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Dear Alumni and Friends

of the College of Design,


This fall, the search for our new dean continued, and four new candidates were on campus for interviews. I want to thank all of you who attended the public presentations and submitted your feedback. As we look ahead, we continue to be committed to educating and equipping the next generation of designers with the skills they need to fit the jobs and solve the problems of the future. Part of this work involves reimagining design education, research, and practice. Alumni like Charlie Kirihara (B.F.A. ’15 Graphic Design) are using their design degrees to forge their own unique professional paths (page 10) while the master of science in architecture with a concentration in research practices program is re-envisioning the pathway to licensure and leadership (page 4). Our commitment has not gone unnoticed. In their 2016–17 report, DesignIntelligence magazine listed our interior design undergraduate program among the top 20 in the nation and designated it as one that best prepares students for the future of their professions. 2 EMERGING SPRING 2017

In addition, our interior design and architecture graduate programs were both ranked among the nation’s most admired (page 9). Engaging with partners in our design community also plays a key role in preparing the next generation. The newly established Robert Mack Fellowship for Heritage Preservation, our strong student mentorship program, and our participation in the University of Minnesota’s new External Stakeholder Engagement Program are just a few of the ways our community partners are getting involved in our research and educational mission. In addition to educating the next generation, our faculty play an instrumental role moving society and our college forward through their research. Five of our faculty members are participating on interdisciplinary teams that received research grants through the University of Minnesota’s Grand Challenges initiative. The General Services Administration also awarded Renée Cheng (Architecture) a grant to continue her work on improving collaborative practices for federal government building projects (page 14).

While we look ahead to the future of our college, it is equally important to reflect upon our past. We celebrated a number of milestones this fall, including both the Goldstein Museum of Design’s 40th anniversary (page 8) and the Department of Landscape Architecture’s 50th anniversary (page 9). We also learned of the passing of Gertrude Esteros (B.S. ’36 HEEd, M.S. ’41 HEEd), who led what is now the Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel for three decades (page 11). She was truly a visionary and will be missed. Although the College of Design encompasses a variety of departments and centers, it is held together by the belief that design is crucial to success in both the academic and industrial realms. As we move forward, we will continue to conduct research on issues relevant to societal needs and prepare design professionals to think creatively, no matter their career path.


Amelia Narigon and Trevor Miller


Amanda Stombaugh (B.S. ’06 Graphic Design)


Sharon Grimes


Becky Yust, interim dean; Marilyn DeLong, associate dean for academic affairs and associate dean for research and engagement; Kate Maple, assistant dean for student services; Trevor Miller, assistant dean


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


Stuart Ackerberg, Michael Alexin, Dan Avchen, Maurice Blanks, Roberta Bonoff, Mark Butler, Jay Cowles, Pat Cummens, Jo Davison, Kelly Gage, Mary McNellis, Tom Meyer, Sandy Morris, Dave Norback, Paul Reyelts, Mark Swenson, Gary Tushie, and Burt Visnick


Through a unique commitment to creativity and advancing technologies, the College of Design at the University of Minnesota leads, innovates, and educates in the 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, 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 Emerging is available online at

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


Becky Yust

Professor and Interim Dean College of Design On the cover: Photo by Calee Cecconi of a silk ikat fragment purchased in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. This fragment is part of the Goldstein Museum of Design’s spring 2017 exhibit “Global Technique, Local Pattern: Ikat Textiles.”

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Paving the Way for a more


Pratibha Chauhan

angella Dariah

Diverse Industry

For architecture students, the road to becoming licensed is a long one. Including school, internships, and preparing for the licensure exam, the average time from high school graduation to becoming licensed is 13.3 years.¹ For many students, the current model puts an architecture license out of reach. This is especially true for minority groups and women. Reducing the time it takes for students to become licensed and increasing the diversity within the architecture industry are two of the primary goals of the master of science in architecture with a concentration in research practices (MS-RP) program.

in the field, the MS-RP program endeavors to bring the industry and the academic community closer together.

