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Awards

William Angell (Housing Studies; Midwest Universities Radon Consortium) was given the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities 2009 Excellence in Extension Award for the North Central Region for his work in radon mitigation.

 

Uptown Art FairLonnie Broden (DHA) was selected as the 2009 Commemorative Print Artist for the Uptown Art Fair.

 

William Conway's (Architecture) firm, Conway+Schulte Architects, received a 2009 Minnesota chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (MASLA) Merit Award for its work on the Connections master plan, which describes a new vision of MacArthur Park, the oldest municipal park in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Boston Society of Architects/AIA also recognized the plan with a 2009 Design Citation.

 

Kate Daly (Retail Merchandising) received a President's Volunteer Service Award for her work in Kyrgyzstan. Daly taught village women economically sustainable practices through their textile craft economies by introducing methods of natural dyeing, felt-making designs, and marketing techniques for a tourist economy.

 

John Koepke (Landscape Arch) was recognized by the Minnesota chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects with the Lob Pine Award. Landscape Architecture graduate students Kathryn Skelton, Matthew Kocian, Kristin Raab, and Cynthia Lapp were recognized with Outstanding Student Awards; Scott Bradley (BLA '78) was recognized with the Public Service Award; and Anna Claussen (Landscape Arch; MLA '07) received the H. W. S. Cleveland Award.

Marcy Schulte (Arch) was recognized as an Outstanding Partner in Engagement during the 2008-09 year-end open-house celebration of Community-University Partnerships in April. The event was sponsored by the University's Office for Public Engagement.

 

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2009 College of Design awards.

  • Outstanding Teaching Award: Tasoulla Hadjianni (Interior Design)
  • Outstanding Research Award: Karen LaBat (Apparel Design)
  • Outstanding Outreach Award: John Carmody (Center for Sustainable Building Research)
  • Outstanding P&A Award: Jodie Double (Digital Collections + Archives)
  • Outstanding CS/BU Award: Kevin Groenke (W. L. Hall Workshop)
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award: Elyse Olson (Apparel Design)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award: Ange Tank (Graphic Design)

Appointments

Joanne Eicher, (regents professor emerita, DHA) was named a fellow of the Costume Society of America in May.

 

Dean Tom Fisher served as an adviser to the Minnesota Orchestral Association's search for an architect to design a renovation of Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. The Orchestra selected Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB) for the project.

 

Tasoulla Hadjiyanni (Interior Design) was named a fellow of the Children, Youth, and Family Consortium. Her project is "Toward Culturally Sensitive Housing -- Translating Research into Practice."

 

Lin Nelson-Mayson (Goldstein Museum of Design) was selected by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to attend a national forum titled "Stewardship of America's Legacy: Answering the Call to Action," in Buffalo, New York, in June.

 

Laura Weber (Communications) was elected president of the board of directors of the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians at the group's annual meeting in March. Nancy Miller (CWHS, Arch) was also elected to the board.

 

Grants

Twenty College of Design faculty members won $3,000 Imagine Fund Annual Awards. The University's $1.3 million Imagine Fund for the arts, humanities, and design is available to tenured faculty at the University.

  • Ritu Bhatt (Arch) "Everyday Aesthetics and Cognition: An Exploration of Tibetan Buddhist Spatial Practices"
  • Blaine Brownell (Arch) "Matter in the Floating World"
  • Missy Bye (Apparel Design); "The Integration of Ultrasonic Welder Technology into Apparel Design Practice"
  • Renee Cheng (Arch) "Next Generation Practice: Documenting Innovation in Architectural and Design Practices"
  • John Comazzi (Arch) "Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography -- a Traveling Exhibition"
  • Lucy Dunne (Apparel Design) "Wired Aesthetics: New Frontiers in Clothing Design"
  • Benjamin Ibarra-Sevilla (Arch) "Studies in Fabrorum Geometry: Stonecutting and Its Application in Architecture"
  • Cynthia Jara (Arch) "Archival Travel for the Forest Hills Experiment"
  • Lance LaVine (Arch) "Place-Empathetic Architecture"
  • Barbara Martinson (Graphic Design) "Sustainable Surface Design: Reducing the Use of Hazardous Substances in Dyeing and Printing"
  • Steven McCarthy (Graphic Design) "Intense Ruby Red: From Irish Blood to French Wine, and Back Again"
  • Kristine Miller (Landscape Arch) "Almost Home: The Public Work of Gertrude Jekyll"
  • Andrzej Piotrowski (Arch) "Publication of the Architecture of Thought" book
  • Julia Robinson (Arch) "What Is So Extraordinary About Dutch Housing and Urbanism? An American Perspective"
  • Ozayr Saloojee (Arch) "(In)formal Architecture: Race, Identity, and Belonging in South Africa's Minority Communities"
  • Leon Statkowski (Arch) "Minnesota Buildings and Landscapes: Field Research for Book"
  • Marc Swackhamer (Arch) "Open Source Wall Application"
  • Leslie Van Duzer (Arch) "Beautiful Misconceptions"
  • Stephen Weeks (Arch) "Building the Extraordinary Ordinarily"
  • Juanjuan Wu (Retail Merchandising) "From the Imperial to the Modern: 20th- Century Chinese Fashion and Design"

