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emerging spring 2020 Vol. 14, No. 2

from the dean Dear Alumni and Friends

of the College of Design,

Entering the second half of the academic year offers the opportunity to reflect on accomplishments that our faculty, students, and alumni have achieved thus far. From the creation and opening of the new Center for Retail Design and Innovation (pp. 6 and 13) to the groundbreaking research conducted in part by the faculty and students in our Wearable Technology Lab (p. 5), our college community continues to be at the forefront of design research. These efforts have not gone unnoticed. Assistant Professor Genell Ebbini (Interior Design) was recently honored with a Women in Sustainability Leadership Award from gb&d magazine (p. 5). In addition, graduate student Brianne Fast (Landscape Architecture) was named a finalist in the Mikyoung Kim Extreme Design Competition, while Ian Harris, Warda Moosa, and Mary Xiong (all Apparel Design) took first place with their group project in the Industrial Fabrics Association International Advanced Textiles Student Design Competition (p. 12). Our students owe much of their success to the ongoing support of our design community. The recent establishment of the Janis and Susan Hegland Blumentals Scholarship provides essential opportunities for our students. You can learn more about this scholarship and other recent

college leadership


Spring 2020 Vol. 14, No. 2


Amelia Narigon

design director Calee Cecconi

copy editor Elza Thayer

staff photographer Sam Reed

Carol Strohecker, dean; Abimbola Asojo, associate dean for research, creative scholarship, and engagement; Sauman Chu, associate dean for academic affairs; Steve Yang, assistant dean for student services; Trevor Miller, assistant dean for strategy and advancement

academic leaders

Missy Bye, Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel; Joe Favour, Department of Landscape Architecture; Blaine Brownell, Interim Head, School of Architecture

college of design advisory board

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

updates on our Driven by Design campaign in this issue’s featured section on pages 8–9. In addition to monetary support, our alumni play a crucial role acting as mentors to help students develop their career paths. In recent interviews, Chicago Fire Art Director David Krummel (B.Arch ’84) and entrepreneur Ben Leibham (B.S. ’18, Product Design) discussed the versatility of a design education and how they’ve applied their design degrees to unique and perhaps unexpected career paths (pp. 10 and 16). As we look ahead to the second half of the academic year, in this first year of what promises to be a challenging decade, I hope you will reflect on your own accomplishments and share what you have learned. Our students, and everyone in the college, benefit from hearing from you. The work we do collectively is necessary, not only to strengthen our community but to help find design-minded solutions to the world’s pivotal problems. Sincerely,

Carol Strohecker, Ph.D.

Professor and Dean College of Design

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

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

On the cover

Top: Poster design by Abby Adamski from GDES 4345 Advanced Typography’s Compendium of Creatures from Ancient Lore project. Bottom: Lighting design by Kotono Watanabe from ides 3612.




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redefining design


shape of memories

High above the Arctic Circle in the fishing village of Vardø, Norway, sits the Steilneset Memorial. Created by architect Peter Zumthor and artist Louise Bourgeois, the memorial remembers the 91 women and men who were burned at the stake after being found guilty of sorcery in 1621. As part of her ongoing research into how women are remembered (or not remembered) in memorials, Professor Rebecca Krinke (Landscape Architecture) traveled nearly 4,000 miles to visit the Steilneset Memorial and study the dialogue it creates with the stark landscape and village of Vardø. “The memorial is quite new and quite remote,” said Krinke. “The scholarship on it is in a fledgling state.” But the structures draw a clear connection between memory and place—both of which are themes at the heart of Krinke’s scholarly and creative practice. 4 EMERGING SPRING 2020

What I am especially interested in is exploring the memorial’s relationship with the larger landscape and how the memorial is being used in the presentday life of Vardø.

Krinke’s work includes photo documentation and drawings of memorials as a means to examine their cultural and spatial context. “The literature surrounding memorials currently focuses on the experiences

inside of the memorial or the design of the memorial,” explained Krinke. “What I am especially interested in is exploring the memorial’s relationship with the larger landscape and how the memorial is being used in the present-day life of Vardø.”