“MS-RP is built around the idea of bridging the gap between academia and practice by creating platforms that aid in the exchange of invaluable insights generated within these two realms …” — Pratibha Chauhan

“Research overwhelmingly shows that “MS-RP is built around the idea of bridging diversity in a company or industry increases the gap between academia and practice by creativity and collaboration, so increasing creating platforms that aid in the exchange of diversity will benefit all of the building industry. invaluable insights generated within these The MS-RP program is a feeder to leadership two realms …” said Pratibha Chauhan, in the profession. By ensuring that the currently in her second year with the program graduates women and minorities, program. To bridge the gap, the MS-RP we will substantively change the face of program has created a consortium of firm partnership within a decade,” explained architecture firms all interested in pursuing Renée Cheng, director of the program. new research and ideas. Students within As part of its efforts to decrease the time the program work with a host firm to tackle to licensure and increase the diversity out a research topic, the results of which are

shared with the other consortium members. By working within a firm, students are given the extraordinary opportunity to work directly with industry leaders in the field. “There is really no other program like MS-RP … it allows one to see the good, the bad, and the potential of this profession,” said Angella Dariah, an MS-RP student in the first year of the program. MS-RP reimagines what the future of the architectural industry

“There is really no other program like MS-RP … it allows one to see the good, the bad, and the potential of this profession.” — Angella Dariah looks like and gives students powerful new avenues for success. “Take advantage of the program,” advised Dariah. “There is so much to the profession that one can learn through this program, plus one can become a licensed architect so much faster in the process. It is definitely a win-win.”

1 “Timeline to Licensure.” Timeline to Licensure  |  National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. National Council of Architectural Registration Board, 2016.





EMPOWER GIRLS Paired with girls interested in apparel design, both Quist and Stibbins have drawn on their studies to give their mentees an inside look at the program.

The life of a student is hectic. With class projects, lectures, and homework it can be a struggle to find time for anything outside of school. But students Megan Quist (Retail Merchandising) and Quinessa Stibbins (Apparel Design) haven’t let that stop them from stepping beyond the classroom and putting what they’ve learned into practice. Both students act as mentors with Project DIVA, a nonprofit based in north Minneapolis that empowers girls to make informed decisions as they transition into adulthood. Meeting with their mentees once a month, Quist and Stibbins answer questions about their studies and act as positive role models.

“I talk to my mentee about the skills I’ve found to be the most important in the apparel design program and all the things she will learn if she were to pursue this degree at the University of Minnesota.” — Quinessa Stibbins “My favorite part has been getting to know my mentee. She’s pretty shy so making her comfortable enough to talk to me about school and friends has been really great. It makes me feel good to see her open up like that,” said Stibbins.

“The College of Design has given me a wealth of knowledge. From business-centered classes through my management minor, to more apparel based classes like History of Costume Design, Softlines Analysis, and Textiles Analysis I have really been able to inform my mentee of all retail aspects that go into getting an item onto the sales floor,” Quist explained.

“My mentee and I are currently working on the logistics and the design for an outfit that she can make all on her own and showcase at the big final show.” — Megan Quist “I talk to my mentee about the skills I’ve found to be the most important in the apparel design program and all the things she will learn if she were to pursue this degree at the University of Minnesota,” added Stibbins. The Project DIVA program culminates at the end of each school year with a final showcase where program participants display their Project DIVA achievements and dreams to family and friends. This year, the influence of apparel design and retail merchandising will be front and center in the presentations. “My mentee and I are currently working on the logistics and the design for an outfit that she can make all on her own and showcase at the big final show,” said Quist. “It has been a great experience to be a mentor. It brings out confidence in both myself and my mentee,” she concludes.



Industry professionals from around the Twin Cities joined design students at McNamara Alumni Center for the kickoff of our 2016–17 mentor program. Facilitated by the College of Design, the mentor program helps students grow professionally by matching them with a mentor in their field of study. This year’s group included more than 200 mentor pairs!



The Minnesota chapter of Alpha Rho Chi celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. This fall, members of the group were invited to carve pumpkins at President Kaler’s Halloween open house. 6 EMERGING SPRING 2017


Visitors to the second floor of McNeal Hall this fall semester may have noticed a unique display taking shape: a multitude of multicolored Post-its adorned the cork-board wall outside the design, housing, and apparel offices. On each one is a question posed by a student ranging from the light-hearted (Is there a song that everyone loves?) to the serious (Why do some people enjoy hurting others?) and form the project basis for the Department of Graphic Design’s new Designer-inResidence, Kelly Munson.

