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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.

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.

Doug Hanson Lecture

Wed Nov. 4th
With over two decades of experience, Douglas Hanson, AIA and Donna Moragne Hanson fully understand what it takes to bring a client from design to construction. They know the importance of partnering with the client through each phase of the design process, always fostering open communication and collaboration. Through the utilization of design sketches, 3D digital modeling and physical models, clients are able to see what once was just their vision, become their reality.

Mr. Hanson and Ms. Moragne Hanson have assembled an interdisciplinary team of professionals. Each member supports the clients mission and collectively all work towards not just meeting the clients needs, wants and budget, but exceeding the clients expectations. The teams commitment to detailed organization and documentation serves as the cornerstone of HansonLA’s professionalism and further insures the ability to deliver excellence.

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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2015 2nd Year Studio Birdhouse Competition and Exhibit at the Plains Art Museum

April 23rd, 2015
This year's competition was terrific. Professors Joan Vorderbruggen , Cindy Urness, and Darryl Booker organized and guided students through this year's competition. Students designed and built birdhouses in the style of a famous Pritzker Prize winning architect. The completed projects were on display at the Plains Art Museum. The winners of the competition are:

This year's winners:
Best interpretation of Pritzker Architect's philosophy:
1st place: Sarah Biesterveld
Honorable mentions: Jake Hasse, John Hegseth

Best suited to bird species:
1st place: Javan Arroyo
Honorable mentions: Jake Hasse, Ben Gillis

People's Choice Award:
Jake Hasse

A special thanks to Friends of the Department of ALA, and Valley Hardwoods for the prize money!

Prof. Malini Srivastava presenting eFargo with the full team along with their corporate partners. Great start!

April 22nd, 2015
eFargo Website For More Information Click Here.

Upcoming eFargo Event: "Party for the Planets""

Friday, April 25th, 2015 11:00am-4:00pm Red River Zoo (4255 23rd Ave S, Fargo, ND 58104) Come see us at the efargo booth and help us design and color the evil Dr Waste-a-Watt for the efargo K-12 Energy Challenge!

Prof. Malini Srivastava and the City of Fargo announcement eFargo launch and panel discussion, TODAY!

April 22nd, 2015
efargo EVENTS:
a. efargo LAUNCH and panel discussion with moderator Karen Stoker Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015, 3.00pm-4.00pm
Fargo Theater Second Stage (314 Broadway) Moderator: Karen Stoker Panelists: Malini Srivastava (efargo Project Lead/ NDSU), Marshal Albright (CCEC), Mark Nisbet (Xcel Energy), Jennifer Pickett (City of Fargo recycling)
b. Alley Fair events: Wednesday, April 22
Downtown Cleanup! Meet for Alley Fair cleanup at US Bank Plaza any time between 4 - 6 p.m. Cleanup Thank You Party: 6 p.m. at the HoDo (1st Avenue and Broadway). Play Fargo's first Earth Piano and make a conservation pledge in a high tech photo shoot! Learn the top-ten easy action items for your home!
c. Party for the Planets
Friday, April 25th, 2015 11:00am-4:00pm Red River Zoo (4255 23rd Ave S, Fargo, ND 58104) Come see us at the efargo booth and help us design and color the evil Dr Waste-a-Watt for the efargo K-12 Energy Challenge!
eFargo Website: Click Here.

Benjamin Strehlow, 4th Year Architecture Major Speaks about Studio Culture on AIAS National Website

April 9th, 2015
Benjamin Strehlow, 4th Year Architecture Major,
AIAS Vice President | NDSU Chapter 4th Year Class Representative. Also, Arch student Peter Mueller help with the pictures featured! Great work.
Read more: Click Here.

Beaux Arts Ball 2015

March 18th, 2015
Presented by: TAU SIGMA DELTA and ALA

WHERE: Avalon Events Center Downtown, 613 1st Avenue North, Fargo, ND 58102
TIME: 5:00PM to 9:00PM (Social, Dinner, ALA Awards, Keynote Speaker)
SPEAKER: James Cramer, Topic: How the Professions Will Grow. Mr. Cramer is Chairman and Principal of the Greenway Group, Inc. and the editor of Design Intelligence
Due Date: March 23, 2015
Registration Form: Click Here.

NDSU A/LA Lecture: Naomi Sachs

March 5th, 2015
"Salutogenic Design: Landscapes and Buildings for Health and Well-Being"
When: Weds. March 11th
Time; 4:30 pm
Where: Renaissance Hall, 650 NP Ave, Fargo
Free and Open to the Public

Congratulations! Architecture Graduate Student Teams are Finalist for NDSU 2015 Innovation Challenge

February 1st, 2015
These great projects started in Prof. Cindy Urness' ARCH 781 Professional Practice Course.

PRODUCT CATEGORY: 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

SERVICES CATEGORY: GRJ: Jen Upcraft, and her multi-disciplinary team members Ryan Hoffman and Gabriel Brien

CORN CATEGORY: 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 They are finalist in the Innovation Challenge with the final event taking place at 11:30 AM in the Fargodome on February 26, 2015 Architecture Graduate Students, Amber Grindenland and Cait Fox,"Geo-Mod" see their work on the website Emerging Prairie. Read More; click here.

Photo: Amber Grindeland presents Geo Mod.

Great News. Semifinalist for the $5M Georgetown University Energy Prize

January 14th, 2015
Assistant Professor Malini Srivastava, AIA, in the Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, is Project Lead for the eFargo project. A collaboration with the City of Fargo, Corporations, and NDSU partners which were named as semi-finalists in the Georgetown University Energy Prize.
Malini Srivastava is a 2014 Bush Fellow (Archibald Bush Foundation) and joined our faculty this semester.
Dan Mahli, Planning and Development, City of Fargo, wrote "Thanks to thoughtful and collaborative people like you, expertise at NDSU, and vision in Fargo’s GO2030 Comprehensive Plan, we have developed creative and real-world strategies for increasing energy efficiency. Now, we have two years to put our ideas into action.”

Brise Soleil Project Exhibit

January 2nd, 2015
The Brise Soleil Projects will be on display at the NDSU Main Library in the Coffee Shop Display Cases. The designs are from the 3rd Year Environmental Control Systems- Passive Principles Course.

Students Win Award at NDSU Explore Event

November 28th, 2014

Student team of Kristine Wentworth, Robbie Darling, Austin Foss, Ally Hatcher, and Amy McDonald for winning the People’s Choice award for Poster Presentation at the NDSU EXPLORE event.
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5th Year Architecture Students Participate
in NDSU Innovation Challenge ’15

November 26th, 2014
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!

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Freedom by Design: Sensory Wall

November 25th, 2014
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.

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Fall Lecture Series:

October 22nd, 2014
When 4:30-5:30 p.m. October 22, 2014, Open to the Public

Where: 5th floor Renaissance Hall, 650 NP Ave, Fargo ND​
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In Crypt: On New Worlds Re-Ordered, An Installation
by Stephen Alexander Wischer

October 14th, 2014
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.

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Mike Christenson, Associate Professor, received an American Institute of Architects, North Dakota, Honor Award

September 3rd, 2014
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!

August 27th, 2014
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!

July 17th, 2014
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

June 18th, 2014
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.
June 16th, 2014
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

May 16th, 2014

Little Free Libraries Thank You Cards

April 30th, 2014
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

April 14th, 2014
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.
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BWBR 2014 Prize NDSU Nominees

April 2nd, 2014
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

March 15th, 2014
The projects were on display at the Plains Art Museum. Congratulations to all of the winners!
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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. Good Luck!

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.

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