New students oriented to design
The University of Minnesota this year reintroduced Welcome Week, held August 27-September 1. August 28 was College Day, where each college held activities for incoming freshmen. The College of Design took students on a walking tour of the Stone Arch Bridge area of Minneapolis, with stops narrated by college faculty.
Dean Tom Fisher spoke about the area's unusual applications of each of the college's disciplines in the Mill City Museum courtyard.
The last stop was Main Street, where James Boyd-Brent (Graphic Design) used the urban setting to demonstrate the collaborative nature of design and its related disciplines and how the individual design disciplines all relate to each other. Boyd-Brent encouraged the students to look for opportunities to interact and collaborate with each other as they proceed through their respective degree programs.
Patricia Campbell Warner, author of When the Girls Came Out to Play: The Birth of American Sportswear, spoke on "Dress and Sport for Women," October 10, 2008, in conjunction with the Goldstein Museum of Design's exhibition "From Sportswear to Streetwear," which ran from August 16 through November 2.
Warner also led a one-credit weekend class attended by 33 students and professionals from the community and local museums. "It was a great integration of a Goldstein exhibition with our academic programs," said Marilyn DeLong, exhibition curator and professor of apparel design.
This fall two notable architecture alumni were honored with Outstanding Achievement Awards, the University's highest alumni honor.
Renowned architect and former American Institute of Architects (AIA) president R. Randall Vosbeck, FAIA (B.Arch. '54), was recognized at the McNamara Alumni Center on September 22, 2008, for 40 years of service to the architecture profession, including early leadership as a proponent of design for energy conservation. Although Vosbeck retired from active practice in 1994, he served on the architectural selection committee in 1996 that chose Antoine Predock to design the McNamara Alumni Center and recently completed a book titled A Legacy of Leadership--The Presidents of the American Institute of Architects 1857-2007, a comprehensive history of the institute's 83 presidents.
Internationally acclaimed architect William Pedersen, FAIA FAAR (B.Arch. '61), is founder and principal design partner for Kohn, Pedersen, Fox Associates (KPF), one of the largest design firms in the United States. Pedersen was recognized at the McNamara Alumni Center on November 19, 2008. Recipient of the AIA New York Chapter Gold Medal of Honor, the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture, and six AIA National Honor Awards, Pedersen has been a major influence on the evolution of tall office buildings, including his design of the 2008 World Financial Center in Shanghai, which soars to a height of 1,614 feet, making it the tallest mixed-use urban development project in the world.
Dedicated to supporting his undergraduate alma mater and the education of future architects, Pedersen and his wife have established the Bill and Elizabeth Pedersen Graduate Fellowship in Architecture. He also serves as a member of the University of Minnesota Foundation Board of Trustees and is the partner-in-charge of design for the University's Science Classroom and Student Services building slated to be built on the Minneapolis campus in 2010.
Roger Martin (Landscape Arch) attended the dedication of the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Washington, D.C., on September 11, 2008. Martin was a juror who, in 2003, selected the winning design from a field of 1,100 proposals. The winning design was developed by two young Columbia University architects--Keith Kaseman and Julie Beckman--and after $28 million in private funds was raised, the memorial was completed earlier this year.
"The design is constructed on an acre-plus of land immediately in front of the facade of the Pentagon where American Airlines flight 93 crashed into the building," said Martin. "The design pays respect to each of the 184 lost with cantilevered stainless steel benches under a grove of maple trees."