carroll’s project, entitled "Performative Façades: De-constructing Identity Through Architectural Design", embraces sustainability from both a technological and a cultural perspective. The proposal centers not only cutting edge innovative materials and performative façade technologies that filter light and air, but also how these can be deployed in the design of a series of façade systems for non-profit groups in Metro Atlanta that traditionally have been under-represented. These façade systems would not only make buildings that house these groups more ecologically sustainable but also positively contribute to the cultural identities of those organizations.


Career Planning and Development Hosts Architecture Networking EventArchitecture Networking Event

March 8, 2018

On Wednesday, March 7th, leaders from Metro Atlanta's architecture community gathered to share professional advice and information about their firms to KSU's Architecture students. Representatives from Beck Group, BRR Architecture, CBRE Heery International, CDH Partners, Cooper Carry, HOK, McAfee3 Architects, Office of Design, Pattern R&D, and Perkins + Will joined a panel discussion at the event, followed by one-on-one networking with students. Special thanks to all of our panelists and participants.

The Architecture Department at KSU fosters a meaningful and collaborative relationship with the professional practice community to enrich the education of Georgia's next generation of architects and enhance their preparedness for careers of excellence and leadership in our communities.

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Results of the 4th Annual KSU Cooper Carry 3-Minute Thesis Competition3MT Group

February 7, 2018

Organized by Thesis Coordinator and Professor Liz Martin-Malikian, the 4th Annual Cooper Carry | 3-Minute Thesis took place on January 26, 2018. Thirteen students competed for cash prizes equaling $3,000. The competition jury included Rick Fredlund, AIA of Cooper Carry; Michelle Miles, PhD , Honors College at Kennesaw State University; Professor Sheb True, PhD, Coles College of Business,  Tom Nixon of Nixon Design; Stuart Romm, AIA, Professor of Practice at GaTech; and Professor Emeritus  Phill Tabb, PhD of Texas A&M University. 


Winner of 3-MT 2018:  Farhaan Samnani
Thesis Title: The 21st Century Energy Hub
Brief: In his thesis, Farhaan is looking at building more sustainability in developing countries.

Runner-up / 2nd Place Winner of 3-MT 2018:  Rana al-Rawi
Thesis Title: Post-War Learning Environments: Redefining Schools Design in Iraq
Brief: In her thesis, Rana began her thesis looking at her roots and how schools must be able to adapt to conflict, while being spatially integrated with the community.

People’s Choice Winner of 3-MT 2018: Joel Lee
Thesis Title: Re-Hanok-ization
Brief: Joel began his thesis looking at cultural identity and his research lead him to coin the term Re-Hanok-ization.

Congratulations to this year’s winner and all of the 3MT Competition participants!


Professor Kathryn Bedette Named in “100 Influential Women to Know” by Engineering Georgia MagazineKathryn Bedette

February 6, 2018


Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Kennesaw State University 2018 President, AIA Georgia

An asset to the design and build profession, Bedette has served as the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Georgia Advocacy Director in the past and as the Board President presently. She teaches grassroots-driven architecture advocacy in her role at Kennesaw State University and is credited with aiding the passing of the House Bill 943 Indemnification Bill.

Engineering Georgia Magazine





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Announcing the 2018 Georgia Region Future City Competition Award Winners

January 22, 2018

2018 Georgia Regional Champion

  • TEAM: Grace Springs City
  • SCHOOL: St Jude the Apostle Catholic School
  • TEACHER: Eleonora Straub
  • MENTOR: Stephanie Sweeney

First Runner Up

  • TEAM: Horizon
  • SCHOOL: Fulton Science Academy
  • TEACHER: Nervez Turan
  • MENTOR: Chris Dela Pena

Second Runner Up

  • TEAM: The A Team
  • SCHOOL: Hull Middle School
  • TEACHER: Kari Salomon
  • MENTOR: Danielle Penton

In Fourth Place

  • TEAM: Matura
  • SCHOOL: Queen of Angels Catholic School
  • TEACHER: Christine Zimmer
  • MENTOR: Juan Carlos Elizarraras

In Fifth Place

  • TEAM: Zeron
  • SCHOOL: Richmond Hill Middle School
  • TEACHER: John Melcher
  • MENTOR: John Melcher

Society Awards


Blueshore, Rising Star Middle School
Educator: Rebecca Paugh


Bellmont, Richmond Hill Middle School
Educator: John Melcher


Grace Springs City, St Jude the Apostle
Educator: Eleonora Straub


Horizon City, Fulton Science Academy
Educator: Nervez Turan


Grace Springs City, St Jude the Apostle
Educator: Eleonora Straub


Bellmont, Richmond Hill Middle School
Educator: John Melcher


Grace Springs City, St Jude the Apostle
Educator: Eleonora Straub


Horizon City, Fulton Science Academy
Educator: Nervez Turan


Millennial Rock, Queen of Angels
Educator: Christine Zimmer


Matura, Queen of Angels
Educator: Christine Zimmer


Zeron, Richmond Hill Middle School
Educator: John Melcher


Millennial Rock, Queen of Angels
Educator: Christine Zimmer


Matura, Queen of Angels
Educator: Christine Zimmer

Archived News

  • Celebrating Pluralism in Architecture

    December 13, 2017Dean Cole and Historic Preservation at Roger Williams University, listen to the introduction by Pres Murad Abdullah, at the event.

    The architecture of any society reflects a community’s aspirations, aesthetic sense, economic well-being and level of technological advancement. More importantly, architecture helps shape the vision of society.

    In “Architecture and Society,” Ismail Serageldin points out that much of the Muslim world today reflects societies in transition, where the role of the architect is of profound importance in appreciating and preserving the past--- while refining the society’s perceptions of taste and its expression of cultural identity. Above all, architects and planners need to be guided by a new vision that incorporates the essence of the cultures of those for whom they design. Seragelclin further states that “the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) has consciously underlined the collective responsibility of all involved in the process of creating a building which is deserving of recognition.”

    These notions were discussed at the Kennesaw State University (KSU) lecture series on Diversity and Pluralism. The lecture, entitled, “At the Cutting Edge: A Retro-Prospective of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture,” was recently organized by KSU, in collaboration with the Aga Khan Council for the Southeastern United States.

    Speaking at the event, Prof. Hasan-Uddin Khan, Convenor of the first cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation at Roger Williams University, said, “AKAA is one of the most prestigious international architectural awards in the world. The US$ 1 million award given every three years to projects selected by an independent jury recompenses all the actors involved in the achievement of excellence, whether they are architects, clients, craftsmen, engineers or end-users. At its core, the Award engenders a process of thinking about the built environment and culture. It is much more than a prize.”

    Prof. Khan remarked Khan also that the vision of the Award was to protect the past and inspire the future; to improve quality of life; and to examine, analyze, understand and try to influence the dynamics of physical change in Muslim societies.

    AKAA is one of the oldest and most prominent awards in architecture. It was established by Mawlana Hazar Imam in 1977 to identify and encourage building concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of communities in which Muslims have a significant presence.

    The selection process emphasizes architecture that not only provides for people's physical, social, and economic needs, but that also stimulates and responds to their cultural and spiritual expectations. Particular attention is given to building schemes that use local resources and appropriate technology in an innovative way, and to projects likely to inspire similar efforts elsewhere.

    At the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2016 ceremony, Hazar Imam said that “the spirit of the Award has been an inclusive one, valuing all manner of buildings and spaces, from skyscrapers to mud huts, from residences to work and gathering spaces, from reforestation and financing projects to cemeteries, bridges and parks, from the accomplishments of signature architects to those of anonymous craftsmen. This pluralistic approach may not echo the usual definition of the word ‘architecture’, but it is the closest we can get to the central inclusive message we want this Award to convey.” He also reaffirmed his belief that “the spirit of pluralism has been central to the great achievements of past Islamic cultures - and it remains a central principle for these Awards.”

