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Friday, March 1, 2024
In-Person or Virtual
1 - 4 p.m.

College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning
342 Clifton Court
Room 5401
Cincinnati, OH 45221

The Showcase

DAAPX is a celebration of alumni accomplishments and a showcase of diverse projects and experiences across all majors and degrees. Quick 10-minute presentations will take place throughout the day both in-person and online so can you watch LIVE from anywhere in the world!

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.


2024 Presentations

Valerie Allen ’75 BFA and Armin Mersmann
Visual Artists and Podcast Hosts | Midland, MI
Art Ladders: The Creative Climb Podcast – Empowering Artists Through Conversation

The podcast “Art Ladders: The Creative Climb” was founded in 2021 by artists Valerie Allen and Armin Mersmann. Art Ladders motivates and uplifts fellow artists through a mix of interviews and “coffee hour” conversations about issues such as artist’s block, marketing for creatives, and competing in juried exhibits. Allen and Mersman will share highlights from the most popular episodes in the Art Ladders’ library.

Hal Apple ’82 BSDE 
Designer and Publisher | Azusa, CA 
WOMEN. SERIOUSLY?

In his video presentation, Hal Apple draws connections between a 1990s medical school anatomy class, a Mantis shrimp, and art museums to explore gender bias and the role men have played in defining societal gender norms. How have artists, architects, designers and planners broken the boundaries for those who are not men? Or, have our professions simply not seen the boundaries? Please join Hal Apple in learning how to innovate our work by embracing new paradigms.

Ron Paul Baum ’71 BSARC 
Designer and Facilitator, Arts and Crafts Continuum | Woodinville, WA
Arts & Crafts Continuum: Emerging Creative Land Use Project

Ron Paul Baum explores the first two years of the design, development and implementation of an experimental project centered on creative community living. The Arts and Crafts Continuum community invites a diverse group of creatives to learn, create work and profit independently while living collaboratively in affordable residences on debt-free land. Baum questions how this type of community might be sustained and replicated creating a network of communities where creativity thrives.   

Kyle Campbell ’12 MARCH
Senior Associate, Champlin Architecture | Cincinnati, OH
Motz HQ: Global Company, Community Commitment

The Motz Group specializes in creating sports fields and stadia around the world.  With such a broad reach, they could have built their new headquarters anywhere. Instead, they chose to remain rooted in their community of Newtown, Ohio, and transform a blighted property into a community hub that could catalyze growth and unity. Kyle Campbell of Champlin Architecture partnered with The Motz Group to help the company turn its vision into reality. This presentation tells the story of a global company’s work to demonstrate its uncompromising commitment to local community.   

Don Jacobs ’67 BSARC
Principal, Don Jacobs Architect Inc.| Corona del Mar, CA
Case Study: Winery Tasting Room

Learn how Don Jacobs incorporated the natural beauty of the landscape into the design of the Tasting Room and Event Center for Casino Mine Ranch winery in Plymouth, Calif. in northern California’s Shenandoah Valley. With a four-acre pond at the entry, surrounded by willows, oaks and pines, the site already had a natural focus. An ancient oak with a spread of 80 feet sits above the pond, forming a part of the entry to the tasting room, whose west facing wall opens to a grand terrace highlighting expansive views of the property.

Megan Mays ’08 BSDE 
Product Manager, Lone Wolf Technologies | Cincinnati, OH
Agile Revolution: Embracing ‘Product Gems’ for Simplicity and Success

In the fast-paced world of agile product development, maintaining user satisfaction can be challenging — especially when faced with a packed roadmap or larger deliverables on the horizon. Customers expect consistent delight, regardless of the project’s scale. This presentation will cover embracing simplicity in your product development process, common challenges in agile product development, and how complexity often stands in the way of success. Megan Mays will discuss simplicity as a game-changer in building great products that users love, including a new framework called Product Gems and the success stories that highlight this approach. 

Alex Pesta ’02 BARC
Principal Planner / President, City Architecture | Cleveland, OH
Building a Culture of Experience

What happens when an architect, who has centered his design approach on people, is entrusted to rebuild a legacy firm’s culture? This session will focus on how Alex Pesta applied a people-based design approach to the day-to-day operations of a 25-year-old firm. The presentation expands the concept of a “project that impacts the human experience” by showing how thinking about the human experience in every interaction, both internal and external, can make incredible changes to the practice of planning and architecture. 

Scott Shall ’98 BSARC
Founding Director, International Design Clinic; Founding Principal, houm PLLC; Associate Professor, Lawrence Technological University | Southfield, MI
Building at the Edge: Reconstructing Design Practice within Improvised Settlements

In 1950, only 86 cities in the world held over one million people. Today there are over 500, with United Nations projections of 660+ by 2030. Although some of this growth will occur within large cities, most will happen within the second-tier cities of developing countries, resulting in the production of improvised settlements at a scale yet unseen. To meet the challenges and opportunities presented by this emerging world of rusted metal and blue plastic tarp, the designer must trade the rigid hierarchies embedded within patronage-based practices for more inclusive and heterarchical processes. Scott Shall will use the tactics and works of communication theorists, guerrilla artists and counter-culture warriors to showcase three projects founded upon these principles.

