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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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Architecture Centennial Celebration: October 25-26, 2013

Welcome back to campus all of the alumni and friends helping us celebrate our School of Architecture Centennial this weekend. You can find information about class gatherings, architecture tours, and more at arch100.design.umn.edu. Follow the College of Design on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for photos and more.    Registration Information: Online registration closes on Wednesday, October 23 at midnight. After that, registration is available on site only. If you have questions about registration, please contact U of M Tickets and Events at 612-624-2345 or umntix@umn.edu.Since 1913, the University of Minnesota School of Architecture has been building a vibrant legacy. Over its first century, the collective impact and achievements from this program in the College of Design have been both significant and extensive.Join classmates…

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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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[Video] Mixtec Stonecutting Artistry, Meet 3D Technology

Stereotomy is the science of cut solids and how their complex structures are assembled. Commonly used by art historians, architecture assistant professor Benjamin Ibarra-Sevilla used the process to understand how three churches were constructed in the Mixteca region of southern Mexico in the 16th century. “The gothic vaults require drawings in order to define the underlying geometry of each of the ribs and in order to know the information necessary to carve pieces,” writes Enrique Rabasa-Diaz, in a forward to the book about Ibarra’s new exhibit “Mixtec Stonecutting Artisty,” which opened in April at the gallery of the Centro Cultural San Pablo in Oaxaca City, Mexico. “But [In the 16th century] it was generally believed that in order to understand the…

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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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Introducing Architecture Professor William Conway's Book: Everyday Spaces of Healthcare

Everyday Spaces of Healthcare is a new collection of case studies by College of Design architecture Professor William F. Conway, FAIA. In the book, Professor Conway reviews problems and possibilities facing designers and clients in a select series of contemporary healthcare facilities. His case studies introduce readers to innovative approaches to four familiar territories: gardens, pathways, waiting areas, and retail environments. The research recognizes the benefits that can accrue from attention to them, and presents findings for those in the healthcare design industry. Conway is also the principal at Conway+Schulte Architects. The project was funded by a research grant from the Thomas Horty Healthcare Design and Build Fund, Conway+Schulte Architects, and the College of Design. More information on the…

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