Adjunct Assistant Professor
Gayla Lindt is an adjunct assistant professor of architecture in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. She works primarily with graduate students helping them frame, develop and present their final projects for the M.Arch degree. She also teaches a BDA (Bachelor of Design in Architecture) workshop, titled “The Architecture of Dr. Seuss,” which uses imaginative children’s book illustration as a critical lens on architecture, and a topics in architecture course, titled “Developing a Professional narrative,” which examines the ways in which architects write about and publish their ideas.
Prior to this, she had the privilege of organizing (with Jane King Hession) the vast drawing collection of renowned modernist architect Ralph Rapson, FAIA; Rapson’s drawings are destined for the University of Minnesota’s Northwest Architectural Archives and Cranbrook Archives in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Lindt has also worked at CityDeskStudio, Inc., at the Design Center for American Urban Landscape (now the Metropolitan Design Center), and as a freelance writer, editor and graphic designer.
She is especially interested in how we, as designers, negotiate between—and then simultaneously express—a landscape of seeming opposites. The designer is an alternator, and our production is dependent on how we oscillate between — between analysis and synthesis, between tangible constructions and intangible constructs, between making and critiquing, between logic and intuition, between a thing and its context. We construct always and simultaneously space and form, and form and content. She is also interested in the curious relationship between architects and their words, and how visual thinkers can embrace words to develop a self-awareness about their work.
Arch 4150 | Developing a Professional Narrative
Arch 3250 | The Architecture of Dr. Seuss (and other imaginative illustrators)
Arch 8299 | Master’s Final Project
Design Inquiry Armature (with Ozayr Saloojee, fall 2009, 2010)
Visiting faculty, M-term in Istanbul (with Ozayr Saloojee, May 2010)
Introduction to Theory (assisted Lance LaVine, fall 2009),
Professional Practice (with Renée Cheng, fall 2008),
Thesis Preparation (with Ritu Bhatt and Robert Ferguson, fall 2007)
Almost Grad Workshop (Continuing Education with J. Stephen Weeks)
10 Women, 2 Nights (Continuing Education course with Jean Rehkamp Larson)
Adjunct Faculty Slam Award (2011)
Faculty choice award (selected by M.Arch graduating students; 2009)
Contributing author and co-producer (with Jane King Hession), “Come closer, I have a story to tell” a hand-bound, bespoke limited-edition collection of short works of fiction, memory and song inspired by the drawings, work and life of Ralph Rapson, FAIA. (2004)
Feature writer, Fabric Architecture, Intents and Review magazines
M.Arch, University of Minnesota; awarded graduate fellowship, Nolli Prize and thesis prize (“A Metaphor Frames a World View: the Pleasures of the Table, the Feast and the Dwelling)
B.A. in liberal studies, College of Saint Benedict