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Design Democracy Fellowship Winners Announced

The prestigious Design Democracy Fellowships in the College of Design's School of Architecture have been awarded to three M Arch student entries that exemplify the values at the core of the fellowship – good design, every day, for everyone. The 2011 Design Democracy fellows include: Ben Garrison – Minneapolis Farmers Market Addition Under the direction of Adjunct Professor Jennifer Yoos, Garrison's project was an addition to the Minneapolis Farmers Market, on North Lyndale, that expanded the existing outdoor market space and proposed a new facility for a year-round market. With the newly built Target Field, the entire North Loop area is the site of a rejuvenation effort. Jurors praised the maturity of the design response and it's demonstrated restraint integrating…

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Monday Minute, October 10, 2011: Mission, Vision, and Thank You

Dear Colleagues, Thanks to the faculty and staff who attended Friday's assemblies. I enjoyed having the opportunity to talk more about where our college stands – on everything from our budget to our strategic plans – and where we're headed in the future. As a follow-up, below is a revised mission statement based on your feedback. This is who we are, this is our foundation – we act, we engage, we lead, we innovate, we educate, and we are now, and will always be, committed to these principles. Through a unique commitment to creativity and advancing technologies, the College of Design at the University of Minnesota leads, innovates and educates in the full range of design fields by researching ongoing…

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Monday Minute, October 3, 2011: Our Mission

Dear Colleagues, As we get ready for our first faculty and staff assemblies on Friday, I thought I would preview a portion of each program by unveiling an updated mission statement, based off of your strategic plans and on conversations among the deans and department heads this summer: Through a unique commitment to creativity and advancing technologies, the College of Design at the University of Minnesota leads, innovates, and educates in the full range of design fields by engaging in ongoing and emerging issues, acting on and exploring new opportunities, and solving problems; all while adhering to socially responsible, sustainable, and collaborative design thinking. We create, we engage, we act, and the scholarship, research, and education we provide goes above…

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Monday Minute, September 26, 2011: College of Design Welcomes President Kaler

Colleagues, We officially welcomed President Kaler as the 16th President of the University of Minnesota last week. If you had a chance to watch or read his inaugural address, you know he spoke plainly about the need for the university to change in order to "to meet the global needs of the 21st century." (If you didn't have a chance to see the President's speech, you can do so here.) President Kaler saw the University's change in leadership as "a moment for us all to step back and ask: What are the potentials? How could this place move [forward]?" He acknowledged that our work and research drive the university, but added: "If your research is stale, if your classroom…

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College of Design Teams Up With Documentary Film Maker for "Shelter"

In recent weeks, the College of Design has partnered with DocuCinema, and its founder Lee Schneider, on a portion of his upcoming documentary titled Shelter – a movie that focuses on architects and designers who are using principles of good design to address homelessness and disaster relief. The goal of the film is to inspire others with design skills to consider using them to help address social issues, and to enhance the dialogue between the public and design and architecture communities.

Once complete, Shelter will receive exhibition at film festivals, on PBS, and at colleges and universities across the country. The film will also be used for pro bono workshops and presentations directed toward architecture and design students.

Stay tuned for more information on this project. In the meantime, check out a rough cut of Shelter featuring architecture graduate students Brent Suski and Abby Kurlinkus (begins around 6:50): http://vimeo.com/28631855

You can also read the latest production update from Lee Schneider here: http://bit.ly/oYMZEu

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Help Habitat for Humanity with College of Design house in Princeton, MN

Students from the School of Architecture have partnered with Habitat for Humanity to design and construct the first zero-energy Habitat home in Minnesota. The College of Design will feature their efforts in the Fall 2011 issue of Emerging magazine, but volunteers are currently needed in order to complete construction by October 1, 2011.

Habitat is seeking volunteers knowledgeable in installing siding, but can use extra hands for various tasks. Anyone willing to help can contact executive director Wayne Eller at 763-689-0288.


