Spring 2009 College of Design events and lectures


Douglas M. Johnston
professor and chair, Department of Community and Regional Planning, Department of Landscape Architecture, College of Design, Iowa State University
Transformations: Revealing the ecological dynamics of place
Monday, February 2, 6 p.m., 100 Rapson Hall
H.W.S. Cleveland Fund Lecture
Department of Landscape Architecture

Restoration of ecological function, whether through structural reconstruction, restoration, or re-creation poses challenges to social recognition and appreciation in the more quotidian environment (outside of explicit exhibition or museum contexts). This presentation focuses on two projects (one for The Nature Conservancy's Emiquon Preserve, and one for the Chicago OpenLands Lakeshore Preserve) that pose design interventions seeking to clarify and illuminate ecological processes present in place.

Johnston's research focuses on the valuation of environmental improvements in the landscape, particularly as it applies to water resources. Recent research includes restoration options in large flood-plain rivers, studying the environmental and economic implications of retiring some agricultural drainage districts and other potential land management strategies. Johnston also investigates the downstream economic benefits of urban storm water runoff management practices. He has encouraged public understanding of watershed science and policy via a series of interactive computer-based exhibits. Johnston has authored dozens of technical reports and articles in these areas.

Previously, he was professor of landscape architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also held positions as affiliate professor with the departments of Geography and Urban and Regional Planning. Johnston served as senior scientist with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and as director of the Geographic Modeling Systems Lab. He received a BS in Environmental Studies and BLA from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, an MLA from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, and a Ph.D. in Water Resources Planning and Management from the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington.

Eunju Hwang
Real Estate Foundation fellow, Simon Fraser University Research Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Supportive environments for active living: Working with WHO's age-friendly guidelines
Monday, February 9, 6 p.m., 33 McNeal Hall, reception follows
Schweiger-McNellis Housing Studies Fund Lecture
Housing Studies Program, Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel

To create more supportive environments, the British Columbia Ministry of Health has initiated the Age-Friendly Community Program. Hwang will speak about her involvement with this initiative and her research projects and local governments' implementation and planning in four countries: Canada, USA, China, and Korea.

Hwang is a British Columbia Real Estate Foundation fellow at Simon Fraser University Research Centre. She has a Ph.D. in Housing with a minor in Gerontology from the University of Minnesota. She worked at the St. Paul Public Housing Agency while she worked on her doctoral dissertation which was funded by the US Housing and Urban Development Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant. Currently, she is a primary investigator of two international projects on aging-in-place and age-friendly communities.

Jim Patchett
founder and president of Conservation Design Forum, Inc. and the Board of Conservation Research Institute, Elmhurst, IL
Design for sustainable systems
Monday, March 9, 6 p.m., 100 Rapson Hall
H.W.S. Cleveland Fund Lecture
Department of Landscape Architecture

Patchett's presentation provides an overview of the historical patterns of hydrology and the hydrological relationships between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. The discussion will be related to the historical role of water in the Twin Cities from early settlement to today.

Land and water resource impacts associated with contemporary urban, suburban, and rural agricultural land use practices are discussed, including flooding, aquifer depletion, water quality degradation, habitat and bio-diversity loss, climate change, and global warming.

Cultural relationships to land and water resources are explored, describing a foundation for the promotion of sustainable planning, design, development, and long term systems management practices in built and natural environments.

A variety of infiltration-based sustainable water management "green infrastructure" practices are reviewed, including green roof technologies, porous pavements, bio-retention systems, rainwater harvesting and reuse, and the integration of native landscapes.

Case studies illustrating how to apply these sustainable development practices through integrated design are presented.

Patchett is founder and president of Conservation Design Forum, Inc. a multi-disciplinary consulting firm located in Elmhurst, IL. The firm is dedicated to the principles of sustainable land planning, design, development, and long-term systems management. In more than 25 years of practice, he has worked for a public conservation agency, and for both large and small design and environmental consulting firms. Patchett combines his training in the development of natural site planning and design techniques that integrate innovative water resource management and ecological restoration strategies. He has directed the development of ecological strategies for many sustainable design initiatives including Sears Prairie Stone in Hoffman Estates, IL, Tellabs Corporate Headquarters Complex in Naperville, IL, Coffee Creek Center in Chesterton, IN, Chicago City Hall Green Roof Project, and the Kresge Foundation Headquarters in Troy, MI.

