Category Archives: Architecture

General Services Administration Awards Research Grant to Renée Cheng

Congratulations to Renée Cheng (Architecture) for receiving a research grant from the General Services Administration (GSA). With this grant Cheng, along with University of Washington Professor Carrie Dossick (Construction Management) and Research Scientist Laura Osburn, will identify guidelines for using collaborative practices on high-performance buildings for the federal government. In this Q&A, Cheng discusses her research and what’s next for this […]

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Interior Design and Architecture Programs Earn Top Marks in DesignIntelligence Survey

DesignIntelligence (DI) magazine’s 2016–17 report on the best architecture and design schools in America ranks the College of Design’s undergraduate interior design program among the top 20 in the nation. The program was also selected by hiring professionals as one that best prepares students for a future in their professions. In addition, the college’s graduate interior design program was named […]

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Design-Build: Wargo Nature Center Heritage Lab

It’s one thing for your final project to stand up to final reviews, but quite another for it to withstand heavy outdoor use by generations of children! This spring and summer, associate professor John Comazzi (Architecture) taught a design-build graduate module in partnership with Anoka County Parks & Rec to fabricate and install learning kiosks at the Wargo Nature Center […]

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Imagining Totalscape: May Term in Japan

A group of architecture and landscape architecture students spent May session exploring how their disciplines intersect along the Tokaido corridor. Led by Blaine Brownell (Architecture) and Rebecca Krinke (Landscape), the traveling studio analyzed the “totalscapes” of eastern Japan through site visits, photography, sketches, and cultural immersion. Read on for observations and reflections by students on the trip; or explore the full archive on […]

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Design Alumnae Serve on UMAA Collegiate Council

Three College of Design alumnae—Janice Linster (BS ’83 Interior Design), Maureen Kostial (BS ’71 Costume Design), and Betsy Vohs (M.Arch ’04)—have been appointed to the University of Minnesota Alumni Association Collegiate Alumni Council. Members of the collegiate council advise the UMAA board on alumni engagement and advocate for the needs of the alumni societies they represent. Thanks to our alumnae […]

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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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Teams Matter: Q&A with Renée Cheng

In 2009, the General Services Administration (GSA) received the extraordinary charge to stimulate the U.S. economy, put America back to work, and raise the level of building performance for Federal buildings. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), GSA managed a $5 billion investment in over 260 projects across the nation.   GSA then partnered with Renée Cheng and […]

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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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