Steve C. Martens
Emeritus Professor of Architecture
Phone: 701-231-7387

Research and Interest:

Steve Martens maintains an acute sense of students' level of professional development and their level of preparedness to embrace the architect's responsibility for moving from idea to object. Over 25-years' teaching experience and 35 years of applied architectural practice experience as a Registered Architect and materials specialist, Professor Martens has developed substantial learning resources and problem-solving methodologies that are helpful in guiding students' exploration of problem-solving and building assembly. Research and applied practice are brought directly into teaching in ways that impact student learning for the path to productive architectural practice.

Educational Credentials:

M.ARCH, University of Minnesota Minneapolis (1988)
B.A. Architectural Studies, North Dakota State University (1975)

Recent Research, Publications and Creative Work:
Martens, Steve. "Depression-Era Federal Relief Construction in North Dakota, 1931-1943 National Register of Historic Places Submission" (2010).
Martens, Steve and Ronald Ramsay. Buildings of North Dakota, volume in the national book series "Buildings of the U.S.", sponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, (pending, August 2014).
Authored 20 National Register listings for historic districts and individual properties, (2005-2012).
Graduate Research Mentor; with Marita Abe (TRiO Ronald McNair Research Scholars program), "People Architecture for the Three Affiliated Tribes: Sustaining Community, Architectural Expression, and Cultural Identity", presentations to Preservation North Dakota annual statewide conference; Bismarck, ND (2009-2010).
Graduate Research Mentor; with Gabriela Baierle, “Temporary Visibility/Permanent Imprint”, proceedings of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium 2013 “Ties that Bind” conference, Charlotte, NC.
"Chaska Minnesota Historic Downtown Storefront Design Guidelines"; sponsored by a 2003 grant from the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office and Chaska Heritage Preservation Commission.
Martens, Steve and Ron Ramsay, "Architecture on the Great Plains," in The Great Plains Culture Region, (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press; 2004); pp.1-32.
Martens, Steve. "Rural Architecture", in Gary A. Goreham (ed.); Encyclopedia of Rural America: The Land and People. (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Publishing; 1997) and Millerton, NY: Grey House Publishing; 2008; pp.96-100.
S. Martens, faculty sponsor; Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) recording projects for Moland Township WPA School, Moorhead American Legion, Oakport Community Building, St. Stephens Episcopal Church Casselton, and "The German-Russian Hutmacher Farm Complex"; student HABS entry in Charles E. Peterson Prize national competition sponsored by National Parks Service and the Historic American Buildings Survey(HABS, 1996). and NDSU Germans from Russia
web site: The German-Russian Hutmacher Farm Complex
Architectural practice and preservation technical consulting for St. Cloud Veterans Hospital Campus Preservation Masterplan (with R. Moorhead, architect 2011-2013), Pastoret Terrace Duluth (2012), Wieland-Hayes Buildings Duluth (with DSGW architects 2006), Loretta Block Fargo (with JLG architects 2011), Union Transfer Cold Storage Warehouse (with JLG architects 2006), Belfield Ukrainian Church (2003), Plains Art Museum Relocation Feasibility Study and Facilities Programming (1993-95).


North Dakota Architect (#864)
Minnesota Architect (#16842)
NDCRS and CFR 36-61 certified Architectural Historian, Historical Architect.

Professional Experience:

Architect/Partner; Steve C. Martens, Architect (1988-present).
FrozenMusic, Architectural collaboration with Milton Yergens, Architect (1989-2004).
Lecturer (adjunct), North Dakota State University (1985-1987).
Architect/Partner; Twichell/Thompsen/Martens/O'Brien, Architects (1984-1986).
Senior Project Architect; Seth W. Twichell & Associates (1983-1984).

Professional Memberships:

Society of Architectural Historians
Vernacular Architecture Forum
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Certified Construction Specifier (CCS), through the Construction Specifications Institute

Courses Taught:

ARCH351 Architecture Materials & Construction Methods
ARCH371 Architectural Design Studio III
ARCH372 Architectural Design Studio IV
ARCH723 Graduate Seminar: Preservation
ARCH771 Advanced Architectural Design Studio: Historic Preservation
ARCH772 Architectural Thesis and TRiO supported Thesis Preparation

Teaching Experience:

Associate Professor, North Dakota State University (1994-present).
Assistant Professor, North Dakota State University (1989-1994).
Lecturer (adjunct), North Dakota State University (1985-1987).