MONDAYS | 4:00 PM | Zoom Links & viewing in AB 100
For a link to watch the lecture, email
  • SEPT 27  –  Mike Mallon, “Is Retail Dead? Life after Covid.” Live at Mall.
  • OCT 04   –  Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, architects. “Urban Natures”
  • NOV 01  –   Autumn Visconti, landscape architect with BIG who has a wide appeal across disciplines.
  • NOV 15  –  Tony Costello,  “A Decade of Humanitarian Accomplishments in Haiti,”
    Live lecture. (Tony will receive an award for this work on Sept. 23.)
  • MAR 28  –  Jonathan Moody, architect, lecture and gallery exhibit. Live lecture.



  • The college is embarking on a year-long celebration of the 50 year anniversary of the first graduating class. Activities will include spotlight coverage of the first class members on social media, and possible in-person meetings, with a special recognition at the AIA national convention in Chicago, June 2022. First class member Michael Holtz, and faculty emeritus Tony Costello are helping to lead this effort.
  • CAP alum Craig Hartman, SOM Chicago, led an elective last spring with ECAP students to explore the potential for a major building addition to the original CAP building. Craig will continue this effort for the current academic year as the ECAP Dean’s Innovation Fellow. He visited campus on Sept. 1st and 2nd, 2021 to gather stakeholder and site information. A proposal will be developed during the year that will more fully describe the potential of this exploratory effort.
  • We will be having a virtual ceremony for our 2021 Alumni Award Winners – tentatively set for OCT 25, 2021 at 5:00 pm. We will update you if the date or time should change. Nina will have a link to the ceremony.

The new 2021 issue of reCAP focuses on the creativity and achievements of our faculty, alumni, and students. NOTE: there are additional stories under some of the department tabs, the main landing page only displays up to four stories.

View the new issue here


  • Mid September to Mid-October: Architecture in Perspective 35: Award winning illustrations.
    2020 ASAI Annual Awards Competition.
  • Mid October to Mid-November: Sketches of Peter Rush, Architect and Urban Sketcher. Sydney Australia.



The eCAP Inclusive Excellence Task Group has two initiatives pending.

  • A college committee has been recommended that would include representation from across the college in addition to the existing volunteer members. The Dean and Associate Dean will begin implementation of this process, in consultation with Department Chairs and other reps.
  • Student participation will be included in this year’s IE activities.



  • Lisa Sobek and others in the Dean’s office will be working with each of the eCAP graduate programs to analyze and develop action plans for recruitment and support. The work started with the MUD and MLA programs and will proceed with MURP, MArch, MSHP and MID.



Landscape Architecture
Colby Gray (returning) – assistant teaching professor
Rachel (Johnson) Kavathe (returning) – assistant teaching professor
Sara Mess – Adjunct professor
Chris Baas, promoted to Professor

Caitlin Cameron – New Adjunct Instructor
Patrick Danahy – New Design Innovation Fellow, full-time
Craig Graybeal – New Adjunct Instructor
Bruce Loewenthal – New Adjunct Instructor
Brady Mick – New Adjunct Instructor
Jason Wolfe –  New Adjunct Instructor

Kristin Barry to Associate Professor and Tenured
Cesar Cruz to full-time to tenure track
Olon Dotson to full Professor and New Chair of Dept. of Architecture
Janice Shimizu to Assistant Professor
Andrea Swartz to Associate Dean of eCAP
Adriana Keramida-Strahl to Assistant Teaching Professor

Tammy McCord – New position –  Design Resources Manager for AB building

Urban Planning
Catherine Reynolds, new full-time assistant teaching professor
Instructors teaching one class: Heather Williams, Ehren Bingaman, Nate Howard

Construction Management and Interior Design
Mohsen Goodarzi – new full-time assistant professor


37th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student
MARCH 31 – APRIL 2, 2022  |  at CAP  




Sean Burns and Kristin Barry are co-chairing the 37th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student, which will be held at eCAP. This years conference theme is BLATANT | LATENT

Submission deadline for abstracts is October 15, 2021. More information about abstract submission can be found here.

