Author Archives: Amelia Narigon

Rome if You Want to with New Study Abroad Program

The Roman Colosseum

This summer, all College of Design programs lead to Rome with our first open interdisciplinary studio Italian Design Studio: Blending Tradition and Innovation. Starting the week of May 24th, this six week 3-credit design studio is open to students from across the College of Design, including the retail merchandising, apparel design, graphic design, interior design, architecture, and landscape architecture programs. Students from […]

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Apparel Design Students Discuss 49th Annual Fashion Show

Instinct Fashion Show Poster

Seniors in the undergraduate apparel design program show off their work this Saturday, February 4th at 5:30 and 8 pm during the 49th annual apparel design fashion show, Instinct. A rite-of-passage for seniors, the fashion show challenges students to create their own collections and plan an entire runway show. Before the big event, the designers took a moment to share […]

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Keshika De Saram (B.D.A. ’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 2017-18 board of directors. Among those elected was College of Design graduate student Keshika De Saram (B.D.A. ’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 […]

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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 becoming 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 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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