SALA Architect Katherine Hillbrand

Nature’s Rules of (Architecture) Engagement

I recently had the pleasure of watching an episode of Planet Earth produced by the BBC while vacationing with my grandchildren in the Adirondack Mountains. I was struck by a series of time-lapse photos of fungi growing amidst the chaos of a massive South American jungle. Read More

SALA Architect Paul Buum

To Raze (or Raise) a House

What do you do with a late 1800’s house that has sagged out of level, been neglected over time and settled into its site without a proper structural foundation? Read More

SALA Architect David Wagner

Green is the new Black: Part 4 of 4: Beauty

Through this four part series we’ve touched on sustainable design issues ranging from energy use, to materials, and to healthy environments. But an often overlooked element in sustainable design is beauty. Why is beauty important, and what makes it an element of sustainable design practice? Read More

SALA Architect Bryan Anderson

The Yurt: An Adventure In Structure And Shelter

Designing shelter is fundamental to architecture, so experiencing shelter in all its various and available forms is key to understanding structure, durability, comfort, and manipulation of experience. For this architect, it also proved to be a real adventure! Read More

SALA Architect Dale Mulfinger

Cabin Questions: Loons or Air Conditioning?

Cabin Life is in full swing as we Midwesterners make our weekend pilgrimage to the waters edge each weekend. As the balmy days of July are soon upon us I’m reminded of a common question I ask my cabin clients. “Do you air condition or listen to the loons?” Read More

SALA Architects Homes By Architects Tour


It’s time to begin planning your route for the 2015 Homes By Architects Tour September 19th and 20th! SALA Architects is pleased to be showcasing a home designed by David Wagner on this year’s tour! Read More

SALA Architect Eric Odor

When Remodeling, Try Spicing The New With The Old

Whenever I embark on a remodeling I search for remnants of the old that might flavor the new with echoes of past in an effort to form a temporal continuity of sorts. Read More

SALA Architect Dale Mulfinger

How Leadership Can Influence Architecture: Dale’s Talk

Recently, Dale was asked to speak at the Dunwoody College of Technology Leadership Lecture Series. Dale decided on the topic, “Leadership: From Softball to Residential Architecture”. His material was uniquely interesting since it’s the first time he’s been asked to speak on the topic of leadership after being with the firm he cofounded over 30 years ago. Read More


The New World of Ventilation Systems in Energy Efficient Homes

Last week I spent a morning in the basement of Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC)—the only architect in a room full of mechanical contractors, energy raters, and educators (thanks for the slack, guys!) to learn about advancements in ventilation systems, specifically those commonly associated with European Passive House projects. Read More


Visiting Oaxaca Part 3: Impressions of the City, History, Architecture and Art

In Part One I spoke of my experiences with people. In Part Two I highlighted a few of the notable buildings, museums and a bit of history. In this final Part Three I hope to share some experiences of the art available in the area. Read More