Category Archives: Faculty

Toy Product Design Featured on Discovery Channel Canada

Product Design Assistant Professor Barry Kudrowitz developed his course on Toy Product Design to show graduate and undergraduate students how to take their product ideas from concept to functional prototype. Last spring, Jesse Purvey, Annice Larkin, Colin Nelson, and James Cosper developed a toy that will be part of a permanent exhibit at the Works Museum in Bloomington, MN. The musical toy (above) was featured on the Canadian Discovery Channel’s show Daily Planet this spring. You can watch the Daily Planet clip here. Throughout the hands-on course, offered in the Spring semester, students in PDES 3711 bring their projects to Play Testing events at the Minnesota Children’s Museum and involve kids in the design process.  At the end of the…

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Kristine Miller Discusses New York's Public Spaces at the Walker Art Museum

Landscape architecture professor Kristine Miller will discuss her book, Designs on the Public: The Private Lives of New York's Public Spaces, at the Walker Art Center on Friday, April 13. Her presentation is part of an event featuring rapid-fire project talks by other artists and academics, including photographer Wing Young Huie and Aaron Westre (M Arch '09) [read about Westre's current AOV3 exhibition here]. The free event will be webcast live from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.Miller will also speak at the Midwest Great Lakes Regional Conference for the Council of Educational on Thursday, April 26 about her contributions to the positive transformations of education.For more information about the landscape architecture program, please visit their website….

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Architecture and Apparel Design Students Present at National Conference

Pictured left to right: Misty Karges, apparel design; Amanda Marcott, BDA in Architecture; Brenna Hoisington, B.S. in Architecture; Sebastian Marques, B.S. in Architecture, and Kate Maple, Assistant Dean for Student Services. Four students from the College of Design traveled to Ogden, Utah for the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at Weber State University last week: Misty Karges, apparel design; Amanda Marcott, BDA in Architecture; Brenna Hoisington, B.S. in Architecture; and Sebastian Marques, B.S. in Architecture. The annual conference gives undergraduate scholars in all fields and from all types of institutions of higher learning a forum to share the results of their work through posters, presentations, performances, and works of art. The students will be accompanied by Kate Maple, Assistant…

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Graphic Design Professor Steven McCarthy: Int'l Presentaions, Exhibits, and Forthcoming Titles in 2012

Graphic design professor Steven McCarthy has been selected to present his paper "Designer as Author Activist: A Model for Engagement" at the Design Research Society's biennial conference in Bangkok, Thailand this July. The Design Research Society is the longest established multi-disciplinary worldwide learned society for the design research community. Professor McCarthy has taught at the College of Design since 1998, and attended an international design-related conference every year since 2001. He recently signed a contract with BIS Publishing to write a forth-coming book about design authorship. Steven's graphic design work has been published in Graphis Poster, the American Institute of Graphic Arts annual, HOW, Page and in Provocative Graphics: The Power of the Unexpected in Graphic Design, among others….

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Landscape Architecture Professor Rebecca Krinke Presents at AAG

Rebecca Krinke (Landscape Architecture) received an Association of American Geographers (AAG) Enhancement Grant to discuss her recent work in the 'Art and Geography' session 'Mappings I: Haunted Landscapes and Acts of Viewing' during the AAG conference in New York City, February 24-28. AAG is a nonprofit scientific and educational society that contributes to the advancement of geography. Along with teaching for the Department of Landscape Architecture, Krinke is a multimedia artist, who works in sculpture, installations, and site art. In 2011 she helped launch the new Mapping Spectral Traces website, an academic-artist trans-disciplinary collaborative of international scholars, practitioners, community leaders and artists who are working with and in traumatized communities, contested lands and diverse environments. You can read more…

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2012 Imagine Fund Annual Award and Special Events Winners Announced

The University of Minnesota has chosen the more than 150 recipients of its 2012 Imagine Fund Annual Awards and Special Events Grants. Supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation, the Imagine Fund is a unique systemwide program that supports projects in the arts, humanities and design at the University of Minnesota. "These disciplines at the University of Minnesota advance rigorous ways of thinking about the changing world, and on behalf of the entire Imagine Fund committee, I want to thank all of the applicants, as well as the university and outgoing Provost Tom Sullivan, for their steadfast commitment to the arts, humanities and design," said professor Renee Cheng, chair of the U of M Imagine Fund Awards Committee…

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Yale School of Architecture Publishes Essay by Architecture Head Renee Cheng

A new book out by the Yale School of Architecture, BIM in Academia, features an essay by the College of Design's School of Architecture Head, Professor Renee Cheng. The collection includes essays by educators and practitioners weighing in on the debate over how Building Information Modeling (BIM) should be taught in architecture schools in the United States. Professor Cheng's essay, "Facing the Fact of BIM: Architectural Curricula Past, Present and Future," argues that tools like BIM are helpful in practice but often in conflict with historically used pedagogical approaches towards architectural education. "Identifying the most valuable aspects of current and past educational models will help us as we develop a positive future education for architects," explains Cheng, who was…

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