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faculty achievements Abimbola Asojo (Interior Design) received a University of Minnesota Presidential Community Engaged Scholar Award. The following 19 College of Design faculty members were awarded grants from the University’s Imagine Fund: Abimbola Asojo (Interior Design), James Boyd Brent (Graphic Design), Blaine Brownell (Architecture), Arthur Chen (Architecture), Reneé Cheng (Architecture), Vincent deBritto (Landscape Architecture), Richard Graves (CSBR), Linsey Griffin (Apparel Design), Brad Hokanson (Graphic Design), Andrea Johnson (Architecture), Rebecca Krinke (Landscape Architecture), Karen Lutsky (Landscape Architecture), Jacob Mans (Architecture), Kristine Miller (Landscape Architecture), Kristine Mun (Architecture), Laura Musacchio (Landscape Architecture), Eugene Park (Graphic Design), Julia Robinson (Architecture), and Daniela Sandler (Architecture). Courtney Miller Bellairs’s (Architecture) exhibit “Figures in Space” was displayed at the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. Blaine Brownell (Architecture) published Transmaterial Next: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine Our Future. Bruce Chamberlain (Landscape Architecture) was elevated to the Council of Fellows by the American Society of Landscape Architects. Reneé Cheng (Architecture) was elevated by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to the AIA College of Fellows.

Bill Conway (Architecture), Kim Johnson (Retail Merchandising), Karen LaBat (Apparel Design), Jim Lutz (Architecture), Caren Martin (Interior Design), and David Pitt (Landscape Architecture) have retired. Lucy Dunne (Apparel Design) presented “On to the Plateau of Productivity: Breaking the Remaining Barriers Toward the Future of Fashion and Smart Clothing” at the Shanghai International Fashion Forum. Tom Fisher’s (Minnesota Design Center) book Designing Our Way to a Better World was named a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award in general nonfiction. Tom Fisher presented “The Physical Implications of a Mass-Customization Economy” at the International Symposium for Mass Customization and Design Democratization. Monica Fogg’s (Architecture) exhibit “Nature’s Cadence” was on display at ArtReach St. Croix. Tasoulla Hadjiyanni (Interior Design) received the IDEC Service Award for 2017.

Karen Lutsky’s (Landscape Architecture) article “Curious Methods: The Lessons of Mud” was featured in Places Journal. Jacob Mans’s (Architecture) group research project “One House, Many Nations” was selected to receive a 2017 Multicultural Research Award from the University's Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy. Jody McGuire (Architecture) was awarded AIA Minnesota’s 2017 Emerging Talent Award. David Pitt (Landscape Architecture) was elevated by the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture to the rank of fellow.

genell ebbini

david loranger

vahan misakyan

ehsan naderi

jennifer newsomcarruthers

jessica rossimastracci

The College of Design is pleased to welcome a number of new faculty this fall. Our new additions include Genell Ebbini in interior design, David Loranger in retail merchandising, Vahan Misakyan in architecture, Ehsan Naderi in product design, Jennifer Newsom-Carruthers in architecture, and Jessica Rossi-Mastracci in landscape architecture.

Marc Swackhamer (Architecture) was promoted from associate professor to professor with tenure. Mary Vogel (Architecture) received the 2017 Richard P. Braun Distinguished Service Award.

Brad Hokanson (Graphic Design) spoke at the 2017 Association for Educational Communications and Technology Conference in Hong Kong. Brad Hokanson (Graphic Design) published Developing Creative Thinking Skills: An Introduction for Learners. Hyunjoo Im (Retail Merchandising) was promoted to associate professor with tenure. In partnership with David Malcolm Scott, Rebecca Krinke’s (Landscape Architecture) exhibit “Time/Keep” was on display at Rosalux Gallery.

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Barry Kudrowitz (Product Design) was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor with tenure.

an inside look at design This summer, Abimbola Asojo (Interior Design) and Brian Kelley, director of the Young Builders and Designers Program, hosted Cultural Diversity and Design, an event designed to expose minority and underrepresented students to careers in the design fields. Made possible by a microgrant from the University, participants learned

about different design careers, the history of design as it relates to marginalized communities, and the contributions of minorities and underrepresented designers to the built environment. The students were also given the opportunitiy to collaborate with faculty and design practitioners on a design project.

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Emerging Magazine > Fall 2017  

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

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