Gordon W. Keller

University of Minnesota - B.Arch '65

What was the most important thing/skill/concept you learned at the School of Architecture?
The incorporation of aesthetically pleasing design into functional work.

Who made the most lasting impression (most influenced you) and why?
Ralph Rapson, due to his involvement in actual architectural projects while serving at the School of Architecture.

What is your favorite memory from your studio days?
Architectural education was much like the army in that shared difficulties with other students and that is the majority of my memories.

Please identify one (or more) memorable design project that you worked on while a student at the School of Architecture.
Structural design models with Heinrich Engel were all memorable.

What major forces (such as individual architects, design philosophies, rendering styles, research methods, etc.) do you remember influencing you significantly as a student?
I remember learning philosophies and techniques from Ralph Rapson, Mike Gebhart, and John Rauma.

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 have maintained the education in aesthetic design throughout my career and I have influenced spatial design and appearance of many otherwise mundane projects.

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