Eunice Haugen (Goldstein Museum of Design) is the principal investigator on a $150,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in support of the Goldstein Museum of Design's project entitled "Preserving Heritage Through Environmental Monitoring."

 

Roger Martin (Landscape Arch, emeritus) received a professional development grant from the University Retirees Association for his "Illusion in Exterior Space: Perception Manipulation and Place Making on the Land" project.

 

Ignacio San Martin (Arch, Metropolitan Design Center) is the principal investigator on a grant from the McKnight Foundation to support the Metropolitan Design Center's Direct Design Assistance program.

 

Billy Weber (Center for Sustainable Building Research) is the principal investigator on a contract from the Southwest Minnesota Housing Project for a Center for Sustainable Building Research project titled "Cherry Ridge Energy Efficiency Evaluation."

 

Publications

John Carmody's (Center for Sustainable Building Research) views appear in the May-August 2009 issue of momentum magazine, published by the University's Institute on the Environment. Carmody writes about the need to extend the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System to "focus on real performance metrics and outcomes, not just on best practices."

 

Dean Tom Fisher published "Our Fracture-Critical World" in the May-August 2009 issue of momentum magazine, published by the University's Institute on the Environment. The article is an abbreviation of a chapter of Fisher's forthcoming book on the I-35W bridge collapse, to be published by the University of Minnesota Press in spring 2010. Fisher also published an op-ed piece, "Needed: Design in the Public Interest," in the May 1, 2009, issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education.

 

Clint Hewitt (Landscape Arch) coauthored a chapter in the recently published Campus Recreational Sports Facilities for the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association. Hewitt's coauthor was Jim Turman, director of recreational sports and assistant vice provost for student affairs.

 

Kim Johnson (Retail Merchandising) published two articles in retail merchandising journals. "Identifying Characteristics of Consumers Who Frequently Return Apparel" was coauthored with

Minjeong Kang (PhD candidate, Retail Merchandising) and published in volume 12, issue 1, of the Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management. "Rural Consumers' Online Shopping for Apparel, Food, and Home Furnishings Products as a Form of Outshopping" was written with several coauthors and published in volume 27, issue 1, of Clothing and Textiles Research Journal.

 

Draft HouseMarc Swackhamer (Arch) and his HouMinn practice partner Blair Satterfield's design for Draft House was featured on the Dwell magazine Web site. They have entered their design for Draft House to Hometta, a Houston company that commissions and sells plans for "compact, sustainable homes designed by leading modern architects," according to Dwell.
Draft House

St. Hubert's LodgeLaura Weber (Communications) published a profile of St. Hubert's Lodge in the summer 2009 issue of Minnesota History, the magazine of the Minnesota Historical Society. St. Hubert's Lodge (1856) in Frontenac is Minnesota's only remaining French American galleried-style house.

 

Exhibitions and Presentations

Harold A. Alexander (DHA emeritus) and Marjorie A. Alexander presented a two-day papermaking workshop in Little Swanport, Tasmania, in April. Following participation in the International Association of Paper Makers and Paper Artists (IAPMA) Congress in Burnie, Tasmania, the Alexanders investigated native Tasmanian plant fibers in making handcrafted papers with 10 local papermakers.

