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The College of Design is pleased to welcome six new faculty members this year. Our additions include David Loranger in retail merchandising, Ehsan Naderi in product design, Genell Ebbini in interior d... Read more
Before you dive in to fall semester, take a look at our top five tips for starting your school year off right.... Read more
Since kindergarten, Valerie Quarles has been surrounded by the remodeling and redesign of her family’s 1910 historic home. Once she was old enough she went from watching the remodel to helping desig... Read more
For first year College of Design students, navigating the different design fields can be an intimidating prospect. But College of Design leadership hopes to change that with the introduction of the ne... Read more
As the spring semester comes to an end, we’re looking ahead to fall and getting excited to welcome the next class of undergraduate students. Every year we welcome our incoming undergrads with suppli... Read more

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Learning the Vernacular Built Environment

In our latest student story, Weican Zuo (M.Arch), reflects on ARCH 5677 - "Preservation of the Vernacular Built Environment and Cultural Landscape" and the teaching style of Professor Gail Dubrow.


Al-Bayati+Hu Receive Honorable Mention

Sundus Al-Bayati and Xin Hu have received an honorable mention for their 2017 master's final project, The Quotidian Sacred.

The 2017 Kaira Looro | Architecture Peace international Sacred Architecture competition included Kengo Kuma as a lead juror. See more about the competition, including the winning projects here.

Congratulations Sundus & Xin!


Piela Receives BDA Award of Merit

Congratulations to Natalia Piela (BDA 2017), who was recently awarded a Bachelor of Design in Architecture Senior Showcase Award of Merit. Piela participated in the juried exhibition in Rapson Hall along with other BDA graduating seniors Abigal Alldaffer, Amanda Anderson, Rosemarie Gregoire, Chung Wan Leung and Emily Pressprich.


Thomas Fisher and Marc Swackhamer Side by Side in the May 2017 Issue of 49th Parallel

The May issue of the 49th Parallel features two UMN Arch faculty members. "Questions for Tom Fisher," an interview featuring professor and Director of the Minnesota Design Center, Thomas Fisher, discusses issues ranging from globalization to the role of the architect as a public intellectual.

"Disciplinary Leadership through Critical Thinking and Engagement," an article written by Professor and Head Marc Swackhamer, is a great profile of the University of Minnesota School of Architecture which aims to show how UMN Arch prepares students for professional leadership.

Don't miss these two great representations of our school! Click the link or image to read the whole issue.


Blaine Brownell Publishes New Book to Rave Reviews

Professor & Director of the Masters of Architecture Program, Blaine Brownell, has published his new book Transmaterial Next: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine our Future (Princeton Architectural Press) to positive reviews from Nature (the world's most influential science journal) as well as becoming the #1 new release in the Materials and Material Science section on Amazon. Click the link to purchase the book on amazon!


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