More information can be found on the website at

Steering Committee for the conference includes:

Jeremy Merrill, Landscape Architecture
Sarah Alfaro, Interior Design
Sarah Keogh, Architecture
Adriana Keramida-Strahl, Architecture
Lohren Deeg, Planning
Natalie Phillips, Art/Art History
Lara Kuykendall, Art/Art History



  • CIDA reaccreditation for Interior Design from last year and upcoming reaccreditation by ACCE for construction management
  • We are preparing to send three student competitive teams to the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) event in the Electrical, Preconstruction, and Concrete categories.
  • Shireen Kinakri was recently invited to participate in Gensler’s Wellness Practice Community, a select group of leaders that have quarterly retreats. This group appreciates the challenges of designing for the neurodiverse community and endeavors to do better. They have asked to learn more about atypical cognitive function (such as Asperger’s, Autism, or spectrum-related abilities), as they appreciate the value of those individuals can bring to the corporate environment, and would like to better equip them for success.
    Shireen was also accepted as an inaugural member of Ball State’s High Impact Practice (HIP) Faculty Learning Community (FLC). This group is focused on bringing research into the undergraduate curriculum as a HIP, which is proven to increase persistence and degree completion in higher education. Shireen already does this with evidence-based design in her studio, and is considering developing this into a course recognized as a research class.



  • The college of architecture was added to the list for the 2020-21 ACSA Architecture and Equity Courses – (Association of College Schools of Architecture).  The ACSA directory was started in response to events in 2020 highlighting racial inequity across the United States and abroad. Many institutions have added new courses that investigate the intersection of race, equity, social justice and the built environment.
  • MSHP students received 2nd place in the National Peterson Prize Competition for the documentation of a historic site. This national competition is sponsored by the AIA (national), the National Park Service, and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia.  The award consists of a $3,000 check made out to the school, and Second Place certificates for all participants. The virtual ceremony will be on WED, OCT 27, 2021.



  • Preparation for MLA Accreditation for next fall (2022)
  • Natalie Yates: is the 2021 Exhibit Columbus University Design Fellow. Visit her project “Calibrate” located in the courtyard of Franklin Square in Columbus, IN. See more information at

    Aerial view of Calibrate. Photo credit: Hadley Fruits, 2021











Ball State University’s 2023 Solar Decathlon Build Challenge Project Introduction

The Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning (eCAP) is looking for multi-disciplinary partners on a project to design and build a net-zero energy home in Indianapolis as part of the 2023 US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon Build Challenge (SDBC) student competition. The project is to design and construct a net-zero energy home in Indianapolis with the help of local community partners and sponsors. A net-zero energy home is one that makes at least as much energy onsite as it uses on an annual basis and is the preeminent model of green residential design in the world today. The competition leverages students and universities to inspire the building industry and provides students opportunities for real-world, hands-on learning in preparation in sustainability-related careers.

ECAP has an 8+ year history of design and construction experience with the Solar Decathlon program. In 2013, the college collaborated with the University of Louisville on a Build Challenge house. From 2017-present, the Dept. of Architecture has engaged over 20 student-led teams in the Design Challenge winning 5 national awards. The 2023 SDBC continues ECAP’s interest in net-zero, green, affordable housing by working with a local partner to design and build a house in an East Side neighborhood of Indianapolis experiencing significant revitalization. Working with community and industry partners allows Ball State to provide hand-on learning for students, to contribute to community efforts outside the university, and to market our degree programs on a national stage.

Faculty & Administrative Advisors
Pam Harwood, Tom Collins, Dan Overbey – Dept of Architecture; Chris Marlow – Dept of Landscape Architecture; Donna Browne – CERES; Jim Jones & Sherif Attalah – Dept of Construction Management & Interior Design

2021-22 Ball State Immersive Learning Provost Grant, College of Architecture & Planning Dean’s Office, US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Award (necessary for Phase 2), Other fundraising and donations

Community Partner
Englewood Community Development Corporation, Indianapolis, IN

Course Involvement
ARCH 400 & 602 – Comprehensive Architecture Studio, Arch 401 and 602: Integrated Design, ARCH 602: Community Engaged Design, LA: Engineering, and Arch 598: Dwellings, CMID Independent Study.

Phase 1: Project Proposal Development/Submissions Aug 21’-April 22’
Phase 2: Project Construction (If funded) Aug 22’-April 23’

Opportunities for Involvement
ECAP is looking for collaborators to contribute to the SDBC project in areas that include but are not limited to marketing, finance, project management, procurement, fundraising, residential real estate development, health/wellbeing, etc. Involvement may take the form of student engagement through a course, independent study, thesis, etc.; faculty involvement through research or workshops; student employee involvement; and student group/organization involvement.

Tom Collins, Dept of Architecture –, 617-721-8713