Design Democracy Fellowship Winners Announced

The prestigious Design Democracy Fellowships in the College of Design's School of Architecture have been awarded to three M Arch student entries that exemplify the values at the core of the fellowship - good design, every day, for everyone. The 2011 Design Democracy fellows include:

Ben Garrison - Minneapolis Farmers Market Addition


Under the direction of Adjunct Professor Jennifer Yoos, Garrison's project was an addition to the Minneapolis Farmers Market, on North Lyndale, that expanded the existing outdoor market space and proposed a new facility for a year-round market. With the newly built Target Field, the entire North Loop area is the site of a rejuvenation effort. Jurors praised the maturity of the design response and it's demonstrated restraint integrating site and building.

Aaron Frazier - Intermodal Transit Station

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Also located in the North Loop of downtown Minneapolis, Frazier's project - the Intermodal Transit Station - was designed as part of his studio work for Adjunct Assistant Professor Jeffrey Mandyck. The Intermodal Transit Station serves to help people intuitively find their way among multiple modes of transit (LRT, intercity/commuter rail, bus, auto, bike, pedestrian) and engage their sense of place in an urban context. Jurors appreciated the challenging site and Frazier's development of human scaled elements such as a wall that incorporated shelves for resting a cup of coffee.

Brent Suski, Amanda Pederson and Emerson Stepp - Haiti Reconstruction Project

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Under the direction of Jim Lutz, lecturer and co-director of the MS Sustainable Design Program, the Haiti team's goal was to integrate community input with a traditional iterative design process to understand and design a sustainable infrastructure in Haiti. That dialogue fostered a dynamic, practical and culturally appropriate solution. Jurors noted that students had to respond to multiple and different agendas by finding effective processes of communication, as well making a design proposal.

This year's Design Democracy jury consisted of Jon Buggy (B Arch '84), Managing Principal at AECOM, Dennis Mulvey (B Arch '76), Sr. VP at Adolfson & Peterson Construction, and Rich Varda (M Arch '77), Sr. VP of Store Design at Target Corporation.

"The quality of ideas and presentations gets better every year," noted Mulvey. "It's encouraging to see and be part of [the Design Democracy Fellowship]."

Mulvey and Varda, along with friends Scott Berry (BArch '67), and William Chilton (MArch '80) initiated the Design Democracy Fellowship in 2005 to support professional degree architecture students. Design Democracy is supported by generous gifts from the Target Corporation, Pickard Chilton, Ericksen Roed and Associates, Mulvanny G2 Architecture, Michaud Cooley Erickson and Associates, MBH Architects Inc., RSP Architects, , Ryan Companies US and from other School of Architecture alumni, firms, and allied professions.

A total of $15,000 ($5,000/entry) was awarded to the three winning presentations. The money will be given in the form of a fellowship to reduce the tuition burden for these students.