In Memoriam: Carl O. Graffunder (B.Arch '42)

13890471_09082013_1.jpgCarl O. Graffunder (B.Arch ’42), an esteemed Minnesota architect, passed away on August 27, 2013, at age 94 from a brief illness with pneumonia. Graffunder received his Bachelor of Architecture degree with distinction from the University of Minnesota in 1942, entered the Navy where he worked as a naval architect, and received his Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University in 1948. In 1946-47 Graffunder was chief draftsman for Antonin Raymond, who was regarded as the father of modern architecture in Japan and New York City.  

Graffunder returned to Minnesota after graduating from Harvard and became a design critic for the School of Architecture under the leadership of former dean Ralph Rapson. In addition to teaching until 1986, Graffunder ran his business Graffunder, Nagle and Associates, later becoming Graffunder Associates. A typical house designed by him featured simple forms, open plans, lots of light, and natural minerals. He made extensive use of glass and outdoor living spaces to bring the beauty of nature into the home, and knew how to achieve livability and economy for the client. He also designed numerous churches, schools, libraries, civic and commercial buildings mostly in Minnesota.
After retiring in 1986, Graffunder received the AIA Fellowship Award for architects. He was a true Minnesota icon in architecture.  
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