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Beth Loraine Bowman (Housing Studies '08) to Showcase Work at Fox Tax Gallery in NE Minneapolis

A showcase of work by alumna Beth Loraine Bowman (Housing Studies '08) will appear at the Gallery at Fox Tax in NE Minneapolis this December. The group show "ENTANGLEMENT | A Group Exhibition of Collage" will feature local artists who utilize the technique of collage using mediums such as found objects, magazine clippings, trash, and photography. Bowman, who currently serves on the College of Design Student and Alumni Board, has shown her work throughout the United States and Europe, including three solo shows. Her mixed media images, informed by French Post-war Modernist painting (Tachisme/L'Art Informel), have explored the subjects of memory, place, color experience, shelter/architecture, maternity, and forgiveness. ENTAGLEMENT opens on December 17th from 6-9 pm. Artists will be…

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Marvin Malecha (B Arch '73), Wins F. Carter Williams Gold Medal

Marvin Malecha, FAIA (B Arch '73) and Dean of the College of Design at North Carolina State University has been awarded the F. Carter Williams Gold Medal from AIA North Carolina. Named in honor of Raleigh architect F. Carter Williams, FAIA, the chapter's Gold Medal is the highest honor presented by AIA North Carolina. It is awarded to an individual in recognition of a distinguished career or extraordinary accomplishments as an architect. Malecha became dean at NC State in 1994 after 12 years as dean of the College of Environmental Design at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. For more on Dean Malecha, visit his online biography here. For more on the University of Minnesota's School of Architecture, visit their…

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Matt Wilkens (BED '98) Project Featured in Landscape Architect and Specifier News

A project by Matt Wilkens (BED '98) ASLA, a landscape architect at Damon Farber Associates, was recently featured in Landscape Architect & Specifier News. Wilkens currently serves on, and is past president of, the Design Student & Alumni Board. The project, "Woodland Adventure Playground at the Minnesota Zoo," was featured in the September 2011 issue (Page 60). The 6000 square foot site features a 9-foot diameter tree house accessible by rope ladder, a replica of the Split Rock Light House north of Duluth on Lake Superior, the largest mosquito in Minnesota, and other play elements. As landscape architect and project manager, Wilkens was involved at all stages of the project, from ideation and planning through design and construction. He…

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Shelter Update

On Monday we launched a campaign to raise money for the college's efforts related to housing and specifically projects that our students are doing with Habitat for Humanity. The money raised will be put to use this school year and we are eager to share with you the impact of your support of this initiative. Our goal of $10,000 by Dec 10, is lofty and aggressive but it is important if we are to pursue some of these unique learning opportunities for our students. Alumni and friends donated over $2,000 in the first two days, so we are making good progress, but we need your support. Give the Gift of Shelter We have students interested in traveling with Habitat…

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Inspiring Place / Landscape Architect Jerry de Gryse (BLA, 79) Win Multiple 2011 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Awards

Inspiring Place, led by Jerry de Gryse (BLA, 1979), scooped the pool at the 2011 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (Tasmania) biennial awards. Inspiring Place won an Award for Planning for its Design Guidelines for Nature Based Tourism – Victoria, an Award of Excellence in Urban Design for its Urban Design Strategy – Kangaroo Bay, and the Medal for Landscape Architecture. The Medal was given to Inspiring Place for its work at Saffire, a luxury eco-tourism resort on Tasmania's east coast. The jury commented that the project "persuasively conveys the key role of landscape architecture in fostering a deep sense of stewardship and engagement with the unique Tasmanian landscapes that support, inspire and delight both visitors and inhabitants alike."…

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Damon Farber (BLA, 71) Named AIA Minnesota 2011 Special Award Recipient

Damon Farber, FASLA, 1971 BLA grad and founder of Damon Farber Associates has been selected, along with the McKnight Foundation, as the AIA Minnesota Special Award recipients for 2011. The AIA Minnesota Special Award "seeks to encourage, stimulate and recognize exceptional contributions of individuals and organizations outside of the architectural profession that improve the quality of our physical environment." Farber is a registered landscape architect with over 30 years of professional experience. His commitment to quality, coupled with an emphasis on design integrity, has resulted in more than 45 professional planning and design awards and honors since he founded the firm in 1981. The McKnight Foundation is a Minnesota-based family foundation established in 1953 and seeks to improve the…

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Become a College of Design Mentor

Here at the College of Design, we're preparing for the upcoming 2011-12 mentor program and are looking for mentors to match with our students! This annual college-wide program helps undergraduate and graduate students grow professionally by matching them with a professional in their field of study. For more information and link to an online application, visit www.design.umn.edu/mentor. Contact Lucy Reile, program coordinator, with questions at 612-624-1245 or cdesmentor@umn.edu….

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Larson captains Canstruction team

Josh Larson (BS Architecture 2008) captained one of four teams competing in Canstruction 2010 at the Mall of America on Saturday, September 25, 2010. canstruction.JPGThe annual Canstruction event puts thousands of non-perishable food items in the hands of local architects, engineers, contractors, designers and students to see who can design the most creative food sculpture using stacks of food.

Larson’s team, which included fellow College of Design alumnus Laura Oestreich (BS Interior Design 2006), assembled a Viking ship set atop a football field in honor of the Minnesota Viking’s 50th anniversary. Their design required 4,150 cans of food to construct and approximately 6 hours to assemble the 8’x10’x10′ structure.

The team raised $5,000 for the project and spent $3,200 on cans for their design. They donated the reminder of their funds, as well as all of the cans from the project, to Second Harvest Heartland at the end of the competition.

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