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One Healthy Planet: Designing for Human, Animal, and Environmental Wellness; Dewey Thorbeck, FAIA, F
31 Jan 2014
Published To


Rural Arts and Culture Summit 2013




Presentation by




Dewey Thorbeck, FAIA, FAAR


Adjunct Professor and Director, Center for Rural Design


University of Minnesota                                                                                                  




After obtaining his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Minnesota and Masters of Architecture from Yale University, Thorbeck won a Rome Prize Fellowship to the American Academy in Rome. His award-winning architectural firm, Thorbeck Architects, focusing on connecting buildings with landscapes is involved in both regional and national projects and published internationally.




An adjunct professor of architecture at the University of Minnesota, he taught architectural design for a number of years. Recognizing that rural areas in America were undergoing profound demographic, economic, cultural, and environmental changes, he founded in 1997 the Center for Rural Design and serves as its director. The Center for Rural Design is the first in the world to bring design as a problem-solving process to rural issues and challenges, and is involved in a variety of research projects in rural Minnesota.




For the 2013 Rural Arts and Culture Summit, Thorbeck discussed rural design-worldwide explaining what it is, why it is important, and what it can do. The presentation outlined the concept of one healthy planet integrating human, animal, and environmental wellness through the design process. It also outlined rural design principles that are applicable worldwide. A traveling exhibit on Rural Design, organized by the Goldstein Museum of Design at the U of MN, was also displayed at the Summit.




Thorbeck’s book Rural Design: A New Design Discipline was published worldwide by Routledge in 2012. It establishes the theoretical base for rural design and the importance of looking at connecting issues to create synergy and optimal solutions – rural and urban - from a global and local perspective. He has been invited to speak about his architectural work and rural design at a variety of green design symposia in colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, China, and Norway. Also, he is working with people in Australia to host the 2nd International Symposium on Rural Design in 2015 (the first was held at U of MN in 2010); and with the Minnesota Regional Partnerships for a Minnesota Rural Design/Thriving by Design conference in July 2014 to be held at U of MN-Crookston.




Thorbeck is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and was awarded a Buckman Fellowship for Leadership in Philanthropy.


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