 

James Boyd-Brent (Graphic Design) gave a guest lecture, "The Expressive Surface: Printmaking in the Early Twentieth Century," in May at the Thrivent Gallery of Religious Art in Minneapolis. The presentation opened the "Modern Impressions: Color and Expression in Twentieth-Century Religious Prints" exhibition that runs through the end of September.

 

Jeff Crump (Housing Studies) and Leslie Van Duzer (Arch) participated in the University's Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) 2009-10 Research and Creative Collaboratives. Crump took part in an April 20 discussion at Nicholson Hall titled "The Political Economy of Financial Crisis: From Nicollet Mall to Wall Street," and Van Duzer presented "Beautiful Misperceptions: Illusions in Architecture and Magic" on April 24 at the Nolte Center.

 

Shanghai International Fashion ForumMarilyn DeLong (associate dean, Apparel Design), Joanne Eicher (regents professor emerita, DHA), and Juanjuan Wu (Retail Merchandising) gave presentations at the Shanghai International Fashion Forum as part of the Shanghai International Fashion Culture Festival in late April. DeLong was a judge for design competitions at the festival, and both she and Eicher were featured on the Life and Fashion Channel of Shanghai Television in interviews about the state of Chinese fashion within the international context.

 

Joanne Eicher (regents professor emerita, DHA) presented "Kalabari Dress of Nigeria as an Example of Cultural Authentication" in April at McNeal Hall in conjunction with the Goldstein exhibition "Expressions of Stability and Change: Ethnic Dress and Folk Costume." Earlier Eicher provided concluding comments at the Program of African Studies conference, "African Dress, Popular Culture, and Social Action," held at Northwestern University in March.

 

Dean Tom Fisher participated in "Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism," a panel discussion held March 19 in the Steelcase WorkLife Center at the Chicago Merchandise Mart.

 

Tasoulla Hadjiyanni, Denise Guerin, Caren Martin, and Stephanie Zollinger (all Interior Design) presented the panel "Stimulating Creativity -- Writing in the Interior Design Curriculum" at the Interior Design Educators Council meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, in March.

 

Kim Johnson (Retail Merchandising) and Jihyeong Son (PhD candidate, Retail Merchandising) presented a paper, "Risky Appearance Management Behaviors: Identifying Factors Associated with Deterrence with Young Women," at the Popular Culture Association annual meeting held in New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

Caren Martin (Interior Design) presented "Comparison of CIDA Professional Standards and NAAB Conditions," coauthored with Michael Kroelinger (Arizona State University), and acknowledged as one of the top 10 papers juried for presentation at the 2009 Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) International Conference. At the same conference Martin presented another paper, "Engaging Adolescents with Interior Design," with coauthor Kari Ihle (Interior Design graduate student), based on the University Summer Youth Program course they developed for 12- to 15-year-olds, taught by them during summer 2008 and 2009.

 

House Echo HomeSteven McCarthy's (Graphic Design) artist's book, House Echo Home, was selected for "HOME: Origins, Places, and Connections," a national juried exhibit at the Attleboro Arts Museum in Attleboro, Pennsylvania.

 

Jean McElvain (Goldstein Museum of Design) spoke on the designer Valentino's background, his inspiration, and his life as a designer in an address titled "Who is Valentino?" before the screening of Valentino: The Last Emperor on June 18 at the Oak Street Cinema in Minneapolis.

 

Chris Schlichting's (Student Services) choreographic work was picked up by the SCUBA Touring Network, a partnership between Velocity Dance Center of Seattle, ODC Theater in San Francisco, Philadelphia Dance Projects, and the Southern Theater in Minneapolis. The partnership introduces emerging choreographers to new audiences.

 

Virajita Singh (Center for Sustainable Building Research) recently presented a paper titled "Vaishnava Ecology: Lessons for the Future from an Ancient Faith" at the Religion and Ecology session of the Upper Midwest regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature.

 

Leslie Van Duzer (Arch) participated in a panel discussion on human rights at the Nolte Center in March. The discussion centered around the performance of Uncivil Wars by David Gordon and his Pick Up Company, which was based on Bertolt Brecht's play Round Heads and Pointed Heads.

