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Kudos to the 2008 College of Design award recipients. Outstanding teaching award: Brad Hokanson (Graphic Design); Outstanding research award: Marc Swackhamer (Arch); Outstanding outreach award: Barbara Martinson (Graphic Design), David Pitt (Landscape Arch), Marilyn Bruin (Housing Studies), Adrienne Hannert (graduate student), and Sherri Gahring (Clothing Design); Outstanding P&A award: Julie VanSteenbergen (DHA); Outstanding student award: Jodi Wilson; Outstanding CS/BU award: Kathy Guiney (DHA).


Daniel Jasper's (Graphic Design) poster for the "Products of Our Time" exhibition was selected as one of the best direct mail pieces for the AIGA Minnesota Design Show 2008 competition. The Design Institute's Digifab map, a guide to the digital fabrication processes and facilities at the University and around the Twin Cities, was selected as one of the best brochures.


Adam Maleitzke (CDes/Humphrey Institute graduate) received a Community-University Outstanding Partners in Engagement Award at the Community-University Partnerships open house April 22, 2008.

Amanda Olson (MArch), Malea Jochim (MArch), and Laura Kamin-Lyndgaad (MLA) won the 2008 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) student awards in the collaboration category for their project "Remediation as Catalyst: Transforming an Industrial Landscape."


HouMinn Practice, the architectural office of Marc Swackhamer (Arch) and his Houston-based partner, Blair Satterfield, won the Architect magazine research and development award for the "Drape Wall/Cloak Wall" project.


Laura Baker, MLA Capstone Award winnerThe following graduating students were recognized with awards during the graduating student exhibition in May 2008:

  • Dean's Choice Award-best of show (gold): Chris Wingate and Wesley Stabs
  • Friends of the Goldstein Award (silver): Wesley Martin
  • Alumni Society Award (bronze): Sarah Huener
  • Senior Show People's Choice Award: Amanda Zanski
  • Master of Landscape Architecture Capstone Award: Brian Douchette and Laura Baker
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA) Henry Adams Medal--first-ranked master of architecture professional degree student: David Jonathan Wilson AIA Henry Adams certificate; second-ranked master of architecture professional degree student: Allison Fritz Salzman
  • Richard Morrill Memorial Master of Architecture Thesis Awards for Design Excellence: Whitney Ann Parks, Daniel L. Yudchitz, and Aaron C. Squadroni
  • Student Choice Master of Architecture Thesis Award: Jessie Bauldry
  • Alpha Rho Chi Award for Leadership: Shengyin Xu
  • Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) Jonathan King Student Medal: Catherine R. Sandlund
  • University of Minnesota College of Design graduate student exhibition 2008 People's Choice Award: Whitney Parks


Nikos Bakirtzis and Laura Lee have joined the School of Architecture as Cass Gilbert visiting professors for the year. Bakirtzis, who recently graduated with his Ph.D. in art history and archaeology from Princeton, has experience at various archaeological surveys in Greece and Cyprus. Lee, of Carnegie Mellon's School of Architecture, is the recipient of Carnegie Mellon's Ryan Award, its highest teaching honor, as well as the AIAS National Educator Award, a fellowship in the AIA (FAIA), and the Henry van de Velde Institute Award for Architecture Education.


Renee Cheng (Arch) and Leslie Van Duzer (Arch) have been promoted to full professor. Van Duzer has been awarded a faculty fellowship with the Institute for Advanced Study and will continue her research with a project entitled "The Art of Deception." Van Duzer has also joined the board of directors of Mill City Commons, a new nonprofit organization studying aging-in-place in the Minneapolis Riverfront District.


Dean Tom Fisher was elected Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) president for 2009-10.



Funding from the Agricultural Experiment Station

  • Marilyn Bruin (Housing Studies), "The Housing Needs and Preferences of Older Persons."
  • Jeff Crump (Housing Studies), "Preserving Homeownership: Developing Policies to Address Foreclosure."
  • Denise Guerin, Carin Martin (both Interior Design) and John Carmody (CSBR), "The Development and Testing of a Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE) Instrument to Investigate Occupant Satisfaction and Performance in Sustainable Buildings."
  • Kim Johnson (Retail Merchandising), "Implications of the Social Behavior of Consumers for the Retail Economy."
  • Ann Ziebarth (Housing Studies), "Housing as a Strategy for Recruiting and Retaining Rural Health Care Workers."