    Echoing Hazar Imam’s desire to highlight the importance of having a more pluralistic approach in architecture, Prof. Khan said “For too long, we have looked at architecture under certain lenses. They tend to be homogenous; they tend to be limited. And you realize that different cultures have very different needs and requirements, and in order to reflect what is going on in the real world, one has to look at the diversity. It’s about looking at architecture with a different lens. It’s about looking at reality.”

    Prof. Khan added that the early-on AKAA led to discourses underlining that architecture should not be judged from “a point of view,” and that architecture could provide an answer to many issues and problems. “The Award encouraged that conversation about diversity and pluralism in architecture and that changed the discourse – that has been the biggest contribution of the AKAA,” he said, underscoring the impact that the Award has made in the realm of architecture.

    About 250 KSU students and graduates attended the lecture, which was followed by an exhibition that showcased the nominated projects of the 2016 Award cycle.

    Arash Soleimani, Assistant Professor at KSU and Co-Chair of the lecture series, emphasized the need for students to know how place-making and the notion of architecture can inform the process of design. “Rather than just thinking about style and type, it is important for students to understand how architecture can bring people together in the globalized world,” he said. Originally from Iran, he also shared his experience of visiting the Tabiat Bridge, one of the 2016 AKAA winners, and how the bridge had become a place for the community to get together. “It was such an amazing experience to see people gathered at the bridge, talking and eating together, sharing ideas and celebrating their culture,” said Soleimani, while talking to students at the exhibition.

    The lecture was well-received by the students of the University. Arselan Lakhany, a graduate of KSU said that “the Award really inspires students to understand that architecture is more about the inhabitant group and less about the architects. It’s about the people who are using it, not just the people designing it.”

    Farhan Samnani, a fifth year KSU student, said that the talk answered a lot of questions and inspired him to create architecture that is more social and works on improving the lives of people as well as looking at the community as a whole.

    Story by Salimah Shiraj  |  Photo by Akbar Hakim  |  Original Story


    LEED Lab prepares Architecture and Construction Management students for the careers they wantAgnes Scott

    October 12, 2017

    The U.S. Green Building Council is dedicated to preparing students for 21st century careers in sustainability by delivering competency-based education and providing innovative solutions to build the next generation of sustainability leaders. In fact, according to, college students are currently seeking jobs in sustainability at a rapidly increasing rate. Consider the following: 

    • More than 70 percent of college students and 50 percent of workers are looking for jobs with social impact.*
    • By 2038, the United States will generate 4.2 million new green jobs, five times today’s total count.*
    • As many as 80 percent of young professionals would like to work in a green job.*
    • 61% of prospective college students said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend a school.*

    In order to provide students with the education and experience they need to best prepare for careers in sustainability, the Center for Green Schools at USGBC created LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Lab. Students involved in the LEED Lab pursue the assessment of on-campus building(s) and culminate their studies with the submittal of actual certification documents, allowing the campus building to become certified and recognized for greater environmental performance.  The result of the lab is a more informed and experienced graduate with experience in the built sciences and an improved campus environment with healthier buildings and sites for everyone.

    KSU's LEED Lab Challenge

    In Georgia, the passage of House Bill 255 prohibits any publicly funded building to pursue LEED performance ratings. Although the bill perhaps did not intend to impact curriculum and teaching in public universities, the collateral damage undeniably includes one of the most inventive and effective sustainable teaching programs in the nation, the LEED Lab. Authored by USGBC, the LEED Lab engages students with dynamic, real-world, learning opportunities based upon the LEED rating system. 

    Luckily for KSU College of Architecture and Construction Management students, they have the innovative and determined minds of professors Ed Akins (Architecture) and Brandi Williams (Construction Management). Since Bill 255 prohibits seeking LEED certification on the publicly funded KSU campus, professors Akins and Williams came up with the brilliant idea of creating a LEED Lab for KSU students that would allow them to work with a building off-campus. They reached out to Susan Kidd, Executive Director of the Center for Sustainability at Agnes Scott College (ASC), a privately funded college in Decatur, Georgia, to initiate a partnership that would allow KSU students the opportunity to participate in LEED Lab at an alternative location.

    For additional information on the partnership and how it benefits both KSU and Agnes Scott College, please refer to Professor Akins article here.

    From a Student's Perspective 

    "As a student, the LEED Lab is such an enriching experience. After taking this course, I have a clearer understanding of the certification process for LEED EBOM, and I am also engaged in learning more about LEED and pursuing personal accreditation. Being able to combine the requirements LEED establishes for each credit with the physical and financial constraints of an existing building was very productive to apply what we learned in the classroom in a real-life setting. I hope more and more students have access to the LEED Lab, and that this opportunity can motivate them to explore sustainable practices."

    - Karlla Dreser, LEED Lab program student

    Additional Information

    For information about participating in the LEED Lab program at KSU, please contact Professor Akins or Professor Williams.

    More information on the USGBC LEED Lab program can be found here.

    *Source: US. Green Building Council
    Pictured above: Prof. Ed Akins and Prof. Michael Carroll's students tour Agnes Scott College

    Guest Lecturer, Prof. Hasan-Uddin Kahn, Presents “At thKhane Cutting Edge: A Retro-Prospective of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture”

    October 6, 2017

    The Kennesaw State University Department of Architecture, in collaboration with the Aga Khan Council for the Southeastern United States, presents its first lecture of the series, “Diversity and Pluralism in Architecture" on Monday, October 9th at 4:30pm in the Design II Auditorium.

    Please join us for Professor Hasan-Uddin Kahn’s lecture “At the Cutting Edge: A Retro-Prospective of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.” Prof. Kahn is the Distinguished Professor of Architecture & Historic Preservation at Roger Williams University.


    The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is not a prize, but a process of examining the built environment of Muslims and a discourse about contemporary building the world over. Looking back over the genesis and development of the Award and looking forward, the architectural discourse so engendered unfolds as a series of agendas that are illustrated by the award program.

    The lecture will be followed by the Aga Khan Award for Architecture Exhibit opening reception at the Architecture Gallery.

    For further information on the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, please visit here.


    William LDesigning a Difference

    September 7, 2017

    KSU alum is one of four Portz Scholar honorees in the country

    Kennesaw State University alumnus William Lentjes has been named a Portz Scholar, an accolade the National Collegiate Honors Council awards to only four people in the U.S. each year.

    Lentjes graduated from Kennesaw State in May with a degree in architecture and as an Honors Scholar, the University’s highest academic honor. The NCHC chose Lentjes as a Portz Scholar based on his senior capstone project titled “On Craft,” which re-examines the instructional methods utilized in architectural education.

    “Being acknowledged in this way is an honor,” Lentjes said. “It brings up reflection on the friends, family, mentors and advisors who have made something like this possible. A special thanks goes to my honors thesis advisors, Dr. Kami Anderson, Professor Kathryn Bedette and Dr. Mine Hashas-Degertekin, for their help.”

    Lentjes will present his project at the National Collegiate Honors Council conference in Atlanta in November. NCHC member institutions can nominate one paper written by an undergraduate honors student for the Portz Scholars competition, and Kennesaw State’s Honors Collegeselected Lentjes’ thesis – which also was awarded the 2017 KSU Outstanding Senior Capstone Award for the Marietta Campus.

    In “On Craft,” Lentjes promotes looking beyond “endless mechanized production and spiritless materialism” and viewing architecture “through the consciousness, awareness and perception of a subject.” He describes “craft” as a relationship between craftsman, tool and material.

    Anderson said she was most impressed by the level of detail Lentjes put into the project. He made his own paper on which to write the thesis, used woodworking and burnishing skills to make the cover for the project, and transposed his computational drafts and graphic designs to the handmade book. Lentjes showed “thoughtful attention to how his work on that capstone could be a benefit to the learning process for other architects,” Anderson said.

    “All of these things embody each and every one of the Honors foundations: critical thinking, creation and innovation, interdisciplinary learning, information fluency, professionalism, appreciation of diverse viewpoints, effective communication and leadership,” said Anderson, the director of the Undergraduate Honors Program for the Marietta Campus. “William’s capstone was exemplary in so many ways and was the best representation of what we stand for in Honors.”

