Category Archives: Architecture

From Mainframe Computers to Virtual Reality: Q&A with Lee Anderson

In 1980, Lee Anderson (Architecture) was deep into his MArch thesis on fractals and design when he realized that in in order to generate graphics to represent his ideas, he’d need to learn computer programming. Anderson taught himself as much as he could, then reached out University of Minnesota experts in computer science, fine arts, and IT. His resulting thesis was […]

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You’re Invited: Final Reviews, Receptions, and Events

Join students, faculty, and staff at the College of Design for final presentations and receptions showcasing design projects and research from our various disciplines. Events will take place on the University of Minnesota East Bank and St. Paul campuses. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for updates, photos, and videos. April 27 – May 3 | Master of Fine […]

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Biomimicry, Biophilia, and Regenerative Design: an Architecture-Biology Collaboration

What happens when you invite biology students into the architecture studio? This spring, students in an MArch biomimicry module expanded their knowledge, vocabulary, and design toolkits by collaborating with graduate students from the College of Biological Sciences. Blaine Brownell and Marc Swackhamer have taught the seven-week Hypernatural studio in past semesters, but this spring was the first time they invited […]

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Center for Sustainable Building Research Joins National Resilience Initiative

The American Institute of Architects Foundation, along with the American Institute of Architects and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, announced that they have selected our Center for Sustainable Building Research as the upper Midwest hub of the National Resilience Initiative (NRI) network. Established in 2013 as a Clinton Global Initiative commitment, the NRI network consists of six university-based […]

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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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Greg Donofrio & Renée Cheng Win ACSA Awards

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ASCA) honored Greg Donofrio with a Collaborative Practice Award and Renée Cheng with a Practice and Leadership Award. The ACSA Collaborative Practice Award recognizes initiatives with the potential to increase diversity in design curricula, administration, and student bodies. The Goldstein Museum exhibition “A Right to Establish a Home” was researched and developed by […]

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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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Revealing Patterns by Scaling Time

How do people define personal space? What determines the flow and interaction between bikes, cars, and pedestrians? How do our bodies move unconsciously when we’re focused on a specific task? This fall, a BDA workshop led by Andrew Blaisdell (MArch ‘10) investigated these questions with an unexpected medium: time-lapse photography. Over the past seven weeks, the students documented everyday activities—from […]

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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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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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