Ralph Rapson

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Ralph Rapson
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Name Ralph Rapson
Nationality United States
Born September 13, 1914; Alma, Michigan, United States
Died March 29, 2008; Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Work
Practice name Ralph Rapson & Associates
Significant buildings Guthrie Theater (razed), Pillsbury House in Wayzata, Cedar-Riverside Towers
Significant projects United States embassies in Stockholm and Copenhagen


Ralph Rapson made important contributions to architecture in Minnesota through his own designs for modernist buildings from theaters to apartment complexes to embassies and through his teaching and leadership at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture.

Rapson studied at the University of Michigan College of Architecture and Cranbrook Academy of Art. It was at Cranbrook that he designed the Rapson Rapid Rocker, a modernist chair still in production in 2008. From 1942 to 1946 he taught at the New Bauhaus School (later known as the Illinois Institute of Technology) in Chicago. From there he went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he taught from 1946 until 1954 when he was recruited to lead the architecture school at the University of Minnesota. Rapson stayed at the University of Minnesota until 1984 and continued his architectural work until the time of his death at age 93. Recently his Case Study House Number 4, designed in the 1940's was selected by Wieler and is being built in the eastern United States.

Wikipedia.com Rapson Architects Wieler

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