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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

As a playful opportunity to boost creative collaboration among design students, the Kusske Design Initiative (KDI) Cohort developed “Through-Line,” an interactive string installation that surveyed the design processes and learning styles of students at Ralph Rapson Hall and McNeal Hall.

A collaboration with Caribou Coffee challenged design students to expand their skills and apply them to a real-world project. Over the fall 2023 semester, graphic design students in Professor Sauman Chu’s GDES 3352 Identity and Symbols class created a video to promote Caribou Coffee to potential franchisees at conferences and tradeshows. 

Adrienne Bockheim (MLA ‘10) discovered her passion for landscape architecture after the realization that it encompassed everything that fascinated her. Her work, first as a graduate student and then as a project coordinator, with the College of Design’s Minnesota Design Center laid the foundation for a career uniting landscape architecture and urban planning. As a principal city planner for the City of Minneapolis, Bockheim plays a pivotal role in transformative projects like the New Nicollet Redevelopment. In this interview, she shares insights into her career trajectory, offers advice to students, and reflects on how her time at the college shaped her successful career path.

Appointed the state director of USDA Rural Development South Dakota by President Joe Biden, Alumna Nikki Gronli’s (BS ‘96, Design Communications) diverse career journey has included working in design and advertising for music labels, pizza brands, and tech companies, before taking a pivotal shift toward public service. As state director, Gronli has over 70 programs under her purview and orchestrates a team of 31 specialists dedicated to fostering rural prosperity. In this interview, Gronli talks about her career path, her commitment to lifelong learning, and shares advice for students.

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Featured Events

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The Soil and The Story

Date: January 16–April 19, 2024

Location: Rapson Hall, HGA Gallery

Price: Free


The Goldstein Museum of Design’s latest exhibition, The Soil and The Story, celebrates Black Soilship in the Black Belt by highlighting 12 farms researched in the last three years across Maryland, Virginia, the Carolinas, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. Its organizers, Tiffany LaShae, MS Land and Atmospheric Science, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and Assistant Professor and Director of Design Justice Terresa Moses invite you to explore the relationships between science, nature, history, and culture–here and wherever you stand.

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World’s Fair: Impetus for Social Infrastructure

Date: November 7, 2023–February 24, 2024

Location: McNeal Hall, Goldstein Gallery

Price: Free


Curated by Assistant Professor Dingliang Yang the Goldstein Museum of Design's latest exhibition, "World's Fair: Impetus for Social Infrastructure" completes a multi-site presentation of World’s Fairs as a unique phenomenon in American city making. The first installation, showcased this fall in Rapson Hall's HGA Gallery, explored World’s Fairs as platforms for experimentation and innovation in architecture and urban planning. This new installation extends that view, investigating the profound and lasting impact of these events. 

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