Ball State University is celebrating recent national recognition and awards stemming from the work of the students, faculty, and staff of the University’s R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning (CAP):

“These projects and designations wonderfully represent our values of integrating classroom learning in context with real world relevance,” said David Ferguson, dean of CAP. “They also underscore the increasing importance of the planning and design fields’ impact on the natural and built environment.”

» Mr. Johnson was recognized with the “Award of Excellence” in the General Design category of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) 2022 Student Awards. The annual program “represents the highest level of achievement in landscape architecture education.”

Mr. Johnson’s project is a proposal for an outdoor music and sound museum at Northerly Island Park in Chicago. Ball State faculty advisors on this award-winning project were Christopher Marlow, assistant professor of Landscape Architecture; and Craig Farnsworth, Visiting Roan Distinguished Professor of Practice in Landscape Architecture.

Award recipients and advisers will be honored in person at the awards presentation ceremony during the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture in San Francisco, Nov. 11-14.

» Working under the direction of Jonathan Spodek, professor of Architecture, the student team earned the Charles E. Peterson Prize Competition award for their drawings of the Interurban Bridge at Oldfields—an historic site in Indianapolis.

Students on this team were Kyle Anthony-Petter, Grace Goedecker, Trisha Martin, Brianna Minnich, and Abigail Rosenow.

The Charles E. Peterson Prize is presented jointly by the Heritage Documentation Programs (Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey) of the National Park Service, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, the American Institute of Architects, and the Association for Preservation Technology.

The annual competition, currently in its 39th year, honors Charles E. Peterson, FAIA (1906-2004), a founder of the HABS program. It is intended to heighten awareness about historic buildings in the United States and to augment the HABS/HAER/HALS collection of measured drawings at the Library of Congress.

» Ball State and its Bachelor and Master of Architecture programs was awarded the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) first-ever Zero Energy Design Designation (ZEDD) seal of recognition.

The recognition is given to educational programs “that are preparing tomorrow’s architectural and engineering leaders to design and build the most sustainable buildings possible. This new DOE designation distinguishes post-secondary academic programs that impart the best practices of zero-energy design on students and require them to apply those building science concepts in actual projects.”

The Zero Energy Design Designation program supports the Biden-Harris Administration’s goal of a net-zero emissions economy by 2050. With buildings being one of the main contributors to carbon emissions, building professionals must be trained to design and construct high-efficiency, low-carbon buildings powered by renewables to achieve this goal. Learn more in the U.S. Department of Energy press release.