2014 Annual Meeting

Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 6-9 p.m.

Minnesota Humanities Center
987 Ivy Avenue East
St. Paul, MN
6:00 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m. Dinner
7:15 p.m. Presentation of Gebhard Award
7:30 p.m. Annual Meeting & Election of Board
8:00 p.m. Lecture by Thomas Fisher
9:00 p.m. Adjourn

One Hundred Years of Architecture at the University of Minnesota

Thomas Fisher, keynote speaker

This year’s annual meeting also includes presentation of the David Stanley Gebhard Award for best book and article on the built environment.

Registration  deadline:  March 12, 2014

The registration deadline has passed.

One Hundred Years of Architecture at the University of Minnesota

The School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota turned 100 in 2013 and it held a spectacular series of events in the fall to celebrate that milestone. Among its achievements was an exhibition of student drawings from each decade of that century, which served as a barometer not only of changing architectural ideas, but also of shifting forms of architectural representation.

Architectural education arose in Minnesota in concert with many programs around the country in the early decades of the 20th century, in response to the growing demand for diverse building types driven by an increasingly industrial economy as well as monumental civic buildings reflective of the progressive era prior to World War I and eclectic residential structures attuned to the growth and extension of cities into suburban areas.

After the Depression and especially after World War II and the coming of Ralph Rapson to head the School of Architecture, modernism along with a characteristic way of depicting it in drawing that became known as the Minnesota School took root and thrived for many decades. Post-modernism, in contrast, never took hold very strongly in the last decades of the 20th century, while the work of today’s students and faculty reflect the increasingly diversity of directions – sustainability, digital fabrication, public interest design, world heritage – that the discipline of architecture has taken.

This talk, by Thomas Fisher, dean of the College of Design and a professor in the School of Architecture, will review the highlights of those one hundred years and connect the history of the school to other events taking place in the university and in the larger community.

Thomas Fisher, a graduate of Cornell University in architecture and Case Western Reserve University in intellectual history, was recognized in 2005 as the fifth most published writer about architecture in the United States. He has written 7 books, 47 book chapters or introductions, and over 325 articles in professional journals and major publications. Named a top-25 design educator four times by Design Intelligence, he has lectured at 36 universities and over 150 professional and public meetings in the U.S.

He has written extensively about architectural design, practice, and ethics. His books include In the Scheme of Things, Alternative Thinking on the Practice of Architecture; Architectural Design and Ethics, Tools for Survival; Ethics for Architects, 50 Dilemmas of Professional Practice; two monographs on the work of architect David Salmela; and a book on system design entitled Designing to Avoid Disaster, The Nature of Fracture-Critical Design.

All images courtesy of the College of Design, University of Minnesota



Spicy Buttermilk and Coconut Chicken

Roasted chicken breasts with a toasted coconut and buttermilk crust, topped with sweet Thai sauce.  Served with cilantro lime basmati rice pilaf.


Butternut Squash and Wild Mushroom Lasagna

Layers of lasagna noodles, spinach mixed with salted and peppered ricotta, simmered squash puree mixed with goat cheese, and all sorts of mushrooms sautéed in butter. Served with garlicky parmesan bread.

Dinner will be accompanied by a garden salad with house vinaigrette, seasonal vegetables, bread, and dessert.