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Driven By Design

We see design and design-thinking as the key to solving increasingly complex global problems. Working in concert with the University's Driven campaign, the College of Design launched the Driven by Design fundraising campaign to focus on building our college into a recognized leader of transformative thinking and practice.

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Adam Buhr

Adam Buhr

Chief Development Officer
adambuhr@umn.edu

Nate Mueting

Nate Mueting

Major Gift Officer
mueti002@umn.edu

Driven by Design Campaign

In the face of climate change, economic inequality, and political instability, our society needs design now more than ever. By focusing on these three goals, the College of Design intends to equip the next generation of design professionals to solve the great issues of our time.

The Driven by Design Campaign successfully reached its initial goal of raising $30 million by 2021. Now officially over, the campaign concentrated on fundraising for three main areas:


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$15 million in support for students

To provide more financial support to students and ensure that each one is prepared to become a creative leader in tomorrow’s marketplace.

$10 million in support for faculty

To support innovative teaching, research, and community engagement and to increase the college’s competitiveness to recruit outstanding faculty.

$5 million in support of innovative studio education

To improve the facilities of our college and create transformative and collaborative environments for learning and research.