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Freedom Farm Schoolhouse – Thank You Celebration

August 5th, 2016

by Kyle Thrapp, Assoc. 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, Assoc. 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, Assoc. 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, Assoc. 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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Celebrating 30 Years!

January 22nd, 2015

by Nick Dellwo

McMonigal Architects celebrated our 30th anniversary at the recently opened Bauhaus Brew Labs on January 20th, 2015.  About 400 clients, consultants, contractors, suppliers, reps and family made for a truly special evening.  People loved the atmosphere, Bauhaus-brewed beer, local foods and lively conversations with friends both new and old.

Our office moved from the historic Grain Belt Brewery to another historic building, the Crown Iron Works of NE Minneapolis, just over two years ago. At our Grain Belt office, built in 1891, the columns were stamped “Crown” and were cast here at our building. Since most of our friends had not seen the new space, we offered hourly tours that highlighted our office and what we do. Fortunately, we had warm January weather and our office is across the parking lot from Bauhaus. The tour included a look inside the original vault of the Crown Iron Works, with its unopened safe and unknown contents.


If anyone has any special safe-cracking skills, please let us know!

 

Thanks to all of you who could come make our party a success!

 

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Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board

December 3rd, 2014

by Phil Hofstad, Associate AIA

Rosemary and Lt Gov Yvonne Prettner Solon

Rosemary and Lt Gov Yvonne Prettner Solon

Pictured above is Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon presenting Rosemary’s service award to the State of Minnesota.

From 1999-2014, Rosemary served as an architectural advisor to the Board.  She reviewed issues directly affecting zoning, planning, development and design within a 60 block area surrounding the Capitol in St. Paul.  She advised on projects ranging in scale from signs to Cass Gilbert’s Capitol $270 million restoration currently underway.

In the last two years of service, Rosemary advised on over $400 million in projects.  She served as juror and jury chair for a number of national competitions, and on selection committees for architects and contractors for projects in the area.  She regularly worked with the Lieutenant Governor, State senators and representatives, city of St. Paul officials, and board members.

At the AIA (American Institute of Architects) Minnesota Convention in November, Rosemary was honored to receive a Presidential Citation.  The award reads:  “For exemplary service to the Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board representing AIA Minnesota for 15 years.”

Presenting the award to Rosemary is Tim Dufault, AIA (AIA MN president 2015) Tom Hysell, AIA (AIA MN president 2014), and Beverly Hauschild Baron (AIA MN Executive Vice President).

AIA MN Award

AIA MN Award

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