The staff of the Center for Sustainable Building Research have received several grants including:

  • a major grant from the Minnesota Office of Energy Security for a project titled "Sustainable Buildings 2030"
  • a contract with Yonsei University of Korea for "An Agreement of Academic and Educational Collaboration"
  • a grant from the Alliance to Save Energy for "Research Tool Dissemination to Increase Energy Efficient Fenestration"
  • a project with Hennepin County on Sustainable Design Research
  • a contract with St. Paul for "Greening City of St. Paul Development Policies"

Louise Goldberg (Research and Outreach) received a grant from the Minnesota Department of Commerce for a project titled "Quantification of Changes in Residential/Multifamily Buildings."

The Goldstein Museum of Design received a grant from the Surface Design Association toward the exhibition "Sum of the Parts."


Kathleen Harder (Research and Outreach) received funding from the Center for Transportation Studies for a project titled "Low-Cost Innovative Approaches to Improve Safety at Unsignaled Intersections on Four-Lane Divided Highways."


Karen LaBat (Apparel Design) is the principal investigator, along with Marilyn DeLong, Karen Ryan, Scot Crow, Carol Peterson, and Brad Hokanson, on a University Symposium Grant for "Developing a Three-Dimensional Body Satisfaction Intervention."


The Metropolitan Design Center has received a contract from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) for the "Corridor Housing Initiative."


Kristine Miller (Landscape Arch) was awarded a Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship from the Graduate School for her work "Almost Home: Gertrude Jekyll, Gardens, and Graves."

Ozayr Saloojee (Arch) was awarded a McKnight grant by the University's McKnight Arts and Humanities Endowment to develop an exhibition on Eliel Saarinen's last built work, Christ Church Lutheran, in Minneapolis.


Mary Vogel (Center for Changing Landscapes) received a grant from the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources for "County Trail Systems for Recreational and Environmental Awareness, a contract for a project with Duluth Township, and a grant from Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES) for "The Circulator Design Project."


Becky Yust and Marilyn Bruin (Housing Studies) received an award from the McKnight Foundation for a project titled "Innovation in Design."


Ann Ziebarth (Housing Studies) received a travel grant from the University's Office of International Programs in support of the "Livable Communities/Aging-in-Place" project.

Stephanie Zollinger (Interior Design) received a grant from the Craft Research Fund for a project titled "Weaving an Empire: Jack Lenor Larsen, Inc."



Blaine Brownell (Arch) was profiled in a July 13, 2008, New York Times article, "In Search of Better (and Greener) Building Blocks" by Amy Cortese.


Kathleen Harder (Center for Human Factors Systems Research and Design) was profiled in a March 2008 Minnesota Medicine Quality Rounds column by Jeanne Mettner ("Human Interest").

Diane Hellekson, (MLA '00) published "Deep North" in the September 2008 issue of Landscape Architecture, reporting on a plan by John Koepke and Chris Carlson (Landscape Arch) for a new, sustainable mine outside Biwabik, Minnesota.


Architectural Design and Ethics: Tools for SurvivalDean Tom Fisher's latest book, Architectural Design and Ethics: Tools for Survival, was published by Architectural Press, an imprint of Elsevier. In August Fisher was featured in Mpls. St. Paul magazine as one of the region's forward thinkers.


Kim Johnson (Retail Merchandising) published the following articles: "Business Strategies of Independent Retailers: Effects of Environmental Hostility" in the Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship; "An Investigation of Consumer Traits and Their Relationship to Merchandise Borrowing with Undergraduates" and "Self-Objectification and Appearance-based Teasing During Adolescence" in the Journal of Family and Consumer Science Education; "Advertisements: Interpreting Images Used to Sell Young Adults" in the Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management; "Predicting In-Shopping Using Small-Town Consumers' Satisfaction with Local Retailers" in the International Journal of Retail and Distribution; and "Dress and Human Behavior: A Review and Critique of Published Research" in the Clothing and Textiles Research Journal.

