Thursday, Sept. 17
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The Showcase

DAAPX is a celebration of alumni accomplishments and a showcase of diverse projects and experiences across all majors and degrees. The symposium will be a half-day that is formatted in quick bites of 10-minute presentations.

The Topic: Experiential Design

As designers and artists, we recognize that all our work is created for and influences or impacts people. Back in the fall, we accepted proposals for presentations to tell a story about a project that was designed with the experience for an individual or group of people in mind – Public art installation? Product design? Environmental graphics? We wanted ‘em all! This is your opportunity to see select presentations that are centered on the human experience.

2020 Program

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Adam Feld, MDES ’13
Assistant Professor of Industrial Design, University of Louisiana at Lafayette 

Louisiana is known for a few things, including New Orleans, hurricanes, and heat. It is not a hotbed of Industrial Design but at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, great things are happening. In the spring of 2018, 20 third-year Industrial Design students had the opportunity to partner with Red Bull to develop a piece of luggage for a professional BMX athlete. The goal? Trick airport ticket agents. Hear how it happened, from the initial meeting of the professional athlete to the final presentation of the fully functional prototype.

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Rebecca W. Aamodt, BSDE ’87

Travel through multiple worldwide events and see how the disruptive displays, combined with branding and experience, get tech and non-tech people to stop and take notice. Maybe this involves a product frozen in a block of ice and a jackalope… We’ll focus on the end-to-end experience of how the corporate tradeshow world can actually look amazing and create experiences that positively associate a large-scale brand with their audience.

Rebecca is the Managing Director of Apropo Design.

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Adam Rosa, BUP ’00

Children inherit the results of planning and design decisions that are made for their communities, but their voices are rarely heard during the process of making those decisions. The lack of effective participation and engagement, especially of youth, can help amplify social tension and unrest. This session will focus on the utilization of tools for youth engagement and community impact in neighborhood planning. When youth become active, they can catalyze positive change in the settings in which they live. This is accomplished through a variety of techniques including informal storytelling, youth design charrettes, image surveying, and working with kids to lead and facilitate community meetings. Youth participation energizes the process while bringing a unique perspective to the opportunities of the neighborhood.

Adam is Principal of Camiros, Ltd.

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Eric Blyth, BSARC ’13
Justin West
Sam Ferris-Morris

“In Place of Forgetting” is an interactive, multi-channel, audio-visual piece exploring our contemporary overabundance of memory and its impact on the quality of the experiences we attempt to remember. With each re-post, recontextualization, re-iteration or translation, a connection to an original moment is further obscured.

Hear how history of the city as seen through a vast historical collection of postcards can be integrated into the larger context of how we assemble, disassemble, utilize and discard archives in our lives today. You’ll also have the opportunity to interact with the voice boxes and experience the audio component of the piece — voices dictating the written messages of Cincinnatians from over a century ago.

Eric is Designer at Intermedio. Justin and Sam are both Composers/Artists at Intermedio.

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Carl Sterner, BSARC '06, MARCH ’08

What does it mean to be comfortable? The question has profound implications for architecture. Nearly 15% of global carbon emissions come from heating and cooling buildings. Yet our spaces remain remarkably uncomfortable — monotonous, oppressive and disconnected from natural rhythms. The standard definitions of thermal comfort are clearly insufficient.

This presentation uses the concept of thermal delight to explore a different approach to the design of comfort, as implemented in the Iowa Nest Residence — a Net Zero Energy, passive solar home in rural Iowa that set out to meet as much of its needs passively as possible. Thermal delight is not about constants; it is about celebrating our thermal sense and responding to the cycles of the natural world.

Carl is Director of Design & Sustainability for Sol design + consulting.

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Fern Linziger, BSARC ’08, MARCH ’10
Rachael Kroth, BSARC ’13

As we turn on the lights in many exhibit spaces upon our return to Union Terminal after the historic restoration process completed in 2018, we begin with spaces covered in dust that have been “sheltered in place” during construction. Our goal is to quickly reopen fan-favorite spaces to the public with a fresh updated experience while emphasizing what initially made them so special.

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We will dive into the specifics of how the reproduction of a limestone cave was originally created, changes our team decided to implement, and how we approached altering the entrance and exit experience with live animals, glowing graphics, and an inverted bronze sculpture displaying the mazelike pathways of caves.

