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March | April 2011 High Honors
Vol. 37 No. 2

March April Press Release



From California to Minnesota to Georgia, the winners of the most prestigious awards for architecture designed in Minnesota embrace a “less is more” design philosophy.

U.S. Land Port of Entry

page 22

By Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA

Chaffey College School of Arts

page 26

By Phillip Glenn Koski, AIA

UMD Bagley Nature Area Building

page 29

By Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA

Winona County History Center Addition

page 30

By Linda Mack

White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church

page 33

By Amy Goetzman

Dallas Public Library, Lochwood

page 34

By Amy Goetzman

Columbus State Uptown Campus

page 36

By Phillip Glenn Koski, AIA

SPECS Optical Façade

page 39

By Camille LeFevre

Cabrillo College Arts Village

page 40

By Camille LeFevre


By Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA

When you turn your passion into a career, as most architects and many other people have done, it’s easy to lose your spark amid the day-to-day pressures and responsibilities of professional life. So how do you reignite your inspiration? Three Minnesota architects have the answer: 1. Leave town for two weeks for someplace beautiful. 2. Gather with others, mostly students, who aspire to the same things you aspire to. 3. Design or build something compelling, not with the aid of a computer but with your own two hands.

Departments & Directories

5 Editor’s Note

9 Culture Crawl by Christopher Hudson

Architecture Minnesota’s Videotect competition hits the play button with a must-see screening event at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

11 Why It Works by Frank Edgerton Martin

A serene new regional park for the arts lies near the heart of the Twin Cities metro area. It only seems far away.

13 Conundra by Bill Beyer, FAIA

Would the same number and types of projects win architecture awards if members of the public juried the awards?

17 Studio

The greenest feature of Locus Architecture’s Northeast Minneapolis studio? “Moss on the ceiling . . . where the roof leaks.” Touché.

19 Wayfarer by Pete Sieger, AIA

An American in Paris ventures outside the Centre Ville to photograph one of the most elegant modern structures in the world.

64 Place by George Heinrich

A small group of motorcyclists on an architecture tour down the Mississippi hits the brakes in Winona for a beautiful Prairie School landmark.

56 Directory of Landscape Architecture Firms
62 Credits
63 Advertising Index

On the Cover

U.S. Land Port of Entry
Warroad, Minnesota

“The Warroad border station first appears like a mirage, long and low, a far-off reflection rising from the pavement on a hot day,” says photographer Paul Crosby. “When you traverse the long approach, the building invites another kind of reflection, as it gradually reveals its layers of elegant form.”

Mission Statement

Architecture Minnesota, the primary public outreach tool of the American Institute of Architects Minnesota, is published to inform the public about architecture designed by AIA Minnesota members and to communicate the spirit and value of quality architecture to both the public and the membership.