Craig E. Rafferty

University of Minnesota - B.A. Arch '68, B.Arch '70
MIT - M.Arch

What was the most important thing/skill/concept you learned at the School of Architecture?
Design sketching, logic in thought process, and presentation skills. 

Who made the most lasting impression (most influenced you) and why?
I remember with great fondness Tollefson, Robinson, Roney, Richter, Kell, Zuber, Stebbins, Ankeny, Sullivan, Sandell, Margolis, Vano, Cox, Piersol, and others as fellow students. The faculty consisting of Ralph Rapson, Leonard Parker, James Stageberg, John M., Denny G., Kay L., Richard M., and Dewey T. hold a special place and a warm thanks for all they gave.

What is your favorite memory from your studio days?
In general it has always been a great memory to recall the competitive, yet openly cooperative nature of the design studios and the challenge of convincing the jury that your solution was the best way to solve the problem.

Please identify one (or more) memorable design project that you worked on while a student at the School of Architecture.
CCL - The City Center for Learning project that consumed almost 1.5 years of time worked on it.

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 was very influential. The ability to draw and define concepts, to explain project logic, and to create a meaningful expression were the most valuable tools. These continue to be the most valuable throughout my career. However, George and Dick Rafferty have left the most indelible impact on me. They made a spot for me within their company, treating me with equal status almost from the moment that I joined the firm after graduate school at MIT.

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