Patchett is co-founder and president of the Board of Conservation Research Institute, a non-profit organization addressing sustainable planning, design, installation, restoration, and long-term management within both built and natural environments. He is the past chair of the American Society of Landscape Architect's (ASLA) Water Conservation Professional Interest Group, and is a current member of the ASLA Sustainable Sites water resources technical sub-committee.

Patchett received an undergraduate degree in landscape architecture, and masters degrees in both landscape architecture and civil engineering (water resources) from Iowa State University, and has completed the necessary course work towards a Ph.D. in landscape architecture from the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources.

Edwin Chan
partner, Gehry Partners, LLP, Los Angeles
March 23, 6 p.m., 100 Rapson Hall
Important note: This lecture date is subject to change-watch this site for any updates.
Cass Gilbert Fund Lecture
School of Architecture

Chan's presentation focuses on his current and recent architecture and design projects.

Chan joined Frank O. Gehry & Associates after graduating from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University in 1985. He has worked on many of the firm's most significant projects, including the Nationale-Nederlanden Building in Prague, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, and the hotel at the Marques de Riscal Winery in El Ciego, Spain.

Currently, Chan, a partner of the firm, is collaborating with Frank Gehry on the design of a number of projects including an office building for Novartis International in Basel, Switzerland, the Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation in Paris, France, and the extension to the Philadelphia Museum of Arts.

In addition, he designed "The Art of Motorcycle" exhibition for the Guggenheim Museums in New York, Bilbao, and Las Vegas, the exhibition "Exquisite Pain" for French artist Sophie Calle in Luxembourg, as well as collaborating with William Friedkin on the set designs for the opera Ariadne Auf Naxos by Richard Strauss in Los Angeles.

In 2008, Chan received the French honor of "Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" (Order of Arts and Literature).

Clive van Heerden
director of design-led innovation at Philips Design, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Innovation and "far future" research at Philips Design
Monday, April 6, 6 p.m., 100 Rapson Hall
Sponsored by the Safety & Protective Products division of Industrial Fabrics Association International and Stegeman Visiting Professorship Fund
Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel

Van Heerden leads the Philips Design Probes program, which consists of "far-future" research initiatives that aim at identifying long-term systemic shifts and anticipating changes in future lifestyles. Examples of recent Probes projects include Electronic Tattoo, Emotional Sensing Dresses, and Sustainable
Habitat 2020.

Van Heerden joined Philips Research in 1995, where he brought designers into a technical research environment. He moved to Philips Design in 1998 to become director of the soft technologies design research activity. He assembled a team of experts from various textile and apparel disciplines, developing wearable electronic and conductive textile solutions and overseeing collaborations with companies including Levi Straus & Co. and Nike. He's also managed Philips Design branches in Redhill, London, and New York.

Van Heerden attended the University in South Africa and obtained two degrees in the social sciences. In 1986 he completed a research fellowship at Westminster University in London. He gained two further degrees in the social sciences before graduating in 1991 with a masters degree in interaction design from the Royal College of Art in London. Van Heerden and the Probes team have won various design awards for innovative research, including a "best of the best" red dot award and a Time magazine best invention award in 2007.

Michael Speaks
professor and dean, College of Design, University of Kentucky
Design thinking
Monday, April 13, 6 p.m., 100 Rapson Hall
Cass Gilbert Fund Lecture
School of Architecture

As the limits of what can and what cannot be built are daily pushed to new extremes by an insatiable, market driven appetite for more and ever more complex and formally exotic buildings, the architect and the structural engineer have become a close, if not inextricably linked, pair.... As a result, cutting edge architects are beginning to understand the significance of innovation for their designs and for their design practices and, with cutting edge engineers, they are entering into new collaborations that call into question, once and for all, the line between the design and its engineering.

Speaks has published and lectured internationally on contemporary art, architecture, urban design, and scenario planning. Former director of the graduate program and founding director of the Metropolitan Research and Design Post Graduate Program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, Speaks has also taught in the graphic design department at the Yale School of Art, and in the architecture programs at Harvard University, Columbia University, the University of Michigan, the Berlage Institute, UCLA, TU Delft in the Netherlands, and the Art Center College of Design. Speaks is founding editor of the cultural journal Polygraph and former editor at Any in New York, and is currently a contributing editor for Architectural Record.

