Nancy J. Leask

University of Minnesota - B.LArch '77

What was the most important thing/skill/concept you learned at the School of Architecture?
Having the freedom to explore all kinds of design whether it was architecture, landscape, interior, furniture design, etc.

Who made the most lasting impression (most influenced you) and why?
Peter Olin, because of his great sense of humor and he was a good leader and teacher.

What is your favorite memory from your studio days?
Walking down the hall in the main engineering building with Linda Zylman and teasing the engineering students!

Please identify one (or more) memorable design project that you worked on while a student at the School of Architecture.
To tell the truth, it's been so long I can't remember!

What major forces (such as individual architects, design philosophies, rendering styles, research methods, etc.) do you remember influencing you significantly as a student?
Fellow students and teaching assistants, particularly Marjie Pitz.

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.
It surely helped to get a job in '78 when there weren't many out there to be had!

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