Using her current research on the Steilneset Memorial, Krinke will create an illustrated critical essay as well as experimental drawings. “The final series of images will combine photos, maps, names of those being remembered, and words that the creators used to describe the memorials. All of this will create new opportunities for sharing emotion and empathy between the memorial subjects and viewers,” concluded Krinke.




redefining design

Researchers Invent Shape-Changing Textiles Powered Only by Body Heat Trust What You Know: An Interview with Genell Ebbini Now in its sixth year, gb&d magazine’s Women in Sustainability Leadership Awards recognize women who make a difference in the world through sustainability. This year, Assistant Professor Genell Ebbini (Interior Design) received this honor due in part to her work on sustainability issues in the country of Jordan. “Implementing sustainable building practices isn’t impossible or difficult in other countries. The challenge is that when we try to apply a North American rating system like LEED to other regions it doesn’t necessarily make sense for their system... It should be about really looking at what’s in the region itself and what traditional practices are in place—which at the core are already sustainable.” Learn more about Ebbini’s research and work in Jordan at z.umn.edu/emg20a.


A breakthrough invention in wearable technology has the potential to change how we interact with the clothes we wear every day. Researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Design of Active Materials and Structures Lab and Wearable Technology Lab recently developed a temperature-responsive textile, which can be used to create self-fitting garments powered only by body heat. The study, led by graduate students Kevin Eschen (Mechanical Engineering) and Rachael Granberry (Apparel Studies) and Professors Julianna Abel (Mechanical Engineering) and Brad Holschuh (Apparel Design), was recently published in Advanced Materials Technologies detailing how knits can be used to create custom garments that easily transform from loose to tight fitting. One area where this new technology will apply is in the design of medical-grade compression socks. Individuals who use these socks need them to be tight enough to aid with blood flow, but their compressive nature makes them difficult to get on and off. With this new textile, patients could pull on a loose sock that would then tighten on its own. “This is an important step forward in the creation of robotic textiles for on-body applications,” said Holschuh. “It’s particularly exciting because it solves two significant problems simultaneously: how to create usable actuation, or movement, without requiring significant power or heat, and how to conform a textile or garment to regions of the body that are irregularly shaped.” Read the full story at z.umn.edu/emg20b.


industry collaboration

New center

for retail design and innovation Opens tackling real-world research questions, participating in focus groups, and forging connections directly with retail professionals,” said Lord. Industry partners also work closely with faculty members to conduct insight analyses and develop new business strategies.

Our industry partners have the opportunity to greatly impact the education of our future retail leaders. Students in the center are tackling realworld research questions, participating in focus groups, and forging connections directly with retail professionals. The new Center for Retail Design and Innovation (CRDI) has opened its doors on the second floor of McNeal Hall. Created to connect retail industry professionals with faculty and students, the new research center offers a space for design-thinking solutions and retail industry problems to intersect. “As one of the only retail merchandising research centers located within a design college, CRDI will help students develop crucial skills in design thinking, creative problem solving, leadership, and business analysis,” explained CRDI Co-director Peggy Lord. “It will also foster collaboration between students, faculty, and professionals in the retail industry.” The center, with its unique composition of retail industry business partners, retail merchandising faculty members, and students seeks to bridge the gap between academia and industry. “Our industry partners have the opportunity to greatly impact the education of our future retail leaders. Students in the center are


The center’s first project was a case study on behalf of Macy’s. Working in groups, retail merchandising students in RM 3124: Consumers of Design examined the social media content of Macy’s Style Crew members, Macy’s colleagues that are passionate about fashion and style who share their favorite Macy’s pieces on their social media accounts. Through their research, students identified opportunities for Macy’s Style Crew members to improve their engagement with consumers and presented their recommendations to Macy’s executives. The teams presented their final research and recommendations to Macy’s executives in December, who awarded $200 gift cards to the team with the best presentation. “We were blown away by the presentations,” said Lord. “All of the students should be extremely proud of themselves for the work they did.” Learn more about the new center at z.umn.edu/CRDI.




