Category Archives: Alumni

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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Minions, Ghouls, and Jellyfish: #NotJack2015

Humans domesticated gourds over 10,000 years ago, and we’ve been carving them into lanterns for centuries. This Halloween, an interdisciplinary team of College of Design faculty, staff, and students challenged University of Minnesota to think beyond the classic crooked grin at our inaugural non-traditional pumpkin carving contest: Not Jack. PHOTOS: #NotJack2015 Students with majors ranging from Animal Science to Apparel […]

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Rethinking Building: Iterative Fabrication, Rapid Delivery, and Resilient Materials

Sci-fi or reality: a 3D-printed home powered by a solar array and 3D-printed hybrid electric vehicle? If you said fantasy, guess again. “Moore’s Law seems to be increasingly evident in the architecture industry lately, so much so that it’s hard to keep track of all the recent groundbreaking ideas for additive manufacturing in buildings. It’s a groundswell that upends our […]

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The Impact of Mentoring: Q&A With Jenny Anderson

Jenny Anderson (Retail Merchandising ‘95), has been volunteering at the University of Minnesota for nearly two decades. She served as member and president of the College of Human Ecology Alumni Society Board, and was a founding member of the Design Student and Alumni Board. Anderson has been supporting students’ transitions from the classroom to the workplace since her own graduation […]

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DSAB Welcomes New Members

The College of Design Design Student and Alumni Board (DSAB) brings together designers at all stages of their education and careers to plan events, develop programs, and build relationships. This fall, DSAB welcomed a number of new members, including the alumni below.   Cassandra Willms (BS Clothing Design ’04) Senior Designer, Target “After moving back from NYC 2 years ago, […]

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Illustrating the Great Minnesota Get-Together

Adam Turman (Design Communications ’99)’s favorite part about the Minnesota State Fair isn’t the seed art, or the Miracle of Birth, or anything on a stick. It’s the people-watching. “We call the State Fair ‘the Great Minnesota Get-Together,’ and it really is. Whenever I go, I see how it brings together all different types of people.” When he got an […]

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In Memoriam: Donald Wexler (B.Arch ‘50)

Donald Wexler, a prominent Modernist architect based in Palm Springs, passed on June 26 at age 89. Wexler enrolled in the University of Minnesota’s school of architecture after serving in the Navy during WWII, and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1950. After graduation, Wexler left Minnesota’s cold winters for Palm Springs, where he worked under Desert Modernist William […]

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