Emerging Spring 2019

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emerging sprinG 2019 Vol. 13, No. 2

from the dean

emerging spring 2019 vol. 13, no. 2 editors

Dear Alumni and Friends

of the College of Design,

As our students learn the essentials of good design, we emphasize the knowledge, skills, and values they need to design with people rather than for people. Our students engage with communities locally and around the world to inform problemframing through multiple perspectives and develop human-centered solutions. During the fall 2018 semester, apparel design students worked with at-risk girls in Uganda to foster a love for sewing and create new clothing (p. 13). Meanwhile, graduate students in our Heritage Studies and Public History Program worked with the Mapping Prejudice Project to call attention to the history of discrimination in Minneapolis housing (p. 5). Our support for students’ awareness of specific community needs has not gone unnoticed. Kacie Lucchini Butcher and Denise Pike (Heritage Studies and Public History) received the 2018 Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Student Award; Maia Peterson (Architecture) received the Sue W. Hancock seeds of Change Award; and Hana Saifullah (Architecture) received the President’s seed Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement at the 11th annual University of Minnesota Equity and Diversity Breakfast. In its recent review, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation gave extremely positive feedback on our Interior Design Program (p. 4). Our Landscape Architecture Graduate Program also received accolades from visiting accreditors and was named one of the most admired in DesignIntelligence magazine’s 2018 rankings. Our alumni continue this philosophy of designing with people. Recent M.L.A. graduate Luke Nichols is working with Duluth community members and officials on a project to expand affordable housing using tiny houses (back cover). Ben Waldo (B.D.A. ’12) and his design partner’s submission for the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial was selected from almost 200 entries because, as the reviewers said, “it felt like Newtown.” The Sandy Hook Memorial Commission will dedicate the new memorial this year (p. 11). None of this work would be possible without our alumni and friends in the design community. Read the latest news about our Driven by Design campaign on page 8 and meet our new chief development officer on page 14.

Amelia Narigon and Trevor Miller

design director Calee Cecconi

copy editor

Sharon Grimes

college leadership

Carol Strohecker, dean; Abimbola Asojo, associate dean for research, creative scholarship, and engagement; Marilyn DeLong, associate dean for academic affairs; Kate Maple, assistant dean for student services; Trevor Miller, assistant dean

academic unit heads

Missy Bye, Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel; Joe Favour, Department of Landscape Architecture; Marc Swackhamer, School of Architecture

college of design advisory board

Stuart Ackerberg, Michael Alexin, Maurice Blanks, Roberta Bonoff, Mark Butler, Emily Callaghan, Tim Carl, Pat Cummens, John Cuningham, Jo Davison, Damon Farber, Kelly Gage, Jorden Hedlund, Mary McNellis, Tom Meyer, Linda Mona, Sandy Morris, Dave Norback, Paul Reyelts, Susan Sokolowski, Mark Swenson, Gary Tushie, Burt Visnick, Michelle Wlazlo, Rieko Yajima

our mission

Through a unique commitment to creativity and advancing technologies, the College of Design at the University of Minnesota leads, innovates, and educates in a full range of design fields by researching ongoing and emerging issues, exploring new knowledge, and addressing and solving real-world problems, all while adhering to socially responsible, sustainable principles and collaborative design thinking. Emerging is published fall and spring semesters by the University of Minnesota College of Design for alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the college. This publication is available in alternative formats upon request. Please call 612-624-9751. Send address changes to design@umn.edu.

I look forward to seeing what the new year brings and what we can continue to build together.

Emerging is available online at design.umn.edu/emerging.


The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

Carol Strohecker, Ph.D.

Professor and Dean College of Design

On the cover: A close-up of a Jack Lenor Larsen fabric print in our graphic design print studio. 2 EMERGING SPRING 2019





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beyond the classroom

accreditation review recognizes interior design strengths In October, representatives of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (cida) visited and evaluated the Interior Design Program. During their visit, which occurs every six years, the cida evaluators assessed student work, met with students and administrators, and toured the program’s facilities. The cida evaluators considered the program’s compliance with accreditation standards that are recognized internationally for interior design programs. “Although the cida visit is preceded by an enormous amount of work and preparation, the resulting exhibit and conversations are an opportunity for us and our stakeholders, be those students, faculty, or advisory board members, to relish the curriculum’s rigor and our program’s commitment to design that supports health, safety, and well-being,” said Professor Tasoulla Hadjiyanni. The College of Design’s Interior Design Program is one of only two accredited interior design programs in the state of Minnesota. In this most recent review, cida identified no weaknesses and instead pointed to three areas where the program especially stood out: the diversity in the faculty body and how that diversity informs the curriculum; the emphasis on research of all types—from literature reviews to ethnographic studies and how research permeates students’ design decision-making; and the well-rounded and thorough approach to the design process.


