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alumni notes 1966

Joel H. Goodman’s (B.Arch ’66) “Solar Energy Architectonics” exhibit was on display at the Iowa County Courthouse this April.


Charles Kubat (B.Arch ’70) was elevated to the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows.


Mark Swenson (B.E.D. ’71, M.Arch ’73) and his firm ESG were featured in the March issue of Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal.


John Salmen (B.Arch ’76) was elevated to the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows. Bruce Toman (B.Arch ’76) was elevated to the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows.


Steve Durrant (B.L.A. ’78 ) and his firm Alta Planning + Design were profiled in the March issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine.


William Blanski (B.Arch ’85) was elevated to the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows. Peter Smith (B.Arch ’85) was elevated to the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows. Burt Visnick’s (M.Arch ’85) firm, Visnick Caufield, received the 2017 International Facility Management Association’s People’s Choice Award.


WholeTrees, cofounded by Roald Gundersen (B.Arch, B.E.D. ’89), received a $250,000 grant to invest in new building information modeling tools and received ARCHITECT magazine’s R+D Award.


Patrick Redmond (M.A. ’90, D.H.A ’90) was appointed to serve on the University’s Professional Development Grants for Retirees Program.


Timothy Johnson (B.Arch ’91) was elevated to the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows.

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore received the 2016 Top Honors Award for Exhibit Design from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for its Penguin Coast exhibit, which was designed by CLR Design principal Jón Stefánsson (B.L.A. ’91).


Mike Christenson (B.E.D. ’95, M.Arch ’97) was promoted to full professor of architecture at North Dakota State University.


Eric Lennartson’s (M.Arch ’97) exhibit, TapeScape, created entirely out of 3M packing tape, finished up its 12th installation at the Ipswich Art Gallery. Stephanie Reem (B.S. ’97, Interior Design) is now associate vice president and senior interior designer at HGA Architects and Engineers.


Ernesto Ruiz-Garcia (M.Arch ’98) was promoted to vice president in addition to design director at Opus AE Group.


Ryan Holdorf (B.E.D. ’01, M.L.A. ’05) was promoted to senior associate at Norris Design.


Gretchen Camp (M.Arch ’02) received a 2017 Women in Business Award from Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.


Kristofer Layon (M.F.A. ’04, Design) is celebrating his third year as a principal interaction designer at Honeywell International.


Rebecca Van Amber (B.S. ’05, Apparel Design) worked on one of the five teams that received the 2016 H&M Foundation Global Change Award.


Megan Wannarka (B.S. ’06, Apparel Design) has launched a honey bee plant identification project called Bee.otany, which seeks to identify an international list of plants that honey bees can take nectar from.


Allyn Thorpe (B.S. ’10, Housing Studies) was promoted to research analyst team lead at CBRE: Commercial Real Estate Services.


Lauren Strauss (B.S. ’13, Architecture; M.Arch ’16) has been named a staff designer at Quinn Evans Architects.


Sarah Kendzior (B.S. ’15, Retail Merchandising) is now an associate product manager at Kohl’s.

Cody Laberda (B.F.A. ’15, Graphic Design) has accepted a position as a graphic designer/illustrator at Be That Design, LLC. Angie Scott (Ph.D. ’15, Interior Design) was included in the

American Society of Interior Designers’ Ones to Watch Program.


Kyle Armstrong (B.F.A. ’16, Graphic Design) was awarded a Fulbright to teach in Taiwan.

Evgenia Hutson (B.S. ’16, Retail Merchandising) has accepted a position as a product development coordinator with Kohl’s. Liz Kutschke (M.Arch ’16) has joined the College of Design’s Center for Sustainable Building Research as a research fellow.


Danielle Jurichko (B.E.D. ’17) is now a design assistant at APL Landscape Solutions.

Kelsey Kazmierczak (B.S. ’17, Retail Merchandising) has accepted a position at Birchbox as an associate merchant.

In Memoriam

Arthur O. Haugsby (B.Arch ’51) passed away on May 8, 2017, at the age of 91.

class of ’67 celebrates 50th reunion

design alumni receive university awards

This April, the School of Architecture’s class of 1967 celebrated their 50th anniversary. Gathering from across the nation, 19 School of Architecture alumni and their spouses arrived to reconnect, reminisce, and catch up with what’s been going on at the School of Architecture.

Two College of Design alumni will receive awards at the University of Minnesota Alumni Association’s (UMAA) Alumni Awards Celebration this year. Alumnus Ben VandenWymelenberg (B.S. ’12, Architecture) has been named the 2017 recipient of the u40 Award, which is given to an exceptional alumnus age 40 or younger who has excelled in their career. In addition, Betsy Vohs (M.Arch ’04) will receive the University of Minnesota’s top volunteer award, the Alumni Service Award (ASA). The ASA recognizes Vohs’s volunteer service and leadership, and the profound impact it has had on the College of Design. Both will receive their awards during the 2017 Homecoming week.

A two-day celebration coordinated by classmates C. Ron Ostberg and Dale Mulfinger, the reunion kicked off with a welcome from School of Architecture head Marc Swackhamer. This was followed by time for the alumni to participate in project critiques, providing feedback to students pursuing graduate degrees in architecture. After, there was time to stretch with a tour around Rapson Hall before attending a guest lecture by Bolesaw Stelmach. The day culminated with a reunion dinner at the Campus Club, where alumni, spouses, and faculty discussed the high and low points of their careers in architecture.

On the second day, the alums were treated to a tour of East Bank campus projects led by U of M Capital Planning staffers and alumni Marc Partridge (B.A. ’79, Architecture; M.Arch ’82) and Michael Kisch (B.S. ’03, Architecture; M. Arch ’06; MURP ’09, Urban and Regional Planning). After lunch they created a class memoir. Prior to the gathering, each classmate created a graphic timeline to chart experiences since graduating. The day concluded with a reception at SALA Architects and dinner at Wilde Cafe. Photo by Kelsey Daly.


Emerging Magazine > Fall 2017  

Stories about alumni, students, and faculty at the University of Minnesota College of Design.

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