Niels Diffrient
product designer, Ridgefield, Connecticut
The design of experience
Monday, April 20, 6 p.m., 33 McNeal Hall, reception follows
Sponsored by Humanscale
Interior Design program, Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel

Niels Diffrient designs for his own pleasure and for those that use his designs. His objective is to improve human experience. He wondered, many years ago, "How will I know when I have improved experience and to what degree?" It was this question that led him to include ergonomics and human factors in his design quest. Since then all his designs start with understanding the people who will use them. Using verifiable data and testing of concepts has offered unique insights into new forms and performances.

His accomplishments are measured in the satisfaction his designs bring and also by having shared his understanding through a three-volume publication, introduced first in 1974, called, Humanscale.

His work has encompassed a wide variety of products from tractors to sewing machines, from airplane interiors to cameras, from electronics to stoves, from telephones to gas stations. Most recently he has focused on commercial furniture, mainly work chairs. All of his designs have won top awards as well as 46 patents, most of which are for novel utility.

He has also been awarded two honorary doctorates, the national design award from the Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt Museum, Honorary Royal Designer for Industry from the Royal Society of Arts, London, Distinguished Alumni from Cranbrook Academy, the Daimler Chrysler Innovation Award, and Institute Honors from the American Institute of Architects. His is also a fellow in the Industrial Design Society of America, Honorary Fellow in New Zealand Design Society, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Interior Design Society, and he is a Life Governor, Cranbrook Academy, from which he has his degree in Design and Architecture, in addition to having had a Fulbright Grant to study in Italy. He has also taught at UCLA and Yale.

Helena Hernmarck
tapestry artist, Ridgefield, Connecticut
Tapestry as an enhancement of architectural space
Tuesday, April 21, 6 p.m., 33 McNeal Hall, reception follows
Biester Young Honors Lecture Fund
Interior Design program, Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel

Hernmarck will make a presentation of her artistic achievements in tapestry design and execution. Both residential and monumental in scale, they illustrate her belief in the integrity and effectiveness of combining tapestry and architecture.

Hernmarck has a degree from Konstfackskolan University College of Arts, Crafts, and Design in Stockholm. She has operated her own weaving studio for 45 years, first in Montreal, Canada, then England, New York, and currently in Connecticut designing and executing tapestries of monumental size for corporate lobbies and other large spaces. She was the recipient of the American Institute of Architects 1973 craftsmanship medal, was elected a fellow of the American Craft Council in 1996, won the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Governor's Art Award in 1998, Sweden's Prins Eugen Medal in 1999, and was named Swedish American of the Year in 2000.

Her one-person exhibitions have been held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Kunstindustrimuseet in Copenhagen, Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde Museum in Stockholm. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her book, Helena Hernmarck Tapestry Artist, was published in 1999 and is distributed by the University of Washington Press.

She is in the process of donating her archives to the Twin Cities, where it will be jointly split between the University of Minnesota Libraries and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Dawn Finley and Mark Wamble
principals, Interloop Architecture, Houston, Texas
A certain distance
April 27, 6 p.m., 100 Rapson Hall
Cass Gilbert Fund Lecture
School of Architecture

Finley received a Bachelor of Science in architecture from the University of Michigan in 1993, and a Master of Architecture from Rice University in 1999. She worked in New York with Ogawa/Depardon Architects (1993-96) where she designed and managed several important residential and commercial projects, including Bar 89 (1995) a new building in Soho. With her team, Finley used for the first time in a commercial application, liquid crystal display (LCD) laminated between sheets of glass to form a series of privacy partitions. In 1997 she co-founded Interloop Architecture (IA), an architecture research practice in Houston, Texas.

She has been published in journals and newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Log5, I.D. magazine, Perspecta Journal, Texas Architect, Architectural Record, and Architecture.

