Category Archives: Research

Faculty Display Research at Annual Poster Session

Aerial view of East Bank

From redesigning patient hospital gowns to creating a better deep winter greenhouse, College of Design faculty and graduate students work on the forefront of design research. Find out more about our faculty’s recent work.

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Illuminating the Neglected History of Mobile Homes

Hilltop Mobile Park

Millions of Americans call mobile parks home, but their architectural and historical importance is often overlooked. Eduard Krakhmalnikov (MS-HP ’13, Masters of Landscape Architecture ’14) is working to change that.

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Autonomous Vehicles: Coming Sooner Than You Think

Cars driving on a freeway.

Each year, the Transportation Research Board holds an annual meeting where presenters and panelists discuss and present research on transportation topics to policymakers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and more. This year Minnesota Design Center Director Tom Fisher took part in one of the most popular of panels at the conference “Autonomous Vehicles: Coming Sooner than you Think.”

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Improving Function, Improving Fit | Q&A with Linsey Griffin

For years, female emergency professionals have often been overlooked when it comes to providing safe and secure work equipment. But one national apparel design research group is working to change that.

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Bringing Universal Design to the Self-Checkout Counter

Universal Design Icons

The self-checkout counter. It’s a common sight in grocery stores across the nation. But what impact does it have on the design of a store and on the people who use it? Teaming up with retail merchandising faculty Hye-Young Kim, architecture student Ryan Hansen seeks to answer this question in his honors thesis research.

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Generous $1 Million Gift Elevates Apparel Design Collections

A jacket in the Goldstein Museum of Design collection.

Close friends of the College of Design have committed $1 million for an endowment to create a named faculty position. This generous gift will provide an ongoing source of funding to support a faculty member who will further the scholarship related to historic dress and curate the historic dress collection in the Goldstein Museum of Design.

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New Studio Options Introduced in Landscape Architecture

Student presenting their projects

Last fall the Department of Landscape Architecture gave second and third-year master’s students the opportunity to select their own studios for the very first time.

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Innovation Fellows Become University Change Agents

Maia Peterson and Roohi Katarya

Stanford’s University Innovation Fellows program empowers students from around the world to become agents of change in higher education. The University of Minnesota has five fellows, including two College of Design students, Maia Peterson (Architecture) and Roohi Katarya (Product Design), who talk more about the program in this interview.

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Judd Fellow Explores Different Ways to Improve Wood Durability

Pratihba Chauhan

Due to the decrease in availability of conventionally used construction wood, stricter government regulations, and increased demand for sustainable building materials, there has been a recent surge of interest in finding alternative ways of using low durability wood species for construction. For 2017 Judd Fellow Pratibha Chauhan (Architecture), this begged the question, what can be done to enhance the durability of wood and preserve the architectural wisdom embedded within this traditional building material?

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Design U Designs For You

Roohi Katarya and Maia Peterson

On Friday, December 8th, interdisciplinary student group Design U will host an end of the semester showcase of the work they’ve completed so far this year. Founded in 2015 by Ryan Hedblom, Design U works with local companies to create design solutions for everything from prototyping to the design of web or mobile applications. Design U’s executive directors Roohi Katarya (Product Design) and Maia Peterson (Architecture) discuss the group’s work and what they’ve accomplished so far in this interview.

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