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3 Lunches to choose from

September 18: Filling Nature’s Canvas: Architecture as Place

The identity of cities and neighborhoods are often defined by their buildings.

A discussion of examples from around the world and a more in depth look at examples in Wichita and some of its neighborhoods.

Location: SJCF Architecture, 257 N. Broadway
Cost: $5 (Includes box lunch), Get Tickets

September 20: Wichita Design: Great Alone, Better Together.

Come join Haworth + encompas for small group discussions about local design challenges, looking ahead, and how we can support one another.

GLMV Architecture, 1525 E. Douglas
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September 22: Creating a Vision & Seeing it Through

Sonia Greteman, creative director of Greteman Group will give an inside look at the hurdles and challenges involved in developing the vision for River Corridor Keeper Plaza, and Wichita Eisenhower Airport projects. She will discuss how graphic design and branding helped shape the projects and how much fun you can have working on an integrated team.

Greteman Group, 1425 E. Douglas
Cost: $5, Get Tickets

Monday September 18
Pecha Kucha

Pecha Kucha 20x20 graphic of audience at presentation

20 slides 20 seconds each

"Design Local" will be the theme for the evening.

Scheduled presenters include:

  • Christina Calhoun - Copywriter/Advocate -
    Howerton + White
  • Thea Pajunen - Marketer - Fidelity Bank
  • Michael Carmody - Cool Guy/Owner - The Donut Whole
  • Alex Pemberton - Wichita Downtown/Placemaker
  • Todd Ramsey - Owner/Marketer - Apples & Arrows
  • Chris Parks - Local Design Legend
  • Adam Hartke - Music Stuff - Wichita Festivals -
    Co-Owner of Barleycorns
  • Ellamonique Baucus - Design Council Member and Artist
  • Josh Tripoli & Rebekah Lewis - Artists/Creative Duo - Murals
  • Armando Minjarez - Artist/Northside Urban Arts Festival

September 18, 2017
Barleycorn's, 608 E. Douglas
Cost: FREE Admittance,
Cash Bar


This film focuses on the role designers and design is playing in an ever changing world. Ben Blumenfeld, Co-Founder of Designer fund puts it this way "The biggest challenge designers are facing right now is that they are designing alot of things that are new, that have never been done before in organizations that are evolving and changing for audiences that are evolving and changing". Come hear Jon Meada, Alex Castellarnau, Julie Zhou, and others address how design is the connector between complexity and meaning, and how organizations are adapting to the speed of change.

September 20, 2017
Time: 7:00pm
Location: WSU McKnight Art & Design, Room 210
Cost: Free

The Power of Design
Chuck Comeau, Dessin Fournir

Good design creates experiences, not just products. While those in the design industry understand this concept, what many people don't realize is that initiatives don’t necessarily have to be “big” to have a major impact in smaller communities. The relocation of one business, or the renovation of one or two buildings can make a major impact in a small town.

About Chuck Comeau

Chuck Comeau is the Co-Founder and CEO of Dessin Fournir, which encompasses 13 to-the-trade companies renowned throughout the interior design industry. Dessin Fournir’s impressive array of products encompasses handcrafted furniture, lighting, textiles, wall coverings, drapery hardware, trims, and accessories. Comeau also acts as the creative director for the firm, providing inspiration and oversight for the development of all new product designs. With corporate headquarters located in Comeau's hometown of rural Plainville, Kansas, Dessin Fournir competes globally in 15 major U.S. markets, and in Toronto, London, and Moscow.

Comeau's continuing entrepreneurial spirit and his passion for design, architecture, history, and his northwest Kansas heritage carried over to the neighboring city of Hays. Comeau is President and Founder of Liberty Group, Inc., the primary developer charged with the renovation and management of over 20 buildings in the Chestnut Street District of Historic Downtown Hays.

Comeau is also one of the founders and owners of Gella’s Diner and Lb. Brewing Co. in Downtown Hays. This venture represents his first foray into another longtime passion – food and entertainment. Gella’s Diner and Lb. Brewing Co. is known for its regionally inspired menu, award-winning handcrafted beer, and innovative interiors. In 2013, the brewery was named the Small Brewpub and Brewer of the year at the Great American Beer Festival, in addition to winning numerous other medals and awards at beer festivals.

September 19, 2017, 6:30pm
Ulrich Museum Of Art, Wichita State University

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New Downtown Library Tour

September 21, 2017
Advanced Learning Library
Building Tour

Join AIA Wichita for a tour of Wichita's new Advanced Learning Library. Wichita's new Advanced Learning Library incorporates concepts requested by the community to become the "library of the future," incorporating multiple learning styles and expanding access to technology and services.

Tour Time: 11:30am
Location: Advanced Learning Library, 711 West 2nd St N,
2nd & McLean Blvd.
Cost: FREE, Get Tickets

Product Runway

A design challenge with a twist! Product Runway puts teams of design professionals from multiple disciplines in a fashion design competition design and create (yes we mean fabricate) a garment or accessory out of standard architectural finish materials such as tile, upholstery, carpet, and wallcoverings. Each team will have 2 hours to conceptualize, design, and build their creation. Don't worry guys, this year models are provided! At the end of the challenge, each team's design will get to walk the runway and show off their design to a team of judges and all of Wichita’s design community!

Can’t participate in the challenge? No problem! Join us for cocktails, mingle with fellow colleagues, enjoy the show, and make sure to vote for your favorite team!

September 21, 2017
Abode Venue, 1330 E. Douglas Ave.
Participant Check-in 5:00pm

Challenge Begins: 5:30pm
Doors Open (Cocktails & Appetizers Provided) 7:00pm
Runway show 7:30pm
Participant costs varies: $15-$30
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