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On Thursday, June 1, Executive Vice President and Provost Rachel T.A. Croson announced the appointment of Dr. Prasad Boradkar as the next Dean of the College of Design, effective September 5, 2023, pending approval by the University’s Board of Regents at its June meeting.

Prasad Boradkar

Exciting transformations have taken place at the College of Design, as several spaces have been renovated to enhance the student experience. The college recently completed renovations in Rapson Hall Rooms 1 and 253; McNeal Hall Suite 32, 12, and 18; and 1425 University Ave. Rooms 75 and 175. All of the renovations have resulted in refreshed and reimagined areas that cater to the needs of students from across design programs.

The University of Minnesota’s College of Design is pleased to announce that biologist, innovation consultant, and author Janine Benyus will be the featured speaker for this year’s Kusske Lecture & Dialogue on Wednesday, November 1. 

The College of Design is pleased to announce that 12 of its individuals and teams received funding from the University’s 2023 Imagine Fund. These grants support innovative research in the arts, humanities, and design fields. Design faculty and researchers will use the funds for historical investigation and analysis, community-based design, and experimental technology applications.

The University of Minnesota’s College of Design was pleased to present fashion designer and urban gardening advocate Ron Finley as the featured speaker for the 2022 Kusske Lecture & Dialogue.

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Featured Events

Architecture Lecture Series | From Drawing to Building

Date: September 18–November 13

Time: 5:30 PM

Location: Rapson Hall, Room 100

Price: Free


Join us for six lectures during the fall semester of 2023. The School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Interior Design Fall 2023 Lecture Series, “From Drawing to Building,” explores two pivotal formats intrinsic to architecture: paper and built architecture.

architecture lecture drawing to building
Retail Connect
RETAIL CONNECT | The Power of Sustainable Retail: How We Make a Difference

Date: Tuesday, October 24

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: McNamara Alumni Center

Price: Free


Retail Connect features industry experts and thought leaders addressing challenges and innovations shaping the retail landscape. This annual fall forum also actively connects industry professionals with retail merchandising students and each other to network and discuss the ideas presented through pre-event networking activities and throughout the event.

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The College of Design hosts events across a full range of design disciplines. From research showcases to lecture series, student exhibitions, discussion panels, and more, we have countless ways for you to get involved in our community.