AIA minneapolis luncheon archive


AIA Minneapolis Luncheons: 2011-2013

 

AIA Minneapolis March Luncheon
Thursday, March 27 from 11:45am to 1:15pm
(Note change in date due to Grassroots Conference)
International Market Square, Suite 185
Organized by the AIA Minneapolis Evolving Practice Forum STORIES OF ALTERNATIVE PRACTICE—Architect Led: Development, Design Build, Fabrication, and other alternatives to conventional practice.
Join Paul Neseth, AIA, and Wynne Yelland, AIA LOCUS Architecture, as they share selected LOCUS projects that stray far from conventional project delivery methods. For almost 20 years, LOCUS has worked within and outside accepted processes and traditional boundaries of the profession. Their forays outside the norm have brought successes and failures to the firm, which they promise to share. Bring a curious mind and a hunger to explore an expanded view of architectural practice.

 

AIA Minneapolis February Luncheon
Thursday, February 20, from 11:45 am – 1:30 pm

International Market Square, 275 Market St., Ste. 185, Minneapolis, MN 55405
Southwest Light Rail Line - Discussion on Development Opportunities, Challenges and Vision, sponsored by the Urban Design Committee
The Southwest Line presents communities along the corridor with not just a technical challenge introducing a new rail line through cities, but the opportunity to take advantage of the long term benefits of a dedicated mass transit route. Mass transit can not only move great numbers of people, but stimulate development in a way no other transit options can. Each city along the line has to plan for the traffic impacts and the development opportunities. Join us for an overview of the SW line and a discussion of how they are visioning for the future of mass transit in their communities. Feel free to bring your own vision or questions for a panel of Community Development directors and select developers.


AIA Minneapolis Annual Meeting/December Luncheon

Thursday, December 19, 11:45 am – 1:30 pm

International Market Square, 275 Market St., Ste. 185, Minneapolis, MN 55405

You are cordially invited to the AIA Minneapolis Annual Fellows Luncheon and Holiday Party.



AIA Minneapolis Annual Meeting/November Luncheon
Thursday, November 21, 11:45 am – 1:30 pm

Join us on Thursday, November 21 for the AIA Minneapolis Annual Meeting. An exciting recap of this year will be followed by a look ahead as we vote on new Directors, Chapter Officers, and hear President-Elect, Bryan Paulsen's plans for 2014. Sign up at http://mplslunchnov2013.eventbrite.com.

AIA Minneapolis 2014 Slate of Candidates
President-Elect: Matt Johnson, AIA, Welsh & Colliers International
Secretary: Karie Johnson, AIA, Nor-Son, Inc.
Treasurer: Mike Schellin, AIA, Kodet Architectural Group, Ltd.

Chapter Directors:
Gretchen Camp, AIA, BKV Group
Derek McCallum, AIA, RSP Architects, Ltd.

AIA Minnesota Director:
Meg Parsons, AIA, Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.

Associate Director:
Christine Behrend, Assoc. AIA, ESG Architects, Inc.

Bryan Paulsen, AIA, I&S Group, will be President in 2014. Paul Whitenack, AIA, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., will continue as Past President. Andrew Bjur, AIA, Engan Associates, Architects, and Ken Sheehan, AIA, Architectural Alliance, will continue as Chapter Directors. Robert Mack, FAIA, MacDonald & Mack Architects, Ltd., will continue as AIA Minnesota Director. Destin Nygard, Assoc. AIA, Architectural Alliance, will continue to serve as Associate Director. Jim Lutz, AIA will continue to serve as the School of Architecture Representative.

Voting occurred at the AIA Minneapolis Annual Meeting on November 21.

 

October 17, 2013

The AIA Minneapolis Evolving Practice Forum Presented:
Success and Failure: Creative Professionals Share Stories of Reinvention

Success and Failure: Creative Professionals Share Stories of Reinvention
An inherent aspect of a creative livelihood is the need to tackle challenges previously unmet, to experiment, to test the limits of conventioal knowledge, to fail, and to learn and adapt.  In board rooms and conferences across the country, architects are realizing that the practice model of the 21st century will be radically different from the 20th.  

For this month's free lunch program, the Evolving Practice Forum invites three creative practitioners to share real-life, "bumpy road" stories of projects and ventures adapting to accelerated changes in technology, business and social systems.  Moderated by Evolving Practice Forum member Michael Roehr, AIA, the panel includes Brian Ritchie, Executive Creative Director of Space 150; David Fey, Strategic Planning Consultant and former Deputy Mayor for R.T. Rybak; and Geoffrey Warner, AIA, award-winning designer and creator of the weeHouse.