Bruce Wright (Design minor fellow) published a review of the Simon & Schuster Little Golden Books series in the June issue of Print magazine.


Exhibitions and presentations

A public art proposal designed by Jonee Kulman Brigham (CSBR) received a grant from the St. Louis Park Arts & Culture Grant Program. The installation, titled "Children's Nest Egg," explores humans' evolving relationship with the earth using poetry and changing perceptions of scale in a room-sized nest made of salvaged branches.


On Earth Day 2008, April 22, the College of Design hosted Eco Expo, a green fair featuring Twin Cities vendors who sell eco-friendly products and services. In September the college cosponsored a north Minneapolis event where young people from the Kwanzaa Community Church and others painted sidewalks with art that focused on HIV/AIDS prevention.


John Comazzi (Arch) directed a two-day workshop at the Walker Art Center in late July 2008 with Scott Christensen (formerly of the Design Institute) as part of Cooper-Hewitt's Summer Design Institute. Earlier in July Comazzi presented a paper, "Making Material Matter: Design in Education," at the Creative Engagements conference in Oxford, England. In June Comazzi and Wendy Friedmeyer (Design Institute) coordinated a design camp for teachers with the Highlands Elementary School in Edina. Instructors at the camp included Bruce Wright (Design minor fellow), Daniel Jasper (Graphic Design), and Cheryl Wilgren Clyne (Art).


On April 3, 2008, Tom Fisher, dean, moderated "The Arts and the Built Environment: Changes in Suburban Life," a panel discussion in honor of Minnesota's 150th birthday. Presenters included Kate Solomonson, associate dean, and Becky Yust, head, Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel. Fisher also presented a lecture, "Architectural Design and Ethics: Tools for Survival," at St. Olaf College in April.


Dean Tom Fisher and Marc Swackhamer (Arch) presented "Solutions for the Other 90%" at the Walker Art Center on July 31, 2008, an event focusing on humanitarian design--the belief that good design shouldn't just be for the richest 10 percent.


Monica Fogg's chocolate painting Monica Fogg (DHA) painted a landscape of Stillwater's historic Fairy Falls for Minnesota's sesquicentennial, working in cocoa butter and food coloring instead of oil paints. The chocolate painting was offered in a silent auction on May 10, 2008, during the Washington County Historical Society's Minnesota Statehood Celebration.


Newsweek senior editor and Washington Post heir Lally Weymouth gave the Goldstein Museum of Design 36 garments and four pairs of shoes from designers including Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, and Halston. The collection debuted at the annual Goldstein garden party in May.


Brad Hokanson (Graphic Design) presented his research entitled "Too Early: Circadian Influences on Measured Creativity" at the Journal of Creativity and Innovation Management international conference in Buffalo, New York. Jon Michael Fox (BED '78), undergraduate director of Buffalo State's Center for Studies in Creativity, helped organize the conference. Hokanson also presented a session titled "Both/And: Creativity and Critical Thinking" at the sixth annual Critical Thinking Conference at Northwestern Michigan University, and a workshop on the use of wikis in education at the University of Wisconsin Distance Education Conference in Madison.


Contemplative space installation in Rapson HallFunded by the Institute for Advanced Studies, an ongoing project investigating contemplative space on campus, placed a new installation at the base of the staircase in the Rapson Hall addition lower level, near the Metropolitan Design Center (above, right). Project collaborators were Rebecca Krinke (Landscape Arch), Diane Willow (Art), and Henry Emmons (Center for Spirituality and Healing). In April Krinke participated in a panel discussion, "The Present Moment," on creating a contemplative environment for stress reduction on campus as part of the Institute for Advanced Studies time symposium. Krinke also had a sculpture in Franconia Sculpture Park's new show, which opened on September 20, 2008.


