Residential Design

VOL2 2019

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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Going Big P/K ARCHITECTURE MINNEAPOLIS When you think about residential ar- chitects, often the image that comes to mind is of a sole practitioner working in a little studio at the back of her house. And this is not inaccurate—more than 75 percent of all architecture firms in the United States have fewer than 10 employees. For most, this is the sweet spot of sustainability for a sole pro- prietor or, perhaps, a partnership of two principals. Minneapolis-based P/K Architecture [formerly known as Peterssen/Keller] has 27 architects, designers, and staff on the payroll. Not only is the size unusual for any archi- tecture firm, it's especially rare for one primarily focused on residential work. Even at this size, the firm limits the scope of what they do on each project. They don't, for instance, offer interior design services and they don't want to add construction services either. The partners—Lars Peterssen, AIA; Ga- briel (Gabe) Keller; and Kristine (Kris) Anderson—consider interior designers and custom builders as strong allies and sources of business, ones they wish to nurture and not undermine as competition. What they do offer that's not always true of firms this size is stylistic diver- sity. The design staff is willing and able to work on traditional and modern houses—along with ones that play somewhere in between. No matter what the style, whether new construction or remodel, a large or small project, the work is top-notch and award-winning. The Sweet Spot The three partners have worked for large firms and small ones. And they come most recently from a previous firm led by Lars, called Domain Architecture & Design. In starting P/K 10 years ago, they sought to establish a truly collab- orative practice, where work and credit is shared throughout the office at every level. In Gabe's experience, the bigger firm size facilitates this approach be- cause it frees the partners to concentrate on design. "We've discovered that certain sizes work best. For instance, one to 12 works, but after that you have to jump up to 18 or more to make it work again," Photo: Courtesy P/K Architecture Top left: P/K partners Gabriel Keller, Kristine Anderson, and Lars Peterssen. Above: The Calhoun Pavilions Residence links three "pavilion" volumes around garden and courtyard spaces. The L-shaped plan grabs views of Lake Calhoun and the downtown skyline. "The things you have to do as principal when you're small take away from design work." —Gabriel Keller, Assoc. AIA Photo: Paul Crosby 17 VOL. 2, 2019 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM PRO-FILE DESIGN

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