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AIA Elevates School of Architecture Faculty and Alumni to College of Fellows

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently elevated four Minnesota architects to the AIA College of Fellows in recognition of their contributions to the profession and society. The School of Architecture can count three out of the four new Minnesota fellows among its faculty and alumni: William Blanski (B.Arch ’85), design principal with HGA Architects and Engineers; Renée Cheng, professor of […]

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Adam Lund (B.S. Arch '03) Receives AIA Illinois Award

Adam Lund (B.S. Arch ’03) is the recipient of the AIA Illinois John Wellborn Root Award, which recognizes exemplary, noteworthy service or design talent of an AIA architect licensed less than 10 years. Lund is a Project Architect in the Chicago office of Perkins+Will, a global architecture and design firm. Lund’s passion for socially conscious design, sustainable urban planning and high-performance architecture are  visible in his body of work, which includes the Historic Shaw Technology and Learning Center, a former Power House for the Sears and Roebuck campus transformed into a LEED NC Platinum charter high school and community center in Chicago. Lund also won an AIA Chicago 2013 Devine Detail Award for solving a practical life safety issue in…

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Architecture Alumni Named to AIA College of Fellows

The 2014 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated 139 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows, including five alumni from the School of Architecture. Out of a total AIA membership of over 80,000 there are over 3,000 members distinguished with this honor.            Michael Bjornberg (BArch ’79)             HGA Architects and Engineers         Ted Davis (BA ’74, B.Arch ’76)RSP Architects    Norman Garden (B.Arch ’82)RTKL Associates Inc. Albert Lindeke III (M.Arch ’80)Rafferty Rafferty Tollefson Lindeke Architects Inc.Julia Robinson (B.Arch ’71)University of Minnesota School of Architecture                In addition, two alumni served on the 2014 Jury of Fellows: Craig Rafferty (BA/B.Arch ’70)Raymond Yeh (M.Arch ’69) The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made…

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From WalMart to Library: MS&R Receives National AIA Honor Award

Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle Ltd (MS&R), co-founded by principal Thomas Meyer (B.Arch ’71) and former School of Architecture Professor Garth Rockcastle, won an American Institute of Architects Honor Award for their conversion of an abandoned Wal-mart into a highly functional public library in McAllen, Texas. The award is AIA’s highest honor for interior architecture.The final result, potentially the largest library on a single floor, is larger than a football field. Jack Poling (M.Arch ’88), MS&R’s senior principal and managing partner, was the lead interior architect behind the project.    The makeover impressed the AIA judges, “The McAllen Main Library represents an important shift in American cultural attitudes toward tolerating big box, suburban structures. The interior spaces have been dramatically transformed…

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Alumni Receive AIA Young Architects Awards

John Dwyer (B.A. Arch '96, M.Arch '02) and Alissa Luepke (B.A. Arch '99, M.Arch '02) are recipients of the 2013 AIA Young Architects Award. The award honors individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their careers. After Hurricane Katrina in 2007, Dwyer moved to New Orleans and founded a community design studio in the Lower 9th Ward. In the first 6 months, he provided pro bono design services to over 60 returning households. In an announcement about the award, members of the jury recognized his leadership in restoring parts of the Ninth Ward as, "inspiring and demonstrates his strong commitment to designing for the public interest. John strives to incorporate humanitarian…

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Redesigning the Minneapolis Institute of Arts African Art Galleries

Cass Gilbert Professor-in-Practice Vincent James and Adjunct Professor Jennifer Yoos (B.Arch '91) will discuss plans for their redesign and renovation of the African Art Gallery at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) on Saturday, January 26 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. They will be joined by MIA Curator of African Art, Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers, in a conversation moderated by Alex Bortolot, MIA content strategist and an African art specialist. James and Yoos, along with Nathan Knutson (M.Arch '95), are principals at VJAA, which received the 2012 Architecture Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects. Attendees will receive sneak peeks of gallery renderings and gain insights into the design process. Visit the MIA website for more information.More stories from the College…

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James Howarth (BS Arch '02, M Arch '05) Named Finalist for Ralph Rapson Traveling Fellowship

James Howarth (BS Arch '02, M Arch '05) was named a top five finalist for the Ralph Rapson 2012 Traveling Fellowship. The competition provides young architects the opportunity to advance their education in architecture by pursuing foreign or domestic travel-study. To assist in their education, $10,000 is awarded to the winner. The jury chose five finalists from among the 38 entrants. Howarth is an architect with Perkins+Will.Read the full press release from AIA-MNDownload Howarth's winning entry "Ghost Walk" (PDF)Learn more about the School of Architecture…

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Alchemy Architects Receive AIA Award for SPECS Optical Facade

The St. Paul architecture firm Alchemy Architects, founded by Geoffrey Warner (B.Arch '89), received a 2012 Small Project Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) during an awards ceremony on May 17 in Washington D.C. Alchemy facilitates experimentation with, and the production of, key elements that are part of larger projects, from weeHouses to lofted condos. The award was for Alchemy's work on SPECS Optical Facade, an optical shop in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis. Landscape beautification installed by the city obscured their storefront, and sign code limitations prevented the shop from using signage that would be visible behind the trees and bushes. Alchemy created a crystalline envelope of 5/8" thick greenhouse polycarbonate that "grows" out of the…

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Joel H. Goodman (B Arch '66) Presents at Solar Thermal Conference

Joel H. Goodman (B Arch '66) hosted a break out session at the Solar Thermal 2011 National Solar Heating and Cooling Conference in Milwaukee, WI. His presentation on emerging technology, "Building Interior Evacuated Tubes and Reflectors (BIETR)," was an American Institute of Architects (AIA) recommended research project. The goal of the annual conference is to speed solar thermal market transformation by "connecting the dots" across the industry. Goodman is a former assistant professor at the School of Architecture. You can see images of his work on Flickr. For more information about the School of Architecture visit their website….

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Alumni Receive 2012 AIA Fellowships and Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated four College of Design alumni from the School of Architecture to its prestigious College of Fellows. The Fellowship program recognizes those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level: Ross Alan Chapin (B.Arch/BED '79), Ross Chapin Architects, Seattle (Langley, Charles Mears (BA Arch '91 / class of '81), Radius Track Corporation, St. Paul David E. Rogers (M.Arch '71), The Jerde Partnership, Los Angeles Fredric Sherman (M.Arch '80), HGA Architects and Engineers, San Francisco Two…

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