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AIA Elevates School of Architecture Faculty and Alumni to College of Fellows

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently elevated four Minnesota architects to the AIA College of Fellows in recognition of their contributions to the profession and society. The School of Architecture can count three out of the four new Minnesota fellows among its faculty and alumni: William Blanski (B.Arch ’85), design principal with HGA Architects and Engineers; Renée Cheng, professor of […]

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U Alumni Association Honors Volunteers, Students, and Remarkable Graduates

The U of M Alumni Association honored two College of Design alumni and the Design and Student Alumni Board during an awards celebration on Thursday, October 11th. Ann Carlson Birt (B.S. Home Economics '56) received the Alumni Service Award for her significant impact and service to University. A member of the Goldstein Museum of Design for more than a decade, she has served as an officer on its Friends board and helped to fund a permanent director for the museum as chair of the Director's Endowment Campaign. A leader through service, Birt is known for her "friend-raising," creating awareness of the College of Design within the community and fostering opportunities to engage her many contacts with the college. In…

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Alchemy Architects Receive AIA Award for SPECS Optical Facade

The St. Paul architecture firm Alchemy Architects, founded by Geoffrey Warner (B.Arch '89), received a 2012 Small Project Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) during an awards ceremony on May 17 in Washington D.C. Alchemy facilitates experimentation with, and the production of, key elements that are part of larger projects, from weeHouses to lofted condos. The award was for Alchemy's work on SPECS Optical Facade, an optical shop in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis. Landscape beautification installed by the city obscured their storefront, and sign code limitations prevented the shop from using signage that would be visible behind the trees and bushes. Alchemy created a crystalline envelope of 5/8" thick greenhouse polycarbonate that "grows" out of the…

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