Meet Our New Faculty Members

The College of Design is pleased to welcome six new faculty members this year. Our additions include David Loranger in retail merchandising, Ehsan Naderi in product design, Genell Ebbini in interior design, Jennifer Newsom-Carruthers in architecture, Jessica Rossi-Mastracci in landscape architecture, and Vahan Misakyan in architecture.

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5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Fall Semester

Fall at the University of Minnesota

Before you dive in to fall semester, take a look at our top five tips for starting your school year off right.

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Stepping Up with Apparel Design

Step Up students work on their garments.

Founded in 2004 by the City of Minneapolis and AchieveMpls, the Step-Up Achieve and Step-Up Discover program places Minneapolis teenagers and young adults in paid internships across the metro area. This summer, the Apparel Design Program played host to interns and taught them the ins and outs of apparel design. In this interview Lucy Dunne, director of the apparel design program, talks about how the partnership developed and how the program has been doing so far.

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Building a Strong Foundation: Q&A with Valerie Quarles

Valerie Quarles

Since kindergarten, Valerie Quarles has been surrounded by the remodeling and redesign of her family’s 1910 historic home. Once she was old enough she went from watching the remodel to helping design it.

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Introducing the College of Design

Students in DES 1170 on a field trip

For first year College of Design students, navigating the different design fields can be an intimidating prospect. But College of Design leadership hopes to change that with the introduction of the new topics course DES 1170: Introducing the College of Design.

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Apparel Design Alumna Shines On at Shinesty

Anna Peshock models a Shinesty blazer

In her senior year of college, Anna Peshock (B.S. ’15, Apparel Design) took an internship at a small start-up called Shinesty. Three years later and not only is Peshock a senior technical designer, but celebs like Stephen Colbert are wearing Shinesty’s out of the box designs.

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Interning Abroad: A Guest Post From Landscape Architecture Student Luke Nichols

Luke Nichols, landscape architecture student.

This summer I decided to intern at Ting Song Library in China’s Hebei province. Ting Song Library is a cultural and social community designed and founded by a group of former design school classmates.

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Searching for Lost Waters

Canoeing on the Mississippi River

Below the Twin Cities’ metro area lie forgotten streams, lakes, and wetlands that once flowed freely. Buried beneath the expanding cities, these waterways still serve as crucial water conduits and are of immense importance to the metro area’s watershed, which is why the Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR) is determined to find them.

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Finding a Way with Interior Design | Q&A with Julie Irish

Julie Irish (Ph.D '17, Interior Design)

When Julie Irish (Ph.D ’17, Interior Design) was asked to design a school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) she made the surprising discovery that there was little design research on the topic. This was the motivation she needed to conduct her own research into how to design schools that are not only friendly for children with ASD, but help children […]

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