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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

John A. Madson

University of Minnesota - B.A. Arch '49, B.Arch '50

What was the most important thing/skill/concept you learned at the School of Architecture?
Get the concept you want and then develop it in detail.

Who made the most lasting impression (most influenced you) and why?
Don W. Brown, a classmate. We used to study together.

What is your favorite memory from your studio days?
The camaraderie of all us dumb men from the service. We had a great time.

Please identify one (or more) memorable design project that you worked on while a student at the School of Architecture.
It was a five-man team for a medical office building using the site across the street from the Minneapolis YMCA. We had Hesson, Thorsen, Gibson, Madson & Brown. Brown was responsible for the design and he and I built the model. It was a great model. It was displayed for quite a spell afterward in the Museum of Art located in Northrup Auditorium.

What major forces (such as individual architects, design philosophies, rendering styles, research methods, etc.) do you remember influencing you significantly as a student?
Rendering, Harold Blewett, John Rauman, and Don Brown.

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