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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Richard A. Carter

University of Minnesota - B.Arch '82

What was the most important thing/skill/concept you learned at the School of Architecture?
Problem solving.

Who made the most lasting impression (most influenced you) and why?
Having Gunter Dittmar teach us how to draw a "straight" line the first day of Grade One. Garth Rockcastle's Grade Four studio where we had to draw with rapidogragh ink on vellum.

What is your favorite memory from your studio days?
Staying up very late, making models. 

Please identify one (or more) memorable design project that you worked on while a student at the School of Architecture.
My thesis, the Downtown Minneapolis YMCA.

What major forces (such as individual architects, design philosophies, rendering styles, research methods, etc.) do you remember influencing you significantly as a student?
Jerry Zuber's trees and people.

Cite an example (be specific) that illustrates how you used the education you received at the School of Architecture to positively impact (or better) your community, city, nation or the world.
I have focused my entire career on Green Building and reducing climate change at building, organization, and community scales. My education at the School of Architecture and the people who were my advisers, including Garth, Mary Guzowski, Steve Weeks, and Julia Robinson, guided me in that direction.

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