 

 

July 19, 2013
Potholes on the Path to Licensure

 

June 19, 2013

AIA Minneapolis Merit Awards

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May 16, 2013

The AIA Minneapolis Recognition and Programs Committee Presented:
2013 Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Awards

This annual awards program is a collaboration of AIA Minneapolis, Preserve Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission. It recognizes the best efforts of the city’s property owners, developers, architects, and public officials to sustain and promote our historic built environment.

 

February 21, 2013
The AIA Minneapolis Urban Design Committee Presented:
New Minnesota Multipurpose Stadium Presentation

HKS, the stadium architects from Dallas who are designing the New Minnesota Multipurpose Stadium, provided a report on the latest information. They will submit concepts to the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) for their review and decisions on design options.

Steve Maki, PE, HHH MetrodomeDirector of Facilities and Engineering, is deeply involved on the planning of the new Minnesota Multipurpose Stadium. He will provide us with a presentation on what the MSFA has been doing and what has been happening with the development of the stadium design and the various options that HKS has created.

 

January 17, 2013
The AIA Minneapolis Recognition and Programs Committee Presented:
2012 AIA Minnesota Honor Awards

 

December 20, 2012
Holiday Party and Fellows

This annual Holiday Party, featured presentations from AIA Minnesota's three new AIA Fellows: Chuck Knight, FAIA, Chuck Mears, FAIA and Gary Reetz, FAIA.

 

November 15, 2012
AIA Minneapolis Annual Meeting

President, John Stark, AIA gave an exciting recap of this year. President-Elect, Paul Whitenack, AIA, followed by a look ahead as we heard his plans for 2013.

 

October 18, 2012
The AIA Minneapolis Evolving Practice Forum Presented:
Communicating Architecture with Video

The October lunch program explored the various ways that architects are adopting video to enhance communication with their clients and the public.  Whether competing for a project, illustrating a complex design issue to a client, or provoking on-line discussions, greater numbers of architects and firms are looking to video as a means to engage an increasingly gadget savvy, time-strapped, and digitally oriented public.

A panel of three speakers offered their diverse perspectives on the current and future state of video in architecture practice.  Speakers includde Grant Eull, Creative Director at Pixel Farm Digital; Charles Orton, AIA, Associate principal at AECOM; and Nat Madson, employee at VJAA and Adjunct Instructor at the University of Minnesota.

 

September 20, 2012

The AIA Minneapolis Urban Design Committee Presented:
Transit Corridor Development

The September lunch program welcomed David Frank, City of Minneapolis Transit-Oriented Development Manager. Frank presented an overview of his work coordinating development of the transit corridors - both rail and bus. He concluded by answering question from attendees.

 

Note: There was no August Luncheon

 

July 19, 2012
The AIA Minneapolis Associates Presented:
The Citizen Architect

The July lunch program featured a panel discussion from AIA Minnesota members who are also leaders in their communities. Panel members included, Raymond Dehn, Assoc. AIA, Ryan Kronzer, AIA, Laura Faucher, AIA and Rosemary McMonigal, AIA. The panel shared their experiences as well as rewards they receive by giving back. In addition to their leadership skills, these architects communicate with the public and advocate for architecture and good design.

 

June 21, 2012

The AIA Minneapolis Recognition and Programs Committee Presented:
2012 AIA Minneapolis Merit Awards

This lunch honored the 2012 AIA Minneapolis Merit Award winners. AIA Minneapolis Merit Awards tell a story of excellence beyond design, reflecting the variety of forces that shape a building.  Unique in its approach to creating a jury, these awards encompass the views of business professionals, real estate developers, community advocates, and academic leaders as well as architects.  

2012 AIA Minneapolis Merit Award Winners
El Mirador and La Torre Inclinada - RAW Design Build
The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts - Miller Dunwiddie Architecture
Wirth Park Nordic Skiing Shed - LHB, Inc.
Billy Graham Community Life - Perkins+Will

 

May 17, 2012

The AIA Minneapolis Recognition and Programs Committee Presented:
2012 Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Awards

On May 17th our monthly lunch program featured the 21st Annual Minneapolis Preservation Awards. The Awards were co-hosted by Preserve Minneapolis, AIA Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission. These Awards spotlight exemplary projects, and recognize individuals and community organizations that celebrate and enhance the heritage and historic character of Minneapolis.

