Our challenge to create the timeless is more significant than ever before.
Functional needs vary, but the human soul always seeks beauty. Our architecture practice strives to shape built environments that serve the needs and aspirations of people today, tomorrow, and long into the future.
Our approach is unique. We believe that the most enduring, impactful design comes from a deep understanding of our clients, their markets, and the human condition. Thus our process begins not with architecture and design, but with careful listening and the research necessary for fresh insight into the challenges facing our clients. Interdisciplinary teams use this insight as a springboard for innovation. The structure of our firm delivers both the personalized service of a small studio and the deep resources of a full-service firm. For more than sixty years, we have created iconic architecture while meeting the needs of our clients with projects that range in cost, complexity, and size.Services
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To ensure that each project reflects an institution’s cultural identity and strategic vision, we direct a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary team process that includes clients and stakeholders during planning, programming, and design. The final product is important, but lasting relationships are built upon a good experience getting there.
Research is the fundamental link between the curiosity that propels us to dig deeper and the insight that helps us create lasting impact. We bring evidence-based research, Lean principles, and design thinking together with architecture, engineering, and planning to provide clients value-based solutions that respond to their most challenging questions.
We have won five national American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Awards for Architecture, 35+ nationally sponsored AIA Awards and 160+ local component awards including the first Firm Award by AIA Minnesota for “outstanding service to society, clients, the community and the profession through exceptional and enduring architectural design and technical achievement.” We were also a finalist for the prestigious national AIA Architecture Firm Award.
The proliferation of the digital tool set has given us the ability to transcend traditional architectural processes. Our industry-leading Digital Practice Group pairs building information modeling with cutting edge uses of visualization, virtual reality, programming, computation, and simulation to enhance the design process.
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Great design is a strategic business advantage, allowing organizations to further their mission, attract and retain employees, and demonstrate leadership. From iconic buildings to million-square-foot campuses to sensitive historic restorations, our architecture teams have helped clients across markets and geographic regions exceed their goals.