Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates:


DAAPcares Award Recipients, Class of 2020

Honoring the DAAPcares Award Recipients for this year's graduating class. 


DAAPcares Directors' Choice Award Recipients, Class of 2020

The DAAPcares Directors’ Choice Awards specifically honor the outstanding capstone projects that demonstrate exceptional knowledge, creativity, and skill that has been applied to foster improved quality of life by identifying humanitarian issues and working as interdisciplinary teams that connect design, architecture, art, planning, and other disciplines to conduct research, create new theoretical frameworks and generate productive, inspiring solutions.


Undergraduate Students 

Kate Hursh & Babiljit Kaur
Bachelor of Science in Communication Design

Politics of Living is an informational website and social campaign designed by Kate Hursh and Babiljit Kaur that educates and raises awareness on political activism for different topics while matching the individual with groups, organizations, and actionable tasks aligned with their interest and demographic for college-educated adults with an interest in political activism.

Visit their DAAPworks project. 

Jennifer Murray
Jennifer Murray
Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design

Jennifer Murray has formed a community of individuals suffering from arthritis to act as co-creators for the entirety of the semester. That is the premise for the project Savasana: Assisting Arthritis Patients. Throughout the project, you learn about the emotional and physical bearings of arthritis firsthand from the individuals themselves and strive to bring to life an idea we dream up together.

Visit Jennifer's DAAPworks project.

Brigitta Gegenheimer
Brigitta Gegenheimer
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design

FUSE hiking gear is a system for people with ostomy bags who seek the freedom of hiking without restrictions. The system integrates a modified hip belt that protects the ostomy bag, with a complete line of gear that can be adjusted for long or short hikes. Hiking reinvented for a group of people who have been overlooked for so long.

Visit Brigitta's DAAPworks project.

Noah Nicolette, Travis Rebsch, and Jamie Waugaman
Bachelor of Science in Architecture | Architecture-Group

Disaster Relief address the current situation of disaster relief shelters and their environments. As of now, these shelters are generally large tents that lack a sense of privacy and are not able to adapt to adverse terrain and environments. Noah, Travis, and Jamie developed the idea of folding mobile relief shelters. These shelters would be built with the durability for all major natural disasters but still have maximum mobility for both highways and difficult terrain.

Visit their DAAPworks project.

Shannon Malone
Bachelor of Science in Interior Design

Shannon Malone’s capstone explores how the layering of impermanent structures and materials within a site aids in the progression and development of not only that space, but also the enrichment of the inhabitants. The centers designed for this project will allow lower-income adolescents within Over The Rhine to explore a variance of opportunities and experiences throughout the year, and explore how flexibility and stability is a duality that requires submission and adaptation.

Visit Shannon's DAAPworks project.

UC logo - no photo
Jazmine Applegate
Bachelor of Art History

Jazmine's research covers the political turmoil and colonialism in Cambodia since the 1800s and how it has affected its fractured culture. The battle between conservation efforts and the vanish of Cambodian heritage has been unresolved since the era of the Khmer Rouge. The preservation of ancient Cambodian culture relies on organizations like APSARA National Authority, the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the National Museum of Cambodia to defend against the looting and desecration of monuments and artwork.

Visit Jazmine's DAAPworks project.


Griffin Ritze, (Not Pictured: Jasmine Metcalf and Jianyu Wang)
Bachelor of Urban Planning and Urban Studies

Over-the-Rhine has been transformed since 2001 by economic development directed toward the middle class and the wealthy. Confronted with a national recession, a countywide affordable housing crisis and displacement spurred by redevelopment in the West End, this group proposes the idea that the city must decide whether Over-the-Rhine should be an exclusive neighborhood for the few or an equitable and desirable place that is open to all.

Visit their DAAPworks project.

Graduate Students 

Charlotte Fabe
Charlotte Fabe
Master of Design

Charlotte’s project “Multi-Sensory Learning Inside Retirement Communities” addresses the problem that a growing number of older adults are socially isolated, which is detrimental to physical and mental wellbeing. Museum programs provide meaningful social interventions and “long-term outcomes” for older adults that even improve physical health.

Visit Charlotte's DAAPworks project.

Haingo Andriamasilalao 
Master of Architecture

Haingo’s capstone focuses on developing country Madagascar where the rural poverty is widespread. Her proposal looks into how the tourism sector can unlock opportunities for the poor to participate in and benefit from the pro-poor tourism industry. Locals deny any significant opportunity to participate in the tourism market. The solution would be to create pro-poor tourism hotels and tour operations that work with the local communities.

Visit Haingo's DAAPworks project. 

Sebra Debrecht
Sebra Debrect
Master of Fine Arts

Sebra Debrecht’s research brings awareness to waste disposal and recycling by situating it in an interactive art installation. Recycling is an underutilized resource due to its ever-changing and unclear instructions. Debrecht aims to demystify the Cincinnati’s curb-side collection programs by exploring the nuances and the lack of clarity surrounding local waste disposal systems.

Visit Sebra's DAAPworks project. 

UC logo - no photo
Megan Cleary
Master of Landscape Architecture

Located in Louisville Kentucky, Rubbertown is an industrial site that runs along the Ohio River and is home to about 24k residence and about 10k workers. While the history and aesthetic are what keeps people coming back to the area, the negative environmental and health effects are the cause of what is driving people away. In order to help the neighborhood grow and flourish like it is meant to, Megan Cleary proses that green infrastructure is important in an effort to improve the quality of life there. This can be achieved by establishing green gateways along the main corridors. Some examples of green infrastructure on this site include but is not limited to; pollinator gardens, permeable pathways, native vegetation, public art andeducational opportunities.

Visit Megan's DAAPworks project. 


Mel Musie and Daniel Hart (Not Pictured: Amanda Bastos Dias)
Master of Community Planning
Mel, Amanda, and Daniel have developed a website that takes you through the process of how to improve food access in Price Hill, while also improving the opportunity for Price Hill residents to get involved in making food. Their team has created a guide, which studies existing community assets, how to provide opportunities to those that live in the neighborhood, how to navigate the funding process, and how to support the health of the land-base while enhancing the quality of life for those in the neighborhood.

Visit their DAAPworks project.