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2017 Imagine Fund Award Recipients Announced

Columns in front of Northrop

Across the College of Design, our faculty’s research is tackling global problems and advancing their fields. This spring, 19 faculty members received grants from the University’s Imagine Fund, which supports innovative research in the arts, humanities, and design fields. Take a look at the research that our faculty members are conducting with their grants: Abimbola Asojo (Interior Design): Creativity, Culture, and Identity in […]

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New Graduate Program: Heritage Studies and Public History

Student working at the Minnesota Historical Society

Next fall marks the start of a new program for the College of Design, the masters in heritage studies and public history (HSPH). In partnership with the College of Liberal Arts and the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS), HSPH combines hands-on professional development with rigorous scholarly training. At its core, the HSPH program is built on interdisciplinary work. The faculty who spearheaded the program, Associate […]

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Designing Across an Ocean: From Minnesota to Sierra Leone

An image of Tikonko's birth waiting house in January 2016.

With the highest maternal mortality ratio in the world, Sierra Leone is one of the most dangerous countries for women to give birth¹. Architecture graduate student Gauri Kelkar’s final project is helping to change that. Partnering with Rural Health Care Initiative (RHCI), a Minneapolis-based non-profit founded by Sierra Leone immigrant Alice Karpeh, Kelkar designed a birth waiting house (BWH) in the Sierra Leone village of Tikonko. Once completed, […]

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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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Keshika De Saram (B.D.A. ’14, M.Arch ’17) Elected President of AIAS

Keshika De Saram 61st AIAS President

At the American Institute of Architecture Students’ (AIAS) annual FORUM conference, the Council of Presidents elected the 2017-18 board of directors. Among those elected was College of Design graduate student Keshika De Saram (B.D.A. ’14, M.Arch ’17) who will now serve a one-year term on the AIAS board of directors as the organization’s 61st president. As president, De Saram will relocate […]

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Paving the Way for a More Diverse Industry

For architecture students, the road to becoming licensed is a long one. Between school, internships, and preparing for the licensure exam, the mean time from high school graduation to becoming licensed is 13.3 years.¹ For many students, the current model puts an architecture license out of reach, this is especially true for minority groups and women. Reducing the time it […]

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General Services Administration Awards Research Grant to Renée Cheng

Congratulations to Renée Cheng (Architecture) for receiving a research grant from the General Services Administration (GSA). With this grant Cheng, along with University of Washington Professor Carrie Dossick (Construction Management) and Research Scientist Laura Osburn, will identify guidelines for using collaborative practices on high-performance buildings for the federal government. In this Q&A, Cheng discusses her research and what’s next for this […]

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Interior Design and Architecture Programs Earn Top Marks in DesignIntelligence Survey

DesignIntelligence (DI) magazine’s 2016–17 report on the best architecture and design schools in America ranks the College of Design’s undergraduate interior design program among the top 20 in the nation. The program was also selected by hiring professionals as one that best prepares students for a future in their professions. In addition, the college’s graduate interior design program was named […]

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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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In Memoriam: Carl O. Graffunder (B.Arch '42)

Carl O. Graffunder (B.Arch ’42), an esteemed Minnesota architect, passed away on August 27, 2013, at age 94 from a brief illness with pneumonia. Graffunder received his Bachelor of Architecture degree with distinction from the University of Minnesota in 1942, entered the Navy where he worked as a naval architect, and received his Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University in 1948. In 1946-47 Graffunder was chief draftsman for Antonin Raymond, who was regarded as the father of modern architecture in Japan and New York City.  Graffunder returned to Minnesota after graduating from Harvard and became a design critic for the School of Architecture under the leadership of former dean Ralph Rapson. In addition to teaching until 1986, Graffunder ran his…

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