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Pickard Chilton Named Innovator of the Year by the Connecticut Business News Journal

William D. Chilton (MArch '80), is a principal of the firm Pickard Chilton, which the Connecticut Business News Journal named Innovator of the Year for 2011/2012. In an article this week announcing the honor, Chilton advises those interested in becoming architects that a design eye is at the heart of it all, but there are many paths to explore including management of a firm, project management, and the technical side of imagining a building. The firm Pickard Chilton has completed or is currently designing projects for clients worldwide with a construction value of more than $12 billion, resulting in the creation of more than 25 million square feet of LEED-Gold certified commercial, residential and institutional buildings in design, under…

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Center for Sustainable Building Research Launches CommercialWindows.org

Today, the Center for Sustainable Research (CSBR), in conjunction with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), the Alliance to Save Energy and the U.S. Department of Energy, officially launched www.CommercialWindows.org – a state-of-the-art website that provides critical information and performance data on the energy efficiency, interior environment, and technical considerations that influence commercial window design decisions. According to LBNL research, it is estimated that windows are responsible for 39% of commercial heating energy use and 28% of commercial cooling energy use – almost 1.5% of all total U.S. energy consumed. CommercialWindows.org features a number of comprehensive resources including a first-of-its-kind Fa├žade Design Tool – an interactive, online tool that allows users to choose, early in the design process, various…

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Jennifer Gilhoi Joins RSP Architects' Communications Team

Jennifer Gilhoi, one of two new Associates at RSP architects, previously worked for the American Institute of Architects Minnesota. At AIA, Golhoi served as a member and liaison for numerous AIA Minnesota initiatives communicating the value of architecture to the public. She also acted as a liaison to the University of Minnesota College of Design.At RSP Gilhoi will provide direction and support in managing RSP's corporate brand. Working alongside RSP's numerous marketing segments involved with communication, marketing, and business development initiatives. Gilhoi will also work to enhance RSP's involvement and contributions in the community in efforts such as working with the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership and continuing RSP's work with the University of Minnesota College of Design. RSP Architects has…

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2012 Imagine Fund Annual Award and Special Events Winners Announced

The University of Minnesota has chosen the more than 150 recipients of its 2012 Imagine Fund Annual Awards and Special Events Grants. Supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation, the Imagine Fund is a unique systemwide program that supports projects in the arts, humanities and design at the University of Minnesota. "These disciplines at the University of Minnesota advance rigorous ways of thinking about the changing world, and on behalf of the entire Imagine Fund committee, I want to thank all of the applicants, as well as the university and outgoing Provost Tom Sullivan, for their steadfast commitment to the arts, humanities and design," said professor Renee Cheng, chair of the U of M Imagine Fund Awards Committee…

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Christopher Ochs (MLA and MURP '06) Appointed to Serve on the Transportation Committee of Saint Paul's City Planning Commission

Christopher Ochs, ASLA, APA (MLA and MURP '06) has been appointed to serve on the Transportation Committee of Saint Paul's City Planning Commission. Ochs is a landscape designer and project manager for a local landscape design-build company. He has been recognized with multiple residential design awards by the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association and was awarded the HWS Cleveland Award by the American Society of Landscape Architects-MN chapter for demonstrating the potential to be a leader in the profession. Ochs chose a career in landscape architecture following a ten year career in freight transportation. His broad knowledge of the ecological, urban, and rural landscapes is based on his experience in the built environment and numerous travels in the U.S….

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Turning Suburban Blights into Community Hubs

Natalie Ross (MLA '11) was shortlisted for her project "Combat Concrete" in the Strip Appeal ideas design competition. An online vote is taking place now through January 16th to decide the Public Choice winner. Architects, creatives and the general public were asked to propose innovative ideas for the aesthetic reinvention and adaptive reuse of small-scale strip malls in their local neighborhoods. Ross submitted work inspired by an Urban Design Studio class where she investigated a strip mall located in North Minneapolis along Broadway Avenue. Ross worked with Juxtaposition Arts – a local non-profit promoting art and entrepreneurship among youth in North Minneapolis – to understand the space better. Juxtaposition's concern about the lack of fresh food in their neighborhood,…

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Your Gift of Shelter, Their Mission Continues

Thank you for your support! Because of your generosity, we surpassed our $10,000 goal to help extend our initiatives with local Habitat for Humanity projects. Your gifts, in large and small amounts, will provide funding to continue developing projects like our Zero-Energy Home – researched, designed, refined, and developed by two College of Design architecture classes – and Habitat's Restores, which involves our retail merchandising students. We also have two housing studies faculty serving as advisors for the University's Student Habitat for Humanity Chapter. Your gift will provide additional hands-on, real-world experiences for our student and furthers our mission to address and solve real-world problems, while adhering to socially responsible, sustainable, and collaborative design thinking. To continue giving the…

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Fifth Graders Take College Course in Design

This December, Terry Wiley's fifth grade class at Bruce Vento Elementary School in St. Paul, MN took their first college course in design. As part of a new initiative at the college to keep creativity vibrant in children, the Student Services team, led by Lori Swenson and Nikki Mumma, at the College of Design "adopted" the entire class. Last Wednesday's gathering was the first of many planned for the future to help the students learn first-hand about the College of Design 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 talked about the importance of…

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Yale School of Architecture Publishes Essay by Architecture Head Renee Cheng

A new book out by the Yale School of Architecture, BIM in Academia, features an essay by the College of Design's School of Architecture Head, Professor Renee Cheng. The collection includes essays by educators and practitioners weighing in on the debate over how Building Information Modeling (BIM) should be taught in architecture schools in the United States. Professor Cheng's essay, "Facing the Fact of BIM: Architectural Curricula Past, Present and Future," argues that tools like BIM are helpful in practice but often in conflict with historically used pedagogical approaches towards architectural education. "Identifying the most valuable aspects of current and past educational models will help us as we develop a positive future education for architects," explains Cheng, who was…

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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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