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Roald Gundersen (B.Arch, BED '89) Receives Margot Siegel Design Award

The Goldstein Museum of Design (GMD) announced the winner of the first annual Margot Siegel Design Award. Roald Gundersen (B.Arch, BED '89) was nominated and selected to receive the award which honors designers who demonstrate design excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life. Gundersen has been exploring and experimenting for the past 20 years with natural building and the architecture of small-diameter round timber. He founded WholeTrees in 2007, a company that re-brands round timber for urban and commercial environments in place of steel. The presentation of the award and recognition of philanthropist Margot Siegel will take place in Miami, Florida. Gundersen will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Florida and accept the $2,000 award on May 29th.Margot Siegel…

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Yasmina El-Sayed Raya (B.S. Arch '07) Receives AAAEA Scholarship

Yasmina El-Sayed Raya (B.S. Arch ’07), a Virginia Tech student enrolled in their Executive Master of Natural Resources program received a $1000 scholarship from the Arab American Association of Engineers and Architects. The scholarship is presented to a student in the field of engineering, architecture, or information technology to promote these fields and to build stronger ties between the association and the Arab American Community. After graduation from the College of Design, Raya started working at an environmental design firm where she helped her clients meet LEED accreditation standards. “As a result,” she said, “[my] initial interest in sustainability issues just continued to grow. I realized that I wanted to devote my career to green initiatives and began searching for…

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Justin Huenemann (B.A. Arch '96) Joins Northwest Area Foundation

Justin Huenemann (B.A. Arch '96) joined the Northwest Area Foundation as a program officer. The Foundation, located in Saint Paul, is dedicated to supporting efforts by people, organizations and communities to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable prosperity. Huenemann will be responsible for assisting in developing grantmaking approaches, identifying new prospective grantees, reviewing grant proposals, and monitoring grant progress.Huenemann is on the boards of directors for several nonprofit organizations, including the Tiwahe Foundation and the Neighborhood Development Center. He is also the founder and former president of the Native American Community Development Institute and helped establish the first American Indian-owned bank, Woodlands National Bank. In addition, he helped create the American Indian Cultural Corridor that features locally-owned and operated businesses. "We…

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Two Alumni Receive 2013 AIA Minnesota Awards

Rosemary A. McMonigal (B.Arch '81, BED '81) and Benjamin E. Awes (M.Arch '01) are recipients of the 2013 AIA-MN Residential Architects Awards.McMonigal received the 2013 Architect of Distinction award. She is a principal at McMonigal Architects LLC and has been working with clients for over 29 years by helping them create houses individually tailored to their needs. She is known for creating homes that have efficient structure in health, livability, and energy efficiency. The jury found her work to be very strong and expressive and admired her sensitivity to color, materials, light, and how she was able to work well within a small budget. McMonigal creates projects that show a "nice variety of work; continual emphasis on sustainability, whether the…

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A Debt-Free Semester Next Fall?

[Update: April 8, 2013]Thank You for supporting Design without Debt! Because of gifts from alumni and friends like you, one lucky student will soon receive a scholarship to cover a whole semester of tuition! You’ve given one more student an incredible opportunity – the freedom to focus on education.We will be sure to update you and our blog later this spring with news on the lucky recipient of the Design without Debt scholarship. If you missed the chance to give, you can still contribute to scholarships at z.umn.edu/designscholars.Regards,Tom Fisher, Professor and Dean, College of Design [Update: March 29, 2013]We need you now. We’re close to meeting our goal to raise $6,250 – the full cost of one semester of undergraduate tuition – and every gift…

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Mauricio Arango's (MFA Design '03) Film Screening at The Museum of Modern Art

Mauricio Arango (MFA Design '03) will have a film playing at the New Directors/New Films festival from March 20 – 31, 2013, presented jointly by The Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. The festival introduces audiences to emerging and not-yet-established filmmakers from around the world. Arango's film, Everything Near Becomes Far, is a 10 minutes narrative short film in Spanish with English subtitles and takes place in Colombia, where Arango was born. The concept, direction, and editing for the film was done by Arango, and all aspects of post-production were completed by himself because editing is a crucial part of his creative process. "My aim was to recreate an episode…

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Don Ganje (BLA '73) Granted Fellow Status by ASLA

Don Ganje (BLA '73) was elevated to the status of Fellow by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) during their 2012 Annual Meeting and Expo. His 38-year career with Saint Paul Parks and Recreation includes work on Como and Mears Parks, Raspberry Island and the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary. Most recently he worked on the Great River Passage, an extensive master plan for unifying St. Paul's riverfront. A statement from ASLA describes Ganje as someone with an eye, "for the smallest site detail and mastery of vast public open spaces, he has the ability to make places where people feel welcome and that comfort, excite, and encourage them to interact. He further infuses his colleagues with a passion for…

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Apparel Alumni Showcased in Emerging Fashion Anthology

(left) design, Hilary Hubanks; materials: wool tweed, plastic boning, eyelets, cotton lining, ostrich feathers, beads, shoelace strings; photograph, Valerie Gallagher, (right) design, Niki English; materials: window screen strips layered over tulle, LED lights; photograph, Cody Lidtke.Garments by apparel design alumni Niki English (B.S. Clothing Design '11) and Hilary Hubanks (B.S. Clothing Design '11) appear in the latest anthology of Emerging Fashion Designers 3 (Schiffer Publishing). The publication showcases work ranging from evening wear to sportswear to children's wear created by recent graduates from 16 fashion design programs in the United States. Hubanks submitted the design she created during a semester at the London College of Fashion where she took a corsetry class. "I was very inspired by English culture," recalls…

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Joyce Feller (Housing Studies '96) Promoted to Federal Veterans Administration

Joyce Feller (Housing Studies '96) had been working for the Department of Defense as a Program Analyst (Civilian), at the Wisconsin Joint Force Headquarters in the Manpower Directorate. Her education in Housing Policy transferred to other governmental and policy areas. For her work as a civilian she was awarded a commendation from the Department of Military Affairs. In December, Joyce was promoted to the Federal Veterans Administration at the William S. Middleton VA Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. She is an Executive Management and Program Analyst in the Nursing Division. Joyce has worked with county, state (Minnesota and Wisconsin) and Federal governments to include the IRS, Department of Defense and HUD. She has developed policy in the areas of Affordable…

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Samuel Carlsen (M Arch '08) Awarded Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship

The Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship, a highly competitive, three-year fellowship partnering emerging architectural leaders with community developers, was awarded to Master of Architecture graduate Samuel Carlsen. Carlsen will work with the Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation to provide design leadership for the Central Corridor Light Rail project and neighborhoods impacted by its construction. According to a press release announcing the award, Carlsen will "help the City of Saint Paul build transformative public spaces, as well as encourage developers to bring the values of equality and sustainability into their own projects and practices". The 35 Rose Fellows sponsored to date have used their design and organizational skills to help their host organizations create or preserve over 7,000 sustainable, affordable homes and…

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