A full-time designer at mono, Munson’s position at the College of Design is part of the University of Minnesota’s new External Stakeholder Engagement program. “I define my role as a bridge—a bridge connecting theory and practice. Each side needs each other. Sometimes colleges focus too much on the thinking and less on the doing, and vice versa. So it’s been great to live in both worlds and be empathetic to both sides,” said Munson.

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Seeing 40/40

Forty years

of collecting


at GMD

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Goldstein Museum of Design (GMD). In celebration of this landmark event, the museum showcased 40 pieces from the over 34,000-piece collection in the exhibit “Seeing 40/40: Forty Years of Collecting at GMD.” In this interview, Lin Nelson-Mayson, director of GMD, and Jean McElvain, GMD’s associate curator, share the inspiration behind this meaningful exhibit. 8 EMERGING SPRING 2017

Where did the idea for the Seeing 40/40 exhibit originate? “During a discussion about the upcoming anniversary with GMD’s Advisory Board, one of the board members mentioned an exhibition that she had seen of objects that changed the world. We didn’t have time to do the research for a selection of that significance, but the board and staff decided that 40 objects for 40

years was a good foundation for an exhibition. We invited community members to select the final 40 items by choosing ones that were meaningful or interesting to them.” What was the most challenging part about creating this exhibit? “GMD has over 34,000 objects in the collection, and whittling that down to a manageable number was probably the most challenging aspect. We

wanted participants to be able to select an object that resonated with them, but we didn’t want participants to be overwhelmed by giving them carte blanche to the collection. We created a shortlist of around 75 objects with a number of considerations in mind: cultural context, available provenance, whether or not they had been displayed in the past 10 to 15 years, significance of the designer, and how well they

represented a broad range of GMD’s collection.” How did you select the 40 individuals to contribute to the exhibit? “GMD staff and board members submitted designers and/or cultural thought leaders in our community who were then invited to be writers for the exhibition. This list included former GMD board chairs, museum leaders, art journalists, leaders in

craft communities, plus leaders from the college and University. The final 40 expressed enthusiasm for the exhibition concept and the personal invitation to contribute to the development of this anniversary exhibition.” Read the entire interview at



MAKING HEADLINES Robert Mack (B.A. ’67 Architecture, B.Arch ’73) may be one of Minnesota’s most soft-spoken architects. But last fall he was making headlines. The American Institute of ArchitectsMinnesota awarded him the Gold Medal, the highest honor given to an individual architect. And the Robert Mack Fellowship for Heritage Preservation was established at the College of Design.

Both honors celebrate Mack’s sterling half-century career in historic preservation as a practitioner, community leader, and educator. He and his partner, Stuart MacDonald (B.A. ’69 Architecture), founded the firm of MacDonald & Mack in 1976. (They met at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture, where design students were seated alphabetically.) Now 12-strong, the firm has completed 400 renovation projects and designed 14 new buildings. Its dossier includes such Minnesota icons as Split Rock Lighthouse, Minneapolis City Hall, Wesley Methodist Church, and Redeemer Missionary Baptist Church, a rare Prairie School church in south Minneapolis whose sensitive renovation earned Minnesota’s first

National Trust for Historic Preservation Honor Award.

Mack taught the year-long introduction to historic preservation at the U for more than 20 years and helped establish the master of science in historic preservation. It is no coincidence that Mack’s firm is filled with his students. “His class inspired me to go into historic preservation,” said Todd Grover (B.A. ’95 Architecture, M.Arch ’98), a former student and now a firm principal. “It brought a new level of variables to the problems of design.” During his time teaching, he led four student trips abroad, three to the Orkney Islands, where students studied ancient architecture and developed guidelines for new development in historic areas, and to Baku, Azerbaijan, where the students documented the walled city, a World Heritage Site.


EARN TOP MARKS DesignIntelligence magazine’s 2016–17 report on the best architecture and design schools in America ranks the College of Design’s undergraduate interior design program among the top 20 in the nation. The program was also selected by hiring professionals as one that best prepares students for a future in their professions.


In addition, the college’s graduate interior design program was named one of the most admired in the country for “its historically strong graduate teaching and advising as well as its evidence-based design research.” The College of Design’s graduate architecture program was also ranked among the nation’s most admired for “its model curriculum and licenseupon-graduation program.”


This article was written by Linda Mack. Mack, who is not related to Robert, writes about architecture and design.



