Welcome to our Minneapolis studio

We are the Bold North. We call the tallest building on the Minneapolis skyline home. Our self-organizing studio is our playground for innovation – designed as a living laboratory and playful work in progress, it is a constantly evolving maker-space where we test new ideas for our clients, and fluidly share work across our diverse disciplines and practices.

Our entrepreneurial studio is fueled by curiosity, possibility, and making the world a better place. We geek out on research, data, and metrics to help get us there. We are no stranger to asking questions, taking risks, and experimentation; we have collectively incubated ideas that have transformed into industry-changing standards, policies, master plans, environments, and buildings that are creating a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable future.


IDS Center, 80 South Eighth Street
Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55402

t +16128515000

“We designed our studio to embody our core values of Design, Social Responsibility, and Sustainability, and actively live them out each day through our work and culture.”

—Anne Smith, Senior Interior Project Designer, Senior Associate

Fun Fact
Our studio is self-organizing with 100% unassigned seating to support individual choice, teamwork, and collaboration
“Working in our studio is exciting and energizing. We are a diverse group of people who all bring a different perspective to our work but have a shared commitment to social purpose and sustainability.”

—Samantha McKinney, Landscape Architectural Designer

Fun Fact
Our studio had the highest Leesman+ score in North America in 2018
Our project rooms are named to celebrate three brilliant interdisciplinary designers who directly or indirectly shaped our IDS Center and its place on Nicollet Mall:
Philip Johnson, Architect; Anna & Lawrence Halprin, Landscape Architects; and
Florence Knoll, Interior Designer.
Fun Fact
We were the first Fitwel certified commercial interior space in Minnesota, with 2 of 3 stars
“I can feel the heartbeat of Minneapolis here, and am always reminded of the impact we as designers can have by connecting and inspiring people through our work.”

—Patrick Moe, Architectural Designer

People in Minneapolis

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Tony Layne
Managing Director
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David Dimond
Design Director
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Jennifer Christiaansen
Operations Director
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Jeanne Ekholm
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Robert Novak
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Lisa Pool
Planning and Strategies
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John Slack
Urban Design
Jeff Ziebarth
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Jeff Ziebarth
Higher Education
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Heidi Costello
Higher Education
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Douglas Pierce

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