    Lentjes impressed potential employers as well, as he was hired upon his graduation as a designer for Office of Design, an architecture firm in Decatur. Lentjes said he is “excited to learn more each day” and plans to become a licensed architect soon.

    “Long term, I aspire to use architecture as a means of helping others,” Lentjes said. “Space designed with care and intentional sincerity can bring healing – or even just a little appreciation for life.”

    Original story | Story written by Paul Floeckher


    AJC: Librarians, architects help kids discover better world

    July 18, 2017Library

    This summer, while some kids were off at camp, prepping for the fall SATs or getting through their binge lists, a group of youngsters around Cobb County were pondering how Marietta’s landmark Big Chicken could look even better. They also turned a critical eye to the Marietta Visitors Center, the Zuckerman art museum at Kennesaw State and the new SunTrust Park and Battery complex.

    Reimagining how structures can be built for a specific purpose and audience was the aim of the Discover Architecture: Library Edition, a program that paired Cobb public librarians with volunteers from the American Institute of Architects Atlanta chapter and representatives from the architecture department at Kennesaw State. During four one-day sessions held this summer, the teams worked with kids to introduce them to and get them enthused about architecture.

    “The theme of our summer reading this year was ‘Build a Better World,’ so this program was a good fit,” said Tom Brooks, the communications specialist for the Cobb library system. “It was also based on creativity and had a real-worldness about it. We’ve had success for a few years with our Girls in Engineering, Math and Science summer program, and we thought this would be another good one for young people.”

    Brooks got the idea to create a summer series after hearing about Discover Architecture, a successful after-school program offered in select Atlanta elementary schools. The founders of that program produced a textbook filled with details on lessons and projects that fit nicely into a one-day event. Brooks brought the idea to Youth Services Librarian Amanda Densmore, who works out of the Vinings location.

    “Tom mentioned this idea for a program, and I had to be a part of it,” she said. “It’s such a wonderful opportunity to work with outside organizations and give kids something totally different— something that they may not expect from the library.”

    Phillip Alexander-Cox, an art instructor at E. Rivers Elementary in Buckhead and a co-founder of the APS Discover Architecture program, was happy to provide resources and direction for the library program. It’s another way the concept has grown since he and architect and E. Rivers parent Melody Harclerode launched it seven years ago.

    “The idea is to bring design education to young children, usually fourth and fifth graders,” said Alexander-Cox. “During our first year, it was just at E. Rivers, but then we added Garden Hills, and over the next year, we added four more. It’s grown so much that three years ago we published a guide book that’s available through Amazon so other schools, homeschoolers and groups like libraries can use it.”

    The after-school version is a nine-week program, followed by an exhibition of student models and drawings. Ideally, sessions run by seven volunteers for 14 students feature hands-on projects, guest speakers and an exploration of architecture as a career. But it’s also about reinforcing important skills, said Alexander-Cox. “It’s about problem solving, too. And we do a lot of drawing to scale and communicating visually.”

    The program has been so successful that it earned a grant to expand it to underserved neighborhoods, said co-founder Harclerode. “Architecture and design education is fundamentally valuable for kids because it’s a fusion of math, science, English, history and technology.”

    Brooks said the summer program also gave students a chance to explore themes around economic development. “At least,” he said, “I thought of it that way. The kids just thought it was fun.”

    Information about the Discover Architecture program at E. Rivers Elementary School:


    The Dept. of Architecture partners with the Cobb County Public Library System and AIA Atlanta for "Discover Architecture: Library Edition"Discover Architecture

    July 10, 2017

    Students in grades 4-8 are invited to participate in a one day Discover Architecture workshop based on the AIA's Discover Architecture Program. Students do sketching exercises and build models of their designs, working with volunteers from local architecture firms and faculty from the Department of Architecture at KSU. Dr. Tony Rizzuto, Dr. Giovanni Loretto, Dr. Arash Soleimani, Professor Bronne Dytock and Professor Marietta Monaghan and alumni Jereme Smith and Jessika Nelson joined Discover Architecture founders Melody Harclerode and Phillip Alexander Cox at the Switzer, West Cobb, Mountain View and South Cobb library branches.

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    1st year architecture student wins scholarship to Harvard’s GSD Summer Career Discovery ProgramJalaal

    May 16, 2017

    KSU Architecture student, Jalaal Malik, has been chosen as the recipient of the Atlanta Center for Creative Inquiry's scholarship to attend the Harvard University Graduate School of Design's six-week summer Career Discovery program from June 19th through July 28th.

    Every year, the Atlanta Center for Creative Inquiry (ACCI) sends a deserving young student who is deeply interested in Architecture to this wonderful program. Others have said that the program has had an enormous impact on their careers both in college and afterward in their profession. We are so proud of you Jalaal, and can't wait to hear about your experience!

    More about the program:


    Congratulations to William Lentjes


    May 8, 2017

    The Department of Architecture would like to congratulate William Lentjes for being awarded the 2017 KSU Outstanding Senior Capstone Award for the Marietta Campus. William was selected for the award for his Bachelor of Architecture Thesis "On Craft", Thesis Advisor: Kathryn Bedette.


    Craft is a relationship - a dialogue - between craftsman, tool, and material. Craft begins with the intent of all of these loci, and all of these loci are rooted in Being.

    Being is known through the consciousness, awareness, and perception of a subject. Being is the inherent existence and totality of "what is." 

    Being crafts us; Craft imbues Being.

    This thesis re-examines the pedagogical approach of an architectural education. The focus is placed on craft through presuppositionless phenomenology.

    In an age of endless mechanized production and spiritless materialism, the practice of craft can teach us to return to the experience of Being.


    Announcing the 2017-2018 DoArch Scholarship Recipients

    May 1, 2017

    The KSU Department of Architecture would like to congratulate all of the the 2017-2018 scholarship recipients! We are immensely proud of all of you.

    Dorothy P. Spence Memorial Scholarship

    Didier Porter and Farhaan Samnani

    James G. Fausett Scholarship

    Didier Porter and Alex Fashinasi

    John D. Mulford Memorial Scholarship:

    Didier Porter and Farhaan Samnani

    Jimmy Goldgeier Scholarship

    Camila Helebuyck and Farhaan Samnani

    Lance Linscott Scholarship

    Tim Huntley

    Jeremy Smith Scholarship

    Roderick Williams


    Congratulations to the 2016-2017 DoArch Award Recipients 

    April 27, 2017Awards Ceremony

    Competition Awards

    Annual Thesis Competition 

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    • Student's Choice: Giovonni Reese
    • Faculty's Choice: Anna Pack
    • Archi-Prix Nomination: Katrina Alano
    • Honorable Mentions: Hannah Boyd & Anna Pack
    • Third Place: Izuchuwu Ojukwu
    • Second Place: Brandon Aultman
    • Winner: Laura Sherman

    3 Minute Thesis Competition 

    • People's Choice: Joey (Tony) Rodriguez
    • Honorable Mentions: Katrina Alano & Jacob Matherly
    • Runner-UP: Jonee Smith
    • Winner: Damari Weaver

    4th Yr Integrative Design Competition

    • Honorable Mentions: Joel Lee & Matt McKim
    • Third Place: Didier Porter & Will Myers
    • Second Place: Devin Perkey & Farhaan Samnani
    • Winners: Brandon Arroyo & Lee Martin

    Spring 2016 Portfolio Competition

    • Honorable Mentions: Christine Nguyen Vu
    • Fourth Place: Timothy Austin Huntly
    • Third Place: Jeremy Bown
    • Second Place: Joshua Robinson
    • Winner: Diego Vazquez

    Other Awards

    Alpha Rho Chi Bronze Medalion

    • Rebecca E. Robinson
    • Michael C. Phaff
    • Damari J. Weaver
    • Katrina J. Alano

    CtiticalMASS Nomination

    Brandon Aultman

    Capstone Award Nomination (Honors Program)

    • William Lentjes
    • Hannah Boyd

    Georgia Outstanding Scholar Award

    Laura Sherman

    Pictured above: 2017 Thesis Competition Winner, Laura Sherman

    KSU Magazine Features Matthew A. Finn

    April 19, 2017

    Matt Fynn

    With a passion for the intersection between architecture and health, Matt Finn (Architecture, ’07) is working to understand how design affects people.