architecture students design for prevention and rehabilitation Architecture students in Professor Julia Robinson’s (Architecture) Studio V spent their fall semester preparing design proposals that reconsidered how to serve youth currently in Hennepin County’s juvenile detention and rehabilitation centers. For Robinson, the studio was the culmination of a long-term personal interest in the effects of institutional housing. “In the 1980s I worked with a psychologist to create guidelines for what we called a normal house rather than an institution. This led to a long-term project where I studied a lot of different types of housing and tried to understand what it meant to be in an institution.” After meeting Hennepin County project coordinator Angela Cousins last year, Robinson invited her to participate in a School of Architecture design studio to further research the topic of juvenile rehabilitation centers. “One of the most exciting aspects of this studio was conducting the primary research,” said architecture student Tyler Gaeth. “In other design studios, the research phase of the process begins and ends in the predesign phase of the project, but in this studio, the research was ongoing. Every decision we made as designers was justified through our research inquiries and backed up by evidence.” Read the story at z.umn.edu/emg19a.




beyond the classroom

owning up: Racism and Housing in Minneapolis

On display at the Hennepin History Museum last fall, “Owning Up: Racism and Housing in Minneapolis” explored the history of racial housing discrimination in Minneapolis through the stories of three black families. Created by heritage studies and public history graduate students Kacie Lucchini Butcher and Denise Pike, with help from Augsburg University graphic design students, “Owning Up” demonstrated the lasting effects of structural discrimination. What are some of the ways that housing access was restricted across Minneapolis?

There were many policy tools that restricted where people could live in Minneapolis. The most powerful were racial covenants and redlining. Racial covenants or racially restrictive deeds barred people of color from owning or occupying a property. These racial covenants began in 1910 and spread throughout Minneapolis. The Mapping Prejudice Project is in the process of mapping every single covenant in Hennepin County. You can visit their website to see a time-lapse video of covenants spreading across the city. What did you want attendees to take away from this exhibit? We hope that exhibit visitors think differently about the city of Minneapolis. Minneapolis is often lauded as a liberal paradise and a model metropolis, but in reality we have the largest homeownership gap between black and white households in the United States.1 This city is not a paradise for all of our residents. We also hope that people start to think differently about their neighborhoods. Who lives in your neighborhood and why? Who isn’t represented in your neighborhood and why? Is your neighborhood primarily renters or owners? These kinds of questions, though they don’t seem historical, are always linked to the history of how Minneapolis was organized, designed, and continually codified. Read the full interview at z.umn.edu/emg19b. 1 McCargo, A., & Strochak, S. (2018, March 05). Mapping the black homeownership gap. Urban Institute.



faculty work

expanding accessibility

With Virtual Reality An interdisciplinary partnership among College of Design faculty, the Goldstein Museum of Design (gmd), and Episcopal Homes Senior Housing and Care Services is developing virtual reality (vr) technology to expand access to exhibitions and other public events for low-income elder residents through the creation of a vr Book Club. “The College of Design is uniquely positioned to examine and explore the role of experience design as a practical component of expanding accessibility,” explained Assistant Professor Genell Ebbini (Interior Design), one of the faculty members working on the project. “Design thinking posits that design is a problem-solving process with the end user in mind. In this case, the end user is Minnesotans of all ages, locations, and abilities who are unable to experience an exhibition first-hand,” she continued. In addition to Ebbini, the project is being developed by Professor Marilyn Bruin (Housing Studies), Professor Sauman Chu (Graphic Design), Assistant Professor Ehsan Naderi (Product Design), Director Lin Nelson-Mayson (gmd), and Associate Professor Juanjuan Wu (Retail Merchandising). Now in its preliminary stage, the project has already documented two gmd exhibitions to deliver an immersive, sensory-rich 360 vr experience with narration: “Storied Lives: Women and Their Wardrobes” and “Demonstration Garden: Designing Flowers.” The vr video for “Storied Lives” will be the first experience tested by residents of Episcopal Homes who will view the exhibition using Occulus Go headsets and provide feedback on the experience through follow-up discussions. “Our team will analyze the discussions to identify best practices, suggestions for revision, and opportunities to develop additional experiences and supplemental activities,” said Nelson-Mayson. From this pilot, the team hopes to create more 360 vr experiences, not only of gmd exhibitions but also of community events. “The virtual pilot experience will increase access among individuals with mobility issues as well as anyone who missed the original experience or wants to revisit it,” concluded Nelson-Mayson.





