Category Archives: Alumni

Parker featured on MPR Midday broadcast

Leonard Parker (BArch, 1948; Architecture, retired) was featured on Minnesota Public Radio’s (MPR) Midday program earlier today. The segment, “Remembering D-Day,” examines the upcoming 65th anniversary of the allied landing at Normandy, France and includes the narration of a letter written by Parker, who helped liberate Dachau. Parker was on the faculty of the School of Architecture for more than 30 years, worked with Eero Sarinen, and established The Leonard Parker Associates (now known as PDI World Group) in Minneapolis in 1958.

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Albers announces retirement from Opus Group

John Albers (BA Architecture, 1968; MArch, 1972), president of Opus Architects & Engineers, has announced his retirement from the A&E arm of the Opus Group. Albers was the lead architect of the Mariucci Arena and has served as a guest lecturer at the School of Architecture. Notable projects spanning Albers’s career include the Saint Paul and Minneapolis campuses of the University of St. Thomas, Best Buy’s corporate headquarters, the Fifth Street office towers, and The Carlyle in Minneapolis.

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Wedin continues to practice; donates archival material on father

Winslow Wedin (BArch, 1959) continues to provide architectural services in the commercial, hospitality, and residential areas. Wedin recently donated five boxes of archival material and a biography about his father, Elof Wedin (1901-83), to the Minnesota Historical Society, which has a number of paintings by the elder Wedin in its collection.

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Detail, “Harbor, Svalvar, Norway” 56″x47″ 1966.

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Redmond is founding member of AIGA Minnesota's new Veteran Designer committee

Patrick Redmond (MA DHA, 1990) is a founding member of AIGA Minnesota’s new Veteran Designer committee. Redmond took second place in the University of Wisconsin-Stout’s “Sketch-Off” fundraising event competition in March 2009 and presented “A Creative Career in Graphic Design” during that university’s Spring 2009 mini-lecture series. Several of Redmond’s designs for the Star Tribune‘s “Taste” section have been included in Graphis Annual and Print Regional Annual. Redmond is also cited in Peter Seitz: Designing a Life (Minneapolis, Minnesota: Minneapolis College of Art & Design, 2007).

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Gilbertson designs addition to Honolulu shopping center

Matt Gilbertson‘s (BA Arch, 1985; MArch, 1992) Honolulu design firm, MGA Architecture, has finished the design for a four-story, 29,655-square-foot addition to Waikiki Shopping Plaza with forms inspired by the native Hawaiian ahupua’a: ‘Aina (land), wai (water), and mea ‘oiwi (indigenous plants). “The primary forms and stone textures of the building’s massing represent the solid, eternal ‘aina. Over this flow five shimmering waterfalls of curtainwall glass along Kalakaua Avenue. And just as the mea ‘oiwi served the inhabitants of the ahupua’a with much needed shelter from the elements, the rooftop canopy and cantilevered sidewalk trellises provide protection and a sense of human scale,” says Gilbertson.

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