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Students in the American Institute of Architecture Freedom by Design group put their design and construction skills to work building a tool shed for Settled, a non-profit focused on addressing long-term homelessness by developing tiny home communities on church property.

Students in AIAS Freedom by Design stand in front of the tool shed they built.

Students, alumni, and retail leaders from across Minnesota and beyond gathered virtually on Tuesday, October 26 for Retail Connect 2021. The annual event brings industry and academic communities together to address the challenges and innovations shaping the retail landscape.

In 1972, Clinton Navarro Hewitt was hired at the University of Minnesota and quickly promoted to Assistant VP of Planning. For the next 37 years, Hewitt would shape the U of M’s campuses across the state through dozens of landmark building projects—including Scholar’s Walk, David M. Lilly Plaza, and the Weisman Art Museum—and impact the lives of countless students and colleagues. To celebrate his career of building community and expanding the field of landscape architecture, the Department of Landscape Architecture has worked with the UMN Archives to create the Clinton N. Hewitt archive.

The University of Minnesota’s College of Design is pleased to announce that internationally acclaimed architect, Frank Owen Gehry, CC, FAIA, will be the inaugural speaker for the new Kusske Lecture & Dialogue Series on Tuesday, November 16.

The College of Design’s Center for Retail Design and Innovation (CRDI) has entered into the biggest partnership in its history with omnichannel retailer Kohl’s. Based outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Kohl’s financial commitment over a three-year period will support CRDI’s work to enrich the student experience in retail merchandising.

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Featured Events

Totally Radical: Designing the 1980s

Exhibition Dates: December 4, 2021–May 27, 2022
Location: McNeal Hall, Room 241


Totally Radical: Designing the 1980s, which draws on all areas of the Goldstein Museum of Design's permanent collection, looks at design through the fractured lens of postmodernism. Like today, the 1980s were fertile ground for nostalgic consumerism, mixing iconic elements of our collective past with present ideals. Whether your recollection of the past sides more with luxe styles or dystopic futures, the 1980s was a highly mediated era of extremes.

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Say It Loud

Exhibition Dates: September 20, 2021–January 30, 2022
Location: HGA Gallery, Rapson Hall

Curated by New York-based architect Pascale Sablan, FAIA, NOMA, LEED AP, SAY IT LOUD elevates the work of BIPOC and women designers working in built environment fields. This juried exhibition features participants from the region where it travels to. Sablan, founder and executive director of Beyond the Built Environment, strives to increase representation in the field of design, which is quintessential to a mission that includes “…engaging community through architecture to advocate equitable, reflectively diverse environments.”