Category Archives: Alumni

Illuminating the Neglected History of Mobile Homes

Hilltop Mobile Park

Millions of Americans call mobile parks home, but their architectural and historical importance is often overlooked. Eduard Krakhmalnikov (MS-HP ’13, Masters of Landscape Architecture ’14) is working to change that.

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Apparel Design Celebrates 50th Annual Fashion Show

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the College of Design’s annual Apparel Design Fashion Show. Planned by the senior class, the show is a rite of passage for its participants and gives seniors the opportunity to create a fashion show from the ground up. The planning for this year’s event, entitled This is Now, has been even more elaborate than in the past with lots of additions made to honor the anniversary.

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University Alumni Association Launches New Alumni Market

Drinking glasses created by design alumnus Adam Turman

On November 14th the University of Minnesota Alumni Association launched the Minnesota Alumni Market, an online store selling products created by alumni-owned businesses. The new market includes products created by four College of Design alumni.

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Student Collaboration Turns into Small Business


What started as a collaboration between two apparel design students has turned into a small business for College of Design alumni Heidi Woelfle (B.S. ‘16, Apparel Design), Regena Yu (B.S. ‘16, Apparel Design) and Abby Zamis (B.F.A. ‘16, Graphic Design). Launched last April, WAY the label is a new clothing line that focuses on creating classic, minimalist clothing for women without sacrificing sustainability.

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Retail Connect 2017 Tackles the Risks and Rewards of Entrepreneurship

This Thursday, students and industry professionals will gather for the College of Design’s annual event, Retail Connect. Presented by the College of Design’s Retail Merchandising Program, the Retail Merchandising Design Advisory Board, and the college’s Alumni Relations team, this year’s event will focus specifically on entrepreneurship and the role entrepreneurs play in our global economy.

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

Landscape Architecture class at Pine Lake

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.

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Meet the Dean: Q&A with Carol Strohecker

Carol Strohecker

In addition to welcoming our new students this fall, the College of Design (CDes) is pleased to welcome our new dean, Carol Strohecker. In this interview, she talks about her passion for the design fields and her experiences across the design disciplines and gives some advice to our incoming students.

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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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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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Stamps of Somalia: Illuminating a Nation

Stamps of Somalia Image 1

How do you define a country’s design aesthetic? For recent graphic design graduate Kaamil Haider, it starts with a postage stamp. On display at the 2017 Graphic Design Senior Showcase, Haider’s senior exhibit “Stamps of Somalia: Illuminating a Nation” explored Somalia’s design style through the creation of original postage stamps.   How did you come up with the idea for […]

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