Young Architect Bob Ganser, AIA, joins MSR
Young Architect Bob Ganser, AIA, joins MSR, aligning his adaptive reuse and active professional and community engagement sensibilities with the firm’s core values
08 February 2016 (Minneapolis)—MSR is pleased to announce that registered architect Bob Ganser, AIA, has joined the firm. He has focused his career on repurposing and renovating existing structures, including institutional projects, multi-family and single-family housing, office interiors, and commercial space. A significant example of this work includes the salvage and reuse design concept for a decommissioned Minneapolis skyway structure, which reflects a focus on sustainability through the embodied energy and material resources in the object itself and cultural value of urban infrastructure as part of the city’s history.
“I have long admired MSR’s track record for design excellence and commitment to sustainability, states Bob. “The firm’s diverse mix of building types, expertise in the design of adaptive reuse, and culture of innovation align well with my experience and architectural vision. I feel honored to join the team and am excited to contribute to MSR’s ongoing body of exceptional work.”
Bob cofounded and led CityDeskStudio, an independent architecture firm, for 11 years. He brings a holistic design sensibility and an eye for precision to projects in the studio. Prior to establishing CityDeskStudio, he worked in the offices of HGA and Julie Snow Architects (now Snow Kreilich Architects).
Growing up between the West Coast and Midwest, traveling extensively, and working in urban design as a student, Bob has developed a sensitivity to the power of place as an instigator for meaningful human experience. He views every architectural project as an opportunity to harness overt or obscured characteristics in the existing environment, reframing the built and natural landscape so that we may see it anew with freshness and optimism.
In addition to his professional practice, Bob teaches undergraduate and graduate architectural design studios in the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota, where he received a Master of Architecture in 1997. He is actively involved in neighborhood planning groups and professional organizations, such as the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Minnesota chapter. Bob is currently cochair of the AIA Minnesota Committee on Design and received an AIA Minnesota Young Architects Award in 2014.
According to principal Josh Stowers, “Bob’s approach to design, sensitivity to the power of place, and his dedication to architectural education align with MSR’s vision. We are thrilled to have Bob join the firm and continue his architecture leadership with us.”