CAP celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first graduating class in April. Delayed a year by the pandemic, fifteen of the thirty-four 1971 graduates were able to come to Ball State, tour the building and campus, have dinner with President Mearns, give presentations, listen to thesis presentations from current students, and reconnect with each other and the college. A booklet is being created to commemorate the event.

Nina Davis has accepted the position of BSU CAP Indy Director of Operations. She will manage the BSU CAP Indy Center facility and support program activities that occur there – both for our college and other colleges.

CAP has been awarded a Ball Brothers Foundation grant (for 3 years) to maintain our leased footprint in MADJAX maker hub for ECAP students/faculty and further community and K-12 outreach programming by student groups and interested faculty. This grant funding supports of programming initiatives to connect non-ECAP learners with design and make opportunities, encourage student exploration of STEAM related educational and professional trajectories.  The grant also provides support for annual ‘faculty fellows’ ($6,000 stipend OR a course buyout).  Faculty fellows will be provided the time to pursue their scholarship / creative endeavors and connect it with community via workshop(s) for K-5, middle school, high school, or adult.  All CAP faculty, all disciplinary areas, are encouraged to consider this opportunity for the next three academic years. An RFP will be shared with faculty in July – please reach out to Dave or Andrea for further information in meantime.

Faculty that are planning to offer summer 2023 field study programs should reference the BSU policies and procedures here. More information on CAP’s internal deadlines to facilitate this process will be forthcoming.




The Department of Energy has awarded $50,000 to the college to help with the building of the Alley house for the 2023 Solar Decathlon Build Competition. CAP’s interdisciplinary team of approximately 100 undergraduate/graduate students have worked over five semesters to design and prepare for the  competition. The building site will be in the Near East-side neighborhoods of Indianapolis, Indiana, with Englewood Community Development Corporation (ECDC) partners. See the recent article in the Indianapolis Business Journal.

This year the College raised $35,050 from 209 gifts. The winners of the “Snap a Selfie with the Dean’s Cutout” were urban planning student Maria Henriquez and architecture faculty member Kristin Barry. They received a bucket full of prizes.



  • AIA Chicago – annual convention June 22 – 25
    CAP is holding a reception for any CAP alumni, current student, or faculty attending on Thursday June 23 at 7 PM at Fatpour Tap Works McCormick.
  • CAP Fall field trip week dates:  October 17 – 21



  • Reza Ahmadi has recruited the largest number of interns in the Interior Design program’s history (31) and Jen Warrner recruited the largest intern group for Construction Management’s program (97).
  • Interior Design won the 2022 International Interior Design Association ((IIDA) Campus Center award. Read more here.
  • Amber Scott, a Ball State junior in interior design, placed in the top ten in the national 2022 FORM Student Innovation Competition held by the Formica Corporation and Interior design graduate student Adrienne Barron has been selected to serve in the IIDA equity council.
  • Janet Fick, Associate Lecturer of Construction Management retired in May.
  • The Construction Management student team won first place at the New Builders Competition held in February at the University of Cincinnati, sponsored by Fischer Homes.



  • NCBDS CONFERENCE – Kristin Barry and Sean Burns successfully hosted The National Conference on the Beginning Design Student 37 (NCBDS 37) in April. Approximately 75-80 academics and professionals from the US and outside attended and participated in paper sessions and sharing their ideas on Beginning Design. The keynote speaker was Eric Höweler.
  • Professors Harry Eggink and Walter Grondzik retired in May.
  • M.Arch grad Rachel Lindemann passed all 6 Architectural Registration Exams (ARE) before graduation. Rachel is the first student in the architecture program to achieve this accomplishment while in graduate school under the IPAL (Integrated Path to Licensure) program.



  • Christopher Baas (Landscape Architecture), J.P. Hall (Architecture), and Jeremy Merrill (Landscape Architecture) were honored at the Immersive Learning Faculty Awards for their “Halteman Park” project.
  • Faculty members Malcolm Cairns and Jody Naderi retired in May.



  • The Department of Urban Planning has been re-accredited for both Bachelor of Urban Planning and Development and the Master of Urban and Regional Planning degrees programs for the next five years (Dec. 31, 2027). This news follows a site team visit in fall 2021 and a meeting with the Planning Accreditation Board on May 1 during the APA convention in San Diego.
  • Urban Planning will continue offering workshops to high school students through the summer and fall thanks to a grant from the Discovery Group to Chair Scott Truex. “We appreciate our partnership with the Discovery Group so much,” said Truex. “This extension will allow us to reach even more students in our three target cities: Indianapolis, Muncie, and Fort Wayne.” The workshops are taught by faculty with a trained cohort of planning students assisting.
  • Faculty members Bruce Frankel and Nihal Perera retired in May.
  • BUPD grad Will Snyder graduated cum laude and won the university’s prestigious John R. Emens Award for Outstanding Senior this year.
  • Sanglim Yoo (Urban Planning) was honored at the Immersive Learning Faculty Awards for her “Brightfields for a Brighter Future: Solar Potential Analysis for the City of Muncie.”



  • IDIA Lab is working on a Virtual Escape Room project for Ball State University College of Health. Project will launch in the fall semester. In this collaboration we are developing a virtual multi-user escape room. Escape rooms employ innovative learning strategies such as problem-based, immersive learning, role play, and game principles to improve teamwork, communication and leadership. Nationally, health profession curricula are beginning to explore the use of escape room experiences as innovative pedagogy. Escape rooms challenge individuals to collaboratively explore new content, work as a team to discover clues, solve puzzles, and accomplish interactive tasks in a limited amount of time. The virtual multi-user virtual escape room will support teaching teamwork and communications curricula for health profession students and contribute to improved health outcomes.