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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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Ignacio San Martin Receives Community-Engaged Scholar Award

Professor Ignacio San Martin (Architecture) received the University of Minnesota President’s Community-Engaged Scholar Award for his work leading urban design projects in the Twin Cities area. San Martin is the Director of the Metropolitan Design Center and Dayton Hudson Chair of Urban Design. This is the first year the award has been granted and nominations were solicited from throughout the University system. An award ceremony and luncheon were held at McNamara Center on April 19th to acknowledge his accomplishment.More stories from the College of Design:ASLA-MN’s Top Award Goes to Duwamish StudioDesign Abroad: A Semester in Istanbul, Turkey Roald Gundersen (B.Arch, BED ’89) Receives Margot Siegel Design Award…

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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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5th Graders Take Their First Design Course

On December 5th, Terry Wiley's fifth grade class at Bruce Vento Elementary School in St. Paul took their first college course in design. As part of a new initiative at the college to empower youth, the Student Services staff in partnership with the John Comazzi, Brad Hokanson, and Director of the U of M Kids on Campus program, Tex Ostvig, "adopted" the entire class. This week's gathering was the second year of the "adoption" program, whose goal is to help elementary school students learn first-hand about college and how thinking like designers can help them with problem-solving. The first exercise of the morning was orchestrated by Tex Ostvig, coordinator of Kids on Campus. Ostvig jumped in with the kids and…

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Interdisciplinary Studio: The Future of Duluth

[Update: December 14, 2012] Students in an interdisciplinary landscape architecture and architecture graduate studio presented their final projects at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth, MN on Wednesday, December 12.More photos from DuluthDuluth Mayor Don Ness was in attendance, along with city planners, port authority workers, and design professionals from around the region. Over 100 people stopped by to see the projects during the two-hour event.The Duluth News Tribune featured the graduate studio on their front page Thursday morning, and Fox News will broadcast a story about the student presentations later next week.[Update: November 29, 2012] Architecture and landscape architecture students in the Interdisciplinary Duluth studio project will give their final presentations in Rapson Hall in Minneapolis on Monday, December 10,…

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Design Studio On the Road: Visiting San Francisco

Graduate students in the Arch 8255 Urban Design studio led by Professor Ignacio San Martin traveled to San Francisco in October to visit the new Medical Campus at Mission Bay being constructed by the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. Associate Director for Facilities Sandra Beck met with students throughout a two hour presentation that included visiting the new laboratories, residential units for new Faculty and Post-doctoral research fellows and recreational facilities. The Mission Bay site was previously the location of an abandoned large Southern Pacific rail yard that has been completely transformed into a bustling new biotechnology hub. The trip also included a visit to the extensive bioremediation installation work at Crissy Field designed by the landscape…

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Contested Terrain: A Lecture with Eyal Weizman at the Walker

Can architecture be a form of political intervention? This question is central to the work of Eyal Weizman, a writer, architect, and director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. Weizman will speak at the Walker Art Center Cinema on Wednesday, October 3 at 7 p.m. as part of the Global Practices in Architecture Lecture at the College of Design.He'll discuss his approach to architecture as a research-led collaborative practice. Often working with an interdisciplinary team–artists, urbanists, forensic scientists, archaeologists, human rights advocates–he analyzes vacated buildings, maps, satellite imagery, and other spatial artifacts to unravel the contested politics in sites of conflict and violence, including Palestine, the Former Yugoslavia, and Guatemala, among others.Weizman directs the…

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John Comazzi Publishes Balthazar Korab Biography

Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography was named a top architecture book of 2012 by The Guardian. It was also named a 2013 Michigan Notable Book by the State Library of Michigan.  A new illustrated biography by architecture faculty member John Comazzi, Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography, tells the story of Balthazar Korab, one of the mid-twentieth century’s most celebrated architecture photographers. It’s the first book dedicated solely to Korab’s life and career, with a portfolio of more than two hundred images from Korab’s professionally commissioned architecture photography as well as close examinations of Saarinen’s TWA Terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York and the Miller House in Columbus, Indiana. An exhibit featuring Korab’s work will be on…

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