Tag Archives: 2014

Richard Graves Named New Director of Center for Sustainable Building Research

Richard Graves, AIA, LEED BD+C, was announced today as the Director of the Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR), in the College of Design, at the University of Minnesota.  Graves takes over the role previously held by John Carmody, founding director, who retired at the end of last year.  Graves will also hold the title of Associate Professor in the School of Architecture.  He officially assumed both new roles this week.   “I am very excited and honored to direct the Center for Sustainable Building Research at the University of Minnesota,” said Graves.  “Minnesota has earned a reputation as a North American leader in progressive environmental practice and policies. The potential for the Center for Sustainable Building Research to identify…

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Alumni + Faculty Contribute to Walker's Artist Designed Putt-Putt

When you tee up at the Walker Art Center’s Artist Designed Mini Golf in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden this summer, keep your eyes open for two putt-putt holes designed by faculty and alumni from the University of Minnesota. The 18-hole course includes Putt-Pong, co-designed by assistant professor of product design Barry Kudrowitz and College of Design alumnus Trevor Anderson. Their course mixes the fast pace of ping-pong with the careful strategy of putt-putt (hint: Use the paddles for a bank shot to create hole-in-one winning angles). Adjunct lecturer Robin Schwartzman designed a candy-inspired playing field called Don’t Blow It. The oversized gumball machine is the last chance for a hole-in-one. “The idea is to shoot it up a ramp and over a jump into the…

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Marc Swackhamer Named New School of Architecture Head

Associate professor of architecture Marc Swackhamer has been named head of the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota. He has served as the director of the University's Master of Architecture program since 2012 and is the co-founder of HouMinn Practice, which focuses on full-scale prototyping of lightweight, responsive, and digitally pre-fabricated construction systems. He received his B.Arch from the University of Cincinnati and his M.Arch from Rice University. "The discipline of architecture is undergoing tremendous change," says Swackhamer. "Schools must quickly and nimbly adjust to those changes, yet remain clear and stable with regards to the disciplinary core of the profession. I envision a program that will lead the discipline through a dynamically changing landscape, while simultaneously clarifying…

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[VIDEO] Apparel Design Students Prepare to Fly with NASA

This spring semester, five apparel design seniors are not only preparing to launch their careers, they are also launching into space. Karen Fiegen joined by Kira Erickson, Mary Ellen Berglund, Jordyn Reich, and Crystal Compton, are 11 weeks away from taking their materials research into zero gravity for testing at NASA headquarters in Houston, TX at the end of May. PHOTOS: Apparel Students Heading to Microgravity UNEWS: Design Students Reach for the Stars (Minnesota Daily)NEWS: Apparel Team Tackles Moisture Management Challenge (NASA)Selected as 1 of 18 projects to participate in NASA’s highly competitive Microgravity U, the University of Minnesota team is the first all-female, apparel team to participate in the program. Microgravity U is an academic opportunity for undergraduate teams…

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Denise Guerin Awarded Inaugural IFI Fellowship

The International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) was founded in 1963 as the global voice and authority for professional Interior Architects and Designers. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding, IFI established the IFI Fellowship to acknowledge exemplary international achievement within the interior architecture and design profession. Thirteen interior designers from around the world were honored with the inaugural award, including Morse-Alumni Distinguished Professor of Interior Design Denise Guerin, who retired from the University of Minnesota this spring after serving 24 years on the faculty. Guerin is noted researcher in the interior design field whose honors include an IIDA Northland Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award (2010), an American Society of Interior Designers Educator of Distinction Award (2007), the Louis Tregue/NCIDQ…

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3 Alumni Receive AIA-MN Young Architects Award

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Minnesota's Committee on Design selected five recipients for the 2014 Young Architects Award, including three alumni from the College of Design. These recipients will be recognized at the annual AIA Minnesota Awards Celebration on Friday, December 5, 2014, at International Market Square. Bob Ganser (B.A. Arch '94, M.Arch '01) is a principal and co-founder of CITYDESKSTUDIO Architecture and Design. He has taught undergraduate and graduate design studios at the University of Minnesota since 2006 and was a research assistant at the Metropolitan Design Center. Bob studied architecture and photography in Florence, Italy, as part of a Syracuse University semester abroad program. Practicing in architecture since 1996, he has worked in the architectural offices of…

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Justin Bieganek Helps the City of St. Paul Reduce Waste

Justin Bieganek's (B.S. Design Communications '97) firm took the city of St.Paul's new "All In" waste reduction program to the next level. A new video by Beganik Strategy + Design uses characters speaking in five different languages to be inclusive of the broadly diverse city and grow awareness of the recycling program; the key to a huge impact from the city's new approach."We listened and provided the City of Saint Paul with a new branding campaign that has the tools necessary to engage Saint Paul residents in an innovative recycling program," said Bieganek. Click below to watch the video for a sense of the unique clarity Bieganek's firm brought to the "All In" program.Bieganek, who started his firm in 1998,…

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You're Invited: Final Reviews, Receptions, and Events

You’re invited to join students, faculty, and staff at the College of Design for final presentations and receptions from students across our various disciplines. Events will take place on the University of Minnesota Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter @UofMDesign and Facebook for updates, photos, and videos. May 8 | Apparel + Retail: Designs for TargetMay 8 | Toy Product Design: PlaysentationsMay 12 – 13 | Master of Architecture: Final Project Juries and Exhibitions May 12 – 14 | Master of Landscape Architecture: Final ReviewsMay 16 | B.F.A. Graphic Design Show: The Reveal May 16 | Interior Design: Thesis Reception …

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Paul Erling Wins Elements Runway Competition

Congrats to apparel design student Paul Erling (below) for winning the Elements: Design Competition and Runway Show hosted by the Weisman Art Museum (WAM) Collective on April 23. Participants took inspiration from WAM's exhibition, Siberia: Imagined and Reimagined, and showcased designs with an emphasis on sustainability. Erling's two-piece garment was made entirely from deconstructed, used goods.PHOTOS: Elements @ WAM | April 2014NEWS: Elements Fashion Show 2014 (TC Daily Planet)More Stories about Apparel Design:What Do Gloves That Type and A Noise Cancelling Vest Have in Common?Lucy Dunne Receives NASA's Silver Achievement MedalApparel Students Take Design to Zero Gravity…

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In Memoriam: Mary Ellen Sullivan-Rickey (B.F.A. Studio Art '78)

Mary Ellen Sullivan-Rickey (B.F.A. Studio Art '78), a former lecturer in the Department of Design, Housing and Apparel at the College of Design, died on March 28, 2014 after a courageous but brutally short journey with Leiomyosarcoma. She had many overlapping careers as a remarkable artist and insightful teacher. She taught design, painting, drawing, color theory, and fashion illustration at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the University of St. Catherine, and finally at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Design, Housing and Apparel. She was a consummate clothing designer and tailor who blossomed in her ultimate creative calling designing costumes for VISTA Theater Productions.Read MoreA celebration of her life will be held at the Convent…

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