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Landscape in Translation

MLA students Luke Nichols and Peter Truax both received fellowships to take their studies overseas. Truax was awarded a Judd Fellowship to study the relationship between WWI battle sites and memorials in Ypres, Belgium. “The landscape of the Western Front in WWI was unlike anything that had ever been created by man before – created and destroyed,” he said, going […]

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Denise Guerin Awarded Inaugural IFI Fellowship

The International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) was founded in 1963 as the global voice and authority for professional Interior Architects and Designers. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding, IFI established the IFI Fellowship to acknowledge exemplary international achievement within the interior architecture and design profession. Thirteen interior designers from around the world were honored with the inaugural award, including Morse-Alumni Distinguished Professor of Interior Design Denise Guerin, who retired from the University of Minnesota this spring after serving 24 years on the faculty. Guerin is noted researcher in the interior design field whose honors include an IIDA Northland Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award (2010), an American Society of Interior Designers Educator of Distinction Award (2007), the Louis Tregue/NCIDQ…

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Acara Challenge Winners: Abbey Seitz, Claire Lonsbury, and Brice Aarrestad

Eleven teams of student entrepreneurs from across the University of Minnesota have been selected winners of the 2014 Acara Challenge, a competition co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment and the College of Science and Engineering. The Acara Challenge, which began in 2009, spurs start-ups with creative, sustainable solutions that can have an impact in the real world.Three teams included College of Design students:  Abbey Seitz (B.S. Arch ’14) is a member of team Sabujawalla, which received the International Gold award and $1,000 towards pilot expenses for a project that aims to employ waste pickers to collect and sort waste from Indian households, then sell plastic and organic material to scrap dealers and recycling plants. Claire Lonsbury (M.Arch ’14)…

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Cities On Water: Landscape Architecture Abroad

This spring, twelve Landscape Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning students participating in the Cities on Water study abroad program, along with Vincent deBritto and Cynthia Lapp, traveled from the land of 10,000 lakes to the land of dams, sluices, locks, dikes, levees, bridges, and storm surge barriers. After six weeks of preparation in Minneapolis, they traveled to the Netherlands to spend four weeks studying, living, and designing around water issues. During a design charette with Roel Posthoorn and Hesper Schutte from Natuurmonumenten (the Society for Preservation of Nature Monuments in the Netherlands), and landscape architect Jan Wouter Bruggenkamp, students created design schemes for 500 hectares of land and 500 hectares of water around the Markermeer. "I signed up…

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Brook Louis Meier (B.A. Arch '98) Joins Kahler Slater

Brook Louis Meier (B.A. Arch ’98) has joined the Milwaukee office of architecture and experience design firm Kahler Slater as a project leader in the firm’s higher education practice area. In his new role, Meier will be responsible for developing new business opportunities, managing project teams and leading design efforts on a variety of higher education projects across the country. Meier has returned to Milwaukee after working in Kolkata, India for five years. There, he was a founder and director of Research Design Office, an architecture firm with studios in Kolkata; Hyderabad, India; Bangalore, India; and Milwaukee. Research Design Office was recently named one of the top 20 young firms working in India by Indian Architect & Builder magazine. He has…

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Turkey, Scotland, London, Japan, Iceland, and More …

Study abroad opportunities for design students range from volunteering with Architecture for Humanity in Port-au-Prince, spending spring break in England and Scotland, or maybe traveling around Japan in a mobile design studio during May Term. Here are a few design-related programs happening spring and summer 2013. Istanbul: Tradition in TransformationWhen: Spring 2013 | 16 Credits | RegisterWhat + Where: This spring semester 2013 program will explore the city of Istanbul as a city constantly engaged in the dialogue of modernity and tradition, and of the role that architecture, landscape, and the designed environment plays in this discourse.  The city is a living laboratory, rich in history, curious in juxtaposition, and constantly captivated in the relationship of past, present and future.DES…

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Thank You For Supporting Design Global Outreach

Dear Friends, We did it! Because of your support, our apparel design students will embark on semester-long projects to hone their skills and broaden their understanding of our global design community.What a great gift you've given our students–not only is their load lightened during trying economic times, but they're about to learn that their work can have an impact halfway around the world. Thank you for supporting Design Global Outreach. I look forward to updating you on our students' work to help the children of the Blue Girls home in Uganda and the girls home of Pune India. For now, you can still donate to our Design Global Outreach fund and your contributions will be used for our next…

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Support Design Global Outreach

Dear Friends, Design education in the twenty-first century is global, sustainable and socially responsible. Each year, we look for ways to not only teach those principles, but to give our students real opportunities to better the world through design. In a few weeks, students in our apparel design classes will begin projects to create dresses and products for the Blue House girls' orphanage in Uganda and the Girls Home of Pune, India. But we need your help! Support Design Global Outreach – Give $25 Today To cover the cost of student materials and shipping, we need to raise $5,000 before school starts–by midnight on August 31. Your gift today ensures that our students have enough funding to put their…

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Students for Cinque Terre Featured on KSTP-TV

Graphic design student Yana Pietras launched Students for Cinque Terre (S5T) this spring after her semester abroad in Italy. Vernazza and Monterosso, two of the five villages in the Cinque Terre region, were devastated by flooding. In October 2011, Vernazza and Monterosso were buried under mudslides and suffered massive infrastructure damage. "I wanted to do something to help the towns, the people and the territory of this place I had grown to love so much," said Pietras in a recent interview. S5T is a student support organization, founded with help from the non-profit Save Vernazza, that wants to help rebuild, restore, and preserve the territory for future generations. The group is selling buttons with the number "5" to represent the…

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