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Driven by Design.





Paying it Forward What inspired you to start this scholarship? Janis and I both had a tough time putting together the money for tuition because at that point there was no such thing as a student loan. At the time, a lot of potential scholarship programs thought that I was nuts because I was a woman pursuing an architecture degree. Why should they invest in that? But I was very lucky because I had a connection that helped get me an interview with a foundation in town and the foundation decided to fund my tuition for four years. Not everyone will be lucky enough to find someone who believes in them like that, and that realization seemed like an awfully good reason to set up this scholarship.

At the time of her graduation, Susan Hegland Blumentals (B.Arch ’59) was one of only two female students in her class at the School of Architecture. Her husband, Janis Blumentals (B.Arch ’59), was born in Riga, Latvia and immigrated to the United States after World War II in 1950. With the creation of the Janis and Susan Hegland Blumentals Scholarship, Susan creates a legacy that honors and assists students who overcome adversity, as Janis did when he immigrated to the United States and as Susan did when she forged a space for herself at a time when very few women were in her program and field. Read the full interview at z.umn.edu/emg20c.


What advice do you have for current architecture students? Number one, don’t take yourself too seriously. Number two, learn how to sell your product with plain language. Architecture should be accessible, but it only can be accessible if people can understand what you say.

Driven by Design Campaign Update The College of Design’s Driven by Design Campaign has raised 71% of its $30-million goal. Driven by Design runs through June 30, 2021 and raises significant new support for student scholarships, faculty outreach, and studio space. Recently the campaign celebrated a new significant estate commitment to establish the Janis and Susan Hegland Blumentals Scholarship for architecture students (left), and a new gift from Judy Olausen (B.S. ’67, Related Arts), internationally renowned photojournalist, photographer, and artist, to establish the Judy and Vivian Olausen Scholarship. Additionally, the Roger Martin Travel Prize effort, led by Bruce Chamberlain (B.L.A. ’89), Damon Farber (B.L.A. ’71), Tom Whitlock (B.L.A. ’93), Professor Joe Favour (Landscape Architecture), and others, has secured $195,000 in commitments towards its endowed goal of $250,000. Learn more about how to support the campaign at z.umn.edu/drivenbydesign.



An Interview with Chicago Fire’s David Krummel It was while flipping through a magazine in the library that David Krummel (B.Arch ’84) stumbled across the field of set design for the first time. Although he no longer remembers the magazine, the article on production design for the Terry Gilliam movie Brazil stuck with him, sparking an interest he’s never lost. Since that fateful day, Krummel has turned that spark into a successful career in production design. Working first as a set designer on well-known movies like The Fugitive, Contagion, and Man of Steel, he now works as art director on the hit NBC show Chicago Fire, now in its 8th season. Krummel talks about his path to becoming an art director, the versatility of design degrees, and his experiences in the entertainment industry in a recent interview. Read the interview in full at z.umn.edu/emg20d.

How did you become an art director? I started out as a set designer and then moved up to an assistant art director and then art director. My first project as a set designer was on the feature film The Fugitive. I sent in a resume to the production company and was shocked to get an interview and the job without any film experience! I think my architectural training and the extensive drawing experience I had is what made me stand out as an applicant. I do remember being a little starstruck meeting Harrison Ford and having to measure him for fitting inside all the sewer piping we built for his escape scene from Tommy Lee Jones.

How do you apply your architectural background to your work? There are many similarities between art directing and architecture, and there are a lot of architecturally trained people in the business, though more so as set designers than art directors. In both fields, you really have to know how to design, draw, and figure out how elements go together. The entertainment business moves along at a very rapid pace, and you need to think on your feet and quickly solve problems. I learned a lot of those traits in the architecture world. 10 EMERGING SPRING 2020

Photos courtesy of Dave Krummel. Photo credit needed?

