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Outstanding Graduating Students, Class of 2020

Honoring the Outstanding Students of this year's graduating class. 

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Outstanding Graduating Students, Class of 2020

The Outstanding Graduating Students of the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning are selected by their faculty based on their academic achievement, professional activities, and participation in the life of the University through service to the program, college, and/or University. DAAP is proud to share the achievements of these students.

 

Undergraduate Students 

 
Abby Lovins
Abby Lovins
Architecture | Bachelor of Science in Architecture
 

Abby Lovins is a uniquely motivated, talented, and thoughtful designer who has made the most of her time here. She continues to find ways to challenge herself in the context of concept, design process, and its articulable outcomes. Abby has been an active member of the DAAP Tribunal, AIAS, and DAAP Ambassadors. Outside of DAAP, she is the Vice President of the Movement Exchange chapter at UC and the Tap Dancing Club. She’s also a member of the University Honors Program and Alpha Lamda Delta National Honors Society.

Visit Abby's DAAPworks project. 

Devon Hensler
Devon Hensler
Bachelor of Arts in Art History
  

Devon Hensler is an exemplary student with a double major in Art History and Fine Arts. She has achieved academic excellence in the classroom and the studio, as evidenced by her almost perfect GPA and recent invitation to join the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Devon has displayed an impressive level of initiative and engagement with her research as well as her professional endeavors, earning three competitive corporate co-ops and working as an Installation Intern and Art Handler at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Devon is an extremely motivated and dedicated student.

Visit Devon's DAAPworks project.

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India De Maio
Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design
  

India De Mayo is diligent in her academics, devoted to her craft, and technically proficient. India generously gives of herself and is extremely supportive of her peers, sharing her knowledge of sourcing, skills, techniques and physical help. She truly acts as a "big sister" to her classmates and we are proud of all she has accomplished. 

Visit India's DAAPworks project.

Erin Schaefer
Erin Schaefer
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Arts
  

Erin Schaefer is an ideal student that exemplifies respect, humility, workmanship, and dedication. Her collage pieces are certainly technically and visually fascinating, but they also have a poignancy to them as carefully observed depictions of the kinds of humble suburban homes and windows that we normally take for granted. Her peers look to her for guidance and leadership because of the sophistication within her work and the unencumbered criticism she provides them in return.

Visit Erin's DAAPworks project.

Kayla Stellwagen
Kayla Stellwagen
Bachelor of Science in Graphic Communication Design
  

Kayla Stellwagen brings a combination of curiosity, rigor, and joy to her work as a communication designer. During her time at DAAP, both in the classroom and on co-op, her persistence and professionalism have resulted in consistently outstanding work. With her capstone project, Kayla has demonstrated an ability to transform even personal trauma into vibrant and compelling design.

Visit Kayla's DAAPworks project.

 

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Morgan Pencek
Bachelor of Science in Horticulture
   

Morgan Pencek is passionate about plants. She is bright and conscientious and always contributes positively to her classes. She is a team leader who always respects others' opinions. Morgan has worked as a naturalist, blogs about medicinal plants and is active in groups such as the Herb Society. Morgan works with clients in garden design and maintenance - and volunteers her time for community groups doing the same.

Tanner Van De Veer
Tanner Van De Veer
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design
  

Tanner Van De Veer stands out amongst the impressive lineup of talent and dedication of the ID class of 2020. With exceptional academic performance and determination, he has consistently worked harder to achieve more throughout his time in the program. Tanner has had a very impressive co-op education career, with his time at Toyota Boshoku in Japan last summer standing out as a highlight. While there he created designs for autonomous vehicle interiors that impressed his employers. He was also one of two winners for the Hankook sponsored studio. His designs will be featured in a globally launched video and prototyped for display at global auto shows.

Visit Tanner's DAAPworks project.

Stephanie Knechtly
Stephanie Knechtly
Bachelor of Science in Interior Design
 

Stephanie Knechtly is an exceptional student who has distinguished herself through her talent, personal motivation, and professionalism. She is fearless when it comes to taking on new challenges and is able to responds with thoughtful and creative solutions. In addition to her academic excellence she is collaborative and shows leadership amongst her peers. Stephanie has enjoyed co-op experiences with Walt Disney Imagineering in L.A. and won the Retail Design PAVE Student Competition Award sponsored by Home Depot.

Visit Stephanie's DAAPworks project

Kayla Kellar
Kayla Kellar
Bachelor of Urban Planning in Urban Planning
  

Kayla Kellar has been exemplary in her performance and achievements during her tenure in the School of Planning as exhibited in her academics, volunteerism, leadership in student groups, and work experience. She has built her expertise and experience in environmental planning and policy through the Summer Academy at Linnaeus University in Sweden, a diversity of co-op jobs, a leadership role in the Leaders for Environmental Awareness and Protection (LEAP) UC student organization, and a variety of volunteer experiences related to ecology, sustainability, urban environmental management, and food security.  