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Driven by Design.

Now on Display:

Ruth Crane: A Ceramic Collector’s Journey Goldstein Museum of Design Gallery 241 Exhibition Dates: January 26–May 19, 2019

Connections Born From Clay as a collector. He introduced us to the meetings of the Minnesota Art Pottery Collectors, and members would bring items that they wanted to sell. That’s how I got started collecting production pottery,” explained Ruth. The Northern Clay Center also played a crucial role in Ruth’s ceramics education and interest. “Having access to their exhibits and special events has been invaluable,” said Ruth. “The entire staff are some of my favorite people, from Sarah Milfeldt, the director, to the gallery assistants.” Although Ruth got her start collecting production pottery, she later transitioned her collection to one-of-a-kind pieces from individual studio makers. Her most recent interest has been in vases, “Something about a pouring vessel is appealing to me. That’s gone on to include teapots. I just got a new teapot today.” The teapot, light orange with an elegantly curved handle, was adorned with little swirls and spots in the glaze. The artist, Ruth explained, was a former minister turned potter who perfected a technique called carbon trapping to create the delicate swirls.

From the moment you enter Doug and Ruth Crane’s household, it is clear the space is home to an avid pottery collector. Vases, teapots, pitchers, and ceramics of all shapes and sizes line the walls, proudly displayed on neat shelves and in tidy cupboards. The collection includes work from a wide variety of artists and represents an assortment of styles, yet it all flows together effortlessly. “Ruth has a very eclectic collection but somehow everything seems to fit. People have always said that when they see it,” said Doug. For how extensive Ruth’s collection is now, you would never guess that it started almost by happenstance. “Doug and I went to an art fair where Peter Leach was showing work, and I bought a big blue pitcher. I still have that pitcher, and it’s still one of my favorites. That was kind of the start, it was just serendipity,” said Ruth with a smile. After this fateful purchase, Ruth and Doug moved to Northfield, Minnesota, where they developed a close friendship with an avid collector of Red Wing Pottery, Ron Linde. “We fell under the spell of Ron, who is renowned design.umn.edu

Every piece in the collection has a story, a testament to the care with which Ruth selects each one and to the connections she has made with the artists. “Ruth will approach an artist, even somebody that she hasn’t purchased any work from before, and will pick out a piece and they will say ‘Oh that’s one of my favorites.’ She has an amazing eye for each individual’s best work,” said Doug proudly. “I like to do dishes and when you have such a beautiful array of pottery, doing the dishes is really fun. I think of the person who made it while I wash and often tell that to our pottery friends. It’s a very personal connection,” he said. It is these personal connections and stories that will be shared with the College of Design community thanks to Ruth’s generous donation of her collection to the Goldstein Museum of Design. To support the collection in perpetuity, the Cranes have also established the Ruth Hanold Crane Collection Fund. In doing so, the Cranes have provided an invaluable resource to students, faculty, and community members who wish to examine, learn from, and research the items in the collection. “I want student designers to be instructed and challenged and inspired by these pieces for their own work. That really means a lot,” said Ruth.

Generous $1 Million Gift to Support Graduate Students An anonymous faculty member and spouse have committed $1 million to support graduate students at the College of Design. “It is impressive to see how a faculty member’s dedication to teaching and mentoring can result in a significant gift that will be life-changing for many students, years and years into the future,” said Dean Carol Strohecker. “I am delighted and grateful to this generous couple for the confidence in the college that this gift demonstrates.” The donation, a future commitment, is one of the largest received through the Driven by Design campaign and will support graphic design and apparel design graduate students who work closely with faculty through an assistantship in one of those areas. “This is a generous, heartfelt investment in future scholars and a wonderful example of nurturing the value of graduate education,” said Design, Housing, and Apparel Department Head Elizabeth Bye. “Because the fund will be a perpetual endowment, generations of students will complete their studies with less financial stress—all thanks to this wonderful gift.” Wishing to remain anonymous, the donors hope that this gesture will lead by example, to encourage the habit of charitable giving among alumni, staff, and fellow faculty. The donors envision this beneficent habit persisting beyond the current Driven campaign’s faculty and staff giving initiative.

Driven by Design With the intent to raise $30 million by 2021, the Driven by Design campaign concentrates on fundraising to expand our capacity to support more students, recruit and retain first-rate faculty, and provide innovative studio experiences. Learn more at z.umn.edu/drivenbydesign.



alumni notes 1946

hga Architects and Engineers, founded by Curt Green (B.Arch. ’46), received two aia Minnesota 2018 Honor Awards for its projects Music and Performance Commons and Temple Israel Expansion.


