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Bruin leads DHA team to participate in Engaged Department Program

A Design, Housing, and Apparel (DHA) team led by Marilyn Bruin (Housing Studies) is one of six departments that have been awarded a grant to participate in the University’s Engaged Department Program. The program’s purpose is to infuse community engagement more fully into the programmatic features of a department’s teaching and/or research activities. The other DHA team members are Sherri Gahring (Apparel Design), Barbara Martinson (Graphic Design), Kim Johnson (Retail Merchandising), Hye-Young Kim (Retail Merchandising), and Becky Yust (Housing Studies). Brenda Kayzar from Urban Studies also joins the team. The project focuses on retail, graphic identity, and housing at UMore Park.

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Conway+Schulte receive 2010 AIA Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design

William Conway‘s (Architecture) firm, Conway+Schulte Architects, has received a 2010 American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design for its work on the MacArthur Park district master plan.

Conway served as the principal in charge on the project.

The master plan describes a vision of Macarthur Park, the oldest municipal park in Little Rock, AK, as the anchor for a larger urban landscape network.

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Dunne, Wu awarded grants for current projects

Lucy Dunne (Apparel Design) has been awarded a Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship for her project, “Toward Body-Monitoring in the Everyday World: Assessing the Comfort/Accuracy Tradeoff and Modeling Signal Noise.” Juanjuan Wu (Retail Merchandising) has been awarded a Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship of her project, “Mass Customization 2.0: Experience Co-design in Cyberspace.”

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Hokanson named director of Design Institute

Brad Hokanson (Graphic Design) has been named director of the Design Institute (DI) effective December 1, 2009. Hokanson’s objectives for the Design Institute are to:

  • Build and rebuild active relationships with the faculty of the college and the design community.
  • Establish a sustainable financial capacity through fundraising, earned monies, and direct support from the university.
  • Develop a series of initiatives that advance understanding of the cause of design at the university, including an ongoing electronic presence using static and dynamic Internet tools, social networking software and print-on-demand publishing.

“My view of design is broad, encompassing the field from graphic design to urban design,” Hokanson said. “This position in the College of Design gives me the chance to connect and create in a wide range of venues and to advance design at the University and in the state of Minnesota.”

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Haglund re-elected to NFRC board

Kerry Haglund (Center for Sustainable Building Research) has been re-elected to a three-year term on the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) board of directors. Haglund will also serve as the treasurer on the executive committee. NFRC is a nonprofit organization that administers the only uniform, independent rating and labeling system for the energy performance of windows, doors, skylights, and attachment products.

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Landscape Architecture partners on Laurentian Vision Partnership projects

The College of Design’s Department of Landscape Architecture is partnering with Cliffs Natural Resources and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Lands & Minerals Division on reshaping an overburden stockpile near Virginia. Overburden is material removed during taconite surface mining. Reshaping the stockpile improves the appearance and improves its environmental impact.

A second overburden stockpile reshaping project is planned for next year near Keewatin.

Both projects are part of the Laurentian Vision Partnership to turn “pits and piles into lakes and landscape” according to Lee Bloomquist’s RangeViews.

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Ju receives outstanding research award from International Textiles and Apparel Association

HaeWon Ju (MS Apparel Design, 2008), a current graduate student in the Apparel Studies track of the Doctoral Program in Design has received the outstanding research award from the International Textiles and Apparel Association for her MS thesis research. Ju’s thesis was entitled, “Young women’s visual processing of fashion advertisements using eye tracking.”

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Danielson Bretheim and Salooje receive AIA Minnesota 2009 Special Awards

Sue Danielson Bretheim (Development) has been named an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Minnesota 2009 Special Award recipient for her nearly 20 years of development work. “Bretheim has created a strong relationship between the college and the architectural profession, proving to be mutually beneficial, and has been instrumental in developing the strong relationship between the College of Design and AIA Minnesota,” writes AIA Minnesota in a media release. “Bretheim has maintained these critical relationships and provided the University many resources and opportunities for both students and professionals to expand the facilities at the College of Design.”

Ozayr Saloojee (Architecture) was also recognized with an AIA Minnesota 2009 Special Award for his extraordinary teaching efforts. AIA Minnesota notes that Saloojee received the 2008 MArch Student Choice Award for graduate faculty.

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