Revitalizing Lake Laverne: a Parametric Modeling Study

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Fleenor, Kelsey
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The Department offers a five-year program leading to the Bachelor of Architecture degree. The program provides opportunities for general education as well as preparation for professional practice and/or graduate study.

The Department of Architecture offers two graduate degrees in architecture: a three-year accredited professional degree (MArch) and a two-semester to three-semester research degree (MS in Arch). Double-degree programs are currently offered with the Department of Community and Regional Planning (MArch/MCRP) and the College of Business (MArch/MBA).

The Department of Architecture was established in 1914 as the Department of Structural Design in the College of Engineering. The name of the department was changed to the Department of Architectural Engineering in 1918. In 1945, the name was changed to the Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering. In 1967, the name was changed to the Department of Architecture and formed part of the Design Center. In 1978, the department became part of the College of Design.

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  • Department of Structural Design (1914–1918)
  • Department of Architectural Engineering (1918–1945)
  • Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering (1945–1967)

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University Honors Program

The Honors project is potentially the most valuable component of an Honors education. Typically Honors students choose to do their projects in their area of study, but some will pick a topic of interest unrelated to their major.

The Honors Program requires that the project be presented at a poster presentation event. Poster presentations are held each semester. Most students present during their senior year, but may do so earlier if their honors project has been completed.

This site presents project descriptions and selected posters for Honors projects completed since the Fall 2015 semester.


This project acted as a design charrette, envisioning Lake Laverne as a revitalized landmark for Iowa State– a place for students, faculty, and visitors to find inspiration, relaxation, and education through architecture and landscaping. Simultaneously, this project provided an opportunity to explore the potential of parametric forms and their benefits to both people and nature including their advantages to the design and construction processes. The project developed over the course of a semester including exploration into various design programs, research into architectural and landscape precedents, and development of many design iterations. Contrary to traditional architectural practice, the scope of this project was not restricted to the site boundaries of Lake Laverne, e.g. Lincoln Way, Morrill Road, Welch Road, Union Drive. Rather, this project provides a visionary design concept that integrates Lake Laverne with the surrounding context (ex. academic buildings and student communities) and transforms Lake Laverne into an aesthetically pleasing and highly functional asset to Iowa State’s campus.

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