Tag Archives: School of Architecture

Judd Fellow Explores Different Ways to Improve Wood Durability

Pratihba Chauhan

Due to the decrease in availability of conventionally used construction wood, stricter government regulations, and increased demand for sustainable building materials, there has been a recent surge of interest in finding alternative ways of using low durability wood species for construction. For 2017 Judd Fellow Pratibha Chauhan (Architecture), this begged the question, what can be done to enhance the durability of wood and preserve the architectural wisdom embedded within this traditional building material?

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New Student Group Introduced in School of Architecture

Students from the School of Architecture at the National NOMA conference.

Founded in 1971, the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) was created to empower, mentor, and support minority architects. Starting this semester, students in the School of Architecture can get more involved in NOMA’s work thanks to the creation of a new student chapter, NOMAS.

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Building a Strong Foundation: Q&A with Valerie Quarles

Valerie Quarles

Since kindergarten, Valerie Quarles has been surrounded by the remodeling and redesign of her family’s 1910 historic home. Once she was old enough she went from watching the remodel to helping design it.

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School of Architecture Announces Leadership Change

Dear School of Architecture Faculty, Staff, Students, and Friends,Over the last decade I’ve had the honor and privilege serving as Head of the School of Architecture. I am proud of the work we’ve accomplished together, we’ve done a lot! My major goals as Head was to support curricular innovation and the strengthening of our programs. finding ways to work with faculty, staff, administration, students and alumni to identify the needs of the future. Starting with the invention of the nation’s first (and still only) Bachelor’s of Design in Architecture (BDA), continuing by strengthening our Bachelor’s of Science program, creating a nationally award winning “out of the box” revision to the M.Arch professional degree, growing our Master’s of Science Degrees including our…

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On Display: I-35W and the Future of Minneapolis?

Nearly sixty years ago the United States funded the construction of the interstate highway system, influenced by Germany's autobahns. But unlike the European model, our highways didn't just run the edges of cities. They ran through them and around their downtown districts. NEWS: Stitching Minneapolis Together Again (MinnPost)PHOTOS: I-35W and the future of Minneapolis?"The process demolished hundreds of blocks of real estate, divided neighborhoods and degraded the quality of life for thousands of urban residents, creating enormous amounts of noise and air pollution," explains Mic Johnson, interim director of the Metropolitan Design Center. "The time has come to repair these self-inflicted wounds and stitch our cities back together if we hope to thrive – socially, environmentally, and economically – in…

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Trimming Years Off the Path to Architecture Licensure

[Update: October 23, 2013]A new article in Architect this week explains how our new M.S. in Architecture with a concentration in Research Practices (MS-RP) degree aims to help B.Arch or M.Arch graduates achieve licensure within six months of graduation.Students enrolled in the one-year MS-RP program will not only take coursework in research methods and analysis, but they will also spend 25 hours a week in a research practice internship. Based on their experience and interests, they will be paired with a faculty member and design firm in the Consortium for Research Practices to work on a research and practice (RP) internship.Read More[Original Post: January 18, 2013]Starting this spring, the School of Architecture will offer a new concentration in research practices…

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Architecture Students Envision Dream Cabins for National Competition

The October 2012 issue of Cabin Life  magazine features work by students from the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota and North Carolina State University. They were challenged to meet with “clients” and create livable floor plans, sample renderings, and models that transformed an existing property into a cabin oasis.  Over 5,000 people voted on the ten finalists selected by architecture professor Dale Mulfinger from the University of Minnesota School of Architecture, and architecture professor Georgia Bizios from the North Carolina State University School of Architecture Holly Engle (B.S. Arch ’12) took second place in the competition with 24% of the votes. Her model, The Crow’s Nest (pictured below), was designed to embrace the changing of the seasons…

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