Behind the Scenes at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

Beneath Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater

Frank Lloyd Wright is one of the most recognized American architects of the twentieth-century. From the Guggenheim Museum in New York City to his Taliesin estates in Spring Green, Wisconsin and Scottsdale, Arizona, Wright’s buildings resonate across the world of architecture. For many architecture students, working directly with Wright’s legacy is just a dream, but for Catherine Deacon (Architecture) this dream turned into a reality.

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Transformative $3 Million Gift To Impact Generations of Future Design Students

Landscape Architecture class at Pine Lake

An alumnus of the College of Design’s Landscape Architecture program, and spouse, have committed $3 million to the University of Minnesota’s College of Design (CDes)—the largest gift ever received by this nationally renowned, comprehensive school for design thinkers and practitioners.

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Meet the Dean: Q&A with Carol Strohecker

Carol Strohecker

In addition to welcoming our new students this fall, the College of Design (CDes) is pleased to welcome our new dean, Carol Strohecker. In this interview, she talks about her passion for the design fields and her experiences across the design disciplines and gives some advice to our incoming students.

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Meet Our New Faculty Members

The College of Design is pleased to welcome six new faculty members this year. Our additions include David Loranger in retail merchandising, Ehsan Naderi in product design, Genell Ebbini in interior design, Jennifer Newsom-Carruthers in architecture, Jessica Rossi-Mastracci in landscape architecture, and Vahan Misakyan in architecture.

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5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Fall Semester

Fall at the University of Minnesota

Before you dive in to fall semester, take a look at our top five tips for starting your school year off right.

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Stepping Up with Apparel Design

Step Up students work on their garments.

Founded in 2004 by the City of Minneapolis and AchieveMpls, the Step-Up Achieve and Step-Up Discover program places Minneapolis teenagers and young adults in paid internships across the metro area. This summer, the Apparel Design Program played host to interns and taught them the ins and outs of apparel design. In this interview Lucy Dunne, director of the apparel design program, talks about how the partnership developed and how the program has been doing so far.

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Building a Strong Foundation: Q&A with Valerie Quarles

Valerie Quarles

Since kindergarten, Valerie Quarles has been surrounded by the remodeling and redesign of her family’s 1910 historic home. Once she was old enough she went from watching the remodel to helping design it.

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Introducing the College of Design

Students in DES 1170 on a field trip

For first year College of Design students, navigating the different design fields can be an intimidating prospect. But College of Design leadership hopes to change that with the introduction of the new topics course DES 1170: Introducing the College of Design.

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Apparel Design Alumna Shines On at Shinesty

Anna Peshock models a Shinesty blazer

In her senior year of college, Anna Peshock (B.S. ’15, Apparel Design) took an internship at a small start-up called Shinesty. Three years later and not only is Peshock a senior technical designer, but celebs like Stephen Colbert are wearing Shinesty’s out of the box designs.

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