The Landscape Architecture program celebrated 50 years this fall with a weekend of events. The celebration began on campus with a Rapson Hall Reunion including open studios, a keynote lecture, exhibitions, and a reception. It culminated with kayak and bike tours, class gatherings hosted by alumni, and a party at the Surly Brewing Company. Over 300 alumni, faculty, and friends joined in the celebration.

“Teaching forced me to stay up-to-date with what was happening in preservation and conservation, both in technology and policy,” said Mack. “And I got to share my passion with other people.”


From Sneakerhead to


For Charlie Kirihara (B.F.A. ’15 Graphic Design) the love of sneakers started at a young age. “In elementary school I got a subscription to Eastbay and would cut out my favorite models and pin them up in my room–hoping that my parents would see them.” Now Kirihara is an assistant color and materials designer for football and lacrosse at adidas, and one of the primary designers on adidas’ Freak franchise, and it's his creations that are being shared and saved. In this interview, we catch up with Kirihara on what he’s up to and how he landed his dream job.


Can you tell us a bit about what types of projects you work on for adidas? “My manager and I work hand-in-hand with two footwear designers to create our range of products. We define stories, build hype moments, and create products for athletes from grade school to the NFL. I also handle the newly launched Freak franchise, which Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller is the face of. Additionally, I work on our promo product, which is specifically created for our NCAA and NFL athletes. With my background of painting, I am able to bring something 10 EMERGING SPRING 2017

new to the table for our NFL product. In fact, adidas is the only brand in this industry that paints cleats for its athletes. Each week this season, Von Miller and Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins will wear special pregame cleats; some are painted, some are designed and created in the factory, and some are our hype moments like the Unearthed products.”

What’s your favorite custom cleat that you’ve created so far? “Personally, the Sabrina cleats for DeAndre Hopkins are my favorite because of the social cause behind it. Seeing Von Miller’s reaction on Snapchat to his Money Bag Gang cleats also puts them pretty high on my list. The Moccasin cleats for DeAndre Hopkins were also a unique challenge.”

What advice do you have for College of Design students trying to figure out their next career step?

“Try things that are different and things that you have no experience in! While you have opportunities to study a “Everything has a story and when a design gets its inspiration range of topics at the University of Minnesota, it’s good from something meaningful, it resonates with the audience. to be open to things outside of school. I started painting sneakers because I was bored. I saw other customizers Of course, at the end of the day, if your story doesn’t result painting and thought to myself, ‘I can do that.’ I never in a good looking shoe, it’s a failed design. It just takes time and experience to work through the challenges and develop thought that I would do it as part of a full-time profession.” All photos via @adidasfballus. your process.”

Where do you get the inspiration for your custom pieces?




Joel H. Goodman (B.Arch ’66) published “Solar Energy Architectonics” in the Spring 2016 issue of Solar Today.

landscape architect, Victor Pechaty (B.Arch ’91) as project lead designer, Paul Crosland (B.S. ’01 Arch) as project architect, and Ben Walters (B.S. ’07 Arch).



Robert C. Mack (B.A. ’67 Arch, B.Arch ’73) received the 2016 AIA Minnesota Gold Medal Award.



VISIONARY and driving force

Gertrude Esteros (B.S. HEEd ’36, M.S. HEEd ’41), who for three decades led what is now the Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel, died December 2nd. She was 102. During her time at the University, Esteros served in a variety of positions, from instructor to professor to division chair. She headed the Department of Related Arts, later called Design, from 1949 to 1979 and built it into a dynamic design department. Under her leadership the department developed professional degree programs and expanded its research. Esteros retired from the University in 1980, and in 1993 she received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Regents of the University of Minnesota. Calling her a “visionary and driving force,” the award recognized her work on what was then called the Goldstein Gallery and also for her work to develop the 1666 Coffman Condominiums for retired faculty and staff. It is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a graduate.


Design Graduate Program 100th Anniversary The University of Minnesota College of Design’s design graduate program will be celebrating 100 years in the fall of 2018. From our early days as home economics to design, housing, and apparel and now design, alumni of our graduate program are invited to help us prepare for the celebration by completing a short survey. Take the survey at umndesign100survey.

Alchemy Architects, Geoffrey Warner’s (B.Arch ’89) firm, received a 2016 Honor Award from AIA Minnesota for their project Sonoma Residence.

