Design Achievement Award
The Design Achievement Award is presented each fall semester as part of the ISU Alumni Association's annual Homecoming Honors and Awards ceremony. Honorees receive a framed certificate, and their photos and award citations are published in the ceremony program.
BFA 1993, Graphic Design
Michael Braley, creative director of Braley Design, has more than 20 years of experience in brand, print, book and package design. His work has been recognized with more than 400 professional honors and awards and is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, the Denver Art Museum and the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Germany.
Among Braley's clients are Aeropostale, Alliance for American Manufacturing, AIGA, Effen Vodka, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Future Partners, IBM, Pando Populus, the People’s Music School and Skadden. His work has appeared in numerous publications and exhibitions, including AIGA Communication Graphics, Art Directors Club of New York, British Design and Art Direction, Cannes Design Lions, Clio Awards, Communication Arts, Graphis, I.D., London International Awards, the One Show, Print Magazine and Type Directors Club.
Braley began his career in San Francisco, working as a designer at Stone Yamashita (1994-95), senior designer at Elixir Design (1995-97) and art director at Cahan & Associates (1997-2005) before moving to New York for six years, including two years as design director at VSA Partners. He was the creative director of Shatterbox Studios in Lexington from 2012-14.
As a member of the American Advertising Federation Lexington since 2013, Braley has served as director of communications (2016-17), vice president of programming (2015-16) and awards show judges co-chair (2015). He will complete a three-year term on the ISU Department of Graphic Design Advisory Council in 2016.
Thomas R. Gerend
BS 2000 Community and Regional Planning
Kansas City, Missouri
Since 2014, Tom Gerend has served as the first executive director of the Kansas City Streetcar Authority (KCSA), a nonprofit corporation established to oversee the operation and maintenance of the KC Streetcar system. He also chairs the city's Smart City Advisory Board, where he works to help advance Smart City implementation in downtown and along the streetcar route, and is a member of the Downtown Council, Missouri Public Transit Association and Kansas City Regional Transit Coordinating Council boards of directors.
From 2006-2014, Gerend served as the assistant director, then co-director of transportation planning for the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), where he led regional transportation planning, streetcar planning and public transit coordination across the eight-county, bi-state Kansas City region. While at MARC he led the region's efforts to win a $50 million federal Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER I) Program grant and secured critical funding to launch KC Streetcar's initial planning. The MARC Transportation Outlook 2040 long-range transportation plan was a Best Planning Practices in Metropolitan Transportation Planning case study by the Federal Highway Administration in 2012.
Prior to joining MARC, Gerend was a regional planner and program manager for the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission in Peoria, Ill., for six years.
Gerend holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois Springfield. He received the Kansas City Economic Development Council’s 2016 Cornerstone Award for the KC Streetcar project and Innovation Award for the Smart City Advisory Board. He is an annual member of the ISU Alumni Association.
BArch 2001 Architecture / MBA 2009 Business Administration
Dallas Center, Iowa
Matt Ostanik is the chief executive officer of FunnelWise, a company he founded in 2014 to provide revenue predictability software and expertise to help companies increase revenue growth by optimizing their marketing and sales funnels. Ostanik also is the founder and lead investor in Charrette Venture Group, an investment firm that helps entrepreneurial architects and design professionals grow their own businesses.
Ostanik previously founded and led an online construction software company, Submittal Exchange, which he sold to Textura Corporation in 2011. He served on the executive team at Textura when the company completed a successful IPO on the New York Stock Exchange in 2013.
Before starting Submittal Exchange, Ostanik was an intern architect and later project architect with Frevert-Ramsey-Kobes Architects-Engineers (2001-06) and Walker Architects (2006-07), both in Des Moines. He has served on the American Institute of Architects Iowa chapter board of directors since 2011, including as vice president in 2016 and treasurer in 2013-14.
Ostanik was named one of the Des Moines Business Record's Forty Under 40 in 2013. His businesses have received numerous recognitions, including the Technology Association of Iowa's 2016 Outstanding Startup Company of the Year, 2012 Clean Technology Company of the Year, 2011 Software Company of the Year and 2010 Top Growth Company; the Des Moines Register's 2013 Top Iowa Workplaces; the Greater Des Moines Partnership's 2013 Economic Impact Award; Inc. Magazine's 2011 Top Small Company Workplace; and the Construction Specification Institute's 2011 Construction Technology Award.
He is a lifetime member of the ISU Alumni Association.
