Entries from Clone of CDes News tagged with 'Featured'

Your Gift of Shelter, Their Mission Continues

Thank you for your support! Because of your generosity, we surpassed our $10,000 goal to help extend our initiatives with local Habitat for Humanity projects. Your gifts, in large and small amounts, will provide funding to continue developing projects like our Zero-Energy Home - researched, designed, refined, and developed by two College of Design architecture classes - and Habitat's Restores, which involves our retail merchandising students. We also have two housing studies faculty serving as advisors for the University's Student Habitat for Humanity Chapter. Your gift will provide additional hands-on, real-world experiences for our student and furthers our mission to address and solve real-world problems, while adhering to socially responsible, sustainable, and collaborative design thinking. To continue giving the...

Monday Minute, December 12, 2011: Investing in Our Vision, Visibility and Vitality

Dear Colleagues, Do you have a great idea that needs funding? I'm pleased to announce today that the College has put forward a Request for Proposals to all full-time faculty and staff (75% time or higher) for ideas that help continue to build the College of Design for the future. As you know, earlier this semester, we unveiled our new mission and vision. I know that without proper support, any statements on who we are, or where we're going, are just words. The RFP here is part of my desire to continue to move the College of Design in the right direction during this, our sixth year as one of the most comprehensive design schools in the country. So,...

VJAA & Steven Holl Awarded Top Honors in Architecture

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board of Directors has awarded the 2012 AIA Architecture Firm Award to VJAA (Vincent James Associates Architects), and the 2012 AIA Gold Medal to Steven Holl, FAIA. The Firm Award is the highest honor bestowed on an architecture firm in the country, and the Gold Medal is considered the profession's highest individual honor. Holl, along with VJAA, were the architects for the Rapson Hall addition. Two of the three VJAA principals are graduates of the University of Minnesota School of Architecture, and all three currently teach at the School: Vincent James, FAIA, is a Cass Gilbert Visiting Professor, Jennifer Yoos (B Arch '95) is an Adjunct Professor and Nathan Knutson (M Arch '95)...

Work from MFA Graphic Design Student Jessica Barness Set for Exhibition in San Francisco

Beginning January 5, the 2012 College Book Art Association (CBAA) conference in San Francisco, CA, will feature work by MFA graphic design student Jessica Barness. Barness designed an artist book in Design Studio (DES 8114) last year, and her work has been accepted to the CBAA's BiblioTech blind juried exhibition. The project by Barness, whose emphasis is in Interactive Design, celebrates the American tradition of fortune cookies. A fortune collection was curated and explored through physical condition, language translation, syntax, and word content. Designed as an unbound series of booklets, each page unfolds to display graphic content on one side and computer generated ASCII art on the reverse. BiblioTech is a juried exhibition featuring the broad range of technology...

Architecture Professor Mary Guzowski's Mini Grant Award Aims to Make a Major Difference

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the School of Architecture, Mary Guzowski, has been selected by the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment (IonE) for one of 13 awards as part of its Mini Grant program. Mini Grants from IonE help encourage collaboration among faculty, staff and students across University of Minnesota disciplines, units and campuses along environmental and sustainable themes. The $3,000 Mini Grant award will go toward Guzowski's efforts to organize virtual meetings and a spring leadership event for students interested in advancing sustainability on University of Minnesota system campuses. Guzowski's team is comprised of students engaged in system-wide sustainability, co-chairs from the Student Engagement Work Group and UMN System-wide Sustainability Committee, Linda Kingery from...

Introducing Architecture Adjunct Professor Dewey Thorbeck's book - Rural Design: A New Design Discipline

Dewey Thorbeck, Adjunct Professor of Architecture, Founder and Director of the Center for Rural Design at the University of Minnesota, and leading expert in the field, is the author of Rural Design: A New Design Discipline - set to hit bookshelves worldwide in January. Rural areas around the globe are undergoing profound change creating considerable challenges and stress for its residents and on the ecosystems upon which they depend. Rural design brings design thinking and the problem-solving process of design to rural issues, and Thorbeck's book is the first step along the path for rural design to emerge as an important new design discipline. Thorbeck's book is oriented toward students, academics and design professionals involved with rural design at...

Marvin Malecha (B Arch '73), Wins F. Carter Williams Gold Medal

Marvin Malecha, FAIA (B Arch '73) and Dean of the College of Design at North Carolina State University has been awarded the F. Carter Williams Gold Medal from AIA North Carolina. Named in honor of Raleigh architect F. Carter Williams, FAIA, the chapter's Gold Medal is the highest honor presented by AIA North Carolina. It is awarded to an individual in recognition of a distinguished career or extraordinary accomplishments as an architect. Malecha became dean at NC State in 1994 after 12 years as dean of the College of Environmental Design at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. For more on Dean Malecha, visit his online biography here. For more on the University of Minnesota's School of Architecture, visit their...

Monday Minute, December 5, 2011: Community Fund Drive and Gift of Shelter Updates

Dear Colleagues, As I mentioned at the Faculty Assembly last week, I wanted to update you on this year's Community Fund Drive. After all of the gifts were counted, our College scored in the top 10 in participation from across the University, with 46% of us contributing to the effort. That's a 28% increase from 2010 - and that also means that over $17,000 will go back to the community because of your efforts. To all who gave to the Community Fund Drive, thank you for your generosity! At the Faculty Assembly, Trevor also updated us on the effort to fund some of the work our College does with Habitat for Humanity. Our campaign, The Gift of Shelter, aims...

Whole Trees Architecture and Structures / Roald Gundersen (B Arch & BED '89) Win National Green Building Award

Roald Gundersen (B Arch & BED '89) founding partner and CEO of Whole Trees Architecture and Structures in Stoddard, WI (south of La Crosse), won the green building category for the 2011 Clean Tech Open - a national competition for "innovation and and viable solutions for some of the world's toughest challenges." Whole Trees is designing and creating green building systems from abundant forest waste, providing a competitive alternative to steel and concrete. Their Clean Tech win, combined with their lightweight composite framing win during the North Central region's competition earlier this fall, has earned them $30,000 in prize money. For more on Whole Trees and Roald Gundersen, visit the embedded links. More on the College of Design's architecture...

Matt Wilkens (BED '98) Project Featured in Landscape Architect and Specifier News

A project by Matt Wilkens (BED '98) ASLA, a landscape architect at Damon Farber Associates, was recently featured in Landscape Architect & Specifier News. Wilkens currently serves on, and is past president of, the Design Student & Alumni Board. The project, "Woodland Adventure Playground at the Minnesota Zoo," was featured in the September 2011 issue (Page 60). The 6000 square foot site features a 9-foot diameter tree house accessible by rope ladder, a replica of the Split Rock Light House north of Duluth on Lake Superior, the largest mosquito in Minnesota, and other play elements. As landscape architect and project manager, Wilkens was involved at all stages of the project, from ideation and planning through design and construction. He...