Category Archives: Alumni

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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Building Community with Design

Building Community with Design

As the spring semester comes to an end, we’re looking ahead to fall and getting excited to welcome the next class of undergraduate students. Every year we welcome our incoming undergrads with supplies they’ll need during their first semester: a sketchbook, pen, and class T-shirt. This year we’ve launched the Building Community with Design campaign, which aims to cover the […]

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That’s a Wrap: Students Showcase Their Work in Final Reviews

Students review the work of Graphic Design seniors.

The 2016-2017 school year is drawing to a close and with it comes final reviews, presentations, and events! Join students, faculty, and staff at the College of Design for final presentations and receptions showcasing design projects and research from across the design disciplines. Events will take place on the University of Minnesota East Bank and St. Paul campuses. Follow us […]

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

Robert C. Mack

Robert Mack (B.A. ’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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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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From Sneakerhead to adidas Designer

For Charlie Kirihara (B.F.A. ’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 Kirihara is an assistant color and materials designer for football and lacrosse at adidas, […]

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