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Web and Multimedia Intern position in College of Design External Relations office

The College of Design is accepting applications for a Web and Multimedia Intern in the External Relations office. The Web and Multimedia Assistant will help maintain websites across College of Design domains. The position focuses on image creation and manipulation, website coding, template maintenance and updates, and posting content. Duties also include assisting with the proofing and maintenance of College of Design web sites (e.g., identify link problems, check for spelling and grammar errors, etc.), misc. communications and writing documentation. Assist with testing and quality control activities for enhancements and production fixes.

The Web and Multimedia Technical student position is part of the College of Design’s External Relations unit. The person in this position is a member of a team of web and multimedia production support staff on both the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses.


  • Must be enrolled and maintain active status as a U of M undergraduate student.
  • Experience with web design.
  • Experience using: Adobe Dreamweaver and Photoshop, HTML, CSS

Preferred qualifications: Javascript and PHP

Application Instructions: Send resume to tichich@umn.edu.

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College of Design Fall 2011 lectures schedule


Global Practices in Architecture Lecture Series

Architecture lectures begin at 6 PM in 100 Rapson Hall and focus on current work by notable architects from around the world.

Series funded by the Cass Gilbert Lecture Fund.

Presenters and topics include:

Yoshiharu Tsukamoto
Co-founder, Atelier Bow-Wow, Tokyo, Japan
Current Work
Friday, September 9
6 PM, 100 Rapson Hall

Architect Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and his firm, the Tokyo-based Atelier Bow-Wow, just unveiled the BMW Guggenheim Lab in New York, a mobile structure currently in use as a public gathering space and generator for innovative ways to improve urban life. Tsukamoto discusses the pop-up think tank–which will travel to Europe and Asia over the next two years–and other recent international work by the firm he co-founded with partner Momoyo Kaijima, which is known for idiosyncratic yet highly usable residential projects in dense urban environments. Since 1992, Atelier Bow-Wow has designed and built more than 20 homes, public museums, and commercial buildings and published 11 books, including Pet Architecture Guidebook, which catalogs the multitude of odd, ungainly, but functional little buildings wedged into tiny sites around Tokyo. Yoshiharu Tsukamoto is associate professor in the Graduate School of Architecture and Building Engineering at Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Presented by the Walker Art Center and the School of Architecture, University of Minnesota College of Design

Kerem Erginoğlu and Hasan Çalışlar
Co-founders, Erginoğlu & Çalışlar Architects, Istanbul, Turkey
Context and Intuition: Modern, Public, Local Space
Friday, October 14
6 PM, 100 Rapson Hall, reception follows
Presented in conjunction with Rendezvous with the U, 6-9pm

Hasan Çalışlar and Kerem Erginoğlu founded Istanbul-based Erginoğlu & Çalışlar Architects in 1993. The firm specializes in urban planning, architecture, and interior design with a diverse portfolio of national and international projects including an adaptive re-use design of a former salt repository in Istanbul’s industrical Kasimpaşa neighborhood, which received the New & Old Award at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona in 2010.

Inspired by architecture that is modern, public and local, Erginoğlu & Çalışlar continually seek to question and be informed by the contexts and elemental morphologies of their projects, working at both pragmatic and conceptual scales to link economy, construction and design. “Context and Intuition” will focus on their current work.

Daniel Lopez and Renata R. Elizando
Independent architects, Oaxaca, Mexico
Emerging Practices in Mexican Architecture
Wednesday, October 19
6 PM, 100 Rapson Hall, reception follows

Daniel Lopez received his degree from La Salle University and established his own firm in 1994. His work has included numerous institutional buildings for the Harp Helu Foundation in Oaxaca and a recent series of single family houses. His design focus is on the reinterpretation of modern architectural patterns in Oaxaca and the landscape.

Renata R. Elizondo received her degrees from the Technical Institute of Monterrey ITESM and the AA in London. She established her firm in 2001 which has concentrated on the design of buildings that employ locally available materials and craftspeople.

Their joint talk “Emerging Practices in Mexican Architecture” will feature their current work. A fiesta and exhibition of student work from Oaxaca study abroad follows lecture.