John Cuningham (B.Arch. ’62) was awarded aia Minnesota’s 2018 Gold Medal Award and officially retired in October 2018. In addition, the Cuningham Group received the 2018 aia Minnesota 25 Year Award for its Chelsea Woods Development.

exploring “seattleness” with natalie ross Published in October 2018, Seattleness: A Cultural Atlas explores the nature of place through the lens of Seattle, one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. Written by three people, the writers include landscape architecture alumna Natalie Ross (M.L.A. ’11). “We all have an interest and knowledge in the built environment of Seattle, and so many of our maps deal with the physical characteristics of the city; such as the growth of buildings over time, layout of streets, environmental changes, and impact of trees on the city. The most direct outcome of my landscape architecture connection was the map called Six Degrees of Olmsted, which diagrams the connections many local landscape architects had with Frederick Law Olmsted.” Ross discusses the book and how she drew on her landscape architecture background during the writing process at z.umn.edu/emg19c.

design mentor program matches highest number to date Now in its 26 year, the College of Design’s annual Mentor Program helps students grow professionally by matching them with a mentor in their field of study. th

Despite being one of the smallest colleges at the University, the College of Design’s mentor program is one of the largest. This year’s program matched 303 students with 286 mentors representing more than 180 different firms and organizations. z.umn.edu/emg19d 10 EMERGING SPRING 2019


Damon Farber, founded by Damon Farber (B.L.A. ’71), received a 2018 Honor Award from aia Minnesota for its work with Brookview Elementary School.


Natalie Ross (M.L.A. ’11) coauthored a new book, Seattleness: A Cultural Atlas, which was released in October 2018.


Jessica Barness (M.F.A. ’12) gave a keynote address at her undergraduate and graduate alma mater, University of Northern Iowa.

Barbara Otto (M.A. ’90, DHA) showcased her fiber collage “Hear, Here Comes the Sun” in Sweet Golden Delicious: niu Studio and Design Alumni Artists, an invitational exhibit at the niu Art Museum in DeKalb, Illinois.


Raymond Dehn (B.A. ’93, Architecture; M.Arch. ABD ’96) was re-elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives.


Mark Swenson (B.E.D. ’71, M.Arch. ’73) was listed as one of Minnesota Monthly’s 2018 Minnesota 500 Most Powerful Business Leaders.

Jennifer Swedell (B.A. ’00, Architecture) finished lab planning on a small robotics lab for Caltech called the Center for Autonomous Systems, for which she received the Best Small Project, Southern California award from the Engineering News Record.




Tiffani Navratil (M.L.A. ’12) is now a licensed professional landscape architect in Minnesota.


Becky Alexander (M.Arch. ’12; M.S. ’13, Architecture) has been named a 2018 Finance & Commerce Rising Young Professional.

Heidi Neumueller (M.Arch. ’06) received a 2018 aia Minnesota Young Architects Award.




Shawn Keltner (B.A. ’00, Architecture; M.Arch. ’07) and Amber Keltner (B.S. ’02, Architecture) received a 2018 aia Los Angeles Design Award for their project Camelot Kids Child Development Center.


Catherine Cerny (Ph.D. ’87, DHA) had her collection of diverse technologies and designs of Japanese textiles showcased in the exhibition “Tekunikku” at the University of California, Davis, Design Museum.


Margo Braman (B.S. ’88, Applied Design) was nominated for the Professional Women's Group of Northern Arizona's 2018 Making a Difference Award.

Annette Neist (B.S. ’07, Graphic Design) joined Gaia as a ux manager in August 2018.


Michael Babbits (B.S. ’09, Architecture) was licensed as an architect. Tessa Druley (B.S. ’09, Apparel Design) showcased designs from her Tessa Louise brand in the 2018 Northern Vogue Fashion Show.

Michael Kisch (M.Arch. ’06, MURP ’09) received a 2018 niu Minnesota Young Architects Award.

Keshika de Saram (B.D.A. ’14, M.Arch. ’17) is now a staff designer at Quinn Evans Architects.

Brit Erenler (M.L.A. ’12), Emre Erenler, and Timothy Cleary received one of Faith & Form Journal’s 2018 International Religious Art & Architecture Honor Awards for their design concept for the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial.

Michael Cox (B.Arch. ’74) was listed as one of Minnesota Monthly’s 2018 Minnesota 500 Most Powerful Business Leaders.

Charles R. Stinson (B.Arch. ’75) has published a new book entitled Connections.



