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Architecture Minnesota
The Magazine of AIA Minnesota

Architecture Minnesota
The Magazine of AIA Minnesota

The Honor Awards
March/April 2009
Vol. 36 No. 2
Mar/Apr 2009 Press Release - coming soon




Introduction by Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA

Variety is the spice of . . . architecture awards programs. The 2008 Honor Award winners range from an outdoor room in a Minnesota forest to a terraced university complex on the Mediterranean Sea, with a number of building types and contexts in between.


B’nai Israel Synagogue page 24

By Linda Mack

Hawks Boots Manufacturing Facility page 28Gladstone Community Center

By Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA

Charles Hostler Student Center page 32

By Nancy A. Miller

Gladstone Community Center & Natatorium page 34

By Camille LeFevre

Blessed Sacrament Chapel, St. John’s Abbey page 38

By Nancy A. Miller

St. Cloud Technical College & Workforce Center page 40St. John's Abbey Guesthouse

By Camille LeFevre

St. John’s Abbey Guesthouse page 44

By Christopher Hudson

PINE/Cone page 45

By Phillip Glenn Koski, AIA




By Adam Regn Arvidson

Toronto’s ongoing revitalization of its Lake Ontario waterfront is made possible by land availability and financial resources that other North American cities can only dream of. But what really sets the endeavor apart is the fact that Waterfront Toronto, the private agency charged with administering the effort, has adhered to the vision of a world-class roster of landscape architects, architects, and urban designers. Might Toronto be a source of inspiration for additional waterfront projects in Duluth, Minneapolis, and St. Paul?

Departments & Directories

5 Editor’s Note

9 Culture Crawl by Camille LeFevre

Your neighborhood mini-golf course will never be the same after you’ve played the Skyway Open in Minneapolis.


11 Speed Reading by Carol Ahlgren

The name Harry Wild Jones may not ring a bell, but the Minnesota buildings he designed sure will. A new book chronicles the architect’s life and work.

13 Material Matters by Nancy A. Miller

X Games architecture, you might call it. David Salmela, FAIA, uses a skateboard-park material in his two latest Honor Award–winning projects.

15 Studio by Adam Regn Arvidson

If the office of Close Landscape Architecture+ were a character in The Odd Couple, it would most certainly be Oscar Madison.

17 Synthesis by Doug Pierce, AIA

A new column by one of Minnesota’s leading sustainable-design advocates explores a comprehensive approach to sustainability.


19 Wayfarer by Paul Crosby

On a break from shooting the Hostler Center at the American University of Beirut, a photographer ventures out to the City of the Sun.

72 Place

Photographer Chuck Avery discovers an otherworldly landscape at the construction site of a large-scale development in Maple Grove.

63 Directory of Landscape Architecture Firms

70 Credits

71 Advertising Index

On the Cover

B’nai Israel Synagogue

Rochester, Minnesota

“The late, great Ezra Stoller once said, ‘Architectural photography is 5 percent inspiration and 95 percent moving furniture,” says photographer Michael Moran. “With this synagogue, we spent time, as we typically do, moving furniture. But this particular shot involved much less labor and a higher percentage of inspiration.”



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