Tag Archives: Research

Center for Sustainable Building Research Joins National Resilience Initiative

The American Institute of Architects Foundation, along with the American Institute of Architects and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, announced that they have selected our Center for Sustainable Building Research as the upper Midwest hub of the National Resilience Initiative (NRI) network. Established in 2013 as a Clinton Global Initiative commitment, the NRI network consists of six university-based […]

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Designing a Smarter Compression Garment

Wearable technology has scores of potential health applications beyond fitness trackers. Brad Holschuh and Lucy Dunne (both Apparel Design) are paving the way to their development. This spring, Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics, a research collaborative between the U, Mayo Clinic, and the State of Minnesota, awarded Holschuh and Dunne a grant to develop a smart compression garment. […]

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Greg Donofrio & Renée Cheng Win ACSA Awards

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ASCA) honored Greg Donofrio with a Collaborative Practice Award and Renée Cheng with a Practice and Leadership Award. The ACSA Collaborative Practice Award recognizes initiatives with the potential to increase diversity in design curricula, administration, and student bodies. The Goldstein Museum exhibition “A Right to Establish a Home” was researched and developed by […]

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Legacy Trees and LiDAR: Q&A with Roald Gundersen (BS Arch ‘84)

Roald Gundersen (BS Arch & Environmental Science ‘84) founded WholeTrees Architecture & Structures in 2007, but has been revolutionizing the use of un-milled timber for his entire career. WholeTrees uses small diameter timber in new construction projects, which improves the health and productivity of regional forests while boosting local economies. This year, WholeTrees, in partnership with the US Forest Products […]

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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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