We teach, learn, and think design.

The Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture offers a collaborative, studio-based, and accredited, design professional experience located in the vibrant urban setting of Fargo, ND. Our students develop creative problem-solving skills and lifelong intellectual curiosity while pursuing their own design philosophies. We prepare students to be design leaders who will impact the built environment in a creative and sustainable manner.

Announcement: Fall 2018, offering the Master of Landscape Architecture Degree

Weds May 17th 2018

Great News!The Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture is pleased to announce that we will begin offering the Master of Landscape Architecture Degree this fall, 2018. This is a professional Master’s degree that leads to professional licensure. If you have any questions, please contact Matthew Kirkwood , Program Director of the Landscape Architecture Program.

NDSU Alumni John R. Klai ('78) awarded the degree Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa

Weds May 16th 2018

On May 12th, 2018 NDSU Alumni John R. Klai was awarded the degree Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa. Mr. Klai is a visionary in architectural design, practice, and education. An Osnabrock, North Dakota, native, he earned his Bachelor of Science in architectural studies in 1977 and Bachelor of Architecture in 1978. Mr. Klai moved to Las Vegas after graduation and started his career expanding Caesars Palace and its signature brand. In 1995, Klai and fellow NDSU alumnus, Dan Juba, founded their firm, Klai Juba Architects, and led the design, development and expansion of Las Vegas icons, such as Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Luxor, Hard Rock, Planet Hollywood and the LINQ, as well as projects that expand the economies of communities across the country. In 2015 Mr. Klai was elevated into the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows, which is the professions highest honor. Mr. Klai lives in Las Vegas with his husband Jon Sparer, who is also an award-winning architect.
Read more at the NDSU Release

Prof. Malini Srivastava's efARGO Wins 1st Place in
the $5 Mil Georgetown Energy Prize

Tues Jan 2nd, 2018

Congratulations to Prof. Malini Srivastava who created and led the eFargo team to research, design and implement strategies for the City of Fargo while competing for the $5 million Georgetown Energy Prize. On December 18th, the Georgetown Energy Prize Committee announced that Prof. Malini Srivastava and her team won. The team included NDSU students and faculty members, Commissioner Mike Williams, Community Development Administrator Dan Mahli, the City of Fargo, and corporate sponsors Xcel Energy and Cass County Electric Cooperative. They engaged the citizens of Fargo to reduce their energy consumption by 6.8 %. Prof. Srivastava and her team created such innovations as the eFargo game and the K-12 challenge to connect with individuals.
Read about their work and all the team members at the eFargo Website
Read more at the Georgetown Energy Prize Press Release
Read more at the NDSU Release

Tiffany Brown, Lecture:
“Advocacy in Architecture: A Battle for our Communities”

Weds May 4th, 2017
When: Monday, May 8th, 1.30pm
Where: ROOM CHANGE: Renaissance Hall, 1st Floor, Rm 114

Open to the Public

Born and raised in Detroit, Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, a Master of Architecture, and a Master of Business Administration all from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI. Tiffany has worked as an Architectural Designer in Detroit as well as in construction management. She is currently employed at national architecture and engineering firm SmithGroupJJR, as well as adjunct professor at Lawrence Tech’s College of Architecture and Design, teaching a senior design studio which focuses on encouraging the graduating students to also be community activists as architects. She also serves as the University Liaison of all schools of architecture in the Midwest region of the United States for the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA).

Congratulations to Prof. Ganapathy Mahalingam

Weds Mar 22nd, 2017

Prof. Ganapathy Mahalingam won a Special Mention Award in the fifth annual Architizer A+Awards "apps and digital tools category" for his Auditorium Design System app. Read More:

Prof. Brad Cantrell: Lecture

Weds Mar 22nd, 2017
When: March 24th, 1.30pm
Where: Renaissance Hall, 5th Floor

Open to the Public

Bradley Cantrell is a landscape architect and scholar whose work focuses on the role of computation and media in environmental and ecological design. Professor Cantrell received his BSLA from the University of Kentucky and his MLA from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Cantrell’s research and teaching focuses on digital film, simulation, and modeling techniques to represent landscape form, process, and phenomenology. His work in digital representation ranges from improving the workflow of digital media in the design process, to providing a methodology for deconstructing landscape through compositing and film editing techniques. His work in media has been recognized through a range of venues and has engaged both public and private clients.

Prof. Don Faulkner: Architecture in Clay Exhibit

Weds Nov 30th
When: Dec. 1 2016, - Feb. 18, 2017
Where: Creative Gallery, Plains Art Museum

Artist Talk:
When: Thursday Jan. 19, 2017 6-7pm
Where: Creative Gallery, Plains Art Museum. Free and open to the public

Canceled because of snow, To be rescheduled.
LECTURE:James Garrett, Jr., AIA
Art-Integrated Architecture

Thurs Nov 14th
When: Nov.18th, 2016
Where: Renaissance Hall, 5th Floor (open to public).
Time: 3:30 pm

Mr. Garrett is a registered architect in Minnesota and New York. He holds an A.B. Degree in Architecture from the College of Environmental Design at University of California (Berkeley, CA) and an M’Arch degree from Parsons School of Design (New York City, NY). He is currently the President of the University of California Alumni Association (MN Chapter) and serves on the Metropolitan Council Livable Communities and Transit Oriented Development Advisory Committees. In 2002, he founded 4RM+ULA (FORM + Urban Landscape Articulation), a full-service architecture firm focused on Transit Design, Transit-Oriented-Development, and urban infill redevelopment projects. Learn more

LECTURE: Charles Berman, RA, AIA, NCARB.