Matthew Spoleti ’23 BSDE
Communication Designer | Cincinnati, OH
Empathizing with Apathy

How do you get a drunk college student to take action if they see someone overdosing? How do you empathetically design a system for those who are apathetic toward the content? How can tone and aesthetics drive a person to care? Matthew Spoleti will discuss how he created safety resources for college house shows for his capstone project titled SHOWTOOLS. Spoleti will share the challenges of this project and how to design important information in a way that makes those who wouldn’t usually care, begin to care.

Joe Walsh ’15 BSDE
Artist, Joe Walsh Studio | Cincinnati, OH
Drawing Leads the Way

Joe Walsh went to DAAP for graphic design, but always made drawing the main priority. In the years since graduating, Walsh has doubled down on that passion. In this talk, he will discuss his career journey through the interconnected worlds of design, film and art, led always by the desire to draw. He’ll also cover his award-winning animation work on the documentary “Why We Walk” and the comic he is currently working on.

DAAPX Archive

We invite you to enjoy past DAAPX presentations. Each drop-down menu lists the names of the alumni presenters and the titles of their presentations. Click on the presenter’s headshot to view a recording of their talk. 

If you missed the event you can still be inspired as each "talk" was recorded. To view, simply click on the presenters image below.

Lisa Bambach headshot

DAAPX Presentation: Lisa Bambach, BSDE '12 - Building Memories through Visceral Narrative

 Tim Hamons Headshots

DAAPX Presentation: Tim Hamons, BSDE ‘89 - Visual Storytelling to Spark Social Innovation

Wade Johnston headshot

DAAPX Presentation: Wade Johnston, BUP '13 - Building the CROWN

Mark Koch and Julie Koch-Beinke

DAAPX Presentation: Mark Koch and Julie Koch-Beinke, BDSE ‘82 - Uniting Design and Architecture for Social Impact

Matt Lewis

DAAPX Presentation: Matt Lewis, BDSE ‘09 - Digital Design for the Future of Flight

Adoria Maxberry

DAAPX Presentation: Adoria Maxberry, MA ‘20 - Time to Inspire, Create and Grow

Sydney Moeller

DAAPX Presentation: Sydney Moeller, BSID ‘11 - Brand, Story & the Immersive Workplace Experience

Mark Ryan

DAAPX Presentation: Mark Ryan, BARC ‘87 - trueNorth_a public art intervention

Joe Stitzlein & Leslie Stitzlein

DAAPX Presentation: Joe Stitzlein & Leslie Stitzlein, BSDE ‘92 & BSDE ‘95 - Brand and Typeface Systems

Heather Wilson

DAAPX Presentation: Heather Wilson, BS ’05 - Design as a Civil Right – Centers for Architecture and the AIA

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If you missed the event you can still be inspired as each "talk" was recorded. To view, simply click on the presenters image below.

Cori Corinne, BSDE '15 - Dress Code

DAAPX Presentation: Cori Corinne, BSDE '15 - Dress Code

Dillon Pranger, BSARC '12 - The Architecture of Waste

DAAPX Presentation: Dillon Pranger, BSARC '12 - The Architecture of Waste

Chris Danemayer, BSDE '84 - The Mere Distinction of Colour, an exhibit exploring the paradox of slavery and the constitution

DAAPX Presentation: Chris Danemayer, BSDE '84 - The Mere Distinction of Colour, an exhibit exploring the paradox of slavery and the constitution

Christian Cotz - The Mere Distinction of Colour

DAAPX Presentation: Christian Cotz - The Mere Distinction of Colour (co-speaking with Chris Danemayer)

Maria Berg, MARCH & MCP ‘12 - We Build Agency

DAAPX Presentation: Maria Berg, MARCH & MCP ‘12 - We Build Agency

Donald Herzog, BSDE '09 - Improved Patient Care Through Better Bed Design

DAAPX Presentation: Donald Herzog, BSDE '09 - Improved Patient Care Through Better Bed Design

Lynn Estomin, MFA ‘93 - Let’s End COVID

DAAPX Presentation: Lynn Estomin, MFA ‘93 - Let’s End COVID

Ralph Ireland, BARC ‘92 - A City with a City – Enabling Innovation in Placemaking

DAAPX Presentation: Ralph Ireland, BARC ‘92 - A City with a City – Enabling Innovation in Placemaking

David Bostwick

DAAPX Presentation: David Bostwick, BUP ’86 - Changing Criminal Justice Systems and Jails (co-speaking with Major Chad Thompson)

Major Chad Thompson

DAAPX Presentation: Major Chad Thompson - Changing Criminal Justice Systems and Jails (co-speaking with David Bostwick)

Randy Plemel, MARCH ‘03

DAAPX Presentation: Randy Plemel, MARCH ‘03 - Tactical Democracy

Christian Reichle, BSDE ‘14

DAAPX Presentation: Christian Reichle, BSDE ‘14 - Before You Go: Public Art for Public Conversation

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Ellen Stedtefeld

Program Director, Alumni Engagement, College-Conservatory of Music & College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning

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