Fall 2016 Issue of Emerging Now Available

Emerging Fall 2016

Get a look at what College of Design students, faculty, and alumni are up to in the Fall 2016 issue of Emerging magazine. Our latest edition celebrates our 10th anniversary and showcases the amazing creations and innovations that we continue to see within our College. This issue includes stories on: The Wargo Nature Heritage Center student-design build project (pg. 8). Our […]

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General Services Administration Awards Research Grant to Renée Cheng


Congratulations to Associate Dean for Research Renée Cheng (Architecture) for receiving a research grant from the General Services Administration (GSA). With this grant Cheng, along with University of Washington Professor Carrie Dossick (Construction Management) and Research Scientist Laura Osburn, will identify guidelines for using collaborative practices on high performance buildings for the federal government. In this Q&A, Cheng discusses her […]

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Interior Design and Architecture Programs Earn Top Marks in DesignIntelligence Survey


DesignIntelligence (DI) magazine’s 2016-17 report on the best architecture and design schools in America ranks the College of Design’s undergraduate Interior Design program among the top 20 in the nation. The program was also selected by hiring professionals as one that best prepares students for a future in their professions. In addition, the College’s graduate Interior Design program was named […]

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Goldstein Museum of Design Celebrates 40 Years


This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Goldstein Museum of Design (GMD). In celebration of this landmark event, the museum is displaying Seeing 40/40: Forty Years of Collecting at GMD, now through January 8th. This unique exhibit showcases 40 of the over 34,000 pieces in the museum’s collection. In this interview, Lin Nelson-Mayson, director of GMD, and Jean McElvain, […]

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Driving Change with Landscape Architecture


Longtime professor, mentor, and leader in the Twin Cities design community Joe Favour (B.L.A. ’92) began his appointment as head of the Department of Landscape Architecture this June. In this interview, he shares his thoughts on balancing teaching with practice, making design relevant to a broader audience, and identifying the most meaningful opportunities for the Department of Landscape Architecture.   […]

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Design-Build: Wargo Nature Center Heritage Lab


It’s one thing for your final project to stand up to final reviews, but quite another for it to withstand heavy outdoor use by generations of children! This spring and summer, associate professor John Comazzi (Architecture) taught a design-build graduate module in partnership with Anoka County Parks & Rec to fabricate and install learning kiosks at the Wargo Nature Center […]

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Extension Block Grants Fund Applied Research and Outreach


Congratulations to the winners of the 2016-2018 Extension Block Grants! To support and deepen the integration between University of Minnesota Extension and the College of Design, Extension funds these two-year grants for projects that collaboratively contribute to its applied research goals. The following College of Design proposals were selected for funding for the next two years: Designing Learning Environments to Foster Academic Success […]

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From Textiles to Trees


Abby Sue Fisher (Ph.D ‘92 Textiles & Clothing) never planned to work for the National Park Service (NPS). But a few days after submitting her dissertation on racial identity and appearance in colonial Mexico, she accepted a job as a regional museum specialist in the NPS midwest office. While she wasn’t working with textiles, she drew from experience with historic preservation […]

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Welcoming the Class of 2020


Earlier this month, we hosted the class of 2020 for undergraduate orientation. Recent graduate Peter Matheson (Architecture ‘16) doesn’t remember too many details about his own freshman orientation, but he still has the shirt. And when this fall’s entering undergraduates participate in their own Welcome Week, they’ll be wearing t-shirts he designed. His shirt represents a variety of design disciplines and […]

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Imagining Totalscape: May Term in Japan

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A group of architecture and landscape architecture students spent May session exploring how their disciplines intersect along the Tokaido corridor. Led by Blaine Brownell (Architecture) and Rebecca Krinke (Landscape), the traveling studio analyzed the “totalscapes” of eastern Japan through site visits, photography, sketches, and cultural immersion. Read on for observations and reflections by students on the trip; or explore the full archive on […]

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