Design in 7: 7 Stories, 7 Minutes

2018 Design in 7 Speakers

What can be shared in just seven minutes? Listen in as seven professionals from the fields of architecture, apparel, graphic and interior design, housing, landscape architecture, and retail share thought-provoking, inspiring, and often humorous tales from the design trenches.

Next Event

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

6:30 PM doors open, 7:00 PM program, reception follows after 7:00PM
Coffman Memorial Union Theater


Attendees are invited to enjoy a reception before and after the program including a cash bar and complimentary appetizers. Guests also receive a deck of student illustrated Design in 7 Trading Cards featuring illustrations and bios for each of our featured speakers.


$5 Current Students, $12 UMAA Members, $15 General Admission

FREE tickets for 2017-18 Design Mentors/Mentees, registration required. One per participant.


Landscape Architecture

Adam Arvidson- Landscape Architect, Writer, Minneapolis Park & Rec Board


Raymond Dehn, Politician and Community Organizer, MN House of Representatives

Interior Design

Michele Espeland- Certified Interior Designer (CID), Principal, Cuningham Group

Apparel Design

Marion Parke- podiatric surgeon and luxury footwear designer, Marion Parke

Product Design

Luis Soto- Industrial and UX Designer, Associate Designer for Home Product Design, Target

Watch for more speakers coming soon!

Presented by the Design Student and Alumni Board with support from our College to Career Program Sponsors (below) and presentation coaching and consulting provided by Mary Milla.

Design in 7 is a UMAA Program Extraordinaire Award Winner.

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2018–19 Sponsors

Cum Laude
Studio BV
Peterssen Keller
Damon Farber
DLR Group
Dean's List

LHB and Made for Retail

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