Category Archives: Announcements

Richard Graves Named New Director of Center for Sustainable Building Research

Richard Graves, AIA, LEED BD+C, was announced today as the Director of the Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR), in the College of Design, at the University of Minnesota.  Graves takes over the role previously held by John Carmody, founding director, who retired at the end of last year.  Graves will also hold the title of Associate Professor in the School of Architecture.  He officially assumed both new roles this week.   “I am very excited and honored to direct the Center for Sustainable Building Research at the University of Minnesota,” said Graves.  “Minnesota has earned a reputation as a North American leader in progressive environmental practice and policies. The potential for the Center for Sustainable Building Research to identify…

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Alumni + Faculty Contribute to Walker's Artist Designed Putt-Putt

When you tee up at the Walker Art Center’s Artist Designed Mini Golf in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden this summer, keep your eyes open for two putt-putt holes designed by faculty and alumni from the University of Minnesota. The 18-hole course includes Putt-Pong, co-designed by assistant professor of product design Barry Kudrowitz and College of Design alumnus Trevor Anderson. Their course mixes the fast pace of ping-pong with the careful strategy of putt-putt (hint: Use the paddles for a bank shot to create hole-in-one winning angles). Adjunct lecturer Robin Schwartzman designed a candy-inspired playing field called Don’t Blow It. The oversized gumball machine is the last chance for a hole-in-one. “The idea is to shoot it up a ramp and over a jump into the…

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Marc Swackhamer Named New School of Architecture Head

Associate professor of architecture Marc Swackhamer has been named head of the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota. He has served as the director of the University's Master of Architecture program since 2012 and is the co-founder of HouMinn Practice, which focuses on full-scale prototyping of lightweight, responsive, and digitally pre-fabricated construction systems. He received his B.Arch from the University of Cincinnati and his M.Arch from Rice University. "The discipline of architecture is undergoing tremendous change," says Swackhamer. "Schools must quickly and nimbly adjust to those changes, yet remain clear and stable with regards to the disciplinary core of the profession. I envision a program that will lead the discipline through a dynamically changing landscape, while simultaneously clarifying…

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16 Final Project + Capstone Award Winners

The 2014 Richard Morrill Master's Final Project Awards are given to graduating M.Arch students in memory of long time faculty member Dick Morril (B.Arch '59). You can see the winning projects on display in the Goldstein Museum of Design's HGA gallery in Rapson Hall through August 15, 2014. Team AwardWill Adams, John Green, Daniel Raznick: Bright Lights, No City: Metabolic Infrastructure for the Oil Boom in Williston, NDJoseph Anton, David Horner: Post-Industrial Site Remediation: Redeveloping the Legacy of the Ford Motor Co. Assembly PlantPhilip Bussey, Sangyong Hahn, Hwan Kim: Designing with Rules: Developing a Parametric Process for Renovating the Dunchon-Dong Housing Complex in Seoul Individual Award: Jordan Barlow: Authorized Personnel OnlyKate Robertson: Fishing for a Living: Preserving a Way of…

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3 Alumni Receive AIA-MN Young Architects Award

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Minnesota's Committee on Design selected five recipients for the 2014 Young Architects Award, including three alumni from the College of Design. These recipients will be recognized at the annual AIA Minnesota Awards Celebration on Friday, December 5, 2014, at International Market Square. Bob Ganser (B.A. Arch '94, M.Arch '01) is a principal and co-founder of CITYDESKSTUDIO Architecture and Design. He has taught undergraduate and graduate design studios at the University of Minnesota since 2006 and was a research assistant at the Metropolitan Design Center. Bob studied architecture and photography in Florence, Italy, as part of a Syracuse University semester abroad program. Practicing in architecture since 1996, he has worked in the architectural offices of…

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Susan Watkins Receives Honorary Degree

Honorary degree recipient Susan Watkins was honored during the University of Minnesota College of Design commencement ceremony held on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Watkins is a teacher, designer, researcher, and author, as well as a mentor to a generation of students in the field of functional apparel design. She attended Pennsylvania State University and earned her B.S. in 1965 in consumer services in business, a program geared toward fashion merchandising. She continued in graduate school studying textiles and clothing at the same institution and earned her M.S. in 1967. PHOTO: 2014 Commencement Photos As a college student Watkins, though interested in clothing design, was searching for meaning in the design process beyond the apparent frivolity of fashion design. No programs…

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