Explosive Design:

alumni notes 1969

Ed Kodet (M.Arch ’69) was named a Finance and Commerce 2019 Minnesota Icon.


Jerry de Gryse (B.L.A. ’79) and his firm, Inspiring Place, won four Tasmanian Awards of Excellence and two additional awards at the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Awards. Their “Lily Pads” in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens won the AILA Award of Excellence in the Small Projects category.


Eric Holland (B.S. ’84, Interior Design) received the IIDA South Florida Chapter Bragg Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jens Vange (M.Arch ’84) of Alliiance, was recognized as a “Disruptor” by AARP and Pollen in the 50 over 50 program honoring Minnesotans for their impact on the world.


Bruce Chamberlain (B.L.A. ’89) was appointed principal at Stantec.

The Minneapolis office of Perkins and Will, led by Principal Dave Dimond (B.Arch ’89), received AIA-MN’s 2019 Firm Award.


Alan Howell (B.Arch ’97) was recognized as a “Disruptor” by AARP and Pollen in the 50 over 50 program honoring Minnesotans for their impact on the world.

(B.S. ’16, Interior Design), Jonathan Butler-Knutson (B.S. ’17, Interior Design), Rachel Grothe (B.S. ’17, Interior Design), and Julia Roath (B.S. ’17, Interior Design) are now NCIDQ Certificate holders.



Hollie Holcombe (B.Arch ’03) was unanimously elected as chair to the local planning commission in Fairview, Oregon.


Matt Streed (B.S. ’01, Architecture; M.Arch ’06) was named architecture principal at DLR Group.


M. Mike McElderry (B.A. ’04, Architecture; M.Arch ’07) was promoted to associate partner at Henning Larsen.


Andy Erikson (M.F.A. ’09) has been accepted into the graduate program at California State University Northridge and is pursuing an M.F.A. in screenwriting.

Michael Kisch (M.Arch ’06, M.D.C./ M.U.R.P. ’09) joined Mortenson’s Sports and Entertainment Group as a design phase manager. Edward Wolf (B.S. ’09, Architecture) was promoted to construction manager for Lifetime Work at Life Time Inc.


Patrick Redmond’s (M.A. ’90, DHA) article, “Design Process: Creativity, Revisited,” was published in the Fall 2019 AEM Art Exchange.

Adam Lapacz’s (B.D.A. ’11) team and Chirag Khurana of Pope Architects were awarded first place and $1,500 for the 2020 St. Paul Prize Design Competition.



Ed Wilms (B.Arch ’92) has been named global hospitality studio leader at DLR Group.


Nicolle VanWie (B.Arch ’95) was hired as a senior architect at LHB.


Daryl Beyers (B.E.D. ’96) published a new book, The New Gardener’s Handbook. design.umn.edu



Geri Huibregtse (B.S. ’01, Design Communications; M.Ed ’13, Education) joined Dispatch as their director of product.


Stephen Nixon (B.F.A. ’14, Graphic Design) spoke at the 2019 TypeCon in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Megan Blanchette (B.S. ’15, Interior Design), Kali Bruhnke

Melanie Schroeder (B.E.D. ’14, M.L.A. ’16) is now a landscape designer at studioINSITE based in Denver, Colorado. Evgenia Hutson (B.S. ’16, Retail Merchandising) accepted a project manager position with Walgreens focused on space management.


Bailey Hanson (M.Arch ’16; M.S. ’17, Architecture) became a licensed architect in Minnesota. Kelsey Kazmierczak (B.S. ’17, Retail Merchandising) joined American Eagle Outfitters as an associate merchant. Sarah Klecker (B.S. ’17, Apparel Design) was named a finalist in the adidas + Woolmark Performance Challenge.


Sarah Conway (B.S. ’18, Retail Merchandising) joined Paddle North as a product manager.

Kacie Lucchini Butcher (H.S.P.H. ’18) was hired as director for UW Madison’s Public History Project.


