Faculty Research and Creative Activity

Our faculty conduct groundbreaking research, engage in creative scholarship, and share their expertise with a wide variety of communities. Search for individual faculty on Experts @ Minnesota, browse through faculty projects, and see the latest College of Design faculty news below.

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Recent Highlights

Congratulations to the 3 team recipients of the $15,000 CDES Collaborative Research Grants.

  • Developing a Systems Framework for Circular Design

    PI: Lindsey Strange, Apparel Design
    Co PIs: Malini Srivastava, Architecture; Frances Trice, Graphic Design; Linsey Griffin, Apparel Design

  • Increasing the Energy Efficiency of Buildings Through On-Body Supplemental Heating: A Feasibility Analysis

    PI: Rolf Jacobson, Center for Sustainable Building Research /Architecture
    Co PI: Lucy Dunne, Co-Director Wearable Technology Lab/Apparel Design

  • A Biophilic Approach to Net-Positive Design

    PI: Mary Guzowski, Architecture Co PIs - Joe Favour, Landscape Architecture; Richard Graves, Center for Sustainable Building Research; Jessica Rossi-Mastracci, Landscape Architecture; Abimbola Asojo, Interior Design; Genell Ebbini, Interior Design

This year, two pandemics have captured our attention in the United States. The first, COVID-19—the invisible yet seemingly omnipresent coronavirus. The second, the older and more insidious pandemic of racism, which has a 400-year history in North America. More...

Driven by the acute need for N95 masks in hospitals, faculty from the University of Minnesota's College of Design, College of Science of Engineering, and medical school worked together to create two face mask designs that could be assembled using available materials. More...

Led by Professor Tasoulla Hadjiyanni (Interior Design), the Culturally Enriched Communities (CEC) Initiative champions health and connected communities in which everyone can thrive. As the world comes to terms with the many changes the COVID-19 pandemic has brought, Hadjiyanni is leveraging CEC's work to help communities disproportionately affected by the crisis. More...

The need for N95 masks has skyrocketed in recent weeks in response to COVID-19. To address this challenge, an interdisciplinary research team at the University of Minnesota has designed two respirator mask prototypes from donated filter material by Cummins and bendable components from Bedford Industries. More...

Members of the University got to view ongoing work at the College of Design’s annual Research and Creative Scholarship Showcase. More...

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