Her research and design work include Janelia Farm Housing Study, a 60 unit housing project for Howard Hughes Medical Institute; BP Learning Center, a series of experimental classrooms; Hardenbol-Nystrom Studio, a private yoga studio and garden; 48' Foot House, a private residence in Houston; Plug-On, the first in a series of residential product prototypes; Polara (7), a suite of custom designed and fabricated furniture pieces; First Architecture Biennale, a site-specific interactive installation in Rotterdam; and Tending, (blue), a new building for an artwork by artist James Turrell, commissioned by the Nasher Foundation in Dallas, Texas.

In 2002, Finley and her office designed E-X-I-T, a custom exit light for the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas. In 2007, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, inducted E-X-I-T into the permanent collection. IA was commissioned by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Genoa, in 2001 to be the associate architects for the Nasher Sculpture Center. In 2001 Finley organized and designed an exhibit of IA's work for the Aluminum in Contemporary Architecture exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. In 2000, she was commissioned by Droog Design and her product prototype, Do Post, was exhibited at the Kunsthal, Rotterdam and the Milan Furniture Fair. In 1998 Finley designed Klip House, a service based housing platform developed by IA for mass production. Klip House was exhibited in several museum venues and published widely in the general press. It also received an I.D. design award honorable mention in 1999.

Finley is an assistant professor at Rice University School of Architecture and has been teaching architecture design since 1999. Her teaching includes graduate and undergraduate studios with a focus on working and learning environments, healthcare policies and infrastructures, and infrastructure design for aging Americans. Finley has been a visiting instructor and critic of architecture at Princeton University, the Architectural Association, and the University of Michigan.

Wamble received a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University in 1983 and received his Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University in 1988. Wamble worked as a project designer with Eisenman Architects in New York (1983-91) and was on the design team for the Wexner Center for the Visual Arts at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio (1983-91).

While with Eisenman Architects, Wamble also developed a line of textiles for Knoll International (1990-91), was project architect on the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio (1988-93), was project architect on three office buildings in Tokyo, Japan (1988-92), and with his team, he designed the winning scheme for the Rebstockpark Competition in Frankfort, Germany (1990-91). In 1990 Wamble returned to Texas, and in 1994 formed Interloop Architects, combining his interest in research and practical experience. Wamble developed Gardiner Symonds Teaching Labs 1 & 2, a series of technology based teaching facilities for Rice University. During the early 1990s Mark was selected for 40 under 40, and later that same year won the Young Architect Award given annually by the Architecture League of New York.

Wamble was Design Principal at Bricker + Cannady Architects in Houston (1997-2001), continuing to research throughout this time period with partner Dawn Finley of Interloop A/D. While at BCA, he produced the design for the Renovation of Jones Plaza in downtown Houston, which won an AIA award and a PA award both in 1999. Wamble has taught at Rice University School of Architecture since 1990, and is a visiting instructor at the University of Michigan, Harvard University, and Columbia University.



Expressions of Stability and Change: Ethnic Dress and Folk Costume
February 7-June 21, Opening party on Friday, February 6, 7-9 p.m.

Ethnic dress provides a visual and emotional tie between members of a group to a shared language, religion, place, or occupation. Drawn from the Goldstein's collection, this exhibition showcases special occasion, ethnic apparel that reflects stability and change around the world.

Co-curators: Kathleen Campbell and Jean McElvain, assistant curator

Related events: (except where noted, presentations in 274 McNeal Hall at 6 p.m., receptions follow)

Retention of Traditions and the Immigrant Experience panel discussion
Thursday, February 26, 6 p.m., 33 McNeal Hall

The Reinvention of Scandinavian Folk Dress in the Nineteenth Century
Thursday, March 12, 6 p.m., 274 McNeal
Laurann Gilbertson, textile curator, Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Decorah, Iowa

Kalabari Dress of Nigeria as an Example of Cultural Authentication
Thursday, April 2, 6 p.m., 274 McNeal
Joanne B. Eicher, Regents Professor Emerita

Somali Immigrants in Minnesota and Scandinavia: Cultural Authenticity and Economic Dynamism
Thursday, April 23, 6 p.m., 274 McNeal
Benny Carlson, professor of economic history, University of Lund, Lund, Sweden, and 2008 Cornelia Malmberg Fellow, The American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis


The Green House: New Designs in Sustainable Architecture & Design
January 12-March 8
Organized by The National Building Museum this exhibit explores green residential design, a new form embraced by both home builders and the public. Photographs and drawings of 22 projects from around the world document the emergence of this new brand of sustainable building. Green designs in Minnesota are also be featured.

