Cindy Urness
Associate Professor/Program Director Architecture
Phone: 701-231-5791

Research and Interest:

Cindy Urness is a registered architect with 23 years of professional experience in all aspects of design and practice in metropolitan areas. Her research interests include utopian cities, student success, interior space making, and building systems.

Educational Credentials:

M.Arch.,Pratt Institute,1988
B.Arch. and B.A., North Dakota State University, 1980

Selected Publications and Recent Research:

For the Birds, 2016. Darryl Booker, Joan Vorderbruggen, and Cindy Urness Society of Building Technology Educators Annual Conference/Retreat. Las Vegas, NV, 2010 "Water and Invention"
Society of Building Technology Educators Annual Conference/Retreat. Quebec City, QC, 2009
"Zero Energy Design Planning in 1960's Minnesota"
Northern Great Plains History Conference. Brandon, MB, September, 2008
"The Minnesota Experimental City: Utopian City Planning on the Plains"


North Dakota, License #2850
NCARB Certified, 1986

Professional Experience:

Foss Associates, Fargo, ND Project Manager, 2003
YHR Partners, Moorhead, MN Designer, 2002-2003
The Modern Building Company, Fargo, ND Partner, 1998-Present
Cindy L.Urness, Architect, New York, NY Principal, 1994-1998
Daniel Pang + Associates, NewYork, NY Project Manager, 1987-1994
Francoise Bollack Architect, New York, NY Designer,1986-1987
WZMH Group, Inc., Dallas, TX Project Manager and Job Captain, 1983-1985
LaVere Brooks and Associates, Dallas, TX Job Captain and Draftsperson, 1980-1983

Professional Memberships:

The American Institute of Architects
AIA North Dakota, Vice President/President-elect
Society of Building Science Educators
Building Science Educators Society

Courses Taught:

ARCH233 Math for Designers
ARCH271 Architectural Design I
ARCH272 Architectural Design II
ARCH781 Professional Practice
LA581 Professional Practice

Teaching Experience:

Associate Professor, North Dakota State University, 2009-present
Assistant Professor, North Dakota State University, 2003-2009
Adjunct Professor, North Dakota State University, 2002


2015 NDSU Blue Key National Honor Society Distinguished Educator Award