College of Design
College of Design The College

Mission and values

The College of Design is a multidisciplinary college incorporating the School of Architecture, the departments of Landscape Architecture and Design, Housing and Apparel, and associated research and outreach units. The college aspires to be an international and national leader in multidisciplinary research, creative production, teaching, and public engagement in a wide variety of design-related fields.


A college making a difference in the world:

  • Sustainability and social justice
  • Digital design and fabrication
  • Urban, rural, metropolitan, and regional design
  • Heritage conservation and preservation
  • Design and health
  • Product and innovation design


Dean: Thomas Fisher (Architecture).


Faculty: 120


Staff: 123


Enrollment: 1,330 undergraduate students; 338 graduate students.


Departments: School of Architecture, Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel, Department of Landscape Architecture.


Undergraduate degrees offered: Architecture (BS), Architecture (BA), Design in Architecture (BDA), Apparel Design (BS), Graphic Design (BFA), Housing Studies (BS), Interior Design (BS), Retail Merchandising (BS), Landscape Design and Planning (BED).


Minors: Architecture, Design, Fashion Studies, Landscape Design and Planning, Housing Studies, Retail Merchandising, Product Design Graduate minor.


Post baccalaureate certificates: Housing Studies, Metropolitan Design, Surface Design.


Graduate degrees offered: Architecture (MArch), Apparel Design, Design Communication, Housing Studies, Interior Design (MA, MS, PhD); Heritage Conservation and Preservation (MS in Architecture); Interactive Design (MA and MFA); Landscape Architecture (MLA), Sustainable Design (MS in Architecture).


Major research and outreach units: Buckman Fellowship, Center for Changing Landscapes, Center for Design in Health, Center for Rural Design, Center for Sustainable Building Research, Center for World Heritage Studies, Digital Design Consortium, Goldstein Museum of Design, Human Dimensioning Laboratory, InformeDesign, Metropolitan Design Center, Midwest Universities Radon Consortium (MURC), Wearable Product Design Center.


Multidisciplinary themes: The College of Design has defined three core multidisciplinary themes: Design and health, design and sustainability, and design for all.

Contact Information

College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

32 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-1922

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Minneapolis Offices

101 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-7525

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