BFA 1993 Art & Design (Drawing, Painting, Printmaking)
Jeremy Caniglia is a professional artist and illustrator whose work has been published and exhibited internationally and is in private collections around the world. Perhaps best known in the horror genre, he is equally prolific in fantasy art and portraiture. His work has appeared in numerous books and movies produced by Bantam Books/Random House, Cemetery Dance Publications, Dorcester Publishing, Easton Press, IDW Publishing, Anchor Bay Entertainment, IDT Entertainment, Industry Entertainment, Showtime Networks and Warner Brothers.
Caniglia received the 2004 International Horror Guild Award for best artist in dark fantasy and horror and the IlluXCon 2012 Illustrator Artist of the Year award.
Caniglia also teaches art at Creighton Preparatory School and at the Joslyn Art Museum's Kent Bellows Center for Visual Arts, both in Omaha. He regularly teaches and lectures at museums and universities throughout the US. He was named Iowa Western Community College 2014 and 2015 Art Teacher of the Year, Creighton Prep 2015 Teacher of the Year and Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 2015 National Outstanding Educator.
Caniglia holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a professional teaching certificate from Creighton University. He serves as a state trustee of the Sons of Italy in America, a trustee of Omaha's Santa Lucia Festival and a mentor with the Kent Bellows Mentoring Program. He is a member of the ISU College of Design Advancement Council and ISU Department of Art and Visual Culture Advisory Council.
MArch 2004 Architecture
Colleagues call Prem Sundharam one of the most knowledgeable experts on sustainability and energy in the architectural community. A principal with DLR Group in Phoenix, Sundharam serves as the firm's sustainability team leader and the southwest regional sector leader of its Practice Forum, which focuses on integrated design processes such as building information modeling and energy modeling. As the regional practice leader, Sundharam collaborates with 100 employees on business practice innovations to provide the best design solutions and design service experiences for DLR Group's clients.
Sundharam is a comprehensive thinker, planner, designer and researcher who led the development of DLR Group's national Sustainability Opportunities Matrix tool and is creating a "lessons learned" database of best practices within the southwest region. He has more than a decade of experience in K-12, higher education, correctional, justice and corporate design project management, including 12 completed LEED-certified/registered projects. Among his notable projects are Fireside Elementary School, a near net-zero-energy school in Phoenix; West-MEC Southwest Campus, a net-zero-energy campus in Buckeye, Arizona; and Arizona Department of Corrections 500-Bed Maximum-Security Facility in Buckeye. Sundharam also is writing a book on net-zero energy design.
Sundharam, who holds a Bachelor of Engineering in civil engineering from Bharathiar University in Coimbatore, India, is a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction, a Building Energy Modeling Professional and a Certified Energy Manager. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and was named a Design Futures Council Emerging Leader in 2014.
BLA 1998 Landscape Architecture
Matthew Getch serves as design director and partner with Martha Schwartz Partners, a leading international firm dedicated to creating and refining urban landscapes and helping to ensure cities' sustainability. Getch, who initially enrolled at Iowa State to learn how to design golf courses, headed west after graduation and worked as a landscape architect in both Salt Lake City and Tucson. Six years later, he reinvented himself and moved to London.
Today, Getch focuses his talents on the contextual landscapes of cities around the world. His work spans from site-specific, small urban spaces to large, regional and strategic landscape planning projects in 22 different countries. His award-winning designs the past 16 years have included the Natural History Museum Civic Realm in London, the Detroit Riverfront, Place de la Republique in Paris, the Mosque and Museum of Religious Harmony in Tirana, Albania; Market Square in Tel Aviv, Austria's Vienna Regional Hospital, Abu Dhabi Financial Center and the 2002 Olympic Welcome Plaza in Park City, Utah.
Though he once took a yearlong hiatus from landscape architecture to play on the professional golf circuit, Getch today relishes the opportunities to push the boundaries of contemporary design through the infusion of color, pattern, movement, art, cuisine and language. His goal is the creation of valuable public space that provides identity and a sense of place while bucking the global trend of uniformity and homogeneity.
MCRP 2006 Community & Regional Planning
For nearly 20 years Michael Wagler has helped revitalize hundreds of Iowa's downtowns, most recently as state coordinator of the Main Street Iowa program, part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. In this role, Wagler provides comprehensive technical assistance in historic commercial district revitalization, historic preservation and nonprofit development. He also manages the implementation of the National Main Street Center's Four Point Approach® (organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring) for the State of Iowa.
