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Mark Engelbrecht, Design, (515) 294-7427
David Kruidenier, (515) 284-8116
Heather Sauer, Design, (515) 294-9289


AMES, Iowa--Des Moines philanthropist David Kruidenier is the recipient of the 2002 Christian Petersen Design Award presented by Iowa State University's College of Design.

Kruidenier, president of the Kruidenier Charitable Foundation, will be honored during the college's annual welcome reception, Monday, Aug. 26.

The Christian Petersen Design Award was created in 1980. It is given annually to alumni, staff and friends of the university for contributions to the advancement of design. The award is named for the noted artist who was Iowa State's sculptor-in-residence from 1934 to 1955.

"David Kruidenier has been integrally involved in a wide range of projects and causes that have benefited the built environment, not only in Des Moines, but throughout Iowa," said Mark Engelbrecht, College of Design dean. "He is a long-time patron of the arts, particularly public art, both in terms of financial support and in promoting excellent design in civic projects."

Kruidenier has been instrumental in seeing a number of major projects in Des Moines come to fruition, including the Civic Center, Simon Estes Amphitheater, Gray's Lake and the Forest Avenue Library branch in the Enterprise Community. He is also involved in the new Des Moines Central Library campaign and supported the recent renovation of the nearby Masonic Temple building for use as a Temple for the Performing Arts.

"Significantly for the College of Design, he helped with our successful application for a grant from the Cowles Foundation for the Cowles Design X.PoRT, which has enhanced our ability to educate students and provide outreach to the people and communities of Iowa," Engelbrecht said. The Cowles Design X.PoRT is an electronic conference center and distance learning facility.

Kruidenier is former president, CEO, vice chairman and chairman of the board of Cowles Media Company; former president, publisher, board chairman and CEO of the Des Moines Register & Tribune Company; and former president of the Gardner and Florence Call Cowles Foundation Inc. He has also served on the boards of Drake University, the Des Moines Art Center, Grinnell College and the Salisbury House Foundation.


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