Mikaela Armstrong (B.F.A. ’19, Graphic Design) had her thesis project published in Dieline. Francine Thompson (B.F.A. ’19, Graphic Design) had her thesis project, Ora Beauty published on Packaging of the World.

In Memoriam:

Lois Haugerud (B.S. ’43, Home Economics; M.Ed ’72) passed away in August 2019.

Shelly Madsen (Ph.D. ’90, DHA) passed away in November 2019. Joyce Heckman (Ph.D. ’15, DHA) passed away in July 2019.

Top right: Norman Haines, Debra Asher, Randy Manthey, Jerry de Gryse, and Dog Top left: Kathy O’Donnell Bottom: Class of ’78–81 at their 40th reunion

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Classes of 1978–1981 Celebrate 40th Anniversary Landscape architecture alumni from the classes of 1978 to 1981 celebrated their 40th anniversary in November 2019. Hailing from as far as Alaska, Hawaii, and Australia, former classmates gathered to tour Rapson Hall, meet current landscape architecture students, and reminisce together. We offer a big thank you to reunion organizers Mike Marxen (B.L.A. ’79) and Paul Schchrooten (B.L.A. ’79) and to Anne Deuring (B.L.A. ’79) for hosting the reunion on the second day of the event. COLLEGE OF DESIGN SPRING 2020 11


student achievements

emergency avalanche garment

Greta Anderson and Rachel Bahr (both Interior Design) were named honorable mention and semifinalist, respectively, in the 2019 Steelcase Student Design Competition—NEXT. Bahr was advised by Assistant Professor Genell Ebbini while Anderson was advised by Instructor Nada Sarraf-Knowles. Ryan Crotty (Graphic Design) designed the image for President Joan Gabel’s invitation to the Faculty and Staff Winter Open House at Eastcliff.

Takes First

Ryan Crotty, Chelsea Goetz, and Mykenzie Henriksen (all Graphic Design) donated their talents to the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help raise money by designing posters for a fundraising event. Rachael Granberry’s (Apparel Studies) paper, “Functionally Graded Knitted Actuators with NiTi-Based Shape Memory Alloys for Topographically Self-Fitting Wearables,” was published in Advanced Materials Technologies. Granberry also won the Student Best Paper competition at the 2019 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures, and Intelligent Systems (SMASIS) for her paper, “Experimental Investigation of the Mechanism and Performance of Active Auxetic and Shearing Textiles.”

What started as a class project for Ian Harris, Warda Moosa, and Mary Xiong (all Apparel Design) turned into the prize-winning entry at the Industrial Fabrics Association International Advanced Textiles Student Design Competition. Together the three seniors (then juniors) created an emergency avalanche transceiver garment, which won first place in this national competition. To meet the specifications of the assigned design brief, the students focused on four research initiatives: strategically placing the beacon, limiting interference to the beacon signal, securing the beacon, and maintaining user mobility. One of the most important challenges the team faced concerned limiting interference to the beacon’s signal. “Through a variety of tests, we concluded that the best placement would be on the upper left area of the chest.”

Kai Johnson (Apparel Design) was named an award recipient of the 2019 Fashion Scholarship Fund Case Study Challenge within the supply chain category. Paige Mooney (Retail Merchandising) started a new position as a Bridal Consultant at Bella Bridesmaids.

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Conspicuous Consumption / Conspicuous Collection Shark Tank: Landscape Architecture Edition

Whether it’s buying coffee every morning or relying on take-out for dinner, convenience makes it easy to overlook the long-term consequences of our consumption choices. Last fall, graphic design students in 2399W: Design and its Discontents were challenged to examine their own consumption habits and create a tangible representation of what they discovered. “My biggest takeaway was realizing the power of design and how it can affect the communities around you,” said Yayoua Yang. Read more at z.umn.edu/emg20f.

