From Minnesota by way of Finland, David Salmela to Talk Design at MDC 2011

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The winner of the 2008 Minnesota Gold Medal Award, David Salmela, FAIA, will speak at this year’s Monterey Design Conference in October.

Salmela was born into a Finnish family, grew up in Minnesota, practices in Duluth and never went to architecture school. That hasn’t inhibited him from winning fifty regional and national design awards including National AIA Honor Awards for architecture for his Brandenburg’s Ravenwood Studio and the Emerson Sauna projects.

Here’s an excerpt from a great Residential Architect feature by Vernon Mays on him that’s well worth the read and includes a fantastic slideshow:

“As he tells it, Salmela started his career as a forward-thinking modernist, but after a few years he started to question why the public failed to embrace the modern agenda. He took a harder look at the old buildings of his region and studied the architectural traditions of Scandinavia.”

MDC gives California and Western United States designers the opportunity to converse informally with a number of out of state and out-of-the-country architects as well as to hear them present. Have you heard Jeanne Gang, FAIA LEED AP, who is based in Chicago, speak? What about Toronto-based Brigitte Shim, FAIA? They’ll be at this year’s MDC along with all the continuing education credits you need.

What does Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA, the winner of the 2010 AIA National Firm Award say about attending his first MDC. It’s not what you would expect. Here’s the answer.

How did her experience at Rem Koolhaas’ OMA influence MDC 2011 speaker Jeanne Gang, FAIA? She’ll tell you.



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