College of Design
College of Design

Alumni + Friends

University of Minnesota Alumni & Friends Reception and Solar House Tours

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Public Tours, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., National Mall, Washington D.C.

Reception 5:30-7 p.m., Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Lehrner Room, 3rd floor), National Mall at 7th and Independence, Washington D.C.

This October the U.S. Department of Energy with host the fourth Solar Decathlon in which 20 teams of college and university students, including a group from the University of Minnesota, compete to design, build, and operate the most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered house. The houses will be installed on the National mall in Washington D.C. during the contest and will be open to the public for tours and an opportunity to observe and be inspired by the powerful combination of solar energy, energy efficiency and the best in home design.

University of Minnesota alumni and friends are invited to tour the houses on the mall on Saturday, October 17 and then gather for a special reception at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum to celebrate with members of the U’s design team. Team leaders will share an insider’s view of the design process, contest, and unique features of the U’s Icon Solar House. The Hirshhorn Museum’s new director, alumnus Richard Koshalek (B.A. ’65, M.A. ’68) will also join us to talk about his new role with the museum and vision for it’s future.


Reception and public tours are free but registration for the reception is requested by October 10th to Susan Heltemes, DC Alumni Chapter, at or 301-589-3380

For more Information:

About the Solar Decathlon:

About the University of Minnesota's ICON Solar House:

College contact:

Lori Mollberg, College of Design, 612-625-8796

Co-hosted by the University of Minnesota Alumni Association Washington DC Chapter, College of Design, Institute of Technology, and Richard Koshalek, Director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.


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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