Author Archives: Amelia Narigon

Architecture and Advocacy: An Interview with Robert T. Coles, FAIA

Robert T. Coles, FAIA Photo by David R. Gordon.

When Robert T. Coles (B.A. ’51, Architecture; B.Arch ’53) was in high school, a teacher discouraged him from pursuing a career in architecture, telling him that “there are no black architects.” But Coles was undeterred. Instead, the young design student resolved to not only become an architect but one of the best. In this interview, Coles discusses his journey to […]

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Introducing Our New Dean: Carol Strohecker

The College of Design is pleased to announce that Carol Strohecker has been appointed the next dean of the College of Design. In her role, Strohecker will provide strategic leadership and work with faculty, staff, students, and our highly engaged alumni and professional community to further the College of Design. Strohecker studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she […]

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Interior Design Students Reimagine the Workplace

The guest jurors announce the winners of the competition.

When designing for today’s workplace, interior designers are increasingly called upon to think beyond the traditional cubicle and create a more contemporary space. Interior design students in Abimbola Asojo and Justine Pliska’s IDES 2604 experienced this first-hand when they were asked to design a “third place work cafe” as part of a competition from Haworth. “The parameters were to design […]

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A New Kind of Apparel Project: Designing for Faculty

Abby Gardner's design for Sauman Chu

Apparel design freshmen in ADES 2221 were recently assigned an unusual project: design an outfit for a College of Design faculty member. “This class is an apparel design student’s very first exposure to apparel design research and the design process,” explained Teaching Specialist Lindsey Strange. “I wanted to challenge them to design for someone different from themselves, for someone they […]

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2017 Imagine Fund Award Recipients Announced

Columns in front of Northrop

Across the College of Design, our faculty’s research is tackling global problems and advancing their fields. This spring, 19 faculty members received grants from the University’s Imagine Fund, which supports innovative research in the arts, humanities, and design fields. Take a look at the research that our faculty members are conducting with their grants: Abimbola Asojo (Interior Design): Creativity, Culture, and Identity in […]

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New Graduate Program: Heritage Studies and Public History

Student working at the Minnesota Historical Society

Next fall marks the start of a new program for the College of Design, the masters in heritage studies and public history (HSPH). In partnership with the College of Liberal Arts and the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS), HSPH combines hands-on professional development with rigorous scholarly training. At its core, the HSPH program is built on interdisciplinary work. The faculty who spearheaded the program, Associate […]

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Spring 2017 Issue of Emerging Now Available

The cover for the Spring 2017 issue of Emerging magazine.

The College of Design’s spring 2017 issue of Emerging magazine is now available online. Featuring student, faculty, and alumni news, Emerging is one of the best ways to stay up to date on what’s going on at the college. Our latest issue includes stories on: Apparel design students volunteering with the nonprofit Project Diva. The Goldstein Museum of Design’s 40th anniversary. […]

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Designing Across an Ocean: From Minnesota to Sierra Leone

An image of Tikonko's birth waiting house in January 2016.

With the highest maternal mortality ratio in the world, Sierra Leone is one of the most dangerous countries for women to give birth.¹ Architecture graduate student Gauri Kelkar’s final project is helping to change that. Partnering with Rural Health Care Initiative (RHCI), a Minneapolis-based non-profit founded by Sierra Leone immigrant Alice Karpeh, Kelkar designed a birth waiting house (BWH) in the Sierra Leone village of Tikonko. Once completed, […]

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AIA Elevates School of Architecture Faculty and Alumni to College of Fellows

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently elevated four Minnesota architects to the AIA College of Fellows in recognition of their contributions to the profession and society. The School of Architecture can count three out of the four new Minnesota fellows among its faculty and alumni: William Blanski (B.Arch ’85), design principal with HGA Architects and Engineers; Renée Cheng, professor of […]

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Wee Go Library Wins Big | Q&A with Steven McCarthy

Wee Go Library by Steven McCarthy

Every year the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library select an artist to receive the Minnesota Book Artist Award in recognition for an outstanding piece of work in the book arts field. This year’s award was given to Professor Steven McCarthy (Graphic Design) for his Wee Go Library. The Wee Go Library is a mobile collection of 22 altered books found in Little Free […]

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