    “As an architect, I need to understand how the spaces I design affect people who use them,” said Finn, who gained his start studying how the built environment could facilitate psychotherapy for U.S. combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

    “When we look at the military’s observational techniques for how to enter a dangerous area and assess it for threats, it serves as a great template for understanding how human beings use their whole body to gather information about their surroundings,” he said. “There are lessons in this that we can apply to any number of situations.”

    Partnering with a Veteran Affairs psychologist and a Marine Corps veteran, Finn first began the PTSD research while at Perkins+Will, the design firm he joined after completing his bachelor’s degree in 2007.

    “Architecture’s role is to facilitate the activities within,” Finn said. Finn is currently collaborating with the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to understand how design can influence childhood obesity in America, and with the Green Health Partnership on ways the built environment can influence issues of public health.

    Healthcare Design recently named Finn the 2016 HCD 10 Researcher, making him one of the first practicing architects to receive this distinction. One of the projects noted by the magazine was Finn’s consultation on the design of ICU patient rooms for the University of Virginia Health System. Finn and his transdisciplinary research team’s findings were featured at the 2014 Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture Conference and the 2015 American Institute of Architects Convention.

    “Matt’s work has provided important insight on the correlation between human health and environment design, specifically how design can facilitate healing and progress for individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and childhood obesity,” said Tony Rizzuto, chair of the department of Architecture at Kennesaw State. “His research has had a transformative impact on the field of healthcare design, one that we can all benefit from.”

    In 2014, Finn founded his own consulting and design firm, Cognitive Design, LLC. In 2016, he left Perkins+Will to pursue his own practice full time.

    Read original story in KSU Magazine 

    KSUarch Department staff, faculty, students and alumni serve as jurors for AIA competitionAIAS judging

    April 10, 2017

    Last week, KSUarch Chair, Dr. Tony Rizzuto, served as a juror for AIA Atlanta's (American Institute of Architects) 12th Annual High School Student Design Competition. Also serving as jurors were current KSUarch first year student, Neil Isaiah Requina Capangpangan, who won the competition last year, alumni Jereme Smith and Adam Lamb and part-time faculty, John Busby.

    Jurors have selected winners for two projects, a pavilion and a library. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 11th at the College of Design at Georgia Tech.

    For more information about the competition, please visit:

    Click on the photos below to enlarge.


    Brandon Aultman to Represent KSU at CriticalMASS

    April 3, 2017


    The department has just nominated thesis student, Brandon Aultman, to represent Kennesaw State University at the CriticalMASS Symposium Competition at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Aultman will be traveling there next week and will present his thesis "Scalar Resiliency in the Age of Disruption", making this the first time in KSU history to participate in the competition.


    CriticalMass started in 2002. It was the idea of a handful of thesis students wishing to share thesis project work with other schools of architecture from the Southeast Region. At that time, the students were interested in the idea of place and region, and the event sought to bring diverse projects from different institutions together so that the students could share, and perhaps understand, what commonalities might be present in their final project work.

    The students themselves identified and invited international and national architects and critics to discuss the work and to give an evening presentation. These critics have varied over the past ten years, from those interested in regionalism to those that were launching practices on a more global scale. In all cases, the critics invited reflected the student's interests and the work they had been exposed to in UNCC’s School of Architecture curriculum.

    From the efforts of that first handful of students, CriticalMASS has fostered a tradition of collaboration and exploration across schools of architecture. Year after year, the event continues to inspire students to reach across institutional boundaries and come together with shared interests; no other such forum for cross-institution student interaction and learning currently exists.

    With coordination from a selected student committee and hard work from student volunteers and faculty advisors, each Spring CriticalMASS hosts a series of presentations and discussions from selected students and Distinguished Guests. Each project that is presented responds to a unifying theme but explores architectural ideas and issues independently through the lenses of technical methods, urban design, and theory.

    CriticalMASS Student presentations will take place on April 7th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. This year's Distinguished Visiting Critic is Jenny Wu of Oyler Wu Collaborative.

    NOMAS Hosts Guest Lecturer, Nicole Hilton

    Nicole Hilton

    February 23, 2017

    Last night, the KSU Chapter of NOMAS (National Association of Minority Architecture Students) hosted guest lecturer, Nicole Hilton, an Architect Partner at ColeHil Architects.

    Ms. Hilton is a native of Austin, Texas and the founding Partner and Design Architect of ColeHil. An alumnus of Louisiana State University, she is honored to be recognized as the first African American female graduate of the LSU School of Architecture to become a licensed architect.

    In addition to her architectural design expertise, Ms. Hilton advocates for diversity and inclusion within the design profession and design excellence. She is currently serves on the AIA Georgia Board and is an active member of the NOMA Atlanta Chapter.


    Results: 3-Minute Thesis Competition3M Thesis

    January 30, 2017

    Congratulations to the winners of this year's 3-Minute Thesis Competition, sponsored by Cooper, Carry & Associates!

    • 1st Place: Damari Weaver ($1,250)
    • Runner-up: Jonne Smith ($750) 
    • People's Choice: Joey (Tony) Rodriguez ($500)
    • Honorable Mentions: Katrina Alano & Jacob Matherly ($250, $250)
  • Results: 2016 Integrated Design Studio Competition

    Integrative Design Competition

    December 6, 2016

    On December 5, 2016 the Department of Architecture hosted the Integrative Design Studio Competition. The project was to design a new office for the American Institute of Architects and the Atlanta City Studio downtown. Students dealt with complex urban issues, building tectonics and assembly, as well as creating strong concepts.

    Competition Results

    First Place Overall: Brandon Arroyo + Lee Martin
    Second Place Overall: Devin Perkey + Farhaan Samnani
    Third Place Overall: Will Myers + Didier Porter
    Honorable Mention: Joel Lee + Matt McKim

    4th Year External Jurors:

    Ed Akins, KSU Jury Chair
    Kevin Bacon, Atlanta City Studio
    Chris Yueh, AIA
    Missy Bower, AIA
    Craig Mendel, Leasing Agent for AIA
    Gary Coursey, Gary B. Coursey & Associates
    Brian Sudduth, Gary B. Coursey & Associates

    All four winning teams were invited to exhibit their work at the Atlanta City Studio at Ponce City Market Exhibition. The exhibition opens on Tuesday, January 24th and closes Saturday, February 25th.

    Viewing hours during that period are Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 8pm and Saturday 11am - 7pm.

    Built in 3D

    September 7, 2016built in 3d

    With their hands on the pulse of New York’s construction industry, Chris Stailey and Jacob Mashburn have worked on some of the city’s top building projects such as the World Trade Center, Madison Square Garden and Hudson Yards. 

    The 2010 architecture graduates say they feel like a valuable and vital enterprise in the city’s regrowth, a huge boon to the city 15 years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. 

    Stailey and Mashburn, fellow college classmates in Southern Polytechnic State’s architecture program, were enticed to New York City after graduation by job prospects during the economic recession. The pair worked for an electrical contracting firm for several years before launching their own construction engineering firm, Agon Coordination, in 2013.

    “Our company is on the engineering side of construction,” said Stailey. Their firm specializes inBuilding Information Modeling (BIM), an intelligent 3D model-based process that provides insight to help plan, design, construct and manage buildings and infrastructure.

    Agon – named for the suffix of shapes – provides BIM coordination. Their firm is one of only a handful of companies in the nation that specialize in a cohesive approach to BIM.  

