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.
5th Year Architecture Students Participate
in NDSU Innovation Challenge ’15
Congratulations go out to the following NDSU Innovation Challenge ’15 design teams from 5th year Architecture. Each of the five teams that entered have been selected (along with 22 other teams from across campus) for the semi-finalist round! The teams and their members are:
Karson Designs: Kyle Hoverson and Aaron Johnson
KSW, Designs: Jennifer Watters, Alyssa Stroh, and Amy Klindworth
The Clothes Hanger – Reinvented: Caet Fox and Amber Grindeland
GRJ: Jen Upcraft, and her multi-disciplinary team members Ryan Hoffman and Gabriel Brien
The Pyros: Katelyn Schmidt, Rebecca Johnson, Sarah Crook, and Logan Kern
Congratulations to the teams, who will be competing for a $5,000 prize in each track during Innovation Week in February!
Freedom by Design: Sensory Wall
Our Freedom by Design students were challenged with the design and construction of this wall, but they also needed to research the needs of students within the Autism Spectrum, a demographic that these walls were especially developed for (though other students can experience them as well). FBD students had some guidance by school administrators and staff as well, which allowed this entire process to be a wonderful learning experience on multiple levels.
We would especially like to commend the students for their dedication to the sometimes arduous process of working with concrete casting - which isn't always predictable or easy - to get the best outcome possible. As an added bonus, they got to erect the sensory wall in chilling temperatures! :) As you will see from the photos, the students from Lewis & Clark were already excited to explore the project before it was even completed!
Please consider being a part of our MULTI-National-Award-Winning Freedom by Design beginning in the spring semester. Co-captains Becky Johnson and Nate Eversman are already looking into possibilities for upcoming projects.
Fall Lecture Series:
When 4:30-5:30 p.m. October 22, 2014, Open to the Public
Where: 5th ﬂoor Renaissance Hall, 650 NP Ave, Fargo ND
In Crypt: On New Worlds Re-Ordered, An Installation
by Stephen Alexander Wischer
Stephen Alexander Wischer, an associate professor of Architecture at NDSU, energizes the Museum’s Atrium with an intriguing site-specific installation, In Crypt: On New Worlds Re-Ordered, from his ongoing body of work, Hybrid Vigor. Constructed with ordinary yellow-page phonebooks, these displays include thousands of books Wischer transforms through cutting, tearing, burning, and dipping into solutions, which he stacks and anchors to create the illusion of a massive wall. This work contrasts the monumental scale of the combined books with the transitory nature of their contents.
Mike Christenson, Associate Professor, received an
American Institute of Architects, North Dakota, Honor Award
Mike Christenson, Associate Professor of Architecture, received an American Institute of Architects (North Dakota) Honor Award for the design of the Horizon House (private residence) in Moorhead, MN. Christenson designed the house with Malini Srivastava. The Horizon House was commissioned in 2012 by a small family as a primary residence on a suburban lot. Budget was a major concern, and every design decision was made with the goal of reducing cost while maintaining a simple, straightforward design aesthetic. The clients expressed a desire to achieve a high-performance, energy-efficient house, with significant use of salvaged or repurposed materials throughout the project. In-floor radiant heating, combined with passive solar gains, heavily insulated walls and high-performance windows combine to keep the house warm throughout winter.
Welcome back Students! We start studio classes today and we are very excited for our new freshman and continuing students. Looking forward to a great year with this being our Centennial Year too! 1914-2014. If you have a chance drive or walk by Renaissance Hall to see the messaging in the windows. This is a photo from inside with Mark Barnhouse. Also, our all-school meeting is today in Barry Hall rm. 140 starting at 4pm.
"Buildings of North Dakota" on the University of Virginia Press!
Congratulations to Steve C. Martens and Ronald L. M. Ramsay on the publication of their new book: "Buildings of North Dakota" on the University of Virginia Press. The book will be available in April 2015. ISBN 9780813936406. Click here.
ACADIA Board of Directors Elected
Associate Professor Mike Christenson was elected to the ACADIA Board of Directors. See ACADIA Election 2014 Results.
ACADIA is an international network of digital design researchers and professionals.
Assistant Professor Dominic Fischer and Alumnus Mike Allmendinger of Land Elements discuss Landscape Architecture in the article titled
"ARCHITECTURE: Designing a Better Life, Landscape architects focus on quality of life improvements for clients, communities" in , Prairie Business Magazine.
2014 Graduation Class Green Jacket Ceremony
Little Free Libraries Thank You Cards
Third grader Students from Madison Elementary in North Fargo created these great thank you cards for the architecture Students who designed the Little Free Library. Look closely and you will see that they even made a drawing of the winner design that was installed at their school.
