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Searching for jobs and making early career decisions can be tough to navigate on your own. For 28 years, College of Design juniors, seniors, and graduate students have been matched with mentors in their field of study to help bridge the gap between academia and industry through the college’s award-winning mentorship program.

Laura Sanden Cabo (M.Arch ‘83), AIA, creates Disney magic on the seas. As a portfolio creative executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, Cabo is entrusted with leading the teams that envision and execute the creative development of almost everything under the Disney Cruise Line umbrella. In our latest alumni interview, Cabo talks about applying her architecture skills to a non-traditional career and what designers can bring to the table at any company.

The College of Design is pleased to announce the opening of the Eicher Dress and Fashion Library, which honors Regents Professor Emerita Joanne B. Eicher.

The concept that science can and should be accessible to all is the grounding principle behind the Science Communication Lab at the University of Minnesota. Founded to provide interdisciplinary internship opportunities, the lab has consistently attracted College of Design undergraduate students interested in creating stories or media that make complex research and scientific topics accessible to the general public.

A collaboration between student-group AIAS Freedom by Design and the non-profit Settled has led to a brand new storage shed for the future Settled community at Mosaic Christian Community Church.

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Featured Events

"2021 Minnesota SAY IT LOUD" banner with light blue detailing
Say It Loud

Exhibition Dates: September 20, 2021–January 30, 2022
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 7, 5:00–7:00 PM
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.”

RETAIL CONNECT Space Evolution: E-Commerce & In-Store Innovation

Date: Tuesday, October 26
Time: 5:15 PM CDT
Location: Online


Explore how the unprecedented growth of e-commerce and creative in-store innovations are transforming the retail space in conversation with industry leaders from Sephora, Who What Wear, Kohl’s, and Target during this annual event geared towards retail industry professionals and students.


This year’s event will take place completely online, allowing us the opportunity to connect retail thought-leaders, professionals, and students in Minnesota and beyond, enriching content and discussion through live conversations with featured speakers and opportunities for all attendees to meet and chat with representatives from featured companies during pre-event networking sessions.


Featured speakers:


  • E-commerce: Katherine Power and Hillary Kerr, Co-founders, Who What Wear
  • Moderator: Gena Fox, SVP, Target
  • In-store Innovation: Deborah Yeh, Chief Marketing Officer, Sephora Americas
  • Moderator: Nancy Carruth, EVP, Kohl’s

This event is free thanks to our generous sponsors, but registration is required to attend.

Retail Connect