Philippe Block
Assistant Professor, Structural Engineering Institute for
Technology in Architecture, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Current Work
October 31
6 PM, 100 Rapson Hall

Juan Ignacio del Cueto
National University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
The Work of Felix Candela
November 21
6 PM, 100 Rapson Hall

Felix Candela was an architect and engineer who gained a worldwide reputation with the extraordinary concrete structures he designed. These revolutionary structures constructed in Mexico and other parts of the globe became popularly known as “shells” and were mainly built during the fifties and sixties, transforming the way in which reinforced concrete was understood and applied to construction. Del Cuerto will provide an insightful overview of Candela’s work and revisit the context in which these buildings were created, reviewing the process of their creation.

Juan Ignacio Del Cueto is a professor in the School of Architecture and a senior researcher at the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Research Center at the National University of Mexico (UNAM). His recent work focused on the exhibition Felix Candela 1910-2010 and book publication of That Creative Spring: Reinforced Concrete Shells in Mexico.

More lectures:

Next Generation of Parks
Tom Leader
Principal, Tom Leader Studio, Landscape Architecture (TLS), Berkeley, CA
Sheila Kennedy and Frano Violich
Founding principals, Kennedy & Violich Architecture Ltd. (KVA), Boston, MA
Monday, September 19
7 PM, 100 Rapson Hall, reception follows

Tom Leader, Sheila Kennedy, and Frano Violich, principals from the design team TLS/KVA, will talk about current projects and share an update on next steps for the Minneapolis riverfront development initiative.

Learn more about the Minneapolis Riverfront project and designers at: http://minneapolisriverfrontdevelopmentinitiative.com/design-team

Presented by the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, Walker Art Center, and the Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Minnesota College of Design

Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small Scale Community in a Large Scale World
An evening with Pacific Northwest Architect and Author Ross Chapin
Ross Chapin
Author and founder, Ross Chapin Architects, Whidbey Island, WA
Wednesday, September 28
6 PM, 100 Rapson Hall
Books available for purchase, book signing reception follows lecture.

Pocket Neighborhoods are about nearby neighbors coming together around a shared commons. These small-scale settings can foster a sense of community among neighbors, while preserving the need for privacy. Alumnus and architect Ross Chapin (B.Arch/BED 1979) will present a slide show about his new book on this topic, sharing stories of communities from around the world, their historic precedents, and the key design principles that give them vitality. Chapin leads a planning and architecture firm near Seattle, Washington that has pioneered this approach for 15 years. He has designed dozens of neighborhood plans for developers across the U.S. and Canada, and has been a development partner on six pocket neighborhoods, several which have received national housing awards. His work and ideas have been featured in USA Today, New York Times, and more than 30 books. Book signing reception follows talk in the HGA gallery. Books will be available for purchase in Rapson Hall before, during and after the talk. For more information, visit www.pocket-neighborhoods.net.

Salovich Fund Dean’s Lecture presented in partnership with the University of Minnesota Bookstores.

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Editorial intern position in College of Design Communications Office

The College of Design has an opportunity for a journalism, marketing, communications, or other media-savvy student to gain valuable hands-on experience in its Communications Office for fall 2011 and spring 2012, with possibility of continuing through summer 2012.

Job duties:

  • write feature and news content for college publications, including print magazine, e-newsletter/blog, Web site, and social media (75%)
  • assist Communication staff index, organize, or obtain information, including electronic photo library (15%)
  • take photos or videos, post content on blog or Web (5%)
  • copyedit, fact check, proofread copy (5%)

The Communications Office consists of a director, graphic designer, and external relations coordinator. Communications works closely with colleagues in the alumni relations and events office and the development (fundraising) office. We are located in McNeal Hall on the St. Paul campus.

Hours: to be arranged, anywhere from 12-20 per week.

This internship is unpaid; academic credit may be available through your academic department.

Desired, but not mandatory, qualifications include: Some past experience writing for publication (Web or print); familiarity with using social media for promotional and marketing functions; knowledge of an editorial style system (i.e. AP, Chicago, APA); ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure; responsible and organized.

To be considered for an interview, please submit the following:

  • cover letter addressing what you hope to gain from the internship and describing coursework or experience you have that would make you a valuable intern
  • resume
  • three writing samples (no term papers)

Send to:
Laura Walton
College of Design
32 McNeal Hall
1985 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

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