    “It’s a very niche market and one of the reasons why we are succeeding is because there are not many people who do it,” said Mashburn. Agon is striving to be the one-stop shop for coordinating all of the building’s systems such as electrical, mechanical and plumbing.

    The Agon team works as consultants between the general contractor and owner at the early design phases of building to ensure that the architect’s and designer’s needs are vetted and work with the various systems. Once the architect produces a 3D model of the building, Agon’s role is to “fill” the building, using 3D modeling, with each of the imperative systems.

    “We are like the quarterback who ensures that everything goes as planned,” Mashburn said. “We understand architectural code and we are able to communicate that to the trades.”

    The pair, along with a third owner, count the World Trade Center reconstructions, Hudson Yards, Pier 17 and facilities at both Columbia and New York universities among their credentials.

    The World Trade Center projects, which are among the most recognizable construction projects in the past century, encompass four high-rise towers, a transit hub and a memorial for the lost. The Agon team recently provided coordination support for the retail components of Towers 1 and the transportation hub.

    “The World Trade Center has been one of our biggest moments early in our careers,” Stailey said, smiling. “But what a job to learn on.” Because the technology embedded within the buildings is classified, the Agon team had to obtain security clearance to work on the projects. 

    “At our last company, we became the team that stepped in to take care of the major problems. We quickly became the face of the company we were working for,” Mashburn said about deciding to start their own company. 

    Their Southern roots – both Stailey and Mashburn are originally from Cobb County – are infused in their company values, with a handshake providing their promise of integrity on project completion.

    “With our training and the way we were taught at Southern Poly, we take a comprehensive approach when we look at buildings. We think about it conceptually and spatially and find real-world solutions." 

    Agon plans to expand their company into the Atlanta construction market, and have recently hired a 2014 Kennesaw State architecture graduate to join their team. The company has four full-time and four-part time employees.

    Stailey added, “We may have strayed from architecture, but we’ve taken our knowledge and spread it into another field. Architecture is relevant to what we do every day.”

    Original story | Story written by Tiffany Capuano; photo by Agon Coordination

    Annual Portfolio Prize Winners

    August 16, 2016portfolio

    The Department of Architecture is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Portfolio Prize. Each year, students seeking entry into the upper division of the B.ARCH program submit a portfolio of work as part of the documentation for consideration. This recognition goes to those students whose 2nd year portfolios scored highest among their peers.

    4th Place: Timothy Austin Huntley

    3rd Place: Jeremy Bowen

    2nd Place: Joshua Robinson

    1st Place: Diego Vazquez

    Congratulations to the winners*! Their exemplary portfolios represent years of hard work and dedication and set the standard for expectations here at KSU. To view these portfolios and the top portfolios from 2015 please visit Portfolio Examples

    *The department would like to note that 1st place winner Diego Vazquez' name was unfortunately not listed in the announcement made at the kick-off meeting.
    Photo: From the portfolio of Diego Vazquez


    New Faculty Announcements

    August 9, 2016

    The following full-time faculty will be joining the Department of Architecture this fall.

    Dr. Arash Soleimani

    Dr. Soleimani received his Ph.D. in Planning, Design and the Built Environment from Clemson University’s School of Architecture, where he also received a Certificate of Digital Ecologies. He has a Master of Architectural Design from the University of Nottingham, Department of Architecture in Nottingham U.K. and a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from the Art University of Isfahan, School of Architecture, Isfahan, Iran.

    He has taught at UNC Charlotte and Clemson University and published numerous articles on his research that focuses on human-computer interaction and designing cyber-physical and tangible environments. His project Cyber-PLAYce is a Cyber-Physical-Spatial learning environment promoting young learner’s computational thinking and explores the potential relationships between architecture, computer science and education. He will be teaching in the Environmental Technology sequence and Studio.

    Dr. Giovanni Loreto

    Dr. Loreto is currently finishing his second Post Doctorate at Georgia Tech, this follows his previous Post-Doctorate from the University of Miami. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Universita degli Studi di Napoli ‘Federico II in Naples Italy, where he also received the Laurea (BS/MS, 5-year degree) in Architectural and Construction Engineering.

    He has taught at Georgia Tech, Univ. of Miami and Universita degli Studi di Napoli. His numerous published articles address his research on sustainable construction materials, structural performance evaluation and advanced composite materials for reinforced concrete and masonry structures. He will be teaching in the Architecture Structures sequence and Studio.

    Zamila Karimi

    Professor Karimi holds a Post-Graduate Master of Architecture, Cultural Mediations and Technology from McGill University in Montreal Canada, a Master of Fine Arts, Interior Design from the University of Georgia and a 5-year B.ARCH degree from SCI-ARC in Los Angeles.

    She has taught at KSU/SPSU and the University of Georgia. She is also Principal of Connexion Gallery-Design Studio. She has had numerous solo exhibitions and curatorial positions and her current work focuses on tactical urbanism installations. She will be teaching Studio, Thesis Prep and in the Urbanism sequence.

    Dr. Selen Okcu

    Dr. Okcu holds a Ph.D. in Architecture, Culture and Behavior for Georgia Tech, a Master of Science in Computer-Aided Architectural Design and a Bachelor of Architecture both from Istanbul Technical University in Istanbul Turkey.

    Dr. Okcu has taught at KSU, SPSU, NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton VA, Georgia Tech and Istanbul Technical University and has published numerous articles on soundscapes and the impact of noise on spatial and psychological perception. Her research seeks to develop new workflows in both education and practice that bring principles of the environment to bear in all aspects of the design process through stages of informed decision making. She will be teaching in the Design Communication sequence, Studio and Orientation to Architecture/Learning Community.


    Architecture Immersion: Incoming first-year students get early introduction to studio cultureSummer Design Workshop

    August 2, 2016

    As students transition from high school to college, a unique summer intensive program has given nearly 80 incoming first-year students a sneak peek into the architecture program at Kennesaw State. The three-week introductory program, called the Summer Design Workshop, acclimates new students to the studio design experience.

    “Many students come here with the idea that architecture is about ornamentation, or decoration only, and they don’t really know what is involved,” explained architecture professor Saleh Uddin, who coordinated the summer program for the Department of Architecture.  “This workshop is the total experience. They become familiar with studio culture and learn the instructional methods that will be used over the next five years.”

    Students explored 2D design with simple geometric composition to “learn the visual language of architecture,” said Uddin. Students quickly progressed to 3D design, using several techniques to explore surface-to-volume theories, and sketched free-hand observation drawings. Students worked with tools of the trade, such as rulers and proportion scales, to move their ideas from paper to scaled models.

    “The workshop gave me a chance to explore architecture, and allowed me to be open minded to a different way of design,” said Justin Fant, who worked as a golf pro for six years before seeking a new career path at Kennesaw State. “I would be lost without this type of introduction.”

    Besides lectures and hands-on studio time, the intensive study provided students with daily feedback and critiques of their work, coined a “deskcrit,” from among the seven faculty who worked one-on-one with students. Critique is an essential part of the architecture program, explained Tony Rizzuto, chair of the architecture department at Kennesaw State.

    “The faculty really push you, but it’s for a good reason. They provide great critiques, and I have learned different perspectives,” said Jashalynn Maddox of Warner Robbins. “That first week transformed me.”

    The Summer Design Workshop is a non-credit, non-graded immersive study that is optional for new students. A majority of first-year architecture students elect to participate in the workshop, now in its ninth year.

    “The summer workshop is designed to help ease the transition from high school to our architectural education program,” Rizzuto said. “Collegiate expectations are very different, and even more so for architecture.”

    While some students may have taken computer-aided design or drafting courses in high school, this is the first foray into architecture for most students, Rizzuto added.  

    “I like hands-on better than sitting through lectures all day,” said Zaria Graham of Sandy Springs about her workshop experience. “I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I am glad I came. It gave me a heads-up on what will be expected in studio, what the workload will be like and how much effort and time I’ll need to put in.”

    Students gained skills in manipulating their designs and reworking their ideas. They were able to digitally test their designs using software, as well as draw sketches and construct models using a variety of materials.