Wagler discovered his passion early in life—he began volunteering for Bloomfield Main Street while a high school student, thanks to a teacher’s suggestion. He went on to earn his bachelor of fine arts in historic preservation and architectural history from the Savannah College of Art and Design and his master’s degree in community and regional planning from Iowa State. He is a member of Preservation Iowa and the National Trust for Historic Preservation and serves as a trustee of the First United Methodist Church in Des Moines. He has been recognized with the Iowa Governor’s Volunteer Award from the State of Iowa and the Emerging Leader of Main Street Award from Main Street Iowa.
He is an annual member of the ISU Alumni Association.
BFA 1991 Art & Design – Drawing/Painting/Printmaking
Award-winning children's book author and illustrator Derek Anderson creates vibrant characters and worlds that delight young readers, parents and teachers.
Earlier this year, Hot Rod Hamster (written by Cynthia Lord and illustrated by Anderson) received Mississippi’s Magnolia Award and Wyoming's Buckaroo Award, both children's choice awards. It also won the 2011-2012 South Carolina Picture Book Award and was named one of Bank Street College of Education's "Best Children's Books of the Year" for 2011. The sequel, Happy Birthday, Hamster, earned the same accolade in 2012.
The New York Times-bestselling Little Quack, written by Lauren Thompson, has been translated into nine languages and continues to captivate children with Anderson’s colorful images of the title character and his siblings. Books in the series have won the National Parenting Publication Award and the International Reading Association/Children’s Book Council Children's Choice Award.
Of the 21 books Anderson has illustrated, five are his own original stories: Gladys Goes Out to Lunch, Blue Burt and Wiggles, How the Easter Bunny Saved Christmas, Romeo and Lou Blast Off (named one of the best books of 2007 by Parent & Child magazine), and Story County: Here We Come!
A member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Anderson regularly speaks at schools, libraries and conferences throughout the U.S.
Danielle C. Hermann
BArch 2001, Architecture
MArch 2008, Architecture
BArch 1997, Architecture
Des Moines, Iowa
BArch 1982, Architecture
MCRP 1985, Community & Regional Planning
MArch 1996, Architecture
Ann Sobiech Munson
MArch 2000, Architecture
With more than 50 years of combined experience as practitioners and educators in architecture and urban design, Danielle Hermann, Erin Olson-Douglas, LaDan Omidvar, and Ann Sobiech Munson in 2011 established Iowa Women in Architecture (iaWia), a nonprofit educational organization to support and promote women involved in the design and construction of the built environment.
Through activities such as networking, peer mentorship, professional development, research initiatives, and community outreach programs, iaWia seeks to empower its members, celebrate the contributions of women design professionals, and serve as a resource for women at all stages of their careers. The group holds major quarterly events and engages in activities to increase the visibility of women in design and related fields, advocate for issues relevant to these women, advance women in leadership positions, and lead discussion about cultural change in design professions. A student chapter at ISU extends these opportunities to students and faculty and responds to their particular needs.
Hermann is a project architect for OPN Architects, Inc., in Des Moines and past director of archives for iaWia. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and serves on the "I Have a Dream" Foundation Board. Hermann was named one of the Des Moines Business Record's 40 Under 40 in 2012 and received Excellence in Historic Preservation Awards from the City of Des Moines in 2007 and 2011.
The economic development coordinator for the City of Des Moines, Olson-Douglas serves as chair of iaWia and director of communication and outreach. She was the vice chair in 2011-12. She is a member of Consortium, a professional women's breakfast club, and the AIA. Olson-Douglas was named one of the Des Moines Business Record's 40 Under 40 in 2011. She received a master of architecture in urban design from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2004. She is an annual member of the ISU Alumni Association.
An architect in the state of Iowa and a lecturer in the ISU Department of Architecture, Omidvar chairs the iaWia education and programs committee. Prior to joining the Iowa State faculty, she was a project architect and project manager with Brooks Borg Skiles Architecture Engineering in Des Moines. Omidvar is a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the AIA and the Iowa chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. She served on the AIA board of directors for three years. She received the Margaret Sloss Gender Equity Award from Iowa State in 2011.
Sobiech Munson is an architect and specifier with Substance Architecture in Des Moines and previously was director of the ISU College of Design's first-year Core Design Program. She is the past chair of iaWia and served as chair in 2011-12. She also is the certification chair for the Central Iowa Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute and a liaison for the CSI award jury with the ISU Department of Architecture. Along with Thomas Leslie, Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture at Iowa State, Sobiech Munson received a 2005-06 Creative Achievement Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.