One of three finalists in the Mikyoung Kim Extreme Design Competition, Brianne Fast (Landscape Architecture) presented her project, The Lift, at the 2019 ASLA National Conference. During the presentation Fast was given two minutes to pitch her idea “shark tank” style. “Longyeabryen, Norway is the fastest-warming city in the world,” said Fast. “I proposed that we raise (lift) buildings 15–20 feet off of the ground as a way to allow the tundra to regenerate under buildings, rejoin the larger arctic ecosystem, and maintain acres of habitat for reindeer and nesting birds.” As runner-up, Fast will present her project at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection this summer.

Building Bridges with Industry

“Plywood Challenge” Awards Innovative Lighting Ideas

Design boldly

Students in IDES 3612/5612: Lighting Design had their light fixture designs displayed at High Point Market as part of the University Hall of Innovation’s By Design Single Sheet Plywood Challenge. Designs by Evan Kessens (Architecture), Hannah Koch (Interior Design), Madison McKay (Interior Design), and Krizia Medero (Architecture) were selected to proceed to the next round of the competition. Their full-scale designs will be exhibited at Spring High Point Market in April. design.umn.edu

Retail merchandising students Morgan Frick, Katerina Friedman, Bee Glur, Vivian Gross, Marissa Hank, and Celena Heng took first place in RM 3124: Consumers of Design’s joint project with the newly opened Center for Retail Design and Innovation. Selected by Macy’s executives, the students’ project focused on identifying opportunities for Macy’s Style Crew members to better connect with consumers.

It’s one thing to design a product, it’s quite another to design an entire experience. Product design students were challenged to design an immersive, brand experience pop-up shop for unfamiliar user groups: Baby Boomers and Generation X. Mary Wilson designed a pop-up shop for Doritos targeted at Generation X. “As cheesy as it sounds, having Doritos as my brand really made me design bolder. I’m glad I have had this opportunity to design for a brand and generation I wouldn’t have otherwise chosen.” Read more at z.umn.edu/emg20g. COLLEGE OF DESIGN SPRING 2020 13

faculty & staff

faculty and staff achievements William J. Angell (Housing Studies) won the Radon Hero Award from the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors and the Harley-Fiseene Award from the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists.

staff and Faculty Celebrate New Book Releases Faculty and staff celebrated their latest book releases in November 2019. Joined by the college community, the authors gathered in the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library to meet readers, answer questions about their books, and discuss their research. Authors in attendance included: • Professor Mike Christenson (Architecture) Theories and Practices of Architectural Representation • Regents Professor Emerita Joanne B. Eicher (Apparel Design) (Co-editor) The Anthropology of Dress and Fashion: A Reader • Professor Tom Fisher (Minnesota Design Center) The Architecture of Ethics • Professor Mary Guzowski (Architecture) Art of Architectural Daylighting • Professor Tasoulla Hadjiyanni (Interior Design) The Right to Home: Exploring How Space, Culture, and Identity Intersect with Disparities • Professor Brad Hokanson (Graphic Design) (Co-editor) Educational Technology and Narrative: Story and Instructional Design • Professor Emerita Karen LaBat (Apparel Design) (Co-author) Human Body: A Wearable Product Designer’s Guide • Professor Steven McCarthy (Graphic Design) Design at Stanford • Professor Kristine Miller (Landscape Architecture) Introduction to Design Equity • Assistant Director Heather Nagle (Career and Internship Services) (Co-author) Love at First Interview: 8 Steps to Land a Job • Professor Julia Robinson (Architecture) Complex Housing: Designing for Density 14 EMERGING SPRING 2020