 

Students

Several College of Design undergraduates participated in the University's 2009 Undergraduate Research Symposium in April.

  • Meghann Coyle (Arch) "Old Eyes on New Buildings"
  • Jennifer Dens (Arch) "Northrop Memorial Auditorium: Historical Symbol of the University"
  • Heidi Erm (Housing Studies) "Aging-in-Place Policies"
  • Laura Houghton (Housing Studies) "Household and Community Response to Annual Flooding in Rural Bolivia"
  • Shing Mei Leung (Arch) "Designing an Urban Landscape"
  • Nora Ronningen (Arch) "Transmaterial: Materials that Redefine Our Physical Environment"

Type Space v.1Robert Fraher (MFA Interactive Design candidate) was awarded first place in the screen-based works section of the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH) SpaceTime Student Competition and Exhibition for his entry "Type Space v.1," an exploration of typography in three-dimensional space.

 

Woody Hanson and Austin Lukes are the Metropolitan Design Center's 2009 MDC Undergraduate Travel Scholarship winners. Hanson will research division in urban landscapes in Nicosia, Cyprus, and St. Paul, Minnesota. Lukes will travel to Dublin, Ireland; Amsterdam, Netherlands; and Lyon, France, to investigate light rail public transportation systems.

 

Kristen HelleKristen Helle's (MFA Interactive Design '08; DHA PhD candidate) artwork was featured in the April issue of Minnesota Women's Press.

 

 

Alumni

John Albers (BA Arch '68; MArch '72), president of Opus Architects & Engineers, announced his retirement from the A&E arm of the Opus Group in June. Albers was the lead architect of the Mariucci Arena and has served as a guest lecturer at the School of Architecture.

 

Heba Amin (MFA Interactive Design '09) was profiled in the May issue of Minnesota Women's Press and designed the issue's cover. Amin also published "Fragmented City: Visualizing the City -- Psyche Relationship of Cairo" in the spring 2009 edition of media-N and was featured in the Star Tribune in April along with her illustrations for the award-winning children's book Extraordinary Women from the Muslim World. Amin also received a Rhizome Commission grant, as one of 10 recipients out of 800 applicants.

 

Louise Brodman (BArch '80) has designed the first LEED platinum-certified house in Rhode Island.

 

John Cary (BA Arch '99), executive director of Public Architecture, was invited to the White House for a special arts policy briefing and planning meeting. Additionally, the Rockefeller Foundation named Cary a fellow-in-residence at its Bellagio Center this fall.

 

Andy Erikson (BS Graphic Design '09), winner last year of Rooftop Comedy's Rusty Nail Award, was named MVP of the University's comedy team, which won Rooftop Comedy's 2009 National College Competition.

 

Karl Frankowski's (BS Graphic Design '02) video, ID Processes: Rapid Prototyping, is featured on industrial design Web sites Core77 and boingboing Gadgets. Frankowski's video explains rapid prototyping processes for industrial designers and was originally shot for the 2007 Goldstein Museum of Design exhibition, "Here by Design 3."

 

Amy Michelle Freeman (BS Retail '98) and her company, SoHo Exchange, were featured in the Take 5 section of the April 2009 issue of Twin Cities Luxury and Fashion magazine.

Sarah French (Clothing Design '06), Megan Wannarka (Clothing Design '06), and current student Stacy Wenzel (Clothing Design) worked on a production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet for 3AM Productions, which played in May at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage.

Waikiki Shopping PlazaMatt Gilbertson's (BA Arch '85, MArch '92) Honolulu design firm, MGA Architecture, has finished the design for a four-story, 29,655-square-foot addition to Waikiki Shopping Plaza.

 

Former architecture faculty member Joel Goodman (BArch '66) sends word of his recent publications: "Building Size-Fixed Reflector CPC Troughs and Bowls for Food Processing Facilities," Proceedings of the International Solar Food Processing Conference, January 2009, Indore, India; "Architectural Active Solar Energy Reflector Collector Studies," Solar 2008 American Solar Energy Society Conference, San Diego, California; and "Building-Integrated, Non-Imaging Trough Cooking Systems," Solar Cooker Review, March, Vol. 14, Number 1, 2008.