MSR Design’s Bee and Pollinator Center received a 2016 AIA Minnesota Honor Award. The project team included Tom Meyer (B.Arch ’74) as principal, Eric Amel (M.Arch ’05) as project architect, and Chris Wingate (B.S. ’08 Arch).




Richard T. Murphy, Jr., (B.L.A./ B.E.D. ’75, M.B.A. ’86) was named one of Minneapolis-St Paul Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs and one of AARP MN & Pollen’s 50 over 50 award winners This year Claude Schuttey (M.Arch ’75) celebrates 30 years with the University of Wisconsin— Milwaukee where he serves as director for the Office of Campus Planning and Management. BWBR’s Sheldon Wolfe (B.Arch ’75) received the Distinguished Membership Award from the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) at the Institute’s annual convention in Austin, TX.


Perkins + Will’s studioIDS received a 2016 Honor Award from AIA Minnesota. The project team included practice leader for higher education Jeff Ziebarth (B.Arch ’83), director of design Dave Dimond, (B.Arch ’89), Dave Koenen (M.Arch ’00) on 3D visualization, Russell Philstrom (B.S. ’03 Arch) as project architect, and Jamey Berg (B.S. ’14 Interior Design) as interior designer.


HGA Architects and Engineers’ Emerson Process Management project was awarded a 2016 AIA Minnesota Honor Award. The team included Ted Lee (B.L.A. ’88) as

Patrick Redmond’s (M.A. ’90, DHA ’90) presentation “Forming an AEM Design Interest Group” was included at the 2016 Art Educators of Minnesota fall conference.

MSR Design’s project, The Rose, received a 2016 Honor Award from AIA Minnesota. The project team members included Rhys MacPherson (B.Arch ’92), Robert Ewert (B.Arch ’98), and Simona Fischer (M.Arch ’13).


Ray Dehn (B.A. ’93 Arch, M.Arch attendee) announced that he is running for Minneapolis mayor.


AJ Paron-Wildes (B.S. ’95 Interior Design) will speak on a panel about social entrepreneurship as part of Montana State University’s spring 2017 lecture series.


Salmela Architects’ work on Izzy’s Ice Cream Factory & Scoop Shop received a 2016 AIA Minnesota Honor Award. The team included Malini Srivastava (M.Arch ’98) as project architect.


Jennifer Swedell (B.A. ’00 Arch) has been promoted to associate principal at CO Architects in Los Angeles, CA. She focuses on science and technology projects for universities nationwide.



Andrea Wedul (M.L.A. ’07) was hired as a landscape architect for Architectural Resources, Inc.


Tessa Druley (B.S. ’09 Apparel Design) designer with Tessa Louise, Kathryn Sterner Sieve (B.S. ’11 Apparel Design) founder of Winsome, Claire Ward (B.S. ’14 Apparel Design), and Spencer Versteeg (Apparel Design attendee) all exhibited their work in Fashion Week Minnesota.


Joey Mueller (B.F.A. ’10 Graphic Design) joined Periscope as an engagement strategist.


Jessica Barness (M.F.A. ’12) was named Kent State University’s Scholar of the Month for November 2016.


David Johansson (B.S. ’08 Arch, M.Arch ’13) was named the 2016 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellow.

LHB Architect Elizabeth Turner (M.Arch ’11, M.S. ’13 Arch) has recently become a certified passive house consultant (CPHC) through the Passive House Institute U.S.


Lauren Janoski (B.S. ’14 Apparel Design) became store manager for Fjällräven North America.


Samantha Klapperick (B.S. ’15 Interior Design) LEED green associate was hired as an interior designer at bdh+young interiors | architecture. Sean Higgins (B.S. ’09 Arch, M.Arch ’15) and Joe Mollen (B.D.A. ’09, M.Arch ’15) received an honorable mention in the 2016 St. Paul prize competition.

IN MEMORIAM Barbara Lyons Steward (M.Arch ’79 [R.Y. ’77])

Tom Larson (B.Arch ’58)

Bob Ganser (B.A. ’94 Arch, M.Arch ’01) was awarded an AIA 2016 Young Architects Award. COLLEGE OF DESIGN SPRING 2017 11


AIAS ELECTS 61ST NATIONAL PRESIDENT At the American Institute of Architecture Students’ (AIAS) annual FORUM conference, the Council of Presidents elected the 2017–18 board of directors for the organization. Among those elected was College of Design graduate student Keshika De Saram (Architecture) who will now serve a one-year term on the AIAS board of directors as the organization’s 61st president.




