Minnesota Modern Masters: Highlights of the Nation’s Richest Oral History Project

Minnesota has a rich architectural history and the Minnesota Modern Masters oral history program of the Minnesota Society of Architectural Historians (MNSAH) aims to capture the lives and careers of its leading architects. Since 2012, MNSAH volunteers have interviewed and videotaped more than two dozen Minnesota architects, educators and writers. Started with the goal of documenting the careers of architects like Leonard Parker and Ed Sovik who brought modernism to Minnesota after World War II, it has expanded to include some of today’s leading architects, among them David Salmela, Julie Snow, Vince James and Jennifer Yoos, and Joan Soranno and John Cook.

Linda Mack, former architecture critic and report for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, will share highlights from the video interviews, and Gary Reetz, recently retired HGA architect who chairs the Modern Masters Committee and serves on the board of MNSAH, will introduce the Minnesota Modern Masters program. The Minnesota Modern Masters program received an AIA Minnesota Special Award in 2019.

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