BA 1985, Architecture, with distinction
Des Moines, Iowa
Tim Hickman, AIA, LEED AP, is a founding principal of Substance, a multidisciplinary design firm in Des Moines that has grown from a staff of five to 23 in just seven years and has received more than 20 state and national design awards. Prior to forming Substance in 2005, Hickman worked with Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck Architecture, where he was named an associate in 2000.
Hickman has completed numerous projects for the Iowa Board of Regents, including the University of Northern Iowa's Multimodal Transportation Center, winner of a 2011 Design Award from the American Institute of Architects Central States Region, and the University of Iowa's Blank Honors Center, winner of 2005 Design Awards from both AIA Central States and AIA Iowa.
Hickman also led the design of the John and Mary Pappajohn Higher Education Center in Des Moines and now heads the design effort for the University of Iowa football program's new athletic training facility.
Hickman frequently teaches design studios for the ISU architecture department. He serves on the Des Moines Arts Center Building and Grounds Committee and volunteers for the Des Moines Playhouse and the AIDS Project of Central Iowa. Hickman received a Master of Architecture from Yale University in 2000. He lives in Des Moines with his spouse, Frank Vaia, and is a life member of the ISU Alumni Association.
As Limited Brands' associate vice president for store design and construction, Dale Saylor is responsible for new retail concept development and implementation for various high-profile stores and for new company business initiatives. He led the design work for the first Victoria's Secret international retail store in London earlier this year.
Saylor previously was the director of store planning and design for Burberry in New York and Hong Kong for five years, implementing the brand’s global concept for all new retail and wholesale locations in the Asia Pacific region and all duty-free locations worldwide. He has a further decade of management and consulting experience with Victoria's Secret, Calvin Klein Cosmetics, Saks Fifth Avenue, Henri Bendel and David Yurman, among others.
Saylor's work has been published in Elle Décor and numerous design and trade publications. He received the Visual Merchandising and Shop Design Retail Shop in Shop Award in 1998.
Saylor is a member of Friends of the High Line, Columbia/Greene County ASPCA, Old Chatham Hunt Club and Columbia County Historical Society, all in New York State. He is an annual member of the ISU Alumni Association.
Saylor lives in New York with his husband, Joseph Williamson.
Rachelle Schoessler Lynn
BFA 1990 Interior Design
Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, FASID, CID, LEED AP BD+C, is a co-founder and partner with Studio 2030, Inc., in the Twin Cities, and a national leader in sustainable design solutions. Her firm's name refers to the goal of reaching carbon-neutral buildings by 2030.
Schoessler Lynn is a member of the Minnesota Environmental Fund board, and past member of both the American Society of Interior Designers board and the Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design. She also chaired the ASID Sustainable Design Council. She was a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council's Minnesota chapter and helped create Minnesota's Sustainable Building Guidelines.
An adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota, Schoessler Lynn is a frequent lecturer on sustainable design, indoor air quality, workplace issues and material development. Before co-founding Studio 2030, she led the interior design practice for two major Minnesota design firms.
Schoessler Lynn was named the ASID MN Designer of Distinction in 2004, and the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal honored her as one of Minnesota's "Forty under 40" influential business leaders in 2006. She was inducted as a Fellow of the ASID in 2010.
Schoessler Lynn served on the ISU Interior Design Advisory Board from 2002 to 2008, including two years as chair. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Kevin Lynn, and is an annual member of the ISU Alumni Association.
Sally Cooper Smith is the president and creative director of Cooper Smith & Company in Des Moines. She formed the company in 1993 with a commitment to integrate honesty and intelligence into marketing communications, and believes there is an intrinsic correlation between staying small and maintaining a high level of quality.
Smith's work has appeared internationally in Communication Arts, Creative Quarterly, Graphis and Studio (Canada). She has earned national and regional recognition with Creativity International Awards, Addy Awards, Davey Awards, and awards from the American Advertising Federation of Des Moines and the Art Directors Association of Iowa. A poster sequence she created for the State Historical Society of Iowa is still in use and remains the most popular series created.
Prior to founding her own firm, Smith was design director for Design Group, Inc., for six years. She has served on the boards of the Rotary Club of Des Moines, A.M., and Ballet Des Moines, and is past president of the Civic Music Association, Des Moines Symphony Ambassadors and Art Directors Association of Iowa boards of directors. She is a member of the American Advertising Federation of Des Moines and the Des Moines Leadership Institute. She taught the graphic design professional practice course at Iowa State for several years. Smith is parent to one daughter, Emily.
