Architecture Minnesota
The Magazine of AIA Minnesota
Honored and Divine
March - April 2007
Vol. 33 No. 2
March/April 2007 Press Release

28        AND THE WINNERS ARE . . .
The critics agree: Our annual AIA Minnesota Honor and Divine Detail Awards issue is chock-full of some of the best recent work by Minnesota architects. Be sure to check out our May/June issue for coverage of the residential winners.
A Delicate Matter: Benedicta Arts Center Expansion page 30
By Nancy A. Miller
Whirlwind Romance: TEMPO page 34
By Phillip Glenn Koski, AIA
Signs & Symbols: St. Croix Lutheran High School Chapel page 36
By Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA
Tr-Tr-Tr-Tria: Tria House page 40
By Paul Neuhaus, AIA

True North: University of Alaska Museum of the North page 42
By Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA

A Room with a View: Eye-Pod page 46
By Glenn Gordon

Light Box: Breck School Commons page 48
By Phillip Glenn Koski, AIA

Inspired landscape designs take center stage in the redevelopment of a city block and in the creation of a true suburban downtown.

Square One page 54
By Frank Edgerton Martin
Build it and they will come. That line rings true in Burnsville, where a beautiful new town square—Nicollet Commons—is spurring the development of a pedestrian-friendly town center.  

Tracing History page 58
By Mason Riddle
The highly sustainable Urban Garden, the centerpiece of a redeveloped block in Minneapolis’ Mill District, will honor the rich history of the site with native plants and echoes of a once-bustling rail yard.  
Departments & Directories
7         Editor’s Note

13       Culture Crawl compiled by Emily Dowd
Run, eat, bird-watch, tap a tree, or learn about the impact buildings have on the environment, all in honor of Earth Day.
15       Speed Reading by Camille LeFevre
Feeling a little glum? Rhapsodic author Alain de Botton has the cure: The Architecture of Happiness.
19       Notebook by Phillip Glenn Koski, AIA
Our roving reporter muses on the past and future of Minneapolis’ Foshay Tower at an on-site gathering of preservationists.
21        Alter Ego by Heather Beal
Get father-and-son architects Leonard and Aaron Parker talking about singing, and you’ll have a hard time getting them to stop.
25        Material Matters by Mason Riddle
Some see a velveteen surface rich with industrial flavor and age. Others just see rust. But all agree Cor-Ten steel is here to stay.

27        Citizen Architect by Emily Dowd
Bob Shaffer, AIA, brings his architecture and planning expertise to the Golden Valley City Council.

80      Place
Local photographer Lynn Geesaman frames an arresting composition in one of Europe’s most beloved landscapes.
72      Directory of Landscape Architecture Firms
78      Credits
79      Advertising Index

On the Cover
University of Alaska Museum of the North
Architect: Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc.
Photographer: Nic Lehoux Photography

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.