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Coming to an office building near you – what a breath of fresh air!

Starting off as an architect, my first experience of an office building was an older brick industrial building, with operable windows, located near the river in a mid-sized southern city. I have a vivid memory of working to finish a deadline on a summer evening. - James Puckhaber, AIA 

[DT logo] Creativity in Design to Enrich Lives

The Design Thinkers Blog presents the diverse viewpoints of our team members. We hope you enjoy their perspective and ideas on all the things that inspire and excite them.  We are SLAM!

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Coming to an office building near you – what a breath of fresh air!

Starting off as an architect, my first experience of an office building was an older brick industrial building, with operable windows, located near the river in a mid-sized southern city. I have a vivid memory of working to finish a deadline on a summer evening. - James Puckhaber, AIA 

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Purpose of Place: Introducing the Hybrid Workplace

In this launch workplace-related series, I will examine the purpose of place through the lens of a hybrid workplace and the importance of designing physical environments that rebuild safety and trust for employees. - Monika Avery, IIDA

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A building that’s all about the people

The Health Sciences Education Center (HSEC) at the University of Minnesota opened in Summer 2020. At over 150,000-SF of new construction and another 50,000-SF of renovation in the adjacent Phillips Wangensteen Building , it is a massive project that will have a major impact on the connectedness and education of future doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals on the Twin Cities campus. - Karen Parzych

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Decompression Space in Behavioral Health Design

Thanks to the ease of access to healthcare professionals, hospital emergency departments (EDs) have become a primary location where behavioral health patients seek help when their conditions require immediate care. However, EDs are generally designed and operated to treat only a small number of behavioral health patients at a given time.

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Greener Tools for Better Designs

I grew up around handsaws and hammers, two-by-fours and plywood, saw dust and the fresh scent of clear pine.  Thirty years later, I am an architect and design thinker at SLAM advocating for mass timber structural solutions, in part, because my grandfather was a woodworker, lumberjack, and union carpenter.  – Tim Applebee