Here are a few academic  achievements from the past year.

IINTERIOR DESIGN 

Ball State University’s Interior Design has been ranked #2 for Best Online Interior Design Degree Programs & Schools by Learn.org in their 2020 rankings.

Reza Ahmadi
Co-authored an article with Sarah Angne Alfaro published in Exchange from the Interior Designers Educators Council: “Leading and Poised to Lead: A Case Study of Immersive Learning Mentorship,” focusing on a recent University Design Center project.

Sarah Angne Alfaro
Won the Interior Design Educators Council Virtual Fall Symposium “Best Presentation” award. Sarah and her co-presenter, Tina Patel, presented “Reassessing the Role of Theories as a Design Tool Under Current Global Crisis.”

Published in the Journal of Interior Design, “The Bodily and the Divine: Study of a 10th Century Hindu Temple in Rajasthan, India,” with co-authors Tina Patel and Pallavi Swaranjali.

Co-authored an article with Reza Ahmadi published in Exchange from the Interior Designers Educators Council: “Leading and Poised to Lead: A Case Study of Immersive Learning Mentorship,” focusing on a recent University Design Center project.

Received a BSU Provost Immersive Learning Pilot Grant with Sherif Attallah: “Using Nature to Redesign Places of Worship in Muncie, IN.”

Shireen Kanakri
Presented three papers at the recent Environmental Design Research Association conference.

Awarded a Provost Immersive Learning Pilot Grant for “TherAplay Design Evaluation-Post Occupancy” project. The award provides nearly $30,000 to continue work with the organization.

 

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

Sherif Attallah
Received “Educator of the Year” award from the Mechanical Contractors Association of America. Attallah founded the MCAA Student Chapter at Ball State.

Sherif was the faculty mentor for the student team which won the “NECA Student Chapter of the Year.”

Presented virtually at the Decision Sciences Institute Conference: “Incorporating construction industry experience into classroom activities.”

Received a BSU Provost Immersive Learning Pilot Grant with Sarah Angne Alfaro: “Using Nature to Redesign Places of Worship in Muncie, IN.”

Gary Birk
Presented virtually at the Decision Sciences Institute Conference: “Teaching ethics in construction management.”

Tamer Breakah
Presented virtually at the Decision Sciences Institute Conference: “Prediction of Pavements Maintenance Needs Using Artificial Neural Networks.”

Janet Fick
She and her students certified a second campus building, the Glick Center for Glass, through the USGBC’s LEED Lab initiative. The building is certified as a silver.

Presented at the Greenbuilders 2020 Conference: “LEED Lab students as collaborators on LEED documentation.”

Presented virtually at the Decision Sciences Institute Conference: “Providing real world experiences for students through collaborations with local non-profit organizations.”

Jim Jones
Presented virtually at the Decision Sciences Institute Conference: “Wayfinding as Information-Seeking Behavior in Construction Project Management.”

Tarek Mahfouz
Presented virtually at the Decision Sciences Institute Conference: “Automated Construction Legal Support Systems: The Past, the Present, and Where the Future is Heading.”

Jake Son
Awarded a new faculty start-up grant through Ball State’s ASPiRE program to support his research proposal “Novel Biomimetic Solution and Its Impact on Building Energy Consumption.”

Jennifer Warrner
Presented virtually at the Decision Sciences Institute Conference: “From student to intern: building a successful construction management internship program.”

 

ARCHITECTURE

Sean Burns
Wrote a book chapter titled “Collaborative Thinking through the Dynamics of Site and Architecture in Design Education” in Progressive Studio Pedagogy: Examples from Architecture and Allied Design Fields.

Tom Collins
Muncie Mayor Dan Ridenour appointed Collins to a four-year term on the Muncie Historical Preservation and Rehabilitation Commission Board of Directors.

Is partner to grants awarded to Muncie’s ecoREHAB from the Ball Brothers Foundation and the Community Foundation to initiate a Skilled Trades Education Program (STEP) for at-risk, under or unemployed youth in Muncie. He and Pam Harwood will help to develop a curriculum that will prepare participants to seek work at construction firms.

Co-authored with Dan Overbey an article in Journal of Green Building: “Leveraging the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Design Challenge as a Framework for Student-Led Adaptive Reuse Projects to Address Context-Specific Sustainable Design, Housing Affordability, and Community Resilience.”

Received a Provost’s Immersive Learning Grant for Solar Decathlon Local Build (Indianapolis) proposal.

Tony Costello
AIA Indiana honored Tony by changing the name of the “Young Architect Award” to the “Tony Costello Young Architect Award” in recognition of his impact on so many young architects over the years.

Olon Dotson
Authored an article for Indiana Preservation titled “Why We Must Preserve our African American Heritage in Indiana.”

J.P. Hall
Helped develop a pilot project in collaboration with Indiana Communities Institute to support Main Street economic vitality in nine communities throughout Indiana.