Steven McCarthy (Graphic Design) presented "Documenting the Graphic Design Learning-Abroad Experience: From Journals and Photos to YouTube and Blogs" on April 4, 2008, at the "Massaging Media 2: Graphic Design Education in the Age of Dynamic Media" conference in Boston. In May he chaired a panel discussion on "Gettin' R-E-S-P-E-C-T in the Academy: What Constitutes Graphic Design Research?" at the University and College Design Association conference in DeKalb, Illinois. Daniel Jasper (Graphic Design) was one of the panelists. In July McCarthy presented "From Graphics to Products: Critical Design as Design Authorship" at "New Views 2: Conversations and Dialogs in Graphic Design" at the London College of Communication in England.


Paintings by Joonja Lee Mornes (Arch/Landscape Arch Library) were shown as part of the "Wind, Water, and Light" exhibition at the Northfield Arts Guild, September 10-October 11, 2008.

Laura Musacchio (Landscape Arch) was an invited speaker at LaBash 2008, a student-run international landscape architecture conference at the University of Guelph in Canada. Musacchio's workshop focused on regreening cities.


Lance Neckar (Landscape Arch) participated in a panel discussion titled "Next Exit: The Shifting Landscape of Suburbia" on April 24, 2008. Addressing "the challenges and successes of new suburban design," the event was part of the Walker Art Center's "Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes" exhibition.

Barbara Porwit (Goldstein Museum) exhibited artwork in the April 2008 St. Paul Art Crawl. Porwit also exhibited at the Northeast Minneapolis Art-A-Whirl open-studio event in May and at the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community June14-July 4, 2008.


Quadrant, a joint initiative of the University of Minnesota Press and the Institute for Advanced Study, presented a lecture in September 2008 by Arijit Sen, a visiting Quadrant fellow, titled "In Small Things Discounted: Architecture and World Making."


Karen Ryan (Human Dimensioning Laboratory) presented "PolyWorks as an Academic Research Tool in the Human Dimensioning Laboratory" at the 2008 International PolyWorks User Meeting in May.

Leslie Van Duzer's (Arch) exhibition, "Adolf Loos: Works in the Czech Lands," opened at the City of Prague Museum in late September 2008.



A set of get-out-the-vote screen-printed posters by James Boyd-Brent's (Graphic Design) spring 2008 DHA 3312 students was displayed in the Wilson Library in October.

Michael DienerGraphic Design senior Michael Diener (right) created the official 2008 Welcome Week design, which was used in various forms for publications and shirts for students, volunteers, and Welcome Week leaders.


Architecture undergraduate students Laura Schlifer and Daniel Carlson won the first 2008 Berkeley Prize Architectural Design Fellowship in celebration of the Berkeley Prize's 10th anniversary. Schlifer and Carlson won for their project "Baby Boomers: A New Take on the Old."


Cold weather sailing outfitApparel design seniors Stacey Wenzel (second place for her Kid's Hunting Coveralls design) and Laura Musekamp (third place for her Cold Weather Sailing Outfit design) were award winners in the 2008 Industrial Fabrics Association International Student Design Challenge. The designs were shown at the Industrial Fabrics Association International Conference and Exposition, Charlotte, North Carolina, October 21-24.


In January 2008, 24 University students, many of them from the College of Design, traveled to India for the course Sacred India: Architecture, Environment, Spirit, led by Virajita Singh (CSBR). The students did substantial hands-on work with two nonprofit organizations in the town of Vrindavan.



Tim Alt (BArch '87) received a 2008 Residential Architects Vision and Excellence (RAVE) Award from the American Institute of Architects Minnesota for his Spiral Stair in the detail category.


Beth Bogle (MA DHA '07) has launched eecee bb and Small Sage clothing in Minneapolis. Interweaving fine art and design with children's imaginative ideas, Bogle's business features collaborative design with children on unique garments for them and ready-to-wear clothing for kids.

Thao Bui (BS Retail Merchandising '05) has opened Parc Boutique, a new clothing store, in the old St. Anthony neighborhood of Minneapolis.


Francis Bulbulian (BArch '67), Robert Currie (BArch '62), and Mark Swenson (BED '71; MArch '73) were named new fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). John Cary (BA '99) and Raymond Dehn (BA '73) were honored with the AIA's national associates award.