Bill Brohman (B.S. ’08, Housing Studies; M.L.A ’13) has joined lhb’s Minneapolis office as a designer with the Landscape Architecture and Planning Studio.

Dave Norbeck (M.Arch. ’75) was listed as one of Minnesota Monthly’s 2018 Minnesota 500 Most Powerful Business Leaders.

and Regena Yu (B.S. ’16, Apparel Design) showcased designs in the 2018 Northern Vogue Fashion Show.


Alchemy Architects, founded by Geoffrey Warner (B.Arch. ’89), won the sipa National Building Excellence Award for its project BarnHouse.

Mad Lenaburg (B.S. ’14, Architecture) started a new position as project manager at Bodega, Ltd., a multidisciplinary creative studio based in Minneapolis. Reagan Rockers (B.S. ’14, Apparel Design) started a new position as a women’s wear designer with ÜNİTEKS based in London.


Matthew Tierney (M.S. ’15, Architecture) received a 2018 aia Minnesota Young Architects Award.


Kelsey Kazmierczak (B.S. ’17, Retail Merchandising) started a position as an assistant merchant with Victoria's Secret Beauty at Victoria’s Secret. Abbey Kleinert (M.F.A. ’17) had her work featured in the 2018 Posters for the Parks fundraiser at Lakes & Legends Brewery. Abby Schumacher (B.A. ’17, Apparel Design) showcased designs in the 2018 Northern Vogue Fashion Show.


Weiyu Miao (B.E.D. ’16, M.L.A. ’18) started a new position as a landscape designer at Confluence. Forty-eight alumni and friends of the College of Design contributed work to the 100 Years of Design Graduate Education Exhibition. See the full list at z.umn.edu/ design100contributors.

In Memoriam:

John Schlossman (B.A. ’53, Architecture; B.Arch ’55) passed away on August, 14, 2018. Mike Gebhart (B.Arch ’65) passed away on October 22, 2018. Janet Bauleke (B.S. ’69, Home Economics) passed away on October 31, 2017. Bruce Simonson (B.Arch. ’76) passed away on December 10, 2018. Mary Litsheim (B.S. ’73, Applied Design; M.A. ’79, Home Economics) passed away on November 19, 2018.

Ross Neumann (B.S. ’16, Interdisciplinary Design) is now a product designer with Owl Cameras Inc., an electronics start-up based in California. Way the Label, founded by Heidi Woelfle (B.S. ’16, Apparel Design) facebook.com/uofmdesign




“the clearing” selected for Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial

After receiving more than 189 submissions from the international design community, the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission unanimously selected The Clearing by Ben Waldo (B.D.A. ’12) and Daniel Affleck of swa Group as the design for the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial, which will honor the 26 victims of the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In this interview, Waldo and Affleck discuss their design submission and the process that went into designing this memorial. Read the interview in full at z.umn.edu/emg19e.

think that the community and the families have really demonstrated some admirable vulnerability in inviting the international design community to design for their loved ones. This is a community that, for reasons that they can’t control and that are incredibly painful, has been in the media spotlight for six years. We wanted to be really sensitive in how we approached the design of this project. We started by trying to put ourselves in the shoes of someone grieving. We looked at the psychological process and that’s what led us to the idea that it’s open-ended and it’s a process that never really ends.

How did you approach the design for this memorial?

Affleck: Some memorials, especially older ones, are almost heroic or provide a specific narrative that tells you how to feel. We like the idea that healing is different for everybody, so we looked at the memorial as a question rather than

Waldo: We felt that one of the differences between this tragedy and others was that it was very intimate. We design.umn.edu

an answer or as a process rather than an object and that brought us to the idea of a path. We think of that as a powerful metaphor because a path doesn’t have an end. How can designers help families and communities heal and come to terms with tragedies like this? Affleck: I think designers can give a forum to complex emotions and ideas. Humans need to have those spaces, and designers can provide a space for experiencing things. We can create places where people can have a physical engagement with an emotion or idea as opposed to an abstract one.



interior design students advance in big ten design challenge Interior design student team aln from ides 3622, taught by Assistant Professor Genell Ebbini, won first place in the University-wide Big Ten Design Challenge. The team, composed of Abby Hartman, Leif Kutschera, and Kristina Newland, created a proposal for the Coffman b60 computer space. They will now advance to the next round of the competition where their proposal will compete against work from other Big Ten schools. Three top teams will be selected to move to the final judging round at Herman Miller headquarters in February 2019. The top team at Herman Miller will receive the grand prize of $2,000, and their institution will receive $80,000 in Herman Miller furnishings and $15,000 in space improvements for the selected space.