Visit Kayla's DAAPworks project.

Graduate Students 

Benyameen Ghareeb
Benyameen Ghareeb
Doctor of Philosophy, Architecture 

Benyameen Ghareeb completed his PhD studies at UC in only four years with excellent performance in his coursework and a focused and organized approach to his dissertation, titled “The Interplay between ‘Tradition,’ ‘Modernity,’ and Uneven Development: The Historical Development of Housing in Kuwait, 1950-2006.” His dissertation illustrates the role of late modern architectural and urban design experiments in the Kuwait government’s ambitious housing program. It sheds light on the dilemmas that arose in efforts to provide housing for all citizens and, in particular, the problems that emerged due to the failure to adequately provide for non-citizens, who make up a large portion of the population of Kuwait. In addition to his academic performance, Benyameen was a thoughtful and supportive colleague to his fellow students, practicum teaching faculty for first year undergraduate students and a cherished member of a student-organized musical group. He leaves Cincinnati to join the University of Kuwait as a tenured professor of architecture.

Caroline Errico
Caroline Errico 
Master of Architecture

Caroline Errico has completed a thesis entitled DenseCity, an examination of the urban potential of several blocks of 14th Street in the heart of Manhattan, while maintaining a very high level of academic achievement. She has mentored our undergraduates, participated in a national-level interdisciplinary competition (the Urban Land Institute Hines Urban Design Competition) which won a position as National Finalist, and has been an active member and fund-raiser for the Graduate Student Association of the University of Cincinnati.

Adoria Maxberry
Adoria Maxberry
Master of Arts, Art Education

Adoria Maxberry’s academic excellence is exemplified not only in scholarly achievements such as an outstanding GPA, but also in her artistic research and art practice which explore relationships among educators’ personal histories and their impact on teacher identity. Maxberry’s arts-based research uses reflective practices to connect art making processes with her family history toward the development of curricular methods that cultivate respect for diversity. In addition to her impressive scholarly achievements, Adoria Maxberry is a leader in the art education program, bringing vibrant energy and inspiration to our community.

Visit Adoria's DAAPworks project.

Casey White
Casey White
Master of Communtiy Planning

Casey White's dedication to understanding the different aspects to improving cities is praiseworthy. From her experience in project management and real estate through her internships at 3CDC, to her eagerness to learn urban design skills in her plan-making and capstone workshops, Casey has a broad range of interests, which will serve her well in her career.

Visit Casey's DAAPworks project.

Neha Mann

Neha Mann
Master of Design

Neha Mann's is an ultra-talented designer and a kind-hearted human being. Her work is socially conscious, poignant, and relevant. Neha has demonstrated a dedicated work ethic and strong self-direction in her time as an MDes student. She has served diligently in her leadership role with the GSA. Her responsibility and positive attitude has been a true pleasure to many faculty and peers within the School of Design.
Visit Neha's DAAPworks project.

Kate Gibson
Kate Gibson
Master of Fine Arts

Kate Gibson has spent this past year pushing her Master’s artwork and research utilizing facilities and resources throughout the university. Her research surrounding adolescent identity and the media moves through painting, embroidery, and quilt making, using new technologies in printing and sewing. This spring, as exhibition opportunities shuttered throughout the city, Kate installed and documented her work alone in a raw warehouse space, allowing her to see the visual impact of her large-scale labor intensive works.

Visit Kate's DAAPworks project. 

Zoe Kusnier
Zoe Kusnier
Master of Landscape Architecture
  

Zoe Kusnier brings energy, intellect, compassion and creativity to every discussion, assignment and studio. Her colleagues value her insightful and constructive demeanor in critique. Not one to shy from risks, Zoe embraces every opportunity to uncover new ways to express landscape as an experience that will balance utility with expression. Zoe will be a loyal Bearcat and a proactive asset to the profession of Landscape Architecture.

Visit Zoe's DAAPworks project. 

Nicha Tantivess
Nicha Tantivess
Doctor of Philosophy, Regional Development Planning
  

Nicha Tantivess is an exceptional young academic. She is a lecturer at Khon Kaen University in northern Thailand and has BArch and MLA degrees from leading Thai institutions. Possessing a highly competitive and prestigious Thai government scholarship, her doctoral dissertation, “Studying the Transformation of Urban Representations of the Sukhumvit Corridor in Bangkok, Thailand, 1737 – 2014,” is a path-breaking scholarly work on the physical and socio-economic development of one of the most iconic cities of Southeast Asia.