Pam Harwood
Is partner to grants awarded to Muncie’s ecoREHAB from the Ball Brothers Foundation and the Community Foundation to initiate a Skilled Trades Education Program (STEP) for at-risk, under or unemployed youth in Muncie. Pam and Tom Collins will help to develop a curriculum that will prepare participants to seek work at construction firms.

Received a Provost’s Immersive Learning Grant for Solar Decathlon Local Build (Indianapolis) proposal.

Sarah Keogh
Received a BSU Provost Immersive Learning Grant for “Transforming the Muncie Mall into a Community Sustainability Hub.”

Taylor Metz and Richard Tursky
Guest editors with Lohren Deeg of a special issue of Architecture MPS (Media Politics and Society) journal. The trio also authored a piece titled “Re-Design Teaching Design.”

Miguel San Miguel
Had three illustrations selected for the DCA 20|20 Drawing Exhibit Competition: 1) Observational Drawing Category, Faculty, Miguel San Miguel, Travel Sketches – Greece, ink, 16 x 16. 2) Design Drawing/Image Category, Faculty, Miguel San Miguel, Quarantine Collage – Binary Cluster, varies – ink, pencil, newsprint, cardboard, mixed media, 18 x 16. 3) Design Drawing/Image Category, Faculty, Miguel San Miguel, Quarantine Collage – Supernova Dissonance, varies – mixed, 18 x 16.

Dan Overbey
Presented at the Greenbuilders 2020 Conference on the LEED Lab work.

Co-authored with Tom Collins an article in Journal of Green Building: “Leveraging the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Design Challenge as a Framework for Student-Led Adaptive Reuse Projects to Address Context-Specific Sustainable Design, Housing Affordability, and Community Resilience.”

Received a Provost’s Immersive Learning Grant for Solar Decathlon Local Build (Indianapolis) proposal.

Jonathan Spodek
Appointed as one of 12 people to the National Park Service Advisory Board for preservation technology by the U.S. secretary of the interior.

Richard Tursky, Taylor Metz and Lohren Deeg
Co-authored a paper entitled “Cantena.”

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

Colby Gray
His LA 310 class created a modular and innovative production approach for the design + build project for McVey Memorial Forest in Randolph County.

Natalie Yates
Awarded a University Design Research Fellowship with Exhibit Columbus. Her research work focuses on dynamic landscape illustration and simulation, using sensing methods in the design process, including GIS and UAVs (drones) in responsive design and post-industrial urban landscapes.

URBAN PLANNING

Michael Burayidi
Co-authored with Sanglim Yoo “Shopping Malls: Predicting Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why?” in the Journal of Real Estate Literature.

Lohren Deeg
Guest editor with Richard Tursky and Taylor Metz for a special issue of Architecture MPS (Media Politics and Society) journal. The trio also authored a piece titled “Re-Design Teaching Design.”

ASAI 2020 award in the rendering category.

Teresa Jeter
Named volunteer of the year by Ball State University Alumni Association.

Nihal Perera
Authored “Historic Landscapes in Rapidly Transforming Asian Cities: Contestations, Commodification, and Learning from Grounded Observations,” a chapter in The Routledge Handbook on Historic Urban Landscapes in the Asia-Pacific.

Edited the Sinhala version of his first book, Society and Space. Here’s what the title looks like in the Sri Lankan language: සිලෝනයෙන් ලංකාවට: යටත්විජිතත්වය, ජාතිය, සහ අවකාශීය දේශපාලනය

Produced the movie Glimmer of Hope.

Scott Truex
Secured a $24,000 Ball State Discovery Grant to present workshops using ULI’s UrbanPlan curriculum to high school students with planning alumna Mary Banning as instructor and planning students as assistants.

John West
Wrote “Land Banking regulation as rhetorical infrastructure: Planning as translation in the Muncie Land Bank,” in Planning as Regulation. West is founder and board chair of the Muncie landbank which held its first auctions of property this year.

Received for the department an award from PathStone in appreciation of the “outstanding partnership” he’s forged with the organization.

Sanglim Yoo
Received a BSU Provost Immersive Learning Grant for “Brightfields for a Brighter Future: Solar Potential Analysis for the City of Muncie.”

Co-authored with Michael Burayidi “Shopping Malls: Predicting Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why?” in the Journal of Real Estate Literature.

 

INSTITUTE FOR DIGITAL INTERMEDIA ARTS (IDIA Lab)

IDIA Lab is collaborating on a $3 million-dollar National Science Foundation grant with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Educational Testing Services, and Indiana University to create simulations for elementary math and science classrooms.

IDIA Lab has created a virtual gallery design system in partnership with virtual world creator Sinespace. The Gallery Designer is an easy-to-use system to create exhibitions with any web-hosted images. https://idialab.org/sinespace-gallery-designer/