The University of Kansas School of Architecture & Design
Furniture by industrial design graduate included in redesign of vice president’s residence
Jomo Tariku with his Nyala Chair (©Gediyon Kifle)
The last few years have been eventful for KU industrial design graduate Jomo Tariku. Beyond his furniture being acquired by some of the world’s top museums and featured in the Marvel blockbuster film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Tariku has become a sought-after media voice with outlets like The New York Times and The Washington Post featuring his insights about the inequities plaguing the furniture design industry.
Last month, Tariku received a major honor when he was recognized by Vice President Kamala Harris at a celebration of the artists and designers whose works were included in a recent revamp of the Naval Observatory, the official residence of the vice president.
Learn more about Jomo Tariku on his website and Instagram.
Watch how Tariku's signature Nyala Chair is made
Inspired by the shy and elusive mountain antelope from the Bale Mountains of East Africa, the hand-carved armrests and legs of this chair echo the Nyala’s distinctive soaring horns and sturdy legs.
Architecture alum Vern Sneed brings resilient prefab housing to wildfire country
Vern Sneed, of Chico, California, says the concept started in his student days, in a class with noted architecture professor Dan Rockhill.
“Dan said we needed to get a handle on prefab because it was the wave of the future, a way to build something at a lesser cost and faster. That just really stuck with me.”
- Vern Sneed
In 2008, Sneed got a chance to practice what Rockhill preached. A house project that called for a large metal dome fell through, and Sneed needed to market the sizable hut. Rather than sell it whole, he divided the hut into pieces and marketed them on social media as small cabins. He got over 100 inquiries.
Read more in Kansas Alumni Magazine
Studio 804’s 2020 project featured on Dezeen
Artist book by design lecturer Linda Samson-Talleur featured in exhibition showcasing the work of women artists
The 112th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art: The Book as Art at the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College showcases the work of 33 women artists from across the United States.
The limited-edition artist book, The Phoenix, is an excerpt from the Exeter Book (c. 960–80) with a translation in English by Benjamin Thorpe, edited by Richard Clement with calligraphy and illuminations by Cathy Ledeker and linoleum cuts by Linda Samson-Talleur.
Architecture alum Devan Swiontkowski, Healthcare Planner at BWBR, has been honored with a 2023 Rising Star Award by Healthcare Design Magazine.
Not content to simply repeat what’s been done in the past, Swiontkowski seeks to thoroughly understand her clients’ goals, vision, and operations, both in terms of their current state as well as how she can create an ideal future state to optimize care.
PGAV Destinations announces new talent
Architecture graduates Katie Neyer and Ethan Sandberg are among five architectural designers hired in an expansion of PGAV Destinations design studios.
KU Alumni Association's Drive with Jayhawks features Visual Communication Design grad
Kansas City-based artist Megh Knappenberger discusses the inspiration that drives her artistic endeavors and the pieces she will be unveiling at the KU Alumni Association during Homecoming weekend.
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Design student projects awarded by AIGA-KC
Four Visual Communication Design students won American Institute of Graphic Arts-Kansas City awards for projects completed during the 2022-2023 school year.
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