Fern is Lead Exhibit Designer for Mercury Museum Services, a subsidiary of Cincinnati Museum Center.

Rachael is Assistant Exhibit Designer for Mercury Museum Services.

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Joel Spearman, BSARC ’05, MARCH, ‘07

Los Angeles Football Club formed at the end of 2014 with no history and only a small understanding of what it would become. Shortly after that, Gensler Architecture and Design began working. We created experiences for ownership to win the project, experiences for the supporters to win their trust, and a project with the greatest experience in the MLS.

You can hear it on TV during a game, feel it in the city during the season: Banc of California Stadium has become an experience on many sports fan’s to-do list. This stadium is more than a building — it’s a story about how we got here.

Joel is Project Designer at Gensler Architecture and Design.

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Joseph Strauss, BARC ’75

Healthcare facilities are complex environments with a multitude of users with varying needs: patients, patients’ families, doctors, nurses, medical techs, food service and environmental service employees, volunteers, etc. These people are in different physical and emotional states. They may be ill, in pain, stressed, confused, distracted, tired, nauseous — or perhaps elated (birth of a child), relieved, determined or joyful. A culture of empathy can be supportive to all, recognizing that each person is different with different needs.

The Cleveland Clinic, a major healthcare system based in Northeast Ohio, has purposefully created a culture of empathy which, with careful effort, can be a driver for design.

Joseph is a retired architect with over 40 years of experience, most recently as Director of Planning and Design for the Cleveland Clinic.

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Geoff Baldwin, BSDE ’06

From 2016 to 2018, Geoff Baldwin was a Design Director at, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to use human-centered design to address challenges in poor and vulnerable communities around the world.

From designing for urban resilience in Nairobi’s largest slum to building digital tools for financial health in the city with America’s lowest credit score and highest rate of diabetes, Proof of Concept is a collection of reflections that demonstrates the power of prototyping as a tool, not only for envisioning future solutions but most importantly, as mechanism for creating the capacity for those without power to build their own solutions for the future.

Geoff Baldwin is the Executive Design Director of Sub Rosa.

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Kelly Kolar, BSDE ’86

Ever wonder why you feel more connected and inspired in one space versus another? Our team is driven by the belief that great design is transformative, and that environments can be agents of change for people, brands and business. We design to remind people why they do what they do every day, to change culture and, sometimes, even to change lives.

This alumni panel of co-creators invites you on their 30-year journey across 30 projects creating this positive impact. Highlights include Cincinnati Children’s healing spaces, UC’s MainStreet District and Varsity Village, and workplaces for local companies like Graydon and Procter & Gamble globally.

Kelly Kolar is the President & Founder of Kolar Design, Inc./Cincinnati Ohio and Brandspace Design, Singapore.

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Michael Damschroder, BARC ’87 

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (TCM) is generally considered the largest and best children’s museum in the world. 

Tom Kraemer started his company in 1994 with a project for TCM called ScienceWorks. From that point forward, Tom has been TCM’s go-to person for their most creative endeavors. In 2010, TCM called Tom with the wild request of coming up with some ideas for an outdoor sports-related experience for children. What followed was seven years of design and development for all of the experiences for the 7.5-acre, $35 million Sports Legends Experience (SLE) at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

The SLE focuses on nine major professional sports and the influences the State and the people of

Indiana have had on them. Given Indiana, basketball obviously comes first, followed closely by football, hockey, soccer, tennis, baseball, track and field, racing, and golf. The SLE opened in March of 2018 and has exceeded all projections for attendance.

Michael is the Director of Design Support at Kraemer Design + Production, Inc. (KD+P).

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Derrick Woodham, Faculty Emeritus, School of Art

As I started to explore using the computer in my artwork in 1996, I discovered the Activeworlds “Universe” of online worlds. Using a complimentary subscription, I built a world to use myself and incorporated it into DAAP’s new (at the time) Media Foundations class in Fine Arts. Adding a Computer Sculpture Class to the curriculum, I was able to connect with Ars Electronica, an international group of sculptors, who we began exhibiting in our online world. See “Ground Zero” of DAAP through this walking (and flying!) tour with a brief visit to a student gallery and one or more of the other exhibition venues.

 Derrick Woodham is retired and still making art in living in Cincinnati.


Email Jamie Muenzer
Associate Director of Alumni Relations,
College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning
College-Conservatory of Music
or call 513-556-4423.