A peek at two CDes alumni who are applying their design education in different fields from what they studied
David Schellinger (BED '95, MArch '96)
After obtaining a bachelor's degree in environmental design and a master's of architecture at the University of Minnesota, David Schellinger, originally of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, packed up and moved to California to pursue another master's degree -- in city planning and urban design from the University of California-Berkeley.
Schellinger's first job after his schooling was as an urban designer for a San Francisco firm. "After a few years," Schellinger said, "I started to evolve my role with the firm to focus on different graphic communications both for the architecture firm itself as well as their clients."
Schellinger said it was this experience that ultimately led him to start his own business -- lowercase productions (lcp) -- in 2005, with offices in both San Francisco and Sheboygan. His clients include architects, cities, neighborhoods, and developers. He helps market their firms and services so they can win competitions and proposals.
He has recently started designing and implementing signage and way-finding systems in projects ranging from hospitals, universities, and airports around North and South America. "You name it, I do it -- all in the name of better communications in the built environments," Schellinger said.
Abby Sue Fisher (PhD, Design, Housing, and Apparel '92)
A passion for textiles led Abby Sue Fisher, a native of Highland Park, Illinois, who had been living in the Bay Area, to return to her Midwest roots to earn a Ph.D. in textiles and clothing from the Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel in 1992.
After completing her doctorate, Fisher did research in Spain and Mexico for her dissertation and interned at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. A friend then notified her of a job opening for the Midwest regional museum specialist position with the National Park Service (NPS) in Nebraska, and she has worked with the organization ever since.
Fisher currently holds the position of supervisory curator of museum collections at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco. The collection encompasses a wide variety of artifacts, including original FBI evidence from the 1962 Alcatraz escape, as well as photographs, maps, documents, and historical sites from the mid-19th century through today.
Fisher said her Ph.D. work prepared her for the demands and responsibilities of her job, including organizing and processing data, conducting and analyzing research, and communicating with others, skills utilized frequently at a service-oriented organization like the NPS.
"I absolutely loved my time in DHA [Design, Housing, and Apparel]," Fisher said. "The courses I took were so interdisciplinary and I was able to take a variety of classes all across campus."
Check out our new lectures and events poster inserted in this edition of Emerging. More information is available online at design.umn.edu/events.
College of Design Mentor Program -- Apply now for Nov. 1, 2009-April 16, 2010 session.
Landscape Architecture Alumni Reunion -- ASLA Chicago, Friday, Sept 18
Zandra Rhodes Lecture -- British fashion icon at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts, Sept. 24
The Ultimate Homecoming -- College of Design alumni reception at Station 19 and stadium tours, Sunday, Oct. 4.
Solar Decathlon -- Alumni reception and tour in Washington, D.C., Saturday, Oct. 17.
American Craft Council Conference 2009 -- Tours and champagne brunch, Sunday, Oct. 18.
College of Design exhibition-AIA -- Minnesota Convention, Nov. 10-13.
Housing Alumni Gala -- Friday, Nov. 13.
AIA Student Forum and Beaux Arts Ball -- Dec. 29, 2009-Jan. 1, 2010.
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