Category: Community Engagement


  • David Letterman Communication and Media Building now has two LEED certifications!

    In November, Ball State University celebrated the second “green” certification of the David Letterman Communication and Media Building. The CAP students involved made up the first collegiate team in Indiana to certify that an existing building meets the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards of the U.S. Green Building Council. The university recognized […]

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  • Urban Planning at the Mall?

    The third floor in CAP is quiet most days, and not just because of social distancing and online classes, but because everybody is at the mall. Shopping? No, holding studio classes, of course! Last summer Chair Scott Truex saw an opportunity as college leadership and staff puzzled over how to fit CAP classes into spaces […]

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  • Skilled trades education program for at-risk youth

    Ball State Department of Architecture faculty Professor Pam Harwood and Associate Professor Tom Collins are part of two grants recently awarded to ecoREHAB to initiate a Skilled Trades Education Program (STEP) for at-risk, under or unemployed youth in Muncie.  Working with Excutive Direct Jason Haney of ecoREHAB they will help develop STEP’s training curriculum that […]

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  • Avenue of the Architects

    Fifth Street, Columbus, Indiana – Student Exhibition Over the years, Columbus, Indiana has undergone a transformation from an ordinary Midwestern city to a world-renowned Midwestern Modernist Must-see. Although the entire City of Columbus is overflowing with architectural riches, one street in particular ­– 5th Street – is so saturated with great works that is was […]

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  • Interior Design Students Research, Design, and Implement Plans for TherAplay Foundation

    Dr. Shireen Kanakri, associate professor of interior design, has been teaching a multi-phase immersive learning course for the Children’s TherAplay Foundation in Carmel to help children with disabilities. The TherAplay program provides children with special needs innovative therapies, including equine-assisted physical and occupational therapies, for children with diagnoses such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, […]

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  • Ball State Interior Design Summer High School Workshop

    The Interior Design Summer Workshop had a record breaking enrollment this year with twenty five participants. The program gives students a great opportunity to experience interior design firsthand. At completion, students have a portfolio of work which is a required component of the application process in many accredited interior design programs. After participating in the […]

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  • Students Learn the Value of Preserving Our History

    Story by MSHP Students Students learn the value of preservation in Jonathan Spodek’s documentation and preservation technology studio courses. Master students in historic preservation diligently worked with the Greentown Historical Society in Greentown, Indiana, to document the street facades of the historic district downtown as well as the interior documentation of the buildings owned by […]

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  • Students create, build, fabricate, and construct designs for the community

    For the past three semesters, Professor Kevin Klinger in the i-Made studio has employed a technique called “design through production.” This studio provides graduate students in architecture with intensive immersive learning opportunities to help the community by applying their design knowledge and planning skills toward solving local challenges. Working at MadJax, the Maker Force in […]

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