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We, Molly Reichert and Andrea Johnson, are two designers who share a passion for design, innovative technologies and the construction of social art spaces.

As designers, builders, and educators, our mission is to inspire people to re-imagine the environment and our place in it, and then to create that vision.  Our clients include public agencies, businesses, nonprofits, educational institutions, and community organizations, and through combining design thinking with the artist’s eye, each project uniquely supports our clients in innovating better cities and culturally richer communities. With our shared experience in public and institutional work, we have the ability to navigate the often complex landscape of public design processes, and to build consensus among diverse stakeholders.

Molly Reichert, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Associate AIA.  She incorporates technology in both research and design practice with computational design and fabrication, and has a unique skill set of design+build practice, with several years of experience in rough and finished carpentry.  Her practice engages in an interdisciplinary form, moving fluidly between the disciplines of architecture, art, design, urbanism and our relationships to each of these.  She was educated at Smith College and UC Berkeley and has taught digital design and fabrication courses at UC Berkeley, San Jose State, and the University of Minnesota.

Molly  has worked on numerous award-winning public projects including Meander for the Lowertown Stadium, the master plan for Frogtown Farm in St. Paul, MN, LakeForms for the Minneapolis Creative City Challenge, and TönöSauna for the Art Shanty Projects.  TönöSauna, ‘Shack Sauna’ in Finnish, is a wood burning sauna built from a salvaged 1966 Avion travel trailer which offers an alternative social and civic space, a mobile platform for public talks, art and presentations in which people can rest and warm themselves during the harsh winter months of the Upper Midwest.  In addition, Molly Reichert is internationally recognized in the sweat-bathing community and has presented her design work at the International Sweat Summit in San Francisco, CA.  She has visited countless saunas, banyas, and public baths around the world.

Andrea J. Johnson, Assistant Professor, AIA, LEED BD+C, is an architect and educator, whose work focuses on relationships of text and visual arts with spatial practices.  She earned her MArch from Columbia University and B.A. from Stanford University in Urban Studies and Poetry.  She has worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and FiedlerMarciano in New York, and runs an architecture practice in New York and Minnesota for both private and public clients, with projects ranging from custom fabrications to full building construction, from art installations to creative place-making at the scale of the city.

At the University of Minnesota, Andrea teaches in the undergraduate and graduate architecture programs, directs the Digital Assistant and Architecture as Catalyst programs, and advises research projects and mentors students toward gaining licensure within the Masters of Science in Research Practices program.  Her own research currently includes documenting artist studios, connections between architecture and poetry, and writing as design pedagogy.  Before coming to UMN, she was an adjunct instructor at CUNY where she taught History of New York City Architecture and design studios focusing on bolstering individual and community health.

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