Category Archives: Alumni

Rethinking Resilience

“Materials, health, equity: everyone should have a healthy place to live, regardless of income.” -James Lehnhoff, vice president of housing development at Aeon   When The Rose, an affordable housing project in South Minneapolis, opened in October 2015, it was lauded by a number of publications and professionals as the future of sustainable building. For developers at Aeon and designers […]

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Solving Problems, Riding Bikes: Q&A with Ryan Carlson (Graphic Design ‘01)

Ryan Carlson (Graphic Design ‘01) was never formally trained in wicking fabrics, business best practices, or bicycle engineering; but since its launch in 2005, his company Twin Six has expanded from on-trend cycling apparel to a full line of accessories and gear—most recently, a line of bicycles. In this interview, Carlson shares lessons learned from running a business without a business […]

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Haworth Challenges Interior Studios to Imagine the Future of the Workplace

Haworth guest critic Lindsey Rain (Interior Design ‘92) gave Tina Patel and Abi Asojo’s Interior Design studios a very contemporary challenge: design a flexible work café that can accommodate a range of work styles and functions. The assignment was an preview of the type of commercial projects interior students can expect to tackle after graduation. As Rain explained, “more and more […]

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Kathryn Sterner Sieve (Apparel Design ‘11) is Taking her Studio on the Road

Kathryn Sterner Sieve (Apparel Design ‘11) founded Wisome Goods with an emphasis on sustainability, craftsmanship, and connecting people to story behind their clothes. Now she’s taking her studio on the road. With the support of hundreds of Kickstarter backers, she’s transforming an Airstream trailer into the Winsome Mobile Studio to bring her design process and limited-run collections across the continent. […]

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New Woodchuck Journals: Sustainably Sourced, Handcrafted, Student-Designed

UMN design fraternity APX and Woodchuck USA put out a national call for their journal design competition, but they found their winners right in McNeal Hall. Work by graphic design students Rishi Murugesan and Dana Kingery is gracing the covers of this winter’s designer edition journals! Murugesan’s journal was inspired by his favorite places throughout Minnesota. “I divided the state […]

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A Pathway to the National Park Service

As an undergraduate, Shannon Sawyer (MLA ‘15, BED ’13) loved to study design history and cultural landscapes, but didn’t make a connection to a career with the National Park Service (NPS) until she began her graduate studies. “The summer after my second year of the MLA program, I interned at Mount Rainier National Park. That solidified it: I was hooked. […]

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AIAS Honors Jim Lutz & Kyle Palzer

On December 29, the Jim Lutz received the 2015 AIAS National Educator Honor Award and Kyle Palzer (MArch ‘16) received the 2015 AIAS Design Excellence Honor Award at the 2015 annual FORUM conference in San Francisco, CA. The Educator Honor Award is the most prestigious award that the AIAS confers on a faculty advisor or educator who has exhibited outstanding […]

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Humor with a Sense of Design

During her sophomore year, Andy Erikson (Graphic Design ‘09) skipped typography class to audition for Last Comic Standing, but didn’t even make it through the door. “I waited all morning, but there were people lined up all the way around the block. I didn’t even make it into the building to audition,” she remembered. The next time her typography class […]

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Legacy Trees and LiDAR: Q&A with Roald Gundersen (BS Arch ‘84)

Roald Gundersen (BS Arch & Environmental Science ‘84) founded WholeTrees Architecture & Structures in 2007, but has been revolutionizing the use of un-milled timber for his entire career. WholeTrees uses small diameter timber in new construction projects, which improves the health and productivity of regional forests while boosting local economies. This year, WholeTrees, in partnership with the US Forest Products […]

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Maria Baker (BArch & BED ’93) Nominated for Emmy in Outstanding Production Design

Maria Baker (BArch & BED ’93) received an Emmy nomination for art directing the Amazon television series Transparent. In the midst of her design coursework, Baker found her passion in a different kind of studio. “In my final year of school I visited a film set that a friend was working on. I realized that designing for film was very […]

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