Abimbola Asojo, Suyeon Bae, and Ph.D. student Hoa Vo (all Interior Design) presented “Post-Occupancy Evaluation of the Impact Electric Daylighting in Workplace Design” at the 2019 AIA MN Conference. Asojo and Vo’s article “STEM Experiences for Underrepresented K-12 Students in Minnesota Using Maker Mindset,” was also published in IDEC Exchange. James Boyd Brent (Graphic Design) received third place in the Prints category of the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Competition for his piece “Solar Eclipse.” Blaine Brownell (Architecture) spoke at two conferences in Chicago: the Carbon Positive Summit hosted by Architecture 2030, and Architect and Facades Plus hosted by The Architect’s Newspaper. Calee Cecconi and Amelia Narigon (Advancement) received a Silver Award for the Excellence in Design category and a Bronze Award for Best Individual Recruitment Publication category for the College of Design Admissions Brochure from CASE. Calee Cecconi (Advancement) received editor’s pick awards from Minted for her repeat surface designs, “On the Plus Side” and “Just Like Living in Paradise.” Gabriel Cuellar, Jacob Mans, Vahan Misakyan, Athar Mufreh, Jennifer Newsom, Daniela Sandler, and Malini Srivastava (all Architecture) presented “Expanding Architectural Agency: Research and Practice at Rapson” at AIA MN’s 2019 Conference.

McLean Donnelly (Graphic Design) gave a presentation on web accessibility at the University’s World Usability Day Celebration. Gail Dubrow (Architecture) spoke at the inaugural UC Berkeley Environmental Design Archives Gallery Talk in September 2019. Genell Ebbini (Interior Design) received a 2019 Women in Sustainability Leadership Award from gb + d magazine. Tom Fisher (MDC) spoke at a Gensler Minneapolis Design Forecast Local Event and gave the keynote at Legat Architects’ Think Tank 2019. Fisher also contributed a chapter to the forthcoming books Defining Contemporary Professionalism: For Architects in Practice and Education and The Routledge Companion to Paradigms of Performativity in Design and Architecture. Linsey Griffin (Apparel Design), Bethany Juhnke (Earl E. Bakken Medical Device Center), and Kevin Peterson (Center for Excellence in Primary Care) received a CDes OACA Seed Grant for their project, “Addressing Health Disparities and Quality Health-CareAccess through Advanced Technology Integration into an Innovative Diagnostic Mobile Application.” Kevin Groenke (Fabrication Labs) has retired after 25 years in the College of Design fabrication labs. Mary Guzowski (Architecture), Abimbola Asojo (Interior Design), Genell Ebbini (Interior Design), Joe Favour (Landscape Architecture), Richard Graves (CSBR), and Jessica RossiMastracci (Landscape Architecture) received one of the CDes Collaborative Research Grants for their project, “A Biophilic Approach to Net-Positive Design.”

Tasoulla Hadjiyanni (Interior Design) had her article, “Applying an Interior Design Lens to Interdisciplinary Studies of Mental Health,” published in the most recent issue of IDEC Exchange. Tasoulla Hadjiyanni (Interior Design) and Calee Cecconi (Advancement) received a CDes OACA Seed Grant for their project, “Sparking Crucial Conversations about Mental Health Through Wearable Items.” Brad Hokanson (Graphic Design) was awarded the AECT James W. Brown Publication Award for his editing of the 2014 book Design in Educational Technology: Design Thinking, Design Process, and the Design Studio. Rolf Jacobson (CSBR) and Lucy Dunne (Apparel Design) received a CDes Collaborative Research Grant for their project, “Increasing the Energy Efficiency of Buildings Through On-Body Supplemental Heating: A Feasibility Analysis.” Rebecca Krinke (Landscape Architecture) released a new book, Bedtime Stories: Sculptures Reimagined. Barry Kudrowitz (Product Design) gave the keynote “How Play and Humor Fuel Innovation” at the 2019 Editors & Designers Conference at the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank.

Jennifer Newsom’s (Architecture) firm, Dream the Combine, opened a sculptural installation, “Lure,” in collaboration with Seattle-based artist and engineer Clayton Binkley. Julia Robinson (Architecture) spent several days in South Korea where she opened her exhibition “Dutch Complex Housing,” at Dongshin University in Naju City and presented her research at Gwangju City Hall in Gwangju. Daniela Sandler (Architecture) received a 2019 AIA Minnesota Special Award. Lindsey Strange (Apparel Design), Linsey Griffin (Apparel Design), Malini Srivastava (Architecture), and Frances Trice (Graphic Design) received a CDes Collaborative Research Grant for their project, “Developing a Systems Framework for Circular Design.” Carol Strohecker contributed a chapter to the recently published book, Bauhaus Futures. Becky Yust (Housing Studies) received the 2019 Distinguished Service Award from the Housing Education and Research Association at their annual conference. Stephanie Zollinger (Interior Design) was awarded the 2019 IDEC Southwest Award for Best Creative Scholarship.

