University of Minnesota - B.A. Arch '88
What was the most important thing/skill/concept you learned at the School of Architecture?
Buildings should interact with human nature and foresee new technologies and all possible needs with simplicity to maintain a timelessness.
Who made the most lasting impression (most influenced you) and why?
Patricia Mack for getting me involved with the all women's built Habitat for Humanity home project in Minneapolis.
What is your favorite memory from your studio days?
Team projects where we built models - one was the mouse trap game and another was pumpkin carving, Pink Flyod the Wall came in first that year. These were interesting because of the discussions afterwards of the process different groups used.
Please identify one (or more) memorable design project that you worked on while a student at the School of Architecture.
Airline Convention Display. There are marketable designs and interesting designs that may or may not be marketable...if you can't get the backing of the money/funding then you haven't made that external human connection that will make it architecture. Sometimes that artful design has to get out of you and onto paper but if not marketable, it just stays art...that or you're just ahead of you time and the technology might develop to make it marketable.
What major forces (such as individual architects, design philosophies, rendering styles, research methods, etc.) do you remember influencing you significantly as a student?
This one student who decided to draw one perspective a day and each day he started a fresh new one, leaving the one before it at whatever stage he had got to. Over the years his skill became masterful.
Cite an example (be specific) that illustrates how you used the education you received at the School of Architecture to positively impact (or better) your community, city, nation or the world
Educating developers on universal design and the benefits of one hundred percent accessible, instead of just the minimums, saves in the construction cost by producing in bulk. In having well designed features that are adaptable improved the desirability of the units and lessened turnover rates.