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CRD, a first of its kind in the nation!

The Center for Rural Design (CRD) is an intercollegiate center organized in the summer of 1997 by the College of Design and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota.

About Us


The mission of the Center for Rural Design is to work with people to protect and improve rural landscapes, cultures, and communities through innovative design strategies.


CRD strives to reconnect people with their region's landscapes cultures, communities, and environments. Working with University faculty, graduate students, rural communities, and industry CRD offers an integrative, problem-solving approach. Through research-based design projects that include a diversity of disciplines, the Center promotes communication and learning in rural communities and amongst policymakers about designed solutions to complex rural issues.