Tues Oct 4th

Charles Berman, RA, AIA, NCARB is Associate Principal at Diller Scofido + Renfro Architects, NY, NY. He has been a practicing architect for 28 + years, specializing in facade design. He is the technical Director for The Shed project in New York City’s Hudson Yards Development. He was an associate at OMA (Rem Koolhaas) and lead designer of the CCTV Headquarters. He is also a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Design.

When: Oct.17th, 2016
Where:Renassaince Hall, 5th Floor (open to public).
Time: 1:30 pm

Congratulations to Morgan Larson and Tyler Voigt: Honorable Mention, "Deluge" Competition.

Mon Oct 3rd

Congratulations to Morgan Larson and Tyler Voigt for their Honorable Mention in the "Deluge" Competition. The competition brief was a redesign of Noah's ark for a modern era. Their design focuses on functionality both during and after the flood. They designed, produced, and submitted this entry on their own time, independent of classes. Great entrepreneur spirit!

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Thurs Sept 8th
Amazing effort from the eFargo Team w/ Malini Srivastava and our amazing students. This is a joint project with the City of Fargo and other industry partners. Click below for more information:

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Architect Spotlight: Gabriela Baierle-Atwood, NDSU Architecture Grad.

Weds Aug 10th
Architect Gabriela Baierle-Atwood describes her experiences with the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) and her path to licensure and the importnace of mentorship

Read More: Photo credit: NCARB. Article written by By Jenny Kawecki. 2016

Prof. Steve Martens' Historic Preservation

Tues July 26th
Great article on architecture Professor Steve Martens’ amazing restoration of an historic Church in ND.
Read More: Photo credit: InFourm. Article written by April Baumgarten. 2016

2016 Outstanding Thesis Winners and Finalists.

Weds May 11th
On Display in the Flakoll Gallery, Renaissance Hall 1st floor rm 106 until May 20th.

Landscape Architecture
Dennis Colliton Outstanding Thesis Award Winner: Gretchen Hinz

Finalists: Matthew Ellingson, Ellie Nyquist

Peter F. McKenzie Outstanding Thesis Award Winner: Matthew Axtmann

Finalists: Niloufar Alenjery, Anshul Brat, Kaspari Hoffmann, Wilbur Holt

Niloufar Alenjery,Honored by Architecture Association

Fri May 6th
Niloufar Alenjery, a fifth-year architecture student at NDSU, has been recognized by the Association of Licensed Architects for exemplary achievement throughout the year.

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2016 Architecure + Landscape Architecture Thesis Exhibit

Thurs Apr 28th
We invite everyone to our 2016 thesis show that runs from, Monday April 25th through graduation.
Where:Renaissance Hall, 650- NP Ave. on the 5th floor.
When:The exhibit hours are between 8:30am- 4:30pm. Please stop by to see this exciting and interesting work.

Congratulations Doug Hanson, NDSU Architecture Program Graduate, named to the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Thurs Feb. 11th
In December 2015, Doug Hanson was named to the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Formed 115 years ago - AIA|LA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to furthering the efforts of its parent organization, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), by specifically serving the interests of our local architecture and design community. AIA|LA's membership includes architects and design professionals actively engaged in the industry.
website: http://www.hansonla.com/

BLUE KEY NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY: Distinguished Educator Award 2015

Thurs Nov. 18th
Prof. Cindy Urness will be awarded the prestigious 2015 Blue Key National Honor Society Distinguished Educator Award.

The Distinguished Educator Award was created in 1969 by Blue Key Honor Society to honor an outstanding educator for his or her extra interest in students and their problems, in higher education, in their field of expertise, and in North Dakota State University.

Prof. Ron Ramsay's Counterfactual Exhibit: Agincourt Homecoming

Oct 19th, 2015
Congratulations to Prof. Ron Ramsay for his counterfactual exhibit on the legendary town of Agincourt, Iowa. Currently on exhibit at the Rourke Art Museum.
To read an article in the INForum about the exhibit click "Read More" below.

Closing reception for "Agincourt Homecoming."
When: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: Rourke Art Museum, 521 Main Ave., Moorhead
Info: www.therourke.org or (701) 236-8861
*photo credit by the INFourm.
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2015-2016: Welcome Back to the best Students and Greatest Facilites!

Sept 14th, 2015
Our students have already gone to San Francisco for a field trip, began site analysis for regional projects, and had a pancake breakfast fundraiser for Freedom by Design.

2015: According to a Georgetown University Study Architecture Majors have Highest Salary.

June 5th, 2015
According an article by Niall McCarthy in Forbes online: "Architecture and engineering came out on top by a considerable distance – students in these fields tend to make $50,000 a year in their first job after college, more than any other group of majors."
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