gendering architecture, architecting gender Created by the Women in Architecture Student Organization (wiaso), the hga Gallery Link exhibition “Gendering Architecture, Architecting Gender,” shined a spotlight on historic and contemporary female architects this fall. “We wanted students, faculty, and professionals to acknowledge the contributions of female architects who have been dismissed, belittled, or denied credit for their work,” said Dana Saari, an organizer for wiaso. z.umn.edu/emg19f 12 EMERGING SPRING 2019

the (un) named woman For Sydney Shea (Landscape Architecture), what started as a research project on the gender gap in public sculptures has turned into an investigation of how women are represented in sculptures at the Minnesota State Capitol. “A researcher categorized all of the statues in the U.K. and I found the idea really interesting, so I applied it to the Minnesota State Capitol.” Through her research, Shea has found that when it comes to public sculptures honoring named women, there are just two plaques at the capitol.

dreams take flight Benjamin Krause and Juan Rujana (both Product Design) each won third place in the 2018 Xingshi Cup International Industrial Design Competition, one of China’s leading design competitions. Krause won for his project The Avelo Crutch, which he designed as part of his capstone project. Rujana won with The eYe, an assistive technology for visually impaired individuals, which was designed as part of his computer aided design methods course. As part of their prize, the two traveled to Foshan, China, to tour manufacturing businesses and meet people who could help produce their designs. facebook.com/uofmdesign



Image credit on “Gendering Architecture, Architecting Gender”: Dana Saari. Image credit on "Designing Across Disciplines": Youngjin Park.

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students student achievements Josie Adkins, Anna McKenna, and Jennifer Moss (all Graphic Design) created posters that were featured at the 8th Annual Minnesota Muscle Team Gala held by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Caroline Albers (Apparel Design), Walter Lee (Human Factors and Ergonomics), and Stephanie Wang (Apparel Design) won the Jury Prize in the functional category of the iswc Design Exhibition.

designing for good: students make global impact This fall, students in Professor Lucy Dunne’s technical apparel design studio course created new garments for vulnerable girls in Uganda. With a focus on teaching students about garment production, Dunne’s class takes students through the entire product design process. The finished garments are then sent to the girls at Blue House Uganda. For many of the residents of Blue House, these garments are the first new clothing they have ever received. “We’ve been making clothing for Blue House for six or seven years. We’ve made play clothes, church dresses, sleepwear, rain ponchos, and sweatshirts. The girls are always so excited to receive them,” said Dunne. z.umn.edu/emg19g design.umn.edu

A fundamental part of working as a professional designer is the ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with designers across disciplines. This fall, retail merchandising students in Associate Professor Hyunjoo Im’s rm 4216 and graphic design students in Professor Sauman Chu’s gdes 3352 developed these skills by working together on a single branding project. Through the process, students from both courses learned to rely on and learn from each other. Graphic design students gained an in-depth understanding of the steps needed to construct and develop a business plan. The retail merchandising students learned more about the design process, how to create the identity of a brand, and how to stylize and create visually appealing reports. “Through this experience, I believe both retail merchandising and graphic design students have gotten a chance to better understand the unique expertise they bring to interdisciplinary teams,” said Im. z.umn.edu/emg19h

Jessica Lund and Laurel Warner (both Graphic Design) had their work selected for President Eric Kaler and Karen Kaler’s 2018 winter greeting card. Malyssa Mavetz (Graphic Design) won the surprise Row the Boat Scholarship at the 2018 Gophers homecoming game.

Justin Baker and Soo Jin Kang (both Graphic Design) presented “Can Creative Problem-Solving Be Trained Online?” as part of the Minnesota Learning Commons.

Maia Peterson (Architecture) received the Sue W. Hancock seeds of Change Award for her efforts with Design U to provide product consulting for local startups and community organizations.

Sarah Anderson, Irena Berman, Caitlin McCabe, and Elizabeth Rueger (all Interior Design) tied for first place for favorite lighting design on display at the University Hall of Innovation.

Kacie Lucchini Butcher and Denise Pike (both Heritage Studies and Public History) have been awarded the 2018 Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Student Award by the Office for Equity and Diversity.

Maxine Britt (Apparel Design) was named one of eight top finalists for yma’s Fashion Scholarship Fund.

designing across disciplines

Benjamin Krause and Juan Rujana (both Product Design) both individually won third place in the 2018 XingShi Cup Los Angeles Regional Competition.