In Memoriam:

Deb Lawton (Graphic Design) gave the keynote “Getting it Right for Your Users” at the 2019 Editors & Designers Conference at the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank.

John Carmody (csbr, mdc) passed away on December 9, 2019.

Steven McCarthy (Graphic Design) presented “Design at Stanford: the D.school’s Daddy” at the Research and Education in Design Conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

Ignacio San Martin (Architecture) has passed away.

Wanda Olson (dha) passed away on November 14, 2019

Steven McCarthy and Eugene Park (Graphic Design) have creative work on display in Looking Good, a nationally juried exhibition at Florida Atlantic University. facebook.com/uofmdesign  facebook.com/uofmdesign  

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




Design in 7: 7 Stories, 7 Minutes

Spring 2020 College of Design Career Events February–March 2020 z.umn.edu/designcareersspring2020 The College of Design and Career and Internship Services are pleased to present five career fairs and portfolio events for design students, alumni, and employers in the 2020 spring semester. View the full list of career events and register to attend at the link above.

keep in touch

Here are five (free) ways you can support the College of Design.

• Share your career news and accomplishments. • Let us know when your contact information changes. • Follow us on social media. • Recommend us to future design students. • Post job and internship opportunities.


Wednesday, April 15 6:30 p.m. doors open, 7:00 p.m. program Coffman Memorial Union Theater design.umn.edu/designin7 What can be shared in just seven minutes? Listen in as seven professionals from across the design fields share thought-provoking, inspiring, and sometimes curious tales from the trenches. Tickets: $5 students, $10 UMAA members, $15 general admission FREE tickets for 2019–20 design mentors/mentees, registration required. One per participant.

You’ll expand your professional networks, enhance college visibility, and improve current student experiences. Lori Mollberg Director of Alumni Relations 612-625-8796 lmollber@umn.edu

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

Initial Impressions: Renaissance Type Product Innovation and The Grammar Lab’s PLAYsentations of Ornament Thursday, May 7 5:30 p.m. doors open, 6:00 p.m. program Coffman Memorial Union Theater z.umn.edu/playsentations2020 Product Innovation Lab (PDES 3711/5711) is a hands-on, project-based introduction to a product design process. Students work in small teams to design and prototype their own product concepts with help from consumers and industry and present them at in the theatrical PLAYsentations show. Tickets: $5 alumni, students, and kids 12 and under, $10 general admission

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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

exhibition | January 25–May 17, 2020 5:30–7:30 p.m. Goldstein Museum of Design, Gallery 241 goldstein.design.umn.edu Explore rare Renaissance initial capitals from the Maywald Collection at the University of Minnesota’s Andersen Library Special Collections. This exhibition features a curated selection of these initials, dating from 1470 to 1690, alongside the books in which they appear and contemporary interpretations produced with modern technology and printed using traditional letterpress methods.

A big thank you to our 219–20 College to Career program sponsors

Cum Laude Haworth and Studio BV Honors Damon Farber Landscape Architects, DLR Group, HGA, Lucy Interior Design, and WSB Dean’s List Made for Retail 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 2020 15

It All Comes Back to the Outdoors: An Interview with Ben Leibham After two years of pursuing a degree in engineering, Ben Leibham (B.S. ’18, Product Design) knew something was missing. In search of a field that would combine his interests in art, engineering, and business, Leibham became a member of the College of Design’s inaugural product design class. He continues to chart his own course through his business, Summit Prototyping & Design, LLC. Learn more about Leibham’s creations at z.umn.edu/emg20h.

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