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

Two Alliiance Projects Receive 2020 AIA Minneapolis Merit Awards

Two Alliiance projects – the University Enterprise Laboratories Renovation and Addition as well as the University of Minnesota John T. Tate Hall Renovation – were honored with AIA Minneapolis Merit Awards. Read on to learn more about these dynamic projects. University Enterprise Laboratories University Enterprise Laboratories (UEL) is a creative…

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…

Workplace Newsletter – Winter 2020

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Research The Role of Organizational Culture in Workplace Design Scholars in management, corporate real estate, and human resources recognize work engagement as the best measure of productivity in the business world today. Similarly, recent research in these, and related, fields has identified the significant impact that communication, collaboration, and workplace…

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…

Amber Sausen Receives AIA 2020 Young Architects Award

Alliiance is proud to announce Amber Sausen has been selected by the American Institute of Architects as a recipient of a 2020 Young Architects Award. This prestigious award honors individuals who have made significant strides early in their careers. Amber will be presented with the Young Architects Award in May…

Welcome Rochelle Maresh to Alliiance’s Workplace Studio Leadership

We’re excited to welcome Rochelle Maresh to Alliiance’s Workplace Studio leadership. As a recognized workplace strategist, designer, and project leader, Rochelle thrives on working closely with clients to advance business goals, foster employee engagement, stimulate innovation, and promote organizational wellness. Dedicated to the future of the design profession, Rochelle believes…