Category Archives: Students

Paving the Way for a More Diverse Industry

For architecture students, the road to becoming licensed is a long one. Between school, internships, and preparing for the licensure exam, the mean time from high school graduation to becoming licensed is 13.3 years.¹ For many students, the current model puts an architecture license out of reach, this is especially true for minority groups and women. Reducing the time it […]

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Interior Design Students Get Groovy with Light Design

This fall, interior design juniors in Professor Abimbola Asojo’s IDES 3612 Lighting Design class were given the chance to shine in the Groovystuff Ambient Lighting Challenge. Based in Texas, Groovystuff is a wholesale manufacturer and supplier of traditional rustic home décor that focuses on utilizing reclaimed materials in all aspects of production and design. Through their design challenge, Groovystuff partners […]

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Design Students Help Get Out the Vote!

Every four years, students in the graphic design course Color and Form in Surface Design are challenged by their professors to create their own screen printed Get Out the Vote poster for the U.S. General Election. Each poster is the product of a three-layered handmade screen print. With a focus on encouraging their fellow students to vote, rather than trying […]

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From Sneakerhead to adidas Designer

For Charlie Kirihara (B.F.A. ’15 Graphic Design) the love of sneakers started at a young age, “In elementary school I got a subscription to Eastbay and would cut out my favorite models and pin them up in my room hoping that my parents would see them.” Now Kirihara is an assistant color and materials designer for football and lacrosse at adidas, […]

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Fall 2016 Issue of Emerging Now Available

Emerging Fall 2016

Get a look at what College of Design students, faculty, and alumni are up to in the Fall 2016 issue of Emerging magazine. Our latest edition celebrates our 10th anniversary and showcases the amazing creations and innovations that we continue to see within our college. This issue includes stories on: The Wargo Nature Heritage Center student-design build project. Our new Product […]

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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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Designing for Autism Spectrum Disorder

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 68 children in the United States has autism spectrum disorder. This spring, Abimbola Asojo and Tina Patel‘s sophomore interior design studio worked with local design firm Perkins + Will and autism service provider Fraser to learn more about designing for those on the autism spectrum. When Perkins + Will […]

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Tables of the Lakes Spark Conversations About Water

Forget coffee table books. Graduate student Kevin Tousignant (Landscape Architecture) builds tables that are conversation starters in their own right! Tables of the Lakes began as a yearning to see his designs come to life. “An unfortunate part of being a landscape architecture or architecture student is accepting the fact that you’ll be producing an incredible amount of work that […]

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2016 Honors and Awards

We wrapped up the school year with a celebration of the students, faculty, and staff who go above and beyond to foster a culture of excellence within the College of Design. Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees! Outstanding Civil Service and Labor Represented Award: Janaya Martin Outstanding Contributions to Equity and Diversity Award: Greg Donofrio Outstanding E-Teaching Award: Daniela […]

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