 

April 19, 2012

The AIA Minneapolis Evolving Practice Forum Presented:
Road trip to Greater Minnesota April 19th and Rural Design

On April 19th AIA Minneapolis took the Free Lunch Program on the road to the new St. Cloud Public Library with a feature presentation on “Rural Design” by Dewey Thorbeck, FAIA. After the presentation members had a lively discussion, a tour of the new library and the nearby new police headquarters.

 

March 15, 2012

The AIA Minneapolis Evolving Practice Forum Presented:
VJAA - AIA National Firm of the Year

The AIA Minneapolis March lunch program featured an overview of the AIA National Firm of the Year, VJAA.  The first Minnesota firm to ever receive this distinct honor, Minneapolis based VJAA has carved an international reputation for its context driven, conceptually rigorous architecture and public space designs.   The program included a repeat performance of the nomination presentation by University of Minnesota School of Architecture Head, Renee Cheng, AIA, which was given in person before the national board in late 2011. Regional Director, Mark Swenson, FAIA shared his first hand insight on the award nomination and deliberation process as a member of the Board of Directors. And rounding out the program, firm Principal, Jennifer Yoos, AIA, provided an update on recent work, offering a rare glimpse into the firm’s design approach and methodology.

 

January 19, 2012

The AIA Minneapolis Recognition and Programs Committee Presented:
A Look at the 2011 AIA Minnesota Honor Award Winners

This luncheon honored our AIA Minnesota Honor Award winning Minneapolis member firms. Each of the designers presented some untold story about their project in a fast moving slide show format. Click here to view the 2011 AIA Minnesota Honor Award Winners.

 

December 15, 2011

The AIA Minneapolis Membership Connection Committee and Associates Presented:
Fellows Luncheon and Holiday Party

This annual Holiday Party, featured presentations from AIA Minnesota's two new AIA Fellows: Chuck Liddy, FAIA, Miller Dunwiddie Architecture and Larry Gleason, FAIA, Cost, Planning and Management International, Inc. (CPMI).

 

November 17, 2011

The AIA Minneapolis Membership Connection Committee Presented:
AIA Minneapolis Annual Meeting

President, Phillip Koski presented an exciting recap of 2011. 2012 new Directors and Chapter Officers were approved and President Elect John Stark presented his plans for 2012.

 

October 20, 2011

The AIA Minneapolis Urban Design Committee Presented:
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Studio / RiverFIRST Preliminary Plans

Bruce Chamberlain, Assistant Superintendent for Planning with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and national award-winning landscape architect and urban designer, spoke about his pursuit to establish an urban planning and design studio within the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board. He also discussed the recently-unveiled RiverFIRST design proposals for Minneapolis’ upper riverfront.

 

September 15, 2011

The AIA Minneapolis Urban Design Committee Presented:
Rebuilding it Right

Presenters:
Tom Streitz- Director of Housing Policy &Development, City of Minneapolis Department of Community Planning and Development. In addition to his role as Director of Housing at CPED, Tom also serves as a Board Member and Vice President of Twin Cities Community Land Bank.
Raymond Dehn, Associate AIA is currently a free agent; he received the AIA National Associate Award in 2008 and currently serves as Co-Facilitator of the Northside Transportation Network.
Alissa Luepke-Pier, AIA is the President of ADL Pier Design in Minneapolis; she is a 2010 AIA Minnesota Young Architect Award winner and currently serves on the Planning Commission at the City of Minneapolis.
Alicia Belton, AIA is a Principle with Urban Design Perspectives in Minneapolis; she is a graduate of the University of Illinois receiving a Masters degree in Both Business and Architecture.
The May 22nd tornado in North Minneapolis impacted many families and neighborhood on the Northside. In response local north Minneapolis architects came together to assist local homeowners with pro bono design assistance to facilitate appropriate repairs that restored the character of these homes.

The Rebuilding it Right initiative involves 3 phases:

  • Assist individual property owners in restoring the character of their homes by providing free design assistance.
  • Working with neighborhoods and organizations to develop new in-fill prototypes through a design workshop process.
  • Facilitate a discussion that will assist the community in developing goals and visioning for areas impacted by the May 22nd Storm.

 

Note: There was no August Luncheon

 

July 21, 2011

AIA Minnesota Associates Presented:
The Minnesota Architects and Firms of Tomorrow: A Vision for the Upcoming Generation of Architects

The July Luncheon featured a panel discussion on future trends in technology, firm practice, design culture, local identity, and other topics that help to paint a broad vision of the Minnesota architect and firm of the future. The panel featured experienced architects as well as architectural historian to offer a broader context on the discussion. The range of topics has relevance to architectural professionals of all levels of experience, but highlighted questions with particular emphasis on challenges and issues that will face emerging professionals practicing in Minnesota.  

