Tag Archives: Research

The Future of Wearable Tech: Q & A with Brad Holschuh

Brad Holschuh officially begins his appointment as Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Wearable Technology Lab in January, but he’s already learning the ropes, working with graduate students, and jumping into projects—including a recreation of Marty McFly’s 2015 self-tailoring jacket for Back to the Future Day. He holds a PhD in Aerospace Biomedical Engineering from MIT, where he worked on […]

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Integrated Project Delivery: Q&A with Renée Cheng

We often tout the benefits of collaborating across disciplines in the classroom; but what about at the construction site? Associate Dean for Research Renée Cheng (Architecture) addresses this question in her latest research: Integrated Project Delivery (IDP): Performance, Expectations, and Future Use. The Integrated Project Delivery Alliance (IDPA) asked Cheng’s collaborator Markku Allison, a consultant specializing in IPD for the […]

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Building Wealth in Communities of Color: Deborah Mitchell (Housing Studies) Begins Internship at HOMECo

PhD candidate Deborah Mitchell (Housing Studies) received a 2015 Internship Award from the University of Minnesota Graduate School to intern this summer at Housing Opportunities Made Equitable Collaborative (HOMECo). Mitchell has lived in St. Paul since 1993, and has always had a passion for community engagement. She began to think critically about racial disparities and services available to families in […]

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Alumni Update: Seeing the World as Designed Places

Matthew Traucht (MLA ’13), a past participant in the College of Design’s Landscape Architecture’s Research Assistants in Practice (RAs in Practice) program, has recently finished three months of research in Virginia through the Garden Club of Virginia and accepted a new position in Washington D.C. with a renowned landscape foundation. During Traucht’s final semester at Minnesota, he participated in the RAs in Practice program. The program connects graduate students with local, state, and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, and design firms. Students apply skills in research, writing, and design while examining emerging practices around sustainability, interdisciplinary professional and agency collaboration, market trends, and societal needs. Traucht worked for the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board.After finishing research in Virginia, Traucht accepted a position…

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Design on the Road: Multi-Family Net-Zero Fieldtrip

Architecture and housing students are working together this semester on a Multi-Family Net-Zero project to learn about the nature and feasibility of affordable zero-energy multi-family homes. Lecturer Dan Handeen (Architecture) and his students in the Multi-Family Net-Zero seminar are developing a schematic design for a net-zero family home in Cottage Grove, MN. Students in a Housing Development and Management Class taught by Associate Professor Marilyn Bruin (Housing) and Professor Becky Yust (Housing) are helping inform the socio-demographic aspects of the project. Throughout the course they'll seek feedback from Habitat for Humanity – Twin Cities and the homeowners association in Cottage Grove.View photos from their recent research field trip on Facebook. The Net-Zero seminar is made possible thanks to the…

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2013 Imagine Fund Faculty Awards

The Annual Imagine Fund Faculty Awards at the University of Minnesota support innovative research in the arts, design, and humanities. For the 2013-2014 academic year, the following College of Design faculty were awarded up to $5,000 for their project proposals.Assistant Professor Blaine Brownell (Architecture) – Architectural Frontiers in ChinaAssociate Professor Arthur Chen (Architecture) – Typological Study of Swahili Public SquaresProfessor Renee Cheng (Architecture, Head) – Architecture in Modern China: Lost Art or Strong Tradition?Assistant Professor Greg Donofrio (Architecture) – Market Forces: The History Behind the Infrastructure of What We Eat Associate Professor Tasoulla Hadjiyanni (Interior) – When Places Speak – A Photography exhibit Professor Brad Hokanson (Graphic, Associate Dean for Research and Outreach) – Xul Solar and Joaquin Torres-Garcia: Pioneers in design…

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Andrzej Piotrowski, Sauman Chu, and Juanjuan Wu Receive Grant-in-Aid Funding

Three faculty members from the College of Design received Grant-in-Aid (GIA) funding from the Office of the Vice President for Research. GIA funds are awarded in the belief that the quality of faculty research or artistic endeavors is a major determinant of the overall vitality of University. In most cases grants act as seed money for developing projects to the point of attracting more complete, external funding. Professor Andrzej Piotrowski (Architecture) will study how architecture has recorded religious and cultural exchanges along the western part of the Silk Road (pictured above); Associate Professor Sauman Chu (Graphic Design) will evaluate the rhetorical appeals of visual information to improve healthy nutrition in individuals with obesity or pre-diabetes condition; and Assistant Professor Juanjuan…

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Brad Hokanson Receives Grant to Study Creativity in Children

Associate Dean for Research and Outreach Brad Hokanson (Graphic Design) received funding from the Metropolitan Consortium and the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs to study creativity as a major component of workforce readiness. Hokanson's research and teaching focuses on the development of creativity skills and their application in problem solving. "Creativity is three times more indicative of future achievement than is intelligence," said Hokanson. "Central to the research is the long term understanding of creativity in the metropolitan area." He cites studies that find creativity has declined among school children since 1991. The grant, "Creativity and achievement: Running backwards," will include testing the creativity of children in a metropolitan school district and correlating the findings with their Minnesota achievement…

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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 Façade Design Tool – an interactive, online tool that allows users to choose, early in the design process, various…

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