Barton R. Becker

University of Minnesota - B.Arch '71

What was the most important thing/skill/concept you learned at the School of Architecture?
Explore many concepts and follow your heart.

Who made the most lasting impression (most influenced you) and why?
Ralph Rapson was the most important person and made the biggest impression during my stay. He was positive, encouraging, and inspiring. I think it is VERY IMPORTANT that faculty practices architecture outside of the University as well.

What is your favorite memory from your studio days?
All nighters. 

Please identify one (or more) memorable design project that you worked on while a student at the School of Architecture.
My thesis project was a library set on a green landscape with hard surface pavilions required under a 12 story-high glass covered space frame pyramid.

What major forces (such as individual architects, design philosophies, rendering styles, research methods, etc.) do you remember influencing you significantly as a student?
Ralph Rapson and those in his office.

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.
I consider the architecture I do to be the best solution that is possible considering the client, budget, and other constraints. I always try to push.

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