It was a fierce competition, but the window display created by Holly Anderson, Katya Gubareva, Ania Melby, and Kristen Suloff (all Retail Merchandising) beat out the rest of their classmates’ to become the Weisman Art Museum gift shop display this fall. 12 EMERGING SPRING 2017


Every four years, professors of the graphic design course Color and Form in Surface Design challenge their students to create their own screen-printed Get Out the Vote poster for the U.S. General Election. With a focus on encouraging their fellow students to vote, rather than trying to promote one party over another, a key component of the design process involves creating an image that successfully captures the importance of voting. The posters featured above are designed by graphic design students Julie Hulkonen, Jingru Chen, and Jennifer Joyce Young.



Students in Vince deBritto (Landscape Architecture), Karen Lutsky (Landscape Architecture), Ozayr Saloojee (Architecture), and James Wheeler’s (Architecture) Design Duluth Studio presented their final projects to a room of over 80 community members, including local project partners SLRA (St. Louis River Alliance) and Duluth LISC. Individuals from the Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and the Duluth Economic Development Authority were also in attendance. Each of the 10 projects explored the future of resilient communities located in and along the St. Louis River Corridor.





Interior design students in Abi Asojo’s lighting design class were given a chance to shine in the GROOVYSTUFF Ambient Lighting Challenge. Students were challenged to design a light fixture made entirely of reclaimed or recycled materials. GROOVYSTUFF displayed the students’ creations at High Point Market where industry professionals voted on their favorite design. This year there was a three-way tie between Erin Kloth’s Bare to the Bone, Stephanie Nardi’s Twisted Wire, and Lauren Stromquist’s Rustic Finds—a first for the competition.


Students in the product design class Food and Design collaborated with local chefs and food experts for the culminating event of the semester, Eat Design. Members of the public were invited to grade students’ final designs and gave Armonia Balch and Ming Gao’s Enchanted Garden first place for creativity and presentation (pictured). Cici Wu and Maddy Fitzpatrick’s Marathon Trip came in first for taste.


STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS Alexis Frey and Rachel Myers (both Apparel Design) each won a $5,000 scholarship from the Young Menswear Association’s Fashion Scholarship Fund. Interior Design student Julie Irish received the Interior Design Educators Council Graduate Scholar Award. Brenna Schlauderaff (Retail Merchandising) received the Next Generation Scholarship from the National Retail Federation Foundation. Lexi Sosallo (Interior Design) was named a semi-finalist in the 2016 Steelcase Student Design Competition NEXT. Jennifer Young’s (Graphic Design) design was selected for President Kahler’s winter greeting card.

Spencer Versteeg (Apparel Design) was one of 13 local designers selected to showcase a collection at the fall 2016 Envision Fashion Show. Versteeg was the youngest designer and only student to be selected for the show.







Steven McCarthy (Graphic Design) received the 2017 Minnesota Book Artist Award for his Wee Go Library project. The project is a mobile collection of 22 books found in Little Free Libraries throughout the Twin Cities and altered with a variety of methods. From rebinding and folding to tearing and collage, McCarthy reimagined the books to create a new collection as a part of the larger library narrative.

FACULTY NOTES Dean Abbott (Landscape Architecture) was named a Pioneer of American Landscape Design by the Cultural Landscape Foundation. z.umn.emg17s


Lee Anderson and Lance LaVine (both Architecture) each received an AIA Minnesota 2016 Special Award. Abimbola Asojo (Interior Design), Marilyn Bruin (Housing Studies), Richard Graves (Center for Sustainable Building Research), Mary Guzowski (Architecture), and Richard Strong (Center for 14 EMERGING SPRING 2017

Sustainable Building Research) were all part of interdisciplinary research teams that received University of Minnesota Grand Challenges grants. James Boyd Brent (Graphic Design) curated the Highpoint Center for Printmaking’s fall exhibit “Art of the Print: from the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers.” Blaine Brownell and Marc Swackhamer’s (both Architecture) spring Hypernatural Studio is a member of the Biodesign Challenge 2017. Elizabeth Bye and Karen LaBat (both Apparel Design) were

