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      Dewey Thorbeck standing in a field

      ‘Design is a problem-solving process’

      By Allison Campbell-Jensen Architect Dewey Thorbeck faced an issue about 10 years ago when moving his office from Minneapolis’s Loring Park neighborhood to his home...
      Photo- Weiming Lu stands at the center of a group of people, acting as host to an international delegation inspecting the dramatic transformations in Lowertown, St. Paul Weiming Lu papers, N279, Northwest Architectural Archives

      Welcome, Weiming Lu!

      Weiming Lu is an internationally recognized urban planner known for his design work in America and global consulting practices. With his intercultural background, he has dedicated his life to promoting a better understanding and relationship between the United States and China, and to advancing peace and prosperity around the world.
      Cover the Millet's book showing a midcentury modern home.

      A Year in Review (2015)

      By Alli Mertins Assistant Archivist, Northwest Architectural Archives Another year came and went – here are the 2015 highlights from the Northwest Architectural Archives. Publications by our dedicated researchers Minnesota...
      Advertisement for a cabinet fridge showing a woman with mid-century modern style cabinet refrigerator.

      Mid-Century Modern Exhibit

      The Northwest Architectural Archives at the University of Minnesota is showcasing materials from various collections that show the diverse range of architectural elements that have come to define the Mid-Century Modern style. This exhibit includes trade catalogs, stock plan books, photos and renderings from the 1940’s to the 1960’s.

      “Discovering Treasures: Materials found in collections that are in process or have been recently...

      by Christine Avery, Archives Assistant and Kate Hujda, Assistant Archivist/Processor As spring slowly makes its way to Minnesota, the Manuscripts Division decided it was time to take down our...

      Ralph Rapson, Architect (1914 – 2008)

      Long before he died in 2008, the architect Ralph Rapson began working with the then-Curator of the Northwest Architectural Archives (NAA), Professor Al Lathrop,...

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