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June 16, 2006
Contact: Patti Baker, School of Architecture and Urban Design, (785) 864-3114.

KU School of Architecture and Urban Design announces spring awards

LAWRENCE — The School of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Kansas gave awards to 17 outstanding graduating students at a recognition ceremony and luncheon May 21 at the Kansas Union Ballroom as part of KU’s 134th commencement.

The graduating students receiving the awards, chosen by the school’s faculty, are listed below by hometown, degree, parents’ names (when available) and previous school attended.

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence
Clarisa April Diaz, bachelor’s in architecture, received the Architectural Research Centers Consortium King Student Medal for Excellence in Architectural and Environmental Design Research. Her undergraduate project, “Living and Dining Spaces in Community Living for the Elderly,” was cited for innovation, integrity and scholarship in architectural and/or environmental design research. The award honors Jonathan King, co-founder and first president of the consortium. Diaz is the daughter of Fernando and Lu-Yuen Diaz and a graduate of Lawrence High School.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Leawood
Jonathan Wilde, bachelor’s in architectural studies, earned the Academic Achievement in Architectural Studies Award, given to the graduating student with the highest overall grade-point average in the bachelor’s of architectural studies program. He is the son of Stephen and Patricia Wilde and a graduate of Blue Valley North High School, Overland Park.

From Overland Park
Matthew Wild, bachelor’s in architecture, received one of five School of Architecture and Urban Design Service Awards given to recognize graduating students for outstanding school service. He is the son of Greg and Debra Wild and a graduate of Blue Valley High School, Stilwell.

RILEY COUNTY
From Manhattan
Megan Beth Fullagar, bachelor’s in architecture, received one of five School of Architecture and Urban Design Service Awards given to recognize graduating students for outstanding school service. She is the daughter of Clive and Dorothy Fullagar and a graduate of Manhattan High School.

COLORADO
From Colorado Springs (ZIP 80906)
Richard Mulhern, bachelor’s in architecture, received the Alpha Rho Chi Medal, which is awarded to the graduating senior who has shown an affinity for leadership, performed willing service for the school and shown promise of real professional merit through his or her attitude and personality. Alpha Rho Chi is the national professional fraternity for architecture and allied arts. Mulhern is the son of George and Susan Mulhern and a graduate of Cheyenne Mountain High School.

ILLINOIS
From Park Ridge (ZIP 60068)
Elizabeth Ann Pahlke, bachelor’s in architecture, received the American Institute of Architects Kansas Student Honor Award given by the institute’s Kansas chapter to recognize a graduating student with an outstanding academic record and active participation in the KU student chapter. Pahlke is the daughter of Art and Joanne Pahlke and a graduate of Maine Township High School South.

From St. Charles (ZIP 60175)
Megan Beth Cartwright, bachelor’s in architecture, received one of five School of Architecture and Urban Design Service Awards given to recognize graduating students for outstanding school service. She is the daughter of Steven and Karen Cartwright and a graduate of St. Charles East High School.

From Swansea (ZIP 62226)
Andrew Nicholas Miller, bachelor’s in architecture and architectural engineering, was awarded the Robert Bradford Newman Medal for Merit in Architectural Acoustics given by the Newman Fund in honor of Bob Newman, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Miller was recognized for his comprehensive acoustical computer analysis of an existing worship facility with multiple acoustical problems that included specific and practical recommendations for improvement. He is the son of Christopher and Linda Miller and a graduate of Althoff Catholic High School, Belleville.

KENTUCKY
From Owensboro (ZIP 42301)
Andrew Duvall Wright, master’s in urban planning, received the American Institute of Certified Planners Student Award and the Urban Planning Community Service Award. The American Institute of Certified Planners Student Award recognizes the student most likely to make a lasting contribution to the urban planning field as well as one with a high level of scholarship and leadership potential. The Urban Planning Community Service Award recognizes a graduating student who has served the Lawrence community by representing the KU urban planning program as an active member of the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission. Wright received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Rolla.

MINNESOTA
From Hutchinson (ZIP 55350)
Jill Ann Wendorff, master’s in architecture, received the Henry Adams Master of Architecture Certificate to recognize the second-ranking master of architecture graduate. She received a bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter.

MISSOURI
From Chesterfield (ZIP 63017)
Arjun Devadas Bhat, bachelor’s in architecture, received the Thayer Medal awarded to the graduating bachelor’s of architecture student with the highest grade-point average in architectural design. The Thayer Medal has been given continuously since 1919 to recognize architectural design excellence. Bhat is the son of Balekudru Devadas and a graduate of Parkway West High School, Ballwin.

From Crystal City (ZIP 63019)
Michael Andrew Britt, bachelor’s in architecture, received the Henry Adams Bachelor of Architecture Certificate awarded to the second-ranking bachelor’s of architecture graduate. He is the son of Cornelius and Debbie Britt and a graduate of St. Pius X High School, Kansas City.

From Jefferson City (ZIP 65101)
Enjoli Jovan-Jenae Dixon, bachelor’s in architecture with a minor in history of art, received one of five School of Architecture and Urban Design Service Awards given to recognize graduating students for outstanding school service. She is a graduate of Jefferson City High School.

From St. Louis (ZIP 63130)
Gilland McKenzie Akos, master’s in architecture, earned the Henry Adams Master of Architecture Medal to recognize the top-ranking master of architecture graduate. Akos is the son of Stephen and Cynthia Akos and a graduate of Saint Louis University High School. She received a bachelor of arts in architectural studies from KU.

From St. Louis (ZIP 63123)
Margaret M. Richter, bachelor’s in architecture, earned the Henry Adams Bachelor of Architecture Medal to recognize the top-ranking bachelor’s of architecture graduate. She is the daughter of Robert and Martha Richter and a graduate of Cor Jesu Academy.

From Wildwood (ZIP 63040)
Allison Dubois Johnson, bachelor’s in architecture, received one of five School of Architecture and Urban Design Service Awards given to recognize graduating students for outstanding school service. She is the daughter of Randall and Rita Johnson and a graduate of Eureka High School.

OHIO
From Cleveland (ZIP 44118)
Duane A. Felix, master’s in urban planning, received the Urban Planning Service Award, given to a graduating student who has served the urban planning program as an officer in the Kansas Association of Planning Students Association. He is the son of Carol Felix and received a bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University.

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