Fargo/Moorhead Little Free Libraries Competition
Architecture student and Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society member Shawn Pauly, spearheaded the Fargo/Moorhead Little Free Libraries competition. The Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society and the Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture partnered with the Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation to offer a design-build petition for architecture students to create Little Free Libraries.The libraries will find homes throughout the Fargo/Moorhead community.
BWBR 2014 Prize NDSU Nominees
NDSU is proud to be a part of the BWBR Prize sponsored by the award winning architectural firm BWBR. In the mid-1990s, BWBR launched the BWBR Prize as a commitment to both the profession and students in the region to prepare future professionals for careers beyond the classroom.
The Second Year Design Studio Birdhouse Competition
The projects were on display at the Plains Art Museum.
Congratulations to all of the winners!
The Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture's
3D Printing is in the News
Prairie Public stopped by to interview our students about rapid prototyping and 3D printing. The entire interview is here.
Great News! Congratulations to Architecture Program Alumni,
Rick Dahl, AIA and Mike Boldenow of BWBR
Mr. Dahl became a principal in 2005 and was recently named director at BWBR. Mr. Boldenow joined BWBR in 1990 and recently became a principal.
BWBR was founded 92 years ago and is an award winning architecture firm that focuses on office, science and healthcare buildings. They are located in St. Paul, Minnesota. The firm sponsors the BWBR Prize which provides students in the third year of undergraduate studies the chance to compete for a financial prize by demonstrating not only their work, but also their presentation skills and personalities in front of an expert jury.
Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture: Semester Abroad in Belgium.
We are the NDSU Architecture class of 2014. We are studying abroad in Brussels, Belgium. Follow our blog to see weekly updates and photos of our travels! NDSU Belgium Blog Photo above: Carnaval de Binche; blog post by Kenzie Lyseng
Announcement: Centennial Celebration Logo Design Competition.
Announcement: The Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture is holding a Centennial Celebration Logo Design Competition. The goal is to create a logo that will be used to promote our upcoming 100 year anniversary beginning in the Fall of 2014. The competition is open to current students, alumni of the department, and faculty. Please see the announcement for rules and guidelines: Click here for more Information.. Please contact David Bertolini, Chair if you have any questions.
Great News! Congratulations to NDSU and Architecture Program Alumnus, Dan Noble, FAIA, FACHA, LEED AP.
Mr. Noble was named President and CEO of the internationally renowned architecture office HKS. Read the full press release and video here.
HKS at a glance:Founded: 1939; Worldwide offices: 27; Projects located: In 1,498 cities throughout 84 countries; People: More than 975 dedicated and experienced professionals.
Mike Christenson, Associate Professor of Architecture, has received the Gunlogson Award with $5,000 funding for research.
This grant funds his research project titled "Urban Renewal in Fargo: A Study of Architectural and Urban Epistemology." Through a focus on the images, text, and models used to guide Fargo’s federally-funded Urban Renewal program from 1955 through 1974, the project will study the means by which knowledge about buildings and cities is produced, disseminated, manipulated, consumed, and archived. Christenson will be assisted in his research by Alex Carlson, a graduate student in Architecture.
NDSU Architecture students travel to Haiti to study aid relief and sustainable building design.
Students from Associate Professor David Crutchfield’s Buildings and Benevolence course travelled to Haiti early this Spring to participate in a week-long NGO workshop. This introduces students to an international aid project related to providing shelter via socio-economic and environmental challenges inherent to such efforts. Upon their return, the group will develop a collaborative architectural proposal based upon their experiences and fundamentals of sustainable design. Students from each level of the Architecture program are represented, from 2nd to 5th year. Pictured here, L-R: Karissa Meiers, Matthew Fremstad, Kara Iliff, Sophie Miller, and Noah Harvey (not shown). It was 95 degrees in Haiti - and a ‘balmy’ -20 in Fargo.
NDSU and Architecture program alumnus Daniel Abeln is rapidly forming a successful career as he helps build the region’s business infrastructure.
Mr. Abeln, BS ’06 environmental design, MArch ’07, architecture, is the Project Manager, Architecture for EAPC Architects Engineers in Grand Forks, N.D., and was recently named to Prairie Business magazine’s exclusive “40 Under 40” list.Read NDSU press release here. or Read original story here.
NDSU Architecture Program graduate, Jodi Zoerb, wins an honorable mention in the AIA St. Paul Prize design competition.
Read more about it here.
DesignIntelligence names 30 Most Admired Educators for 2014
NDSU Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Associate Professor Stephen Wischer was named by DesignIntelligence as one of the 30 Most Admired Educators for 2014. Read about him here. See page 15.