Transformative $3 Million Gift To Impact Generations of Future Design Students

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An alumnus of the College of Design’s Landscape Architecture program, and spouse, have committed $3 million to the University of Minnesota’s College of Design (CDes)—the largest gift ever received by this nationally renowned, comprehensive school for design thinkers and practitioners. This substantial commitment has been made by a generous couple who wish to remain anonymous.

“This remarkable gift will enable transformative visioning of our Master of Landscape Architecture program,” says Dean Carol Strohecker. “We are grateful for this enlightened commitment, which will allow the College of Design to be at the forefront of design education well into the future.”

The donation, a future commitment, is the largest CDes has received to date as part of their Driven by Design Campaign. The endowed fund will enable full-tuition graduate fellowships for one-third of the students in the Master of Landscape Architecture program. Because the fund will be a perpetual endowment, generations of students will complete their studies debt-free thanks to this wonderful gift.

“We see a future where we will attract the best and brightest from all walks of life,” says Head of Landscape Architecture Joseph Favour, “and thus, have a profound impact on the profession of landscape architecture and the built environment.”

Located in one of the major design cities and in one of the largest research universities in the U.S., CDes encompasses the full range of design disciplines at the University of Minnesota and is home to eight undergraduate degree programs, 23 graduate degree options, and nine research and outreach centers. The College currently serves more than 1,500 students. Through the Driven by Design Campaign, CDes will be the recognized leader in advancing transformative thinking and practice, as we reinvent our disciplines and professions for the new century.

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