Renée Cheng (Architecture) received a research grant from the General Services Administration (GSA) to identify guidelines for using collaborative practices on high performance buildings for the federal government. “The most exciting aspect of this grant is that our past work helped GSA focus on what practices are most effective in supporting teams to create high performing buildings and now they want to see how those lessons might be expanded to other federal agencies.”

named 2016 Distinguished Scholars by the International Textile and Apparel Association. The Center for Sustainable Building Research hosted the symposium “Sustainability is Dead. Architecture as a (Re)Generator.” The International Textile and Apparel Association awarded Marilyn DeLong (Apparel Studies) and Yoon Kyung Lee the 2016 Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Design Practices Teaching Award. Lucy Dunne (Apparel Design) received a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop

an on-body thermal microclimate management garment.

all retiring at the end of the spring 2017 semester.

Tom Fisher (Minnesota Design Center) gave a presentation at the Minneapolis Idea eXchange conference on the thesis from his recently published book Designing Our Way to a Better World.

Barry Kudrowitz (Product Design) presented “Play and Creativity in the Classroom” at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology conference.

Brad Holschuh (Apparel Design) received a grant from the National Science Foundation to research the applications of computer-mediated compression in wearable technology. Kim Johnson (Retail Merchandising), Karen LaBat (Apparel Design), and Caren Martin (Interior Design) are

Karen Lu (Architecture) received a 2016 AIA Young Architects Award. Virajita Singh (Center for Sustainable Building Research) presented “Sustainable Futures by Design: Integrating Design Thinking and Ripple Effect Mapping into Sustainable Regional Development” with extension colleagues Kathryn

Draeger and Scott Chazdon at UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network in Ostersund, Sweden. Dewey Thorbeck (Architecture) published Architecture and Agriculture: A Rural Design Guide. His previous book Rural Design: A New Design Discipline has been translated into Chinese and is now available in China. Ann Ziebarth (Housing Studies) received the 2016 Housing Education and Research Association’s Housing Impact Award.



UPCOMINGEVENTS For a full listing of College of Design events this spring, visit

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.

EXHIBITION Global Technique, Local Pattern: Ikat Textiles

January 28–May 14 Goldstein Museum of Design

Toy Product Design

sentations! PLAY

DESIGN IN 7: 7 Stories, 7 Minutes

Wednesday, April 5 6:30 PM doors open 7 PM presentations Coffman Memorial Union Theater

What can be shared in just seven minutes? Listen in as seven professionals from the fields of architecture, apparel, graphic and interior design, housing, landscape architecture, and retail share thought-provoking, inspiring, and sometimes curious tales from the trenches.

TICKETS: $5 students $10 UMAA member $15 general FREE tickets for 2016–17 design mentors/mentees, registration is required. One per person.

Wednesday, May 3 6–8:30 PM Coffman Memorial Union Theater

Lori Mollberg Director of Alumni Relations 612-625-8796

Kaileigh Nicklas Advancement Assistant 612-624-9751

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 Michael Brucek Major Gifts Officer 612-624-1386

Zach Curtis Associate Development Officer (612) 626-6385

A big thank you to our 2016–17 College to Career program sponsors:

Wednesday, May 10 8 AM–6 PM University of Minnesota Coffman Memorial Union Theater

Gardner Builders, Haworth, Made for Retail, Wold, Damon Farber, HGA, and Studio Hive. TICKETS: $5 students $10 UMAA member $15 general



PLAYsentations is a theatrical show where product design students present their original toy prototypes to the community. Children and families are welcome.

SEE CHANGE: The Power of Visual Communication

• Post job and internship opportunities.

Mark Hintz Director of Development 612-624-7808


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Ikat patterns are both intricate and bold. The expertise and time that ikat requires makes it a textile that is both admired and mysterious in today’s world of mass produced yardage. Explore these amazing patterns this spring at the Goldstein Museum of Design.

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INK LINK 2016 The McNeal Hall print studios were opened this fall to students, staff, and friends of the College of Design for Ink Link 2016. Attendees were given an inside look at the print studios while graphic design students and faculty members demonstrated how to use the letterpress and screen printers. Participants rolled up their sleeves and took turns creating their own prints and T-shirts for a night filled with prints and fun!

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Emerging Magazine > Spring 2017  

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

Emerging Magazine > Spring 2017  

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