    All of these elements came together at the final presentation and exhibition for parents on the last day of the workshop, Uddin explained.

    Beyond the studio session, first-year students learned about time management, work ethic and meeting deadlines, but were also provided tips and advice from about 20 senior students, including members of three architectural student organizations, including the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), Alpha Rho Chi Fraternity – Polyidus Chapter (APX) and the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS), who volunteered their time to help the first-year students.

    “I like that we had the opportunity to meet people, scholastically and socially, ahead of time,” said Caleb Hester of Lawrenceville.

    Students worked alongside each other on projects, ate meals together and became acquainted with their future classmates.

    “Our architecture students now have a better understanding of the fundamentals of design, composition and drawing, which is the synthesis of the whole three weeks they’ve spent working together,” Uddin said.

    Original story | Story written by Tiffany Capuano; photo by Lauren Lopez de Azua

    KSU Architecture‬ students featured in AIA Georgia's Citizen Architect Magazine

    July 22, 2016

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    KSU Hosts The National STEM Guitar Project

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    July 1, 2016

    This past week, the Kennesaw State University Department of Architecture hosted The National STEM Guitar Project. Program participants, including local high school and technical college STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) teachers, spent five days in the Architecture Wood Fabrication Shop working on custom electric guitar design/build projects.

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    The National STEM Guitar Project, in partnership with NSF Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Centers with funding provided through a grant from The National Science Foundation (#1304405), hosts innovative Guitar Building Institutes around the United States.  The 5-day institutes, combined with additional instructional activities comprising 80 hours, provide faculty training on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for middle, high school, and post-secondary faculty. The institutes present and teach participants hands-on, applied learning techniques to help engage students and spark excitement for learning STEM subject matter. Read more

    Photos by James Huntington Cordero | More photos

    Incoming KSU Architecture Student Builds 26′ Replica of the TitanicAlex Ross

    Article Featured in Suwanee Magazine

    June 29, 2016

    Alex Ross, age 18, just graduated from North Gwinnett High School and is heading to Kennesaw State University in the Architecture Program beginning fall of 2016. Like many other graduating seniors, he is excited to spend this summer hanging out with friends and getting ready for college. But, unlike his classmates, he will be completing a project that has been four years in the making: a 26 foot long model of the Titanic ship. The impressive structure currently resides in Ross’ basement but will soon be moving to the new North Gwinnett Arts Association (NGAA) Center for the Arts in mid- July.

    NGAA’s facility in Suwanee Town Center, is the hub of our art community, offering art school, workshops, classes, space for artists to work and display their creations, summer camps, parents nights out and more. It is dedicated to celebrating and promoting our local art culture and to giving both children and adults the resources to pursue the arts. Vickie Johnson, NGAA President, first heard about Alex Ross from Corey Holdrich, Stylist at Hairllucinations Salon. While Ross was getting his hair cut from Corey he showed him pictures of his Titanic project. Holdrich was so impressed and knew it was something that had to be shared with the community, particularly his friend/client Vickie Johnson. “When Corey first told me about it I had no idea how huge this was until I actually saw the pictures…it’s very impressive and I’m so excited to have it in our Center!” Vickie said.

    Ross first became interested in the history, magnitude, beauty and tragedy of the Titanic after learning about it in his 7th grade class. At that point his parents bought him a small-scale Titanic model kit; which was admittedly fun to build, but he had much grander plans in mind. During his freshman year of high school those plans started becoming a reality. Ross built the model from historic blueprints of the actual ship. “One time I threw out the entire front section of the ship (and hours of work) because it wasn’t perfect. I want it to be as historically accurate as possible… it’d be really cool if it even ended up in a museum one day,” he said. Ross uses everyday resources to construct the display, including tools such as: cardboard, wire, popsicle sticks, wood, LED lights, electrical wiring, modeling clay and paint. He is resourceful and economical with his tools. “I first started building it from a pile of Amazon boxes I found in the basement,” he said. “Now whenever my parents get something shipped to the house they throw the box down the stairs for me,” he continued. He painstakingly details every aspect of the ship: inside and out. The original ship was covered in rivets, and when his model is complete there will be close to 50,000 hand-created rivets on it… each individual dot made with glue. He has added cracks and splinters in the ship deck in the exact location where the Titanic split before sinking. Inside the model ship he has added tile flooring, staircases, lighting, seats tables, doorways, railings and other details – all based on actual photos of the Titanic.

    “It’s hard to say exactly how many hours I’ve spent on this project,” Ross said. “But I started my freshman year of high school and during the school year would probably spend 2-3 hours/day on average and much more time during the summers. There were times in the summer when I’d spend all day working on it,” he admitted. The hours have already started to pay off. When applying for the Architecture Program at Kennesaw State, Ross submitted photos of the ship and the University staff had never seen anything like it. He is now excited to pursue his passion at the next level. “Hopefully this will evolve into a really cool career…I would love to build buildings or even the inside of ships,” he said. The NGAA will be hosting an open house reception when the model ship is moved to their Center for the Arts. For more information about the North Gwinnett Arts Association, visit

    Original Article in Suwanee Magazine 


    KSU Architecture Professor Exhibits at the Venice BiennaleBill Carpenter

    June 27, 2016

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    Being invited to show artwork at Venice's Biennale would be considered a career highlight by many, and two Atlanta-based artists are among those holding that honor.

    The bi-annual contemporary visual art and architecture exhibition opened among the canals and plazas of the Italian city in late May. The work of William Carpenter, architect and founder of design firm Lightroom, and sculptor Bojana Ginn, titled "Presence," is currently on exhibit at the famed event.

    "In this collaboration, what we've really tried to do is elevate both of our games, both of our approaches," Carpenter says, referring to the combination of Ginn's work with light, projection and sculpture along with his own architectural elements. "We're really trying to redefine the normal practice of architecture and move [...] into the fine arts."

    Both Carpenter and Ginn called the invitation to exhibit work at the Biennale an honor, though one that presented challenges. The pair raised funds through local gallery owners and patrons to make the trip to Italy, but also required research and trial-and-error in getting the work there.

    "We were a little bit ..." Ginn hesitates, "should I say scared? Because we were preparing work for something that is across the Atlantic."

    Ultimately, "Presence" traveled to Venice packed into suitcases.

    "There was so much work involved," Ginn says, "that I feel that right now after everything is done [that] I can actually look back and see what happened."

    Once the work of putting their exhibition was through, however, Ginn thrilled at the experience of attending the exhibit.

     "Just walking endless hours from one exhibition to another," she says, "like a kid in a candy shop … it was overwhelming. "

    Original article | Article written by Myke Johns; photo by Lapid Photography

    Athens Banner-Herald: Athens native named top 10 in architecture competition

    May 17, 2016

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    CACM Faculty Attend the 2016 Design Communication Association European Conference in Istanbul

    May 15, 2016

    KSU Architecture and Construction Management faculty recently attended the DCA European Conference, hosted by Ozyegin University in Istanbul, Turkey May 11-14, 2016.

    Dr. Saleh Uddin, KSU Professor of Architecture, co-chaired the conference, while additional College faculty members also contributed heavily, including publishing seven papers, conducting two workshops, participating in the paper review committee and editing the proceedings.