Ryan Crotty (Graphic Design) was selected to design President Eric Kaler’s email invitation for the Fall 2018 Faculty and Staff Open House Event at Eastcliff. Rachel Duerksen (Retail Merchandising) was named a semifinalist in the National Retail Federation’s Next Generation Scholarships. Esther Foo (Human Factors and Ergonomics) was awarded an ieee Innovations in Haptics research grant for her proposal Investigation of the Objective and Subjective Effects of Computer-Mediated Compression. She also won the Doctoral Colloquium Award at the International Symposium on Wearable Computers. Ali Karlen and Austin Young (both Architecture) were selected to receive 2019 aia Fellowships from aia Minnesota.

Andrea Polk (Graphic Design) was awarded the Carol E. Macpherson Scholarship by the umn Women’s Center. Hana Saifullah (Architecture) received the President’s seed Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement to recognize her design-build work with the Freedom by Design program. Sydney Ulrich (Graphic Design) was a finalist in the Cards Direct Scholarship Holiday Greeting Card Competition. Khanh Hoa Vo (Interior Design) presented at the Women and Girls of Color Engaged Research Symposium. Twelve graduate students presented at the International Textiles and Apparel Association annual conference: Robin Carufel, Crystal Compton, Jennifer Huh, Bo Ra Joo, Do Yuon Kim, Nokyeon Kim, Heajoo Lee, Heejin An Lim, Ahmad Saquib Sina, and Emily Seifert. Learn more about their research at z.umn.edu/emg19i.


faculty & staff

faculty and staff achievements Abimbola Asojo (Interior Design) presented “Nigerian Campus Design: A juxtaposition of traditional and contemporary architecture” at Bauhaus Imaginista in Lagos, Nigeria, in the Decolonizing the Campus symposium. She also presented at the 2018 Women and Girls of Color Engaged Research Symposium. Blaine Brownell (Architecture) gave a lecture on the topic of Visible Green at the inaugural fab architecture biennale in Mumbai, India. His article “The aesthetics of green: material expression in sustainable architecture,” was also published in the Journal of Technology for Architecture and the Environment. Marilyn Bruin (Housing Studies) and Sauman Chu (Graphic Design) coauthored the paper, “The importance of transplant program measures: Surveys of three national patient advocacy groups” that was accepted for publication in Clinical Transplantation. Marilyn Bruin and Becky Yust (both Housing Studies) contributed chapters to the book, Introduction to Housing (2nd edition) published by the University of Georgia Press.

introducing our new chief development officer In September 2018, Adam Buhr joined the College of Design as its new chief development officer. Buhr comes to the college from The Trust for Public Land and, before that, worked for the University of Minnesota Foundation. “The College of Design is a thrilling place to be, as students and faculty not only shape how our world will look, but also harness incredible tools of knowledge and innovation to make it all work better. I’m so excited to be working with donors to accelerate this innovation.” For more information on giving opportunities contact Buhr at 612-624-7808 or visit z.umn.edu/drivenbydesign. 14 EMERGING SPRING 2019

Genell Ebbini (Interior Design) attended the International Living Future Institutes invitation-only Biophilic Design in Higher Education Forum. Joanne Eicher (dha) was profiled on Someone Else in the article “One Foot After Another: How Joanne Eicher Changed the Meaning of Clothing.” Tom Fisher (mdc) wrote the foreword for the new book Ordinary and Extraordinary by Tibby Rothman. He also wrote the afterword for the recent release Public Interest Design Education Guidebook: Curricula, Strategies;

seed Academic Case Studies; and he published his 10th book, The Architecture of Ethics. The Goldstein Museum of Design was awarded the Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support Grant and the Minnesota History and Cultural Heritage Grant. Richard Graves, Dan Handeen (both csbr), and Eugene Park (Graphic Design) collaborated with aia Minnesota to create and launch 21st Century Development, a website focused on promoting regenerative development. z.umn.edu/21stcentury Robert Gunderson (Landscape Architecture) has been elected to a two-year term as secretary of the board of directors for the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Board. Brad Holshuch (Apparel Design) gave a lecture on humans living in space to local children participating in the First Lego League. Hyunjoo Im and Hye-Young Kim (both Retail Merchandising), along with extension colleague Neil Linscheid, spoke at the Minnesota State Capitol about their Rural Retail Revitalization Project. Daniel Jasper and Steven McCarthy (both Graphic Design) spoke at Decipher 2018: Design Educators Research Conference. Andrea Johnson (Architecture) presented “Creating Knowledge Loops: Research in Architectural Education and Practice” at the Thesis Question Symposium at the University of Hong Kong. Hye-Young Kim (Retail Merchandising) participated in the University’s mn Sparks event in Waseca where she explained her work with the Rural Retail Revitalization Project.

