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June 7, 2006 - For Immediate Release

Awards Acknowledge Residential Architects’ Vision & Excellence

Minneapolis, Minnesota –Nine residential architecture projects by Minnesota architects have been selected for this year’s Residential Architects Vision and Excellence (RAVE) Awards. The RAVE program, in its third year, was created by AIA Minnesota and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine to recognize excellence in residential design and raise awareness of the benefits of using an architect. 43 submissions were entered in different categories including new and remodeled homes, large and small sizes and budgets.

The jury was comprised of Dennis Wedlick, AIA, New York residential architect and author of several books including The Good Home; Bruce Abrahamson, FAIA, founding partner of Hammel Green and Abrahamson in Minneapolis and Jayne Haugen Olson, Homes and Lifestyle editor at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. They selected the following projects:

Tofte Addition
Eric Odor, AIA, with Sara Whicher, SALA Architects
Remodel less than 800 square feet

Family Living
Todd Hansen, AIA, Albertsson Hansen Architecture
Remodel over 800 square feet

Wayne Branum, AIA, SALA
New Residence Less than 2000 square feet

Minnetrista Farmhouse
Michaela Mahady, AIA, with Maury Stenerson and Jessica Wilder, SALA Architects
New Residence 2000 – 3500 square feet

Bluff House
Mark Larson, AIA, and Jean Rekamp Larson, Rehkamp Larson Architects
New Residence 2000 – 3500 square feet

Hilltop Home
Todd Hanson, AIA, Albertsson Hansen Architecture
New Residence 2000 – 3500 square feet

Midtown Lofts
David Graham, AIA, Pong Khow, Assoc. AIA, Art Bartels, AIA, Dawn Weiczorek, AIA, Steve Burch, Assoc. AIA, Nicolle VanWie, Cagri Akay, Becca Hine, Elness Swenson Graham Architects

301 Kenwood Lofts
David Graham, AIA, Pong Khow, Assoc, AIA, Art Bartels, AIA, Elness Swenson Graham Architect Inc. in collaboration with Lander Sherman Urban Development

Tower Lofts
David Graham, AIA, Maria Ambrose, AIA, Burt Coffin, AIA, Bill Baron, AIA, Lynn Beise, Elness Swenson Graham Architects

The winners were announced at an event, sponsored by Marvin Windows and Poliform, at Solera restaurant in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday, June 1. The 2006 RAVE Award-winning projects will be featured in the August issue of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and displayed in the AIA Minnesota office gallery. Images of the projects with jury comments can also be found on the AIA Minnesota website at The American Institute of Architects Minnesota, founded in 1892, is dedicated to strengthening our communities, improving our built environment and providing exceptional design. For more information on the organization and Minnesota architectural firms, reference our Web site at and pick up a copy of Architecture Minnesota, the award-winning architectural magazine of the Midwest.

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