Paul’s interests focus primarily on designing affordable housing, facilities for nonprofit and for-profit corporate clients, and high-end condo renovations. He actively donates his time, including serving as president of the East Downtown Council and on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Museum of American Art. As a registered architect and MSR principal, Paul shares leadership of the firm’s focus on creating highly sustainable, healthy, living and work environments. His design work has achieved notable recognition, including an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Minnesota/McKnight Foundation Affordable Housing Design Award for the Trolley Quarter Flats project and an AIA Minnesota Honor Award and Environmental Initiative Award for the Rose mixed-income housing project with Aeon. Paul received the 2013 AIA Minnesota Louis Lundgren Award for his exemplary volunteerism. He has spoken about various aspects of sustainable design, including copresenting a talk on cold-climate, high-performance affordable housing at the 2015 GreenBuild EuroMed conference in Italy. Paul has 25 years of professional experience and holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas-Austin and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Tulane University.
Martin joined MSR after receiving his Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota College of Design in 2013. His work covers a wide range of project types, including office environments, affordable housing, cultural centers, schools, and hands-on learning environments. He values seeing the translation of rendered architectural ideas into finely executed details across all scales. Martin uses 3D digital tools for rapid design iteration and the production of full-resolution presentation materials. Prior to his time at MSR, Martin worked in both design and construction around the Twin Cities. Martin also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Drawing from Lewis & Clark College. His complementary background in the fine arts and sciences strikes a balance between creative, interactive exploration and the discovery of practical, innovative design solutions.
The concentration in Computer Engineering provides students with a solid base in the design, development, and evaluation of computer systems. Thrust areas include computer architecture, software, and embedded systems, but the program is highly customizable to the specific interests of the student. The research activities of the faculty in this concentration include parallel and distributed computer systems, distributed software architectures and databases, ultra-reliable real-time computer systems, VLSI architectures, reconfigurable computing, computer design automation, low-power design, embedded systems, computer communication protocols, computer networks, security, programming languages for parallel/distributed processing, knowledge management, service-oriented architectures, and software engineering.
Establishing a foundation for lifelong learning and practice, this module supports you in the practice of reading and interpreting architecture through two capstone projects; a final thesis design project and a dissertation.
Your design studio work, the research undertaken for your thesis project, and your written dissertation, all give you the opportunity to develop and express your individual interests. Modules incorporate aspects of sustainability, tectonics and structure, history of architecture and professional practice.
Before her appointment to the Water Board, she was the Western Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a national environmental leader in bringing science, law, and policy expertise to solving our world’s pressing environmental and conservation challenges. Prior to joining NRDC, Felicia was the Executive VP/COO of the Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national non-profit devoted to conserving land for people. Before coming to TPL, Felicia served as the Regional Administrator of the U.S. EPA Region IX in the Clinton Administration where she was known for her work in bringing unlikely allies together for environmental progress and for making the agency more responsive to the communities it serves, particularly Indian Tribes, communities of color, local government, and agricultural and business interests. While at USEPA, Felicia worked extensively on the range of environmental issues under EPA’s jurisdiction, most heavily in air quality, Bay-Delta water, tribal, and US-Mexico border issues. Prior to that, Felicia headed Los Angeles’ Department of Public Works at a time when the City went from garnering lawsuits to garnering national awards for environmental excellence. Felicia came to Public Works after extensive experience as a public interest lawyer and community organizer in Los Angeles.
Buildings and cities embody attitudes. Architecture strategically engages individuals, communities and society with the issues of place in practical, personal, cultural and political ways. Through a process of primary and secondary research across a broad range of subjects, architects appraise the fundamental conditions of site and context, in order to inform a strategic design approach for a particular place. The detailed study of buildings and places from other times and contexts, develops an architect's ability to critique these complex interacting conditions.
Architecture embodies ideas about the world. In its many different forms, architecture interprets and represents the interactions and inter-relationships between a diverse range of physical, environmental, social and cultural factors. A beautiful or compelling project synthesises these into a coherent, spatial and experiential whole.
A work of architecture represents the drawing together of physical, environmental, social and cultural factors: interpreting, conceptualising and integrating them into a body of ideas that can shape a building. Architects employ a diverse range of media, across two and three dimensions in order to both explore these ideas and to communicate them and the resulting project to different audiences.
This module asks the student to critique the ways in which an existing building encompasses such concerns, eloquently integrating primary experience with secondary research and visually representing this through an appropriate range of media, as an integral part of a dissertation capstone project. A successful design proposal represents the drawing together of a complex range of issues into a coherent, holistic work of architecture, described within a well presented and communicative portfolio.
The doctoral program in Electrical and Computer Engineering is tailored to the individual background and interest of the student. There are several milestones to pass: admission to the Ph.D. program by the Graduate Committee; Ph.D. preliminary examination on the background and potential for success in the doctoral program; departmental teaching requirement which can be satisfied through service as a teaching assistant or equivalent; original research work; development of a research report and dissertation proposal; advancement to Ph.D. candidacy in the third year (second year for students who entered with a master’s degree) through the Ph.D. qualifying examination conducted on behalf of the Irvine Division of the Academic Senate; completion of a significant research investigation; and completion and approval of a dissertation. A public Ph.D. dissertation defense is also required. During the Ph.D. study, four units of or must be completed.
For nearly ten years, Sam has been exploring the intersection of learning and work environments with the evolving expectations communities have for their spaces. Whether developing workspaces within corporate headquarters for Fortune 500 companies, such as Urban Outfitters and 3M, or designing a new community educational space, Sam brings an unwavering curiosity and passion for understanding clients to a highly collaborative design process. He views design as a window into how and why systems, cultures, and businesses operate and ultimately what makes them successful. Sam is particularly fascinated by generational relationships and how their dynamics shape our spaces, inform our culture, and engage organizations. A registered architect and associate with MSR, Sam has received several awards for his work, including an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Central States Architecture Honor Award, and Nebraska New Construction Honor Award. His work has been exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and Minima Gallery. A graduate of the design-build program Studio 804 at the University of Kansas, Sam holds a Bachelor of Architecture, with a minor in Business.