Keshika De Saram (BDA ’14, M.Arch ’17) Elected President of AIAS

Keshika De Saram 61st AIAS President

At the American Institute of Architecture Students’ (AIAS) annual FORUM conference, the Council of Presidents elected the 2017-2018 Board of Directors. Among those elected was College of Design graduate student Keshika De Saram (BDA ’14, M.Arch ’17) who will now serve a one-year term on the AIAS Board of Directors as the organization’s 61st president. As president, De Saram will relocate […]

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Dean Abbott Named Pioneer of American Landscape Design

Adjunct Professor Dean Abbott

Adjunct Professor Dean Abbott (Landscape Architecture) was recently named a Pioneer of American Landscape Design by The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF). The Pioneers program “…chronicles the lives and careers of those who have designed our gardens, parks, streets, campuses, cemeteries, suburbs, and the innumerable other environments in which we live” (TCLF), and counts Frank Lloyd Wright and Frederick Law Olmsted […]

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Guest Post: Spotlight on Robert C. Mack (BA ’67 Arch., B.Arch ’73)

Robert C. Mack

Robert Mack (BA ’67 Architecture, B.Arch ’73) may be one of Minnesota’s most soft-spoken architects. But last fall he was making headlines. The American Institute of Architects-Minnesota awarded him the Gold Medal, the highest honor given to an individual architect. And the Robert Mack Fellowship for Heritage Preservation was established at the College of Design. Both honors celebrate Mack’s sterling half-century career […]

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Beyond the Classroom with Project DIVA

Participants with Project DIVA.

The life of a student is hectic. With class projects, lectures, and homework it can be a struggle to find time for anything outside of school. But students Megan Quist (Retail Merchandising) and Quinessa Stibbins (Apparel Design) haven’t let that stop them from stepping beyond the classroom and putting what they’ve learned into practice. Both students act as mentors with Project […]

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In Memoriam: Gertrude Esteros (B.S. HEEd ’36, M.S. HEEd ’41)

Gertrude Esteros

Gertrude Esteros (B.S. HEEd ’36, M.S. HEEd ’41), who for three decades led what is now the Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel, died on December 2nd. She was 102. During her time at the University of Minnesota, Esteros served in a variety of positions, from instructor to professor to division chair. She headed the Department of Related Arts, as it was then […]

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Redefining Design, a Post-it Note at a Time

Student questions posed on Post-Its.

Visitors to the second floor of McNeal Hall may notice a unique display taking shape; a plethora of multicolored Post-its adorn the cork-board wall outside the design, housing, and apparel offices. On each one is a question posed by a student ranging from the light-hearted (Is there a song that everyone loves?) to the serious (Why do some people enjoy […]

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Paving the Way for a More Diverse Industry

For architecture students, the road to become licensed is a long one. Between school, internships, and preparing for the licensure exam, the mean time from high school graduation to becoming licensed is 13.3 years.¹ For many students, the current model puts an architecture license out of reach, this is especially true for minority groups and women. Reducing the time it […]

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Interior Design Students Get Groovy with Light Design

This fall, Interior Design juniors in Professor Abimbola Asojo’s IDES 3612 Lighting Design class were given the chance to shine in the Groovystuff Ambient Lighting Challenge. Based in Texas, Groovystuff is a wholesale manufacturer and supplier of traditional rustic home décor that focuses on utilizing reclaimed materials in all aspects of their production and design. Through their design challenge, Groovystuff partners […]

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Design Students Help Get Out the Vote!

Every four years, students in the graphic design course Color and Form in Surface Design are challenged by their professors to create their own screen printed Get Out the Vote poster for the U.S. General Election. Each poster is the product of a three-layered handmade screen print. With a focus on encouraging their fellow students to vote, rather than trying […]

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From Sneakerhead to adidas Designer

For Charlie Kirihara (BFA ‘15 Graphic Design) the love of sneakers started at a young age, “In elementary school I got a subscription to Eastbay and would cut out my favorite models and pin them up in my room–hoping that my parents would see them.” Now an Assistant Color and Materials Designer for Football and Lacrosse at adidas, and one […]

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