Don Young is the president of D. R. Young Associates, which offers professional services in corporate and institutional real estate development and project management. Young specializes in project organization, direction of entitlement and approval processes, and design and construction management.
Young applies an innovative approach to design practice that transcends the production of physical artifacts by guiding decisions that shape the built environment. His clients have included E*Trade Financial, The Gap, Google, Symantec and Adobe Systems. He has been involved in the redevelopment of the California Academy of Sciences and the Walt Disney Family Museum. Presently, Young is leading the expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, which, upon completion, will become the second-largest contemporary art museum in the United States.
Before establishing his consulting firm, Young was the director of corporate real estate and development for Silicon Graphics, Inc., where he led projects such as the award-winning Shoreline Entry site (now the Silicon Valley Tech Museum), the Crittenden Campus (now the location of Google's management team), and SGI's European manufacturing headquarters in Switzerland.
Young is an active member of Lambda Alpha International, the Urban Land Institute and the San Francisco Urban Planning and Research Institute. He received a Master of Landscape Architecture with honors from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1978. Young resides in San Rafael with his wife, Susan.
BArch 1997, Architecture
Santa Fe, New Mexico
At the age of 17 in 1992, Bryan Berg broke the Guinness World Record for the World's Tallest House of Freestanding Playing Cards, with a tower 14 feet, 6 inches tall. Since then, he has been commissioned to break his own record more than 10 times, with his latest structure reaching over 25 feet. In 2004, Guinness created a new category for the World's Largest House of Cards to further recognize Berg's work. He continues to hold both records, which require that the builder use no tape, glue or tricks in his constructions.
Through his firm, Cardstacker LLC, Berg has completed projects worldwide for such clients as Lexus, Walt Disney World, Holiday Inn, Fed Ex, National Hockey League and San Francisco Opera. He also collaborates on the design and construction of projects in New Mexico using alternative building materials such as straw bale, adobe and rammed earth.
Berg and his work have appeared in countless television, print and online media, including CNN, MTV, The Discovery Channel, ESPN, USA Today, Fast Company and the Wall Street Journal.
Berg taught architecture at Iowa State from 2000 to 2003. He earned a Master in Design Studies degree from Harvard University in 2004. Berg's wife, Kristin Carlson, also serves as his business manager.
Theaster Gates, Jr.
BS 1996, Community and Regional Planning
MA 2005, Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies
If pressed to describe Theaster Gates' work in one word, it would be "transformative." In his performances, installations and urban interventions, Gates—an artist, musician and 'cultural planner” as well as director of arts program development for the University of Chicago—transforms spaces, relationships, traditions and perceptions.
Exploring architecture as a tool for mediation and meditation, Gates draws from both urbanism and art to provide what he terms "moments of interstitial beauty" in Chicago's South Side neighborhoods. His most recent project, "Temple," comprises two neighboring houses whose interiors he completely rebuilt of donated and repurposed materials to create spaces for workshops, exhibitions and other public events on topics of race, art and politics.
Gates' work is funded by the Joyce Foundation, the Graham Foundation, and the African American Art Alliance. In 2010 alone, he has performed and exhibited at the Whitney Biennial and the Armory Show in New York, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Pulitzer Museum of Art in St. Louis, and the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston. He also completed residencies with the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wis.; Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Ore.; and Artadia New York. He is a Loeb Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Design for 2010-11.
Gates received a Master of Arts degree in fine arts and religious studies from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 1998.
Elizebeth Murphy Schueneman
BFA 1987, Graphic Design
As president of Emspace Group in Omaha, Elizebeth Murphy Schueneman leads a team of communications professionals in the development of brand communications, design programs and interactive initiatives for a host of nonprofit clients working to improve their community. These include higher education institutions, community foundations, social services agencies, arts organizations and public health initiatives. With 20 years of experience in the field, Murphy Schueneman focuses on helping these organizations to inform, inspire and persuade their audiences more effectively.
Her team's work is regularly recognized by the Nebraska chapters of the Public Relations Society of America, the American Marketing Association and AIGA, as well as the Nebraska Center for the Book. Their projects have appeared in numerous design publications, including Step and How magazines.
Prior to opening Emspace Group in 1992, Murphy Schueneman was a graphic designer for the Chicago Sun-Times and Primary Communications in Chicago.
Murphy Schueneman serves on the Concord Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution board of directors, the Lauritzen Gardens marketing committee and the Westside Community Schools communications council, all in Omaha, and on the executive committee of the ISU College of Design Advancement Council. She is an annual member of the ISU Alumni Association.