In 2002, work was completed on the renovation and a 50,000 square-foot expansion of the University of Minnesota’s College of Design. The building was then renamed Rapson Hall after Ralph Rapson, former head of the School of Architecture (from 1954-1984).
Rapson, a prolific modernist architect in his own right, left his mark on Minnesota beyond training generations of architects. Cedar Square West in Minneapolis, the original Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, and the Rarig Center for the Performing Arts on the U of M’s West Bank are all Rapson buildings.
Interested in what Rapson Hall has to offer? The library boasts more than 30,000 volumes dedicated to architecture, landscape architecture and planning, along with an inspiring collection of architect-designed chairs. The recent additions of a powerful prototyping facility (the DigiFabLab) and wireless virtual courtyard offer more evidence of the college’s drive for innovation in design.