Interdisciplinary Studio: The Future of Duluth

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Students in an interdisciplinary landscape architecture and architecture
graduate studio presented their final projects at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth, MN on Wednesday, December 12.

Duluth Mayor
Don Ness was in attendance, along with city planners, port authority workers, and design
professionals from around the region. Over 100 people stopped by to see the projects during the two-hour event.

The Duluth News Tribune featured the graduate studio on their front page Thursday morning, and Fox News will broadcast a story about the student presentations later next week.

[Update: November 29, 2012]

Architecture and landscape architecture students in the Interdisciplinary Duluth studio project will give their final presentations in Rapson Hall in Minneapolis on Monday, December 10, 1:00 – 6:00 pm, and at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth on Wednesday, December 12, noon – 2:00 pm. Read more about the studio projects

on the Meteek & Co. website, a remodeling company and project partner in Duluth.

Contact Cynthia Lapp ( or (218) 343-9523 with questions.

DuluthStudio_ClydePoster_2012.jpg[Original Post: October 2, 2012]


At the end of September, 36 graduate students in Landscape Architecture and Architecture toured Duluth with five faculty members to conduct field research for an interdisciplinary studio project. They met with the director of economic development for the Duluth Seaway
Port Authority, storm water specialists, senior city planners, faculty
and staff from the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), and Duluth mayor Don Ness. They also toured the UMD
campus, the
Duluth-Superior docks, and local manufacturing companies. 

“The design focus of the studio this semester is Duluth,” explained Landscape adjunct assistant professor Cynthia Lapp. “All of the meetings and presentations were focused on giving the
students context for the history of Duluth, and information from
different facets of the city and community about what is needed in the


Students and faculty also spent two day on the Iron Range touring mining operations in
Hibbing, Virginia, and Taconite, where they met with MNDot officials about the
proposed Hwy 53 realignment in St. Louis County between the cities of
Eveleth and Virginia.


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  • I’m a CALA alumni: let me know if I can do anything to host or facilitate your studio if you are up in Duluth again this season. My studio is downtown and reasonably spacious..other spaces available— if you need them, I can help. Also consider attending the AIAMN organized Lake Superior Design Retreat in Duluth in February. We will sponsor a few scholarships to the event this year..see the AIAMN website and let me know if you have any interested students.
    I would be interested in jurying any work that comes out of this studio. I’m a former instructor in the program there…again, let me know if this is possible.

    • Ozayr Saloojee

      Hi Cheryl – thanks for the generous offer. We’ll be up in Duluth on December 12th at Clyde Iron Works from noon-two. Feel free to stop by and see the work. Our students will be presenting their work to Mayor Ness and others. We’re hoping to continue this work next year as well; will try to get you more involved – best, Ozayr (one of the instructors in this studio)