Anchalee Chambundabongse (DHA '01) had design work featured in I.D. magazine's 54th annual design review (July/August 2008). Chambundabongse is employed by New York-based Design Works.

John Dwyer (BArch '96; MArch '02) and Matt Kreilich (BArch '95; MArch '98) won the Minnesota society of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Young Architect Award, given to members of AIA MN who have been licensed for less than 10 years and have shown exceptional leadership in service to the profession, the community, design, planning, and education.


Amy Michielle Freeman (BS Retail Merchandising '98) completed a wardrobe styling project for the Barack Obama 2008 music video "In My Life" by J. P. DeLaire.


Paul M. Hannan (BArch '79) has joined the SALA Partner Group. He joined SALA Architects, Inc., in 1995 and has since been published in This Old House magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, and Minnesota Home and Design, as well as such books as The Not So Big House and Celebrating the American Home.


Ali Heshmati (BArch '92) was awarded an AIA small project award for TEMPO, a 10-meter-tall laboratory structure that changes dramatically with changing light conditions.


Jane King Hession (MArch '95) and Debra Pickrel, coauthors of Frank Lloyd Wright in New York (Gibbs Smith, Publisher), were awarded the gold medal in the architecture category in the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards.


Judith P. Hoskens (BED, BArch) was elected president of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI), to assume leadership at the council's annual conference in fall 2008.

Stephen James (MArch '98) was awarded the Minnesota Architectural Foundation's 2008 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship for his design of a mountain sports/activity center in the Afton State Park and Afton Alps ski area on the St. Croix river.


Caribbean Hotel in Miami BeachKobi Karp (BArch, BED '87) has completely restored Miami Beach's Caribbean Hotel. Karp's previous work includes Miami Beach's Cadillac Marriott Hotel, Circa 39 Hotel, Hotel Astor, and the Strand.


Jean McMahon (BS Costume Design '86; MS Scientific & Tech Writing '96), a 2008-09 Buckman Fellow in the College of Design, is now employed by Thomson Reuters as a technology project manager in the firm's data center.


Patrick Redmond (MA DHA '90), owner of Patrick Redmond Design, is working on a book about sculptor Alonzo Hauser and assisted with the launch of the artist's Web site. Redmond's brand identity work is included in the book American Corporate Identity 2008 (New York: Harper Design, 2007).


Mike Roehr (MArch '96) received a 2008 Residential Architects Vision and Excellence (RAVE) Award from the American Institute of Architects Minnesota. Roehr's Juliet House won in the category for remodel/addition over 800 square feet.


Fouzia Saeed (BS General Home Ec '82; MS Home Ec '84; PhD Home Ec Ed/Family Life '87) was one of five international alumni awarded the University's 2008 Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals.


Kate Speckmann (BS Arch '04) recently accepted a position with Inland Office for Tomorrow's Architecture (IOTA), leading the business management and sustainable design side of the firm.


Katie Thering (Landscape Arch) was featured on the "Landscape Smart" television program airing in the Twin Cities in August 2008 on the HGTV channel.


More alumni notes can be found in CDes MEMO.



Bruce Abrahamson (BArch '49) died Nov. 11, 2008. Abrahamson was a partner at Hammel, Green, and Abrahamson. Over the course of his career, Abrahamson won more than 60 awards, including the Minnesota Society of Architects Gold Medal and three national American Institute of Architects Honor Awards for Architecture.


Kathleen Virginia Dietrick (BS Home Economics '48) died of natural causes in Falls Church, Virginia. Dietrick was a student of Harriet and Vetta Goldstein, namesakes of the Goldstein Museum of Design.

Trenton Frick (BArch '97, MArch '00) died of a malignant brain tumor on August 8, 2008. Frick was serving as an intern architect level 3 and had completed his intern development program with RNL Design in Denver, Colorado, an international architecture, engineering, and planning firm.


Long-time friend of the Goldstein Marion Winzen died of cancer in late September 2008. In addition to her participation on the Friends of Goldstein board of directors, Winzen donated several pieces of designer clothing to the museum.

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