Related event:

Sustainable Housing: Research and Practice
Monday, February 23, 6 p.m., 100 Rapson Hall
John Carmody, director, and William Weber, senior research fellow, Center for Sustainable Building Research

Housing design is in a state of major transformation in Minnesota and the rest of the world in order to meet aggressive goals for energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reductions. Recent research and examples of sustainable approaches to housing will be presented.

Preserving Early Christian Thessalonike
March 16-May 10
Hosted by the Center for World Heritage Studies at the College of Design this photographic exhibition was organized by the Harvard Divinity School in May 2007. The exhibit, which documents the archaeological study, restoration and conservation of early Christian monuments in Thessalonike, Greece, was curated by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture/Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities in Thessalonike.

Marvels of Modernism
March 16-April 12, 2008
Modernist landscapes with boomerang reservoirs inspired by Joan Miro paintings, animated fountains, soaring roof gardens, geometric earthworks, futuristic fair grounds, and sunken and expansive plazas all became celebrated design elements during the nation's massive post World War II development. This exhibition, a part of The Cultural Landscape Foundation's Landslide initiative, is a yearly designation of significant landscapes at risk of being lost. Among the endangered marvels is Peavey Plaza on Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis.

College of Design Graduating Student Exhibition
April 25-May 16
Awards party May 15 (see events)
Work on display in galleries throughout Rapson Hall


CDes Faculty/Alumni Art Exhibition
Horizons: Paintings by Mary Guzowski
Nature's Wonders: Drawings by Virajita Singh
January 20-April 30, 2009
Reception on Friday, January 23, 5:30-7:00 p.m.


Reinventing Community: The Role Of Philanthropy
Monday, February 16, 6 p.m., 100 Rapson Hall
A conversation with philanthropic leaders who will discuss current issues, new funding directions, and the changing role of philanthropy in our communities.

Panelists: Peter Hutchinson, president, Bush Foundation; Carleen Rhodes, president and CEO, Minnesota Community Foundation and Saint Paul Foundation; moderated by Jon Pratt, executive director, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.
Demonstration of philanthropy and Buckman Fellows' alumni reception to follow presentation

Mertie Buckman Lecture in Leadership and Philanthropy

Exposed: 41st Annual Clothing Design Senior Fashion Show
Saturday, February 21, 5:30 and 8:00 p.m., Rapson Hall
Alumni and friends reception at 6:45 p.m.
"Exposed" showcases 12 up-and-coming clothing designers who are ready to make their mark on what we wear. The senior class will present original collections including wearable ideas for the office, avant-garde designs, sustainable clothing, and theater costumes. A standing exhibition of work by the sophomore class and pre-runway show from the junior class will also be included.

Tickets ($15 students, $20 public, $50 preferred seating, $25 at door) are available at the St. Paul Student Center or online at the Senior Fashion Show Web site.

Graduating Students Exhibition And Awards Party
Friday, May 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rapson Hall
Awards presentation, 8 p.m.
Join alumni, students, parents, faculty, and friends of the College of Design as we celebrate and recognize top work by our graduating students. Cast your vote for People's Choice Awards. Music and refreshments provided.

For exhibition information contact the Goldstein Museum of Design, gmd@umn.edu or 612-624-7434.

For event information, contact Lori Mollberg, alumni relations, lmollber@umn.edu or 612-625-8796.

The Friends Of The Goldstein Museum Of Design Annual Spring Garden Party
May 21, 2009, 5:30-8:30 p.m., McNeal Hall
Join us for the spring fling featuring a noted guest speaker (to be announced), exciting silent auction, and a display from the GMD collection. Check the GMD Web site for details.

Ralph Rapson Hall is located at 89 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis 55455 (East Bank)

McNeal Hall is located at 1985 Buford Ave., St. Paul 55108

Parking in Gortner Ave. Ramp, 1395 Gortner Ave. (St. Paul)

Parking in Church St. Garage, 80 Church St. S.E. (Mpls.)

For disability accommodations, please call 612-626-9068.

All lectures and exhibitions are free and open to the public, except where noted.