For over fifty years, Rafferty Rafferty Tollefson Lindeke Architects has developed an extensive reputation for quality of design in Minnesota and throughout the United States. Our work has been recognized widely through publications and more than 65 awards for design excellence, including educational projects. In 1997, RRTL received the prestigious Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects Minnesota, the highest honor given to an AIA Minnesota firm. Our mission is “to create designs that lift the human spirit, respect the natural environment, and effectively meet the unique needs of our clients.”
A Sense of Place and Community
Whether they are new buildings or renovations of existing buildings for new uses, our projects have been recognized for creating a unique sense of place and identity. We believe architecture should convey an image that makes it feel like a place of destination and community. Our diverse work often calls for spaces that evoke a strong functional as well as social aesthetic when public outreach is part of the project goals. We understand the need for a variety of spaces that encourage readability, participatory involvement, and ultimate enjoyment of public function.
Diversity of Project
Our planning and design experience stretches across a wide spectrum of project types from educational to civic to religious. We have developed a specialty in providing masterplanning and predesign services. Often this work leads to design projects for renovations and restorations, expansions, and new construction. Our goal is to assist our clients to become successful in their endeavors by collaborating to create spaces that are functionally efficient and aesthetically delightful.
Collaborative Consultant Teams
RRTL has a staff of ten with four registered architects. Our teams maximize the appropriate use of our staff members’ inherent strengths and learned skills as they relate to specific projects and staff availability. Each project team is also assembled to match the projects’ specific needs, which means that we select the appropriate engineering disciplines and specialty consultants to best satisfy the requirements of the project and client.
RRTL’s cooperative team approach, nationally recognized design skills, and management style plays a pivotal role in creating satisfied clients. A successful working relationship with consultants has helped to create well-conceived plans and projects that effectively meet the philosophical, aesthetic and functional needs of our project owners and users. The collaborative history of these firms has resulted in many creative and successful projects that satisfy programmatic requirements, meet their budgets, fit within established time constraints, and do indeed ‘lift the human spirit’.