I retired my practice in 2010 after 33 years serving the industry. I am currently searching for new opportunities that might merge 30 years of architectural design with values shaped by an advanced, liberal education. It is my goal to be an essential commentator/teacher/mentor on the vital issues confronting the design profession today. I bring to this task award-winning writing talent, genuine curiosity, a passion for incisive observation and research, and a drive toward synthesis.
Meeting Diverse Design Challenges
I am a construction document specialist with expertise in building technology, specification writing, and drawing production. My earlier work proved to be a vital contribution to projects that were transformative to the institutions they housed and neighborhoods they served. They include renovation of culturally significant historic properties, millwork interiors for cultural institutions, respectful design of a renovated social-service care facility providing crisis intervention, sensitive renovation of collegiate buildings, and shepherding the design aspirations of numerous homes throughout the Upper Midwest. I was exposed early in my career to real estate property management and residential/light commercial construction as a project manager, building contractor, and carpenter.
Tactical Project Management
I have provided strategic and tactical project management support to architectural firms since I founded Rowe's Work over 25 years ago. I have experienced a wide array of building design challenges—over 200 engagements—in service to over 30 Twin Cities area firms. My unique mix of design and technical skills are particularly valuable to the small and medium-sized firm that otherwise lack the resources available to others. I am well know for my highly productive work habits, attention to client aspirations, and persistence in driving projects toward their design objectives. I am widely recognized as the go-to person who can bore into a problem, advance a solution, and get the job done.
Jan 2011 - Present
Knowledge Resources Developer
Architect with advanced liberal arts education offering 25+ years of strategic and tactical project management, skilled detail design, and technical experience. Focused today on enhancing architectural practice by facing the transformative realities of new technologies, social and professional ethics, materiality, and sustainable futures. Means of achieving goals include research, reporting, training, mentoring, and development of educational materials engendered by the vital issues confronting the design professional daily. Award-winning, proficient communications skills.
- Co-produced and facilitated AIA presentations covering concurrent urban design issues
- Editor five years local chapter Society of Architectural Historians
- Award-winning Master’s capstone project
- Lead investigator/reporter for major Foundation supported, multi-agency feasibility study
- Assistant Program editor for U of Wisconsin LMS course
- Designed residential construction guide specification modeled on CSI’s "UniFormat"
Jan 1985 - Dec 2010
Principal Architect & Project Manager
Founder and project management consultant, construction document and building technology expert, recurrently engaged by over 30 Twin Cities architecture firms as a component of 5-15 member teams.
Client / Engagement List: Sampled from among 200+ engagements since 1985.
SALA Architects (46 engagements since 1997)
- Private Lodge: 8,000 s.f., $1.2M, detailed complex log and timber frame envelope.
- Private Retreat Compound: 5-building, 8,300 s.f., $2M private retreat and artists’ studios; detailed architectural concrete, timber trussed construction; sensitive site.
- Private Residence: 7,000 s.f., $1.2M; detailed architectural concrete/timber frame; “Home of the Month” award.
Charles Levin Architects (32 engagements since 1985)
- 3036 University: Designed and detailed $500K former office building for prominent Minneapolis social services institution.
- Minnesota Population Center: Design and CD consultant for 18,200 s.f., $1.2M challenging university office build-out beneath auditorium construction.
- The Center: Feasibility study lead, publishing 67-page report critical to the future of 5 social service institutions.
Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Inc. (3 engagements since 1997)
- Ridgedale Library, Bakken Museum, Ft. Smith Library: Charged with developing the Millwork Package for these library and museum expansion/remodel projects.
Helgeson, Desnick, Isenberg (35 engagements since 1990)
- First Integrity Bank: Project Architect for $500K bank remodel; designed interiors, managed CD production and construction administration.
- Dilworth Weigh Station: Supervised CD production, detailed architectural concrete, aluminum curtain wall, and masonry construction.
- American Brake Service: Designed prototype for auto-service retailer, producing construction documents for 2 sites.
Ralph Rapson & Associates (2 engagements since 1993)
- SSU Athletic Facility: Consultant in design-development phase, detailed major building components for a new arena and sub-grade athletic facility.
- University of Minnesota Parking Garage: Detailed major components of this standout East Bank facility.
Buetow & Associates (2 engagements since 1990)
- Anoka County Government Center: 276,000 s.f., 6-story, $25M office building; Oakdale City Hall: Detailed curtainwall/masonry exterior envelope, skyway connections.
KKE Architects, Inc. (1 engagement since 1997)
- Calhoun Beach Club Apartments: Team member responsible for layout of concrete floor plates and exterior masonry wall details for fast-track constructed, 10-story, 336-unit, apartment building.
The Lander Group (7 engagements since 1995)
- 280 Summit: Design consultant responsible for transforming stalled development of a townhouse mansion on premier historical avenue. Design critique and renderings presented to HPC,
- Irvine Ave Townhomes: Design consultant and CD production for 3-unit duplex homes in historic district.
Bowers, Brian & Feidt Architects (3 Minneapolis and Cincinnati engagements since 1990)
- The Swinford and Garfield Commons: Project Architect for CD phase of $3.5M renovation of historic apartment building projects. Received AIA-Minnesota award. Project architect detailing restoration of historic, former school, converted to housing.
TEA Architects (12 engagement since 1985)
- Private Residences: Engaged in all design phases for new and remodeled residences for this award-winning firm; construction values ranging between $500K to $1M.
Sep 1991 - May 1997
Master of Arts
Awarded "Outstanding Critical Synthesis" for capstone project in 1997. The two-year project titled "Between Myth and Moral" explored three concepts of love as it is understood in Western culture: The Romantic Tradition (the "myth"), Agape Love (the "moral"), and Therapeutic Love (modern reliance upon personal growth).
Jan 1973 - Jun 1977
Bachelor of Architecture
University of Minnesota, College of Design
The B.Arch. program, at the time, granted a 5-year professional degree. The School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture merged with other design departments to become the College of Design.
Prior to my matriculation at the University of Minnesota, I accrued several credits of undergraduate, pre-architecture coursework at the University of Hawaii, and the University of Maryland.
Construction Document Technologist
Proficient writing skill
Timber and log frame construction
Green building technology
Code and zoning expert
Facility and Site Analysis
This award-winning academic project explored three concepts of love as it is viewed in Western culture: The Romantic Tradition (the "myth"), Agape Love (the "moral"), and Therapeutic Love (the dependence in marriage upon the former).
May 2007 - Present
Construction Document Technologist
Construction Specifications Institute
Office build out in challenging space
Concrete and Timber Frame
Log Construction in 5-unit lodge
1998, for presenting urban design presentations to the membership
2001, award for newsletter editor 5 years, 2001