John Koepke (Landscape Architecture) is now director of graduate studies for the Department of Landscape Architecture.

included Renee Cheng as project manager, Cozy Hannula as research assistant, and Andrea Johnson as primary author and researcher. z.umn.edu/emg19j

Jacob Mans (Architecture) was awarded the 2018 Architectural Research Center Consortium New Researcher Award. In addition, he was invited to become an Institute on the Environment Associate and participated on a panel at the 2018 National Council for Science and the Environment conference.


William J. Angell (Housing Studies) retired in October 2018.

Steven McCarthy (Graphic Design) has been invited to join the editorial board of The Design Journal, the official journal of the European Academy of Design. Laura Musacchio’s (Landscape Architecture) peer-reviewed article “Ecologies as a complement to ecosystem services?” was published in the journal Landscape Ecology. Jennifer Newsom (Architecture) helped organize and spoke at Shifting the Landscape: Black Architects and Planners from 1968 to Now at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. She also moderated a panel at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture fall conference. Julia Robinson’s (Architecture) exhibition “Dutch Complex Housing” was displayed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Ruth Davis Museum. Dean Carol Strohecker spoke at the Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts for the 2019 Fashion and Active Aging symposium. A team from the School of Architecture partnered with the American Institute of Architects to create and produce “Guides for Equitable Practice.” The team facebook.com/uofmdesign



upcoming events For a full listing of College of Design events this spring, visit design.umn.edu/calendar.

e.motion: 51st Annual Fashion Show Saturday, February 2 5:00 and 7:30 p.m. Rapson Hall Courtyard fashionshow.design.umn.edu The annual senior fashion show is a rite of passage for apparel design seniors and sets a high standard for student work in Minnesota. This year’s e.motion runway show embodies what the senior design students as a creative collective have come to understand in the past four years. As emotionally driven designers, they have worked to create 12 separate lines rooted in their respective experiences and moods.

Design in 7: 7 Stories, 7 Minutes Tuesday, April 16 7:00–8:30 p.m. Coffman Memorial Union Theater design.umn.edu/designin7 What can be shared in just seven minutes? Listen in as seven professionals from the fields of architecture, apparel, graphic and interior design, landscape architecture, product design, and retail share thought-provoking, inspiring, and often humorous tales from the design trenches.

PLAYsentations Thursday, May 9 6:00–8:00 p.m. Coffman Memorial Union Theater z.umn.edu/playsentations2019 Product design students present their original toy prototypes to the community in this theatrical show. Children and families are welcome.

Ruth Crane: A Ceramic Collector’s Journey EXHIBITION | January 26–May 19, 2019 Goldstein Museum of Design, Gallery 241

keep in touch Here are five (free) ways you can support the College of Design. You’ll expand your professional networks, enhance college visibility, and improve current student experiences. • Share your career news and accomplishments. • Let us know when your contact information changes. • Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram. • Recommend us to future design students. • Post job and internship opportunities. Lori Mollberg Director of Alumni Relations 612-625-8796 lmollber@umn.edu

Danielle Sidhu Advancement Assistant 612-624-9751 sidhu006@umn.edu

support design Giving does many things for the College of Design. Find out how you can support • Student achievement • Community impact • Research that makes a difference Adam Buhr Chief Development Officer 612-624-7808 adambuhr@umn.edu

Nate Mueting Development Officer 612-624-1386 mueti002@umn.edu

Tirzah Blair Associate Development Officer 612-626-6385 tblair@umn.edu

A big thank you to our 218–19 College to Career program sponsors Cum Laude Haworth, Studio BV, and Peterssen/Keller Architecture Honors Damon Farber, DLR, HGA, and WSB Dean’s List LHB and Made for Retail

z.umn.edu/connectionsbornfromclay Ruth Crane began collecting with Arts and Crafts pottery and now collects new work by ceramicists from across the country to create a collection of drama and innovation. Presented in conjunction with the 2019 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference in Minneapolis. design.umn.edu

To learn more about sponsorship and related programs, visit design.umn.edu/dsab or contact Lori Mollberg at lmollber@umn.edu. COLLEGE OF DESIGN SPRING 2019 15

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tiny homes could solve big problem in duluth The Cabin Cooperative, Luke Nichols’s (M.L.A. ’18) capstone project, proposes a plan to build affordable small-scale housing, also called tiny homes, on vacant land located throughout the city of Duluth. Read the story and see some of his renderings for the project at z.umn.edu/emg19k.

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