Supporting Social Spaces in Parks with Flexible Architecture

by Amanda Arnold, AIA, NCARB, LEED GA Parks and outdoor public spaces are a valuable resource for all, and usage is surging. By providing elements that support and enhance outdoor recreation and socialization, we can respond to current needs, while allowing for flexibility in the future. An unfortunate result of…

Finding the Right Existing Space for Your Laboratory

by Mamie Harvey, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Anna Pravinata, AIA, LEED AP, NOMA; and Kristen Salkas, AIA The research industry is booming.  Universities and corporations are looking to expand their research and development capabilities in a quick and cost-effective manner, while incorporating new benchmarks in research standards and hybrid workplace…

Critical Planning Principles in Designing State-of-the-Art Research Laboratories

by Mamie Harvey, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Anna Pravinata, AIA, LEED AP, NOMA; and Kristen Salkas, AIA State-of-the-art research laboratories support groundbreaking research and increase the speed of innovation. There are specific ways to maximize the required investment by focusing on efficiencies in square footage, infrastructure, and promoting sharing of…

Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines: Improving Human Experience on Campus

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by Anna Pravinata, AIA, LEED AP, NOMA and Justin Wilwerding, MA, CID, IDEC With contributions from Amanda Aspenson, AIA, CID, LEED AP and Abimbola Asojo, PhD, AIA, IDEC, LEED AP, NOMA, NCIDQ The idea of having a sustainable society gained momentum on the first Earth Day in 1970, just over…

The Business Value of People-Centered Design

by Nina Ebbighausen, AIA, LEED AP  “In an era where change is a currency, business as usual stopped being good enough.” – Jonathan Ive, Chief Design Officer of Apple It’s no longer news that design-led innovation can stimulate business growth, transform public services, and enhance places and cities. In a…

One Foot in the Past, One in the Future

A centerpiece of the New Deal of the 1930s was the establishment of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The rich legacy of CCC buildings continues to have a powerful impact on the visitor experience in our state and national parks by contributing to a sense of place and forging connections….

Working Together Apart: Moments That Matter

What happens when you build something, and nobody comes? In this final episode with user experience designers, Sangam Napit from US Bank shares how he engages clients to mitigate failure and the importance of designing from a human-centered approach.https://youtu.be/eJcvp5HuD_0

The Drive-In Revival

by Brad Githens, Design Professional As with so many different types of businesses, the restaurant has been highly impacted from COVID-19. But rest assured, it will survive and evolve into something even greater. Conceptually, within the restaurant business if they want to be successful or even survive, they must adapt….

Adventures in Nature – Reinforcing our Fundamental Needs

by Paul Anderson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C and Evan Hall, AIA COVID-19 has Twin Citians seeking nature more than ever. Being cooped up at home has placed us in front of computer screens, phones, and TV to a point where nature is the only remedy to this new extreme of…

Higher Education Lab Classes Respond to COVID-19

by Anna Pravinata, Mamie Harvey, Kristen Salkas, Justin Wilwerding, Teddy Gustafson This is the second article in a series intended to study the impact of COVID-19 on learning that typically requires in-person, on-site interactions. The first article “Teaching Design Studios during COVID-19” dealt with design studio courses, including architecture, landscape…

Working Together Apart: Ideation and Innovation

How do we lead creative, dispersed teams to promote innovation? In this episode of Inspired Design Ahti Hujanen, Chief Technology Officer of Glympse, shares their user experience design process and how they push innovation and build successful teams.https://youtu.be/y6kkZ10P4VU

Campus Culture and Student Engagement: Impacts From The Pandemic

With all of the concern around social distancing and online learning, how is campus culture and student engagement being impacted? Gain a deeper understanding of the issue in this conversation between Alliiance’s Ken Sheehan, AIA, LEED AP and Dr. Ryan Langemeier, PhD, AIA, Dean of Academic Affairs at Riverland Community…

Teaching Design Studios During COVID-19

by Anna Pravinata, AIA, LEED AP and Justin Wilwerding, MA, CID, IDEC The tsunami of change wrought by COVID-19 has required colleges and universities to rapidly pivot to sustain the education process. In particular, design studio courses, such as architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design, are historically problem-based, collaborative, and…

Research Labs Begin Phased Reopening

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Anna Pravinata, AIA, LEED AP and Mamie Harvey, AIA, LEED AP BD+C share guidelines to reconfigure lab space to maintain social distancing in the most recent Tradeline article. Read the full article https://bit.ly/38cD2i5

The Restaurant of the Near Future

by Bruce “Albi” Albinson, LEED AP Recently my wife and I ventured out for dinner to one of our favorite local restaurants. We wanted to shake the Covid craziness out of our systems and see what the current landscape looked like. Being designers, we were curious to see just what…

Working Together Apart: Collaborating and Innovating

Can we successfully collaborate while working dispersed? Absolutely. Learn key aspects to effectively collaborate to drive innovation in this conversation between Alliiance’s Inspired Design host, Rochelle Maresh, CID, LEED AP, and Brian Rowe, Human Centered Design Integrator, as he shares tools and processes on how he has been working with…

A Safe Return to the Research Lab

Considerations for Re-opening Laboratories by Anna Pravinata, AIA, LEED AP and Mamie Harvey, AIA, LEED AP BD+C The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for laboratory environments. Labs were shut down within a matter of days to comply with the “stay-at-home” order. The University of Minnesota recently developed the Sunrise…

COVID-19 – Opportunity for Innovation

by Deb GiL, CID, IIDA, WELL AP, LEED AP ID+C and Rochelle Maresh, CID, LEED AP Regarding our ability to affect change, Steve Jobs said, “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”While current events are causing significant challenges, they…

What’s the Buzz About Field-Based Research Lab Design?

High-impact research requires world-class facilities. The University of Minnesota Bee and Pollinator Research Laboratory is a flexible and collaborative field-based research environment that supports critical discoveries on pollinators’ health. Historically referred to as the “farm campus,” the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus is made up of low buildings with…