    KSU Faculty Contributions

    Conference Co-Chair: M. Saleh Uddin (Department of Architecture, Kennesaw State of University)

    Proceedings Editor: M. Saleh Uddin (Department of Architecture, Kennesaw State of University)

    Paper Session Moderators: Chris Welty, Ameen Farooq, Marietta Monaghan, Tim Frank (Department of Architecture, Kennesaw State of University)

    Workshop Presenter: M. Saleh Uddin and Chris Welty “Moving Entourage in Architectural Animation” (Department of Architecture, Kennesaw State of University)

    Workshop Presenter: Tim Frank “Ecological Design Simulation” (Department of Architecture, Kennesaw State of University)

    Member of Paper Review Committee: Mine Hashas and M. Saleh Uddin (Department of Architecture, Kennesaw State of University)

    Authors of published papers in the printed proceedings or paper presenter: Ameen Farooq, Hussein Abaza, Marietta Monaghan, M. Saleh Uddin, Tim Frank (Department of Architecture, Kennesaw State of University)

    Conference Introductory and Concluding Address: M. Saleh Uddin (Department of Architecture, Kennesaw State of University)

    Paper Titles

    "Precedent Study: A design Inhibitor or Facilitator in Design Foundation", Ameen Farooq (Department of Architecture, Kennesaw State of University)

    "Marietta High School’s Haiti Restoration and Reclamation Container Building Research Project", Marietta Monaghan (Department of Architecture, Kennesaw State of University)

    "Marietta High School Haiti Container Project", Theodore Grosch, Leon Grant, Marietta Monaghan, Marcellus Pitts (Kennesaw State Univ., Marietta School District, Kennesaw State Univ., Fowler-Pitts Associates)

    "Threat Mitigation through Design: Designing out threat in educational environment", AKM Zahidul Islam, Univ of North Texas, M. Saleh Uddin

    "Interdisciplinary Collaborative Project at a Polytechnic: A High Hurdles Race", Leslie G. Hankey, M. Saleh Uddin (Department of Digital Writing and Media Arts, Kennesaw State University; Department of Architecture, Kennesaw State of University)

    "International Collaboration for Teaching GIS in Afghanistan", Hussein Abaza, Charner Rodgers (Department of Construction Management, Kennesaw State of University) 

    "Mapping Atmosphere: Sketching the Ambient Qualities of Islamic Space", Tim Frank (Department of Architecture, Kennesaw State of University)


    Marietta Daily Journal: Architecture student earns national award for sustainable design

    May 8, 2016







    Eco Design: Architecture student earns national award for sustainable designLaura Sherman

    April 28, 2016

    Laura Sherman was working in her Integrated Design Studio class last semester when she stumbled upon a call for entries in The American Institute of Architects (AIA) student design competition that seemed perfectly suited to her latest architecture project.

    Her design was selected recently by the AIA Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE), in partnership with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), as one of 10 recipients of the AIA COTE Top Ten for Students.

    The national competition, now in its second year, recognizes 10 exceptional studio projects that fuse innovative, regenerative strategies within broader architectural design concepts. Sherman’s project was selected based on her integrated approach to architecture, natural systems and technology.

    Her project, "O2O4W: Oxygen House in the Old Fourth Ward District", proposes a new facility on the site of the soon-to-be-demolished Martin Luther King Jr. Natatorium in Atlanta. The MLK Natatorium was a social and activity hub for the surrounding neighborhoods but was determined to be structurally unsound. As part of their studio design proposals, students were required to introduce a new community amenity, along with a center for lung health and well-being, explained Edwin Akins, associate professor of architecture, who teaches the Integrated Design Studio course in the College of Architecture and Construction Management at Kennesaw State.

    To meet the requirements, Sherman’s design included a community room, an outdoor pool with supporting facilities, a childcare center, an extension of the existing gymnasium and a public café. As part of the studio course, students were asked to combine a lung cancer or asthma consultation clinic with their public outreach programs.

    Sherman explained that this was very difficult because the programs introduced dissimilar requirements for private and public spaces.

    “The goal was to design this space to complement each other,” Sherman said. “A community center is very social and open to the public, and as a counterpoint, a lung cancer clinic should have privacy and limited access.”

    The ground-level community center that she designed acts as a pillar to the upper-level consultation clinic by providing community support and awareness, she explained.

    “This project was about balancing many things: technology, sustainability and the structure of the building. I also had to consider how it feels to be a cancer patient or a resident of a neighborhood,” she added.

    To meet the requirements of the AIA competition, Sherman’s project had to meet some additional criteria, which Sherman worked on between semesters with the help of faculty mentor Edwin Akins, who helped her to refine some of the technical aspects.

    “Laura’s work was clearly a synthesis of content from multiple courses into one studio project,” said Akins. “She skillfully maneuvered her work through multiple scales to capture the experiences and technical documentation of a truly exceptional design proposal.”

    Akins said that Laura and her classmates were a strong group who integrated their passion for learning and environmental stewardship into their assigned projects.

    “I am so proud of her work and the work of all of our students in the Architecture department. They are a committed and talented group of young adults who are proving to be true leaders in the field,” he said.

    The AIA competition program challenged students to submit projects that provide architectural solutions to protect and enhance the environment. Sherman said that the most interesting part of creating for the AIA competition – and architecture, in general – was trying to solve a complex problem through design.

    “There is no perfect solution to any design problem,” she added. “It just engages you in being creative.”

    The Athens, Georgia native, whose mother worked as an architect at the University of Georgia, first learned that she wanted to study architecture while in high school, when she attended the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program for visual arts. There, she recalled how much she enjoyed “making spaces.”

    Sherman’s work has been honored a few times this year, leading up to the top AIA student award. She earned first place in the department’s comprehensive design studio awards at Kennesaw State.

    Sherman and two of her classmates were also the only three students in Georgia honored by the 2016 AIA Georgia Design and Honor Awards for their innovative design work.  In addition to the Merit Award, Sherman also earned the People’s Choice Award for her project.

    Katrina Alano earned an Honor Award for her project, “The Oxygen Pavilion,” and William Lentjes, earned a Merit Award for his work, “International Living Future Institute: South-East Headquarters.”

    Sherman’s honored work will be on view at the AIA Annual Convention in Philadelphia in May and the ACSA annual meeting in 2017.

    Beyond her design work, Sherman is a Goldgeier Scholar, which provides an annual scholarship award to a deserving architecture student at Kennesaw State. She also is the recipient of three other scholarships, including the James G. Fausett Scholarship, the AIA Dorothy P. Spence Scholarship,  and is the first recipient of the Jeremy Smith Memorial Scholarship.

    Because of Sherman’s desire to give back, she recently led a group of architecture students in hosting a fundraising event, which raised several thousand dollars during the Jeremy Smith Scholarship Fund Napkin Sketch Gallery Auction.

    Original story | Story written by Tiffany Capuano; photo by David Caselli


    Recent KSU Architecture graduate to teach workshop at ACADIA Conference 2016

    Hakim HasanApril 26, 2016

    Hakim Hasan, (KSU Architecture, B.ARCH 2015) will be teaching a workshop entitled “Design Space Construction – Defining, optimizing, and communicating performance-based building design spaces” at the upcoming ACADIA (Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture) Conference, to be held at the University of Michigan Taubman College in Ann Arbor, Michigan, October 27 - 29, 2016. Hasan will be representing Perkins + Will, where he currently works as an Architect for their Atlanta firm.

    For more information about the conference, visit:


    Sponsors for the 13th Annual Jim Fausett Golf Classic Announced

    April 1, 2016

    Presenting Sponsor:

    CDH Partners 

    Dean’s List Sponsors:

    A.D.E. Builders, Inc.
    Jim Fausett

    Honor Roll Sponsor:

    David A. English Architect, PC

    Patron Sponsor:

    Gary B. Coursey & Associates, Architects

    Hole in One Sponsor:

    Norbord, Inc.

    Million Dollar Shot Sponsors:

    Lily Berrios

    Tee Sponsors:

    BRR Architecture
    Adele P. Grubbs
    Human Element Architects, LLC
    R.A. Lee & Associates, Architects
    The Sherwin-Williams Company
    Comfort Keepers
    Faculty of the Dept of Architecture
    Smith Boland

    $10,000 Putting Contest Sponsor:

    P. Marshall & Associates, LLC

    Golf Clinic Sponsors:

    Epic Response
    Tony Rizzuto
    Terracon Consultants, Inc.

    Photographer Sponsors:

    Lightroom, LLC
    Terracon Consultants, Inc.

    Beverage Cart Sponsors:

    Wallace Engineering Structural Consultants, Inc.
    Shull and Associates, Inc.

