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Signe Burckhardt Manor Received Award of Merit

November 2nd, 2016

by Kyle Thrapp, AIA

Signe Burckhardt received an Award of Merit from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.  With the senior population continuing to grow at exponential rates, there is an urgent need to provide affordable housing and services for seniors, particularly those suffering from memory loss issues.  Please check out the project here.

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MN SNAP’s building is now open!

September 30th, 2016

by Kyle Thrapp, AIA

MN SNAP, Spay Neuter Assistance Program, has a new facility!  Located in Northeast Minneapolis, its new building enables the organization to further its mission to provide “both high-quality, affordable and accessible spay and neuter services to those in need and animal welfare education in the community.”  Their important work “reduces the influx of homeless pets into rescues and shelters.” As part of a design team aimed at helping MN SNAP get a space that everyone can be proud of, McMonigal Architects donated its design services.  We selected bright, but calming, colors to enliven the space.  Donated tile throughout ensures durability with the frequent cleaning of the space.  As one MN SNAP worker put it, “We love the space, especially the colors, so much that it is fun to come walk through it every day!”

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Freedom Farm Schoolhouse – Thank You Celebration

August 5th, 2016

by Kyle Thrapp, AIA

After we were able to attend the celebration event on Sunday and tour the building, McMonigal Architects is excited to share that construction at the Freedom Farm Schoolhouse is nearly complete!  Located in Waverly Minnesota, Freedom Farm is a therapeutic horse riding center for those “whose lives, minds, and bodies are not as free.”  Adjacent to the Farm sits the Lake Ida Schoolhouse, a one room schoolhouse used for teaching children from 1860 through 1972.  McMonigal Architects donated its design services to renovate and expand the schoolhouse to provide space for classroom, conference, and counseling programs.  The addition is compatible with the schoolhouse, and the small link connection minimized alterations to the original historic brick structure.

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May/June Architecture MN and Room & Board

May 13th, 2016

by Kyle Thrapp, AIA

Rosemary was delighted by the audience questions at the recent Architecture MN Magazine and Room & Board event.  Speaking about our approach to renovating classic midcentury houses, Rosemary used examples and details from the 1959 Portland, OR house recently completed.  Everyone agreed that TVs, open spaces, and livable bathrooms were not on the radar 60 years ago!

More info about the PDX project is here.

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Baldwin Hardware Inaugural Design Council

October 12th, 2015

by Kyle Thrapp, AIA

Selected among a pool of applicants from across the country, Rosemary will be among the 25 architects and designers to be part of Baldwin Hardware’s inaugural Design Council.  Celebrating 70 years in 2016, Baldwin Hardware has formed their first ever design council to act as an advisory board to share design ideas.  While serving a two-year term as part of the design council, Rosemary will collaborate with other council members during their two-day design summit in New York this week.

Check out Baldwin’s website for more information.

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Out of Scale

September 3rd, 2015

by Kyle Thrapp, AIA

  

McMonigal Architects was just published in a new book called “Out of Scale:  Small Project Awards.”  The American Institute of Architects (AIA) published this book to recognize the projects that have won AIA Small Project Awards over the first ten years of the program.  McMonigal Architects previous office space won an award and is shown here.

On a related note, Rosemary was a founding member and past chair of the AIA Small Project Practitioners, helping to pool knowledge with architects of small projects and small firms.

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2015 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship

May 6th, 2015

by Rosemary McMonigal FAIA, LEED AP, CID

First awarded in 1989, the Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship honors Ralph Rapson, FAIA.  The fellowship awards a $10,000 prize to the winner of a two-part competition to advance the recipient’s education in architecture through foreign or domestic travel-study under a theme of discovery.

This year’s competition was held March 19-24, 2015.  The fictional program was to design a Great Place for the Common Good.  This year’s jury members were Rosemary McMonigal, FAIA, Mic Johnson, FAIA, Bill Baxley, AIA Lucy Thompson, and Gregory Freeman. From 36 entrants, the jury chose five finalists who each presented their designs to the jury.  Nat Madson, AIA was named the 2015 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship winner.  Nat is planning an American road trip where he will use filmmaking techniques to explore and document the built environment.

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