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April 28, 2006
Contact: John Gaunt, architecture dean, or Patti Baker, assistant to the dean, (785) 864-3114.

KU architecture students receive book awards for outstanding achievements

LAWRENCE — Seven undergraduate architecture students have received memorial book awards from the School of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Kansas.

The awards recognize outstanding academic achievements in the 2005-06 school year. Students received their books, certificates and official letters of recognition from Michael Swann, associate dean of the architecture school.

The Athina Kambouri Barr-Kumar Book Award for Outstanding Freshman is presented to students in first-year studios who show exceptional promise in architectural graphics and design. Raj Barr-Kumar, a Washsington, D.C., architect and former faculty member of the KU School of Architecture and Urban Design, established the award in the name of his wife who died during his tenure at KU. Awardees received a book chosen for them by Barr-Kumar as well as one selected by John Gaunt, dean of architecture.

The Gertrude Goldsmith Book Award is given to a second-year architecture student with the highest scholastic average at the end of three semesters. Professor Goldwin Goldsmith, who in 1913 became the first head of the KU architecture school, established the award in memory of his wife.

The John C. Morley Award recognizes an architecture student with the highest academic record through three years of the architecture curriculum. The award was established upon John C. “Jack” Morley’s retirement in 1985 as a faculty member of the KU architecture school. Morley, a KU architecture graduate and faculty member from 1946 to 1985, was honored for his accomplishments in 1978 with a Distinguished Alumni Award.

The Curtis Besinger Book Award is given to a student who demonstrates excellence in design and academic achievement through four years in the architecture curriculum. Besinger established the award while he was a KU professor of architecture. He spent 16 years working as a junior apprentice at Taliesin with Frank Lloyd Wright before serving 29 years on the KU architecture faculty.

KU’s bachelor’s degree in architecture and urban design is a five-year professional degree program.

Award winners are listed below by hometown, major and year-level in school, parents, high school attended and award received.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Leawood
James Malinee, junior in architecture, son of John and Sue Malinee; St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Overland Park; Athina Kambouri Barr-Kumar Book Award for Outstanding Freshman.

From Stilwell
Matthew Keys, senior in architecture, son of Lynn and Deborah Keys; Blue Valley High School; John C. Morley Book Award.

LEAVENWORTH COUNTY
From Lansing
Jacob Simanowitz, sophomore in architecture, son of Jo Anne Parker; Lansing High School; Athina Kambouri Barr-Kumar Book Award for Outstanding Freshman.

MISSOURI
From Chesterfield (ZIP 63017)
Arjun Bhat, senior in architecture, son of Balekudru and Jaya Devadas; Parkway West High School, Ballwin, Mo.; Curtis Besinger Book Award.

From Clarkson Valley (ZIP 63005)
Katherine Hamilton, senior in architecture, daughter of Eugene and Christine Hamilton; Ursuline Academy, St. Louis, Mo.; Athina Kambouri Barr-Kumar Book Award for Outstanding Freshman.

From St. Charles (ZIP 63303)
Emily Moisan, senior in architecture with minors in French and Italian, daughter of Jeffrey and Kathleen Moisan; Duchesne High School; Gertrude Goldsmith Book Award.

From Washington (ZIP 63090)
Brent Forget, junior in architecture, son of Stephen and Patricia Forget; St. Francis Borgia Regional High School; Athina Kambouri Barr-Kumar Book Award for Outstanding Freshman.

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