    KSU Architecture Students Dominate the 2016 AIA Georgia Design & Honor Awards

    March 30, 2016AIA Finalists

    The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Georgia has announced the finalists for their 2016 Design & Honor Awards, and KSU Architecture students have proudly claimed all three finalist spots in the “Student Projects” category. The projects include:

    “International Living Future Institute: South-East Headquarters” | William Lentjes

    “The Oxygen Pavillion” | Katrina Alano

    “O2O4W: Oxygen House in the Old Fourth Ward District” | Laura Sherman

    In addition, KSU Architecture Professor, Bill Carpenter, was selected as a finalist in the "Design + Innovation, Built Projects" category, for his project “Paty Modern” for Lightroom.

    All of the finalists were nominated for the “People’s Choice” award, along with a project from a fourth KSU Architecture student, Brandon Aultman, for his project, “O4W Oxygen House”.

    KSU ARCH Students Participate in TSA State Leadership ConferenceTSA SLC

    March 20, 2016

    Ten Kennesaw State University Architecture students and Assistant Architecture Professor, Tim Frank, participated in the Technology Student Association (TSA) State Leadership Conference (SLC), held at The Classic Center in Athens, Georgia March 16 - 19, 2016.

    During the conference, KSU students mentored middle and high school students interested in science, technology, engineering, arts or mathematics (STEAM) career paths, as well as their advisors. The KSU participants also judged competitive events, including fashion, photography, CAD drawing, architectural renovation and video game design.

    Participation in the TSA SLC provided the College a great opportunity to interact with high and middle school students from all over the state who display self-drive and motivation in the areas of design and technology.

    KSU Participants (Architecture students):

    Huy Ho
    Dyesha Holmes
    Zach Janick
    Katie Masters
    Christian Newman
    Andres Perez
    Clay Reid
    Josh Robinson
    Phillip Sanders
    Darral Tate

    ArchiTour 2016: KSU ARCH Students Visit Chicago

    March 20, 2016

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    This semester, KSU’s Architecture students decided to visit Chicago as part of the Department of Architecture’s ArchiTours Program. Dr. Setiawan and seventeen students spent three days (March 17 - 20) exploring and analyzing architecture in the windy city.



    Kimballs Pledge to Endow Travel Scholarship for KSU Architecture StudentsKimballs

    March 11, 2016

    On March 11, 2016, Julie and Jim Kimball of Canton joined in a signing ceremony with College of Architecture and Construction Management Dean, Rich Cole, to formalize their philanthropic commitment to benefit students in the Department of Architecture.  Julie and Jim are in the process of fulfilling a pledge to endow a travel scholarship to assist deserving architecture students to travel on domestic or international study abroad programs sanctioned through the Architecture Department.  Also participating in the signing ceremony was son Jason Kimball, BArch 2008.


    3-Minute Thesis Competition Results 

    March 4, 2016

    3MT Participants






    Rick Fredlund (Cooper Cary), Alex Paulson (Randall-Paulson), Lisa Tuttle (Fulton County Public Arts), Mike Wittenstein (Storyminers), Julie Newell (KSU) and Todd Harper (KSU)


    Finalist: Landon Clark ($1,000)
    Summer Travel Awards: Paa Kwesi Amponsah ($600) and Asta Varneckience ($400)  
    People's Choice: Kris Goettig ($200)

    Sponsored by:

    Cooper Carry, Inc.; Randall-Paulson Architects; and College of Architecture

    Photo showing architecture student 3-Minute Thesis Competition participants (left to right): Jonathan McConnell, P.K. Amponsah, Jun Xu, Landon Clark, Asta Varneckience, Kushal Patel, Kris Goettig, Michael Diaz, and James Logan Patterson. 


    Announcing the 13th Annual Jim Fausett Golf Classic

    Registration is now open for the 13th Annual Jim Fausett Golf Classic on Monday, April 4th, at the prestigious TPC Sugarloaf Golf Course and Country Club. 

    This Greg Norman designed course is Home of the PGA Senior Open.

    Proceeds from registration go to the Jim Fausett Foundation, which provides scholarships to deserving students in the Department of Architecture at Kennesaw State University.

    Register now



    Middle School Students Try Their Hands at City Planning

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    Fifth Year Focus Studio Exhibition: January 20-29, 2016 

    Forum: January 20th | DII Auditorium | 4pm
    Opening Reception: January 20th | Gallery | 6pm

    The annual Focus Studio is an intrinsic part of the professional core of the Architecture Program and is designed to foster a strong relationship between the program, our students, and the profession as a whole. The Fifth-Year Focus Studios are intended to introduce the student to design research and its application, while adhering to creativity, critical thinking, processes of making and constructability. Each Focus Studio is unique. As such, it is imperative that each Focus Studio Critic have the academic freedom to establish his or her own studio culture, pedagogy, and evaluation criteria for the work being produced in his or her own studio. The upcoming Forum and Exhibition will unfold the work of three Focus Studios during Fall 2016.

    Brian Buckner | WUNDERKUMER
    Elizabeth Martin | Architecture of Alterity
    Patrick Chopson, Sandeep AHUJA | Living Building

    Questions? Contact Focus Studio Coordinator, Dr. Pegah Zamani:



    Alumni in the News 

    Architecture Alumni Matt Finn publishes article “Choose Honest Materials that Agree with the Sense” in Behavioral Healthcare. 


    Urban Blanket

    Kennesaw State University’s architecture students latest design innovation, “Urban Blanket” is installed at Centurgy in Midtown. A “public space for lounging, flirting and working” it is constructed from HI-MACS, an environmentally friendly material often used for kitchen countertops, the blanket is a molded architectural platform that stretches 12 feet by 12 feet in a continuous surface or landscape, making it ideal for lounging. The Urban Blanket demonstrates that urban space can be upgraded and appropriate for the digital age. The work will remain at Centurgy until July 24th 2015.

    Summer Design Workshop

    Incoming Architecture Students started the Summer Design Workshop on July 13th. This three-week head start program introduces students to studio culture, basic design concepts, tools, techniques and processes of design and, as well as providing introductory lectures and videos on Architecture. Students will also meet and work with the various student organizations AIAS, APX NOMAS and SGA. An exhibition and opening reception of student work will be held in the Architecture Gallery July 29 from 4:30-6:00pm.






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    Summer Design Workshop Incoming Architecture Students started the Summer Design Workshop on July 13th. This three-week head start program introduces students to studio culture, basic design concepts, tools, techniques and processes of design and, as well as providing introductory lectures and videos on Architecture. Students will also meet and work with the various student organizations AIAS, APX NOMAS and SGA. An exhibition and opening reception of student work will be held in the Architecture Gallery July 29 from 4:30-6:00pm.  
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    Study Abroad Architecture students and faculty took their studies abroad this summer. Professors Akins and Martin taught students in Paris and Edinburgh respectively, as part of the European Council Study Abroad program. Professor Carroll took a group of students on an ArchiTour to Barcelona and Dr. Shpuza again took students to Dessau as part of the Germany exchange program.  
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    Faculty News

    Faculty from the Department of Architecture have been presenting their research in conferences around the world this summer. Dr. Shpuza presented ‘Migration of Syntactic Core during City Growth’ at the 10th Annual Space Syntax symposium in London and ‘The Effect of Terrain on Topological Characteristics of Street Networks’ at the 22nd International Seminar on Urban Form in Rome Italy. 

    Professor Frank presented his paper ‘Envisioning Our First-Principles Predecessors: The Legacy of Climatization within Ancient Anatolian Structures’ at the EAEA 12 Conference in Lodz Poland. Dr. Hashas attended the Study Space Warsaw Workshop in Warsaw Poland. Professor Dytoc presented ‘Graphic Learning Strategies to motivate Structures Education’ at the 5th Annual International Conference on Architecture in Athens Greece. Dr. Zamani presented a paper in Brighton England at the European Conference on Sustainability, Energy and the Environment.