College of Design
Cdes Helping Haiti


Status Update: Thanks to everyone who contributed to our Help Students Help Haiti initiative. Here is a visual sampling of where things currently stand. The boys and girls in Haiti are scheduled to accept these wonderful gifts on November 18.


Help Students Help Haiti

After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, CDes architecture students were among the first on the ground designing and building sustainable schools. You can read about their experience on their blog at


In recent months, the college’s Center for Sustainable Building Research partnered with Minneapolis-based groups to design, build, and compete in a Haiti reconstruction project that Former President Bill Clinton helped unveil as part of a Build Back Better Communities Expo for sustainable rebuilding efforts. You can read more about this project on Design Observer at


This fall, our apparel students will be working with an orphanage in Haiti to design and create sundresses and jam shorts for girls and boys, who lost their family members in the earthquake.


Contributions to the College of Design Education Fund have helped us stretch the dollars available to students as they continue to make an impact on the world around them through their studies. To contribute to our latest Haiti project, go to



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Helping Haiti


Haitian children being measured for dresses to be made by College of Design students

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