 

The panel included Alan Lathrop, former curator of the Manuscripts Divisions and professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota Libraries from 1970 to 2008;Steve Fiskum, AIA, current AIA Minnesota President and Chief Operating Officer of HGA ; Jeremy Mayberg, AIA, Cultural and Corporate Principal for RSP and co-chair of the Council of Firms along with Steve Fiskum; and Tan Nguyen, AIA , owner of a residential practice with a range of forward-looking projects in its portfolio and co-chair of the AIA Small Firms Committee.  The discussion was moderated by David Wilson, Assoc. AIA, Charles R. Stinson Architects.


June 16, 2011

AIA Minneapolis Membership Connection Committee Presented:

Merit Awards

AIA Minneapolis Merit Awards tell a story of excellence beyond design, reflecting the variety of forces that shape a building. Unique in its approach to creating a jury, these awards encompass the views of business professionals, real estate developers, community advocates, and academic leaders as well as architects. Attendees will learn ways to address the many views, ideas and issues involved in a design project. Please join us as we recognize the 2011 AIA Minneapolis Merit Award Projects! The jurors will share their insight about each project. Award winners and clients will also be present.


March 17, 2011

AIA Minnesota Honor Awards

Join us for a showcase our Honor Award winning Minneapolis member firms.  Each of the six designers will present some heretofor untold story about their project in a fast and furious slide show format relying exclusively on photographs and visual graphics. Best of all, there will be no acceptance speeches! For a refresher on the winning projects visit the Honor Awards page.


February 17, 2011

Upper Mississippi Riverfront

In September 2010, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, with creative partners Walker Art Center and University of Minnesota College of Design announced an international design competition to address 5.5 miles of the Upper Mississippi Riverfront.


Four award-winning landscape and urban design teams were announced as finalists in November, from a pool of 55 submittals from 14 countries on five continents. In December, the four teams made a four-day research visit to Minneapolis.

During the luncheon on February 17, we heard from Mary deLaittre, project manager of the competition, and other special guests/ members of the jury, on the creation of the competition, the interview process and the vision of the winning team. See the images on the AIA Minneapolis Facebook page. More background information at minneapolisriverfrontdesigncompetition.com.



January 20, 2011

AIA Minneapolis Public Awareness Committee
Transition to 2011: Finding and Retaining Work for Individuals and Firms
Find more discussion on the AIA Minneapolis LinkedIn page.


During the January 20th AIA Minneapolis Chapter luncheon, hosted by the AIA Minneapolis Public Awareness Committee, 75 attendees heard from four architectural firm principals on business development initiatives, hiring/training, outreach/education and social media/public relations and competitions. The four speakers were from large to small firms from a diverse range of commercial to residential projects (see below). Their responses in full can be viewed in this four-page PDF: Luncheon Summary for January, 20, 2011.

The discussion was moderated by Charles Liddy, AIA, Miller Dunwiddie Architects, a former AIA Minneapolis President. As the speakers in turn responded to each of the four areas, they framed their thoughts around the economy, the current and potential financial, development and design climate, and shared some valuable learning and concepts attendees could take back to their firms for discussion.

 

They echoed each other’s views quite a bit and talked about specific strategies like intensifying efforts to win public sector work because it did not require financing (ESG), focusing on renewable energy analysis and sustainable project development (4RM+ULA); making very few micro-changes and many macro-changes (Rehkamp Larson Architects); and encouraging staff to give lectures and serve on panels (MS&R Ltd.). They touched on Revit as revolutionary (ESG and MS&R) and BIM modeling for developers, real-estate professionals and facility owners (4RM+ULA) and residential (Rehkamp Larson Architects).

 

All chimed in to say that their staff is lean and learning new models for efficiency and although they are taking on more contract workers versus full-time employees, they feel fortunate that there is a large talent pool out there when they’re ready to start hiring (some have). They also commented on an audience question about their approach to getting new work. They reiterated that the interest in the client always comes first and personality is a very large part of the client decision-making process, especially with the tough competition at the table these days.

 

The luncheon wrapped up with a summary on upcoming events and an update on AIA Minnesota and AIA Minneapolis social media efforts (PDF).

 

Presenters included Nathan Johnson, AIA, 4RM+ULA, LLP; Mark Swenson, FAIA, ESG Architects; Thomas Meyer, FAIA, MS&R; and Mark Larson, AIA, Rehkamp Larson Architects. (Their work is pictured below, clockwise from top left).