 

Liz Homer (BS Graphic Design '07) was featured in the March 2009 issue of the AIGA Minnesota newsletter's "Spotlight" section. Homer is associate director for emerging designers and design traffic manager for Student Unions and Activities at the University.

 

Diane Hovey (MS DHA '93) and her wheelchair-using daughter, Sonia, were profiled in the March 31 issue of the Pioneer Press. Sonia suffered severe brain damage when she was 14 months old, and Diane wrote a fairy tale based on her daughter, recently published as Princess Sophia's Gifts.

Richard Koshalek (BA Arch '65, MA Art History '68), the new director of the Hirshhorn Museum, was profiled in the April 29 issue of the Washington Post.

 

Christopher Monson (BArch '87), associate professor at the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University (MSU), received the 2009 John Grisham Master Teacher Award for teaching excellence, the highest honor given for teaching at MSU.

 

Dennis Mulvey (BArch '76) has joined Adolfson and Peterson Construction as senior vice president of the firm's Midwest Division.

 

Lyndsie Nash (formerly Lyndsie Hakala; BS Clothing Design '00) has moved to freelance apparel design. Nash worked at the North Face for about seven and a half years, and later headed design for Mission Playground, a sustainable sportswear company. She was featured in the March/April 2009 issue of Textile Insight.

 

Leonard Parker (BArch '48; Arch retired) was featured on Minnesota Public Radio's Midday program in June as part of a report on the 65th anniversary of the Allied landing at Normandy, France. It included the narration of a letter written by Parker, who helped liberate Dachau. Parker was on the School of Architecture faculty for more than 30 years, worked with Eero Saarinen, and established Leonard Parker Associates (now known as PDI World Group) in Minneapolis in 1958.

 

Patrick Redmond (MA DHA '90) is a founding member of AIGA Minnesota's new Veteran Designer committee. He took second place in the University of Wisconsin-Stout's "Sketch-Off" fundraising competition in March 2009 and presented "A Creative Career in Graphic Design" during that university's spring 2009 mini-lecture series.

 

Sarah Susanka (MArch '83; CALA commencement speaker '02; CALA alumni award recipient) has coauthored a book, Not So Big Remodeling, which was featured in a USA Today article by Wendy Koch in March. Susanka is the author of the 1998 book The Not So Big House.

 

Winslow Wedin (BArch '59) continues to provide architectural services in the commercial, hospitality, and residential areas. Wedin recently donated five boxes of archival material and a biography about his father, Elof Wedin (1901-83), to the Minnesota Historical Society, which has a number of paintings by the elder Wedin in its collection.

 

Jason Weinbeck homeJason Weinbeck's (BA Arch '01) home is featured in an eight-page story in the summer 2009 issue of Atomic Ranch. The name of the article is "Pinching Pennies: Sweat Equity Pays Off in a Big Way in Minnesota."

 

Deaths

Norman Haines (BLA '80) died last year at his home in Rockville, Maryland. After graduation Haines established Haines Land Design, providing landscape design and land-use planning services. He developed a highly regarded expertise in wetland assessment, impact mitigation, and restoration, and acted as an expert witness in a number of major planning decisions.

 

Jaroslav (Jerry) Korsunsky (BArch '54) died March 30 in Minneapolis at age 83. Korsunsky worked as an architect at Ellerbe Becket before branching out and starting his own firm in his basement recreation room in 1964. He later teamed up with classmates Ron Krank and Ron Erickson to form KKE, an architectural firm that designed many nursing homes, schools, and community centers, as well as the Mall of America.

 

Barbara Johnson Schnelle (BS DHA, related arts, with distinction '50) died in Edina, Minnesota, of natural causes on March 13. Schnelle was a student of the Goldstein sisters and donated a number of garments and accessories to the Goldstein Museum of Design. She was employed at Dayton's and Donaldson's department stores.

 

George Swan, Jr. (BArch '43) died in July. The home Swan and his wife built in 1950 on Christmas Lake, just south of Lake Minnetonka, was featured in Better Homes and Gardens in 1954. During his professional architecture career Swan focused on schools, hospitals, and medical office buildings. In his private practice he frequently experimented with passive solar and other energy efficient design concepts.