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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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