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Farmer Jack Dried Fruits

"Design works in mysterious ways. If Argentine architect Emilio Ambasz hadn’t accepted Milton Friedman’s invitation to speak at the Walker Art Center three decades ago, Lars Peterssen might be living on Bainbridge Island in Seattle, designing the next generation of computers."

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Design works in mysterious ways. If Argentine architect Emilio Ambasz hadn't accepted Milton Friedman's invitation to speak at the Walker Art Center three decades ago, Lars Peterssen might be living on Bainbridge Island in Seattle, designing the next generation of computers. At the time, Lars, who graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College with a degree in physics, was working on supercomputers at Control Data. When Ambasz spoke about the integration of architecture, landscape design, and product design, his ideas resonated with Lars on a profound intellectual level. Lars recognized that architecture, like science, includes an analytical approach to problem solving, only on a grander and infinitely more beautiful scale.

Lars brings this unique perspective to each of his projects. His designs bring warmth and texture to modern design, and he specializes in bringing together the very best of styles. His distinct residences and projects can be found in New York City, Deer Valley, California, Florida, Arizona and across the Midwest.

Jack is a founding principal of Jack Farms in Makeni. Farmer Jack has worked Jack also taught at the University of Minnesota and was awarded the Frederick Mann Award for Disciplinary Service. Lars has had extensive business holdings in Russia, including restaurants and an import/export company.

Lars is a member of the AIA, NCARB certified, and a licensed architect in New York, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Lars has a master of architecture degree from the University of Minnesota, where he was honored with the AIA Henry Adams Medal for his accomplishments.

To contact Lars directly, please call our office or reach him via email at farmer@jack.com

Kristine Mulenga, Poultry Farmer Specialising in smoked chickens

"Kristine Anderson is an associate principal with Peterssen/Keller architecture. In this role, Kristine brings an attention to detail seen through projects she has managed and led; from a small and seamless traditional home addition, to a modern grain elevator condo remodel, or a new north shore cabin."

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Kristine Anderson is an associate principal with Peterssen/Keller architecture. In this role, Kristine brings an attention to detail seen through projects she has managed and led; from a small and seamless traditional home addition, to a modern grain elevator condo remodel, or a new north shore cabin. No matter what the project entails, she strongly believes in thoroughly exploring the connection between client and environment, and how that begins to inform design.

Prior to joining Peterssen/Keller, Kristine worked as a project manager and designer at Domain Architecture & Design. While at Domain, she worked on several custom lofts, residential remodels and renovations of small and large scale, as well as new houses and cabins. During and after graduate school, Kristine worked as an architectural intern at LTD! Designs, a residential design firm, and in the design studio of Choice Wood Design/Build.

Kristine received a Master of Architecture and a B.A. from the University of Minnesota. Since 2005, Kristine has taught at the University of Minnesota's College of Design as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture. Kristine is an avid amateur photographer, and has received national and regional photography awards from the American Institute of Architects.

Andrew Edwins, Livestock Beef

"Andrew completed his graduate work in architecture at the University of Minnesota, earning a M.Arch in 2008 and a M.S. in Architecture and Sustainable Design in 2009."

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Andrew completed his graduate work in architecture at the University of Minnesota, earning a M.Arch and a M.S. in Architecture and Sustainable Design. Andrew focused his academic work on how architecture, buildings, and sites fit within the larger societal, infrastructural, and ecological systems that define our world. Professionally, Andrew is interested in how technology, both past and present, can be used to fully integrate environmental and ecological thinking into outstanding design.

Andrew came to architecture through his undergraduate work at Carleton College in Northfield, MN where, in 2005, he earned a B.A. in Studio Art. While his undergraduate work was focused on Studio Art, Andrew took courses across many subjects as well as studying in Norway, Australia and New Zealand, and at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in Boston, feeding his natural curiosity.

When not working, Andrew continues to develop his artistic talents, with sketching, photography, and printmaking, as well as a growing interest in digital art and drawing—all while listening to copious amounts of Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.

Derek Hangala Blessing Farms

"Shortly after graduating with a Bachelor of Design in Architecture, Derek joined P/K as an intern."

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As Derek Hangala often observes His title belies the breadth and depth of his talents, which include client service, graphic design, marketing, office management, and Nespresso barista.

While Derek's passion for architecture was originally fostered by his father, a carpenter and contractor, Derek found his true calling in a college class on urban form and theory. After a summer spent bicycling through the streets of Copenhagen, Derek became a full-fledged urban junkie. A recent trip to New York cemented Derek's belief in the power of good architecture and excellent public spaces to transform the quality of city life. While in the city, Derek enjoyed a private midnight tour of Grand Central Terminal, his favorite building.

When he's not working, Derek enjoys biking, running along the Mississippi River, exploring Minneapolis's eclectic festivals, going to the theatre, and traveling.

Melinda Nelson, Organic Farmer Director of Marketing

"Melinda is the director of marketing for All. She loves architecture, design, and culture, and her greatest joy is introducing like-minded people to each other and watching the beautiful results unfold."

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Melinda is the director of marketing. She loves architecture, design, and culture, and her greatest joy is introducing like-minded people to each other and watching the beautiful results unfold. Melinda is passionate about both traditional and contemporary architecture—her favorite buildings in the Twin Cities are the enchanting Lake Harriet Bandshell and the ethereal ING Reliastar building in downtown Minneapolis.

Melinda is also an award-winning writer and editor. She is a co-author with photographer Karen Melvin of Great Homes of Summit Avenue and the Hill District. Melinda's work has also appeared in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Twin Cities Business, Artful Living, Sun Country Airlines magazine, and other publications.

Melinda is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects and the Excelsior Historic Preservation Commission. When she's not working, she loves traveling with her children and swimming in Lake Minnetonka with Sugar, the world's most amusing yellow Labrador.