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Nina Ebbighausen, AIA; Senior Associate at Alliance

Nina Ebbighausen, AIA; Adjunct Assistant Professor

Adjunct Assistant Professor


Office: 151F Rapson Hall

Nina Ebbighausen



Nina Ebbighausen has been practicing architecture at Alliiance and teaching design at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture since the beginning of 1999. Nina is particularly passionate about public and civic work (such as libraries, schools, and churches), because of its potential to reach board segments of the population through design. Most recently, her work has engaged aspects of urban design and digital fabrication as well, including her award-winning Xcel Energy Hiawatha West and Midtown Substation Enclosures and her Horn sculpture at the main entrance of the new Viking's Stadium in Minneapolis. When she is not practicing or teaching architecture, Nina often performs dance at venues in the Twin Cities.



Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York

B. Arch, Magna cum Laude



Graduate Teaching

  • ARCH 8251-- Fall 2007, 2008, 2013--Graduate Design Studio, Studio Instructor
  • ARCH 5516--Spring 2012--Technology Two: Luminous and Thermal Design, Studio Critic Support Role
  • ARCH 8252--Spring 2007--Graduate Design Studio, Studio Instructor


Undergraduate Teaching

  • Site Studio--Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016
  • Program and Typology Studio--Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2015
  • Materials and Methods Studio--Fall 2006
  • Persistent History Studio--Fall 2002
  • Representation Studio--Fall 2000, Spring 2001
  • Urbanism Studio--Spring 1999, Spring 2000, Fall 2001, Spring 2002
  • BDA Dance and Architecture Course--Spring 2014
  • BDA Field Trip Course: Real-Time Precedent Study--Spring 2011



  • Two Independent Studies in Furniture Design--Spring 2002
  • ARCH 5250--Fall 2001--Graduate/Undergraduate Furniture Design Elective


Research Expertise

Below is a selected list of projects that reflect Nina's career focus:

  • US Bank Stadium Vikings Horn (award-winning competition); Minneapolis, MN - 2016
    • Designer (team of five), Project Architect
  • Xcel Energy Substation Enclosure: Midtown; Minneapolis, MN - 2012-2015
    • Lead Designer, Project Architect
    • AIA Minnesota Honor Award and Finance and Commerce Top Projects Award - 2015
  • Xcel Energy Substation Enclosure: Hiawatha West; Minneapolis, MN - 2011-2012
    • Lead Designer, Project Architect
    • AIA Minnesota Honor Award and AIA Minneapolis Merit Award - 2015
  • Central Lutheran Church, Master Plan for Expansion and Renovation; Minneapolis, MN - 2011-2012
    • Project Planner and Lead Designer
  • Bell Museum / Minnesota Planetarium Feasibility Study; Minneapolis, MN - 2010
    • Project Planner and Designer of Facility at Bell Museum Site (with ESG Architects)
  • Minnesota Planetarium and Space Discovery Center Pre design and Feasibility Study; Minneapolis, MN - 2010
    • Project Planner and Lead Designer for Minneapolis Central Library Rooftop Site
  • Macalester College Janet Wallace Fine and Performing Arts Center; St. Paul, MN - 2009
    • Conceptual Redesign (in competition with HGA Architects) - Lead Designer
    • Initial Partnering with GUND Partnership (through Design Development Phase) - Local Project Architect
  • Minneapolis Central Library (with Cesar Pelli and Associates); Minneapolis MN - 2002-2006
    • Project Manager
    • National AIA / ALA Library Building Award for Minneapolis Central Library - 2009
  • Katharine Gibbs School of Design and Technology; Philadelphia, PA
    • Addition - Project Designer - 2002-2003
    • Phase I Interior Build-Out - Project Designer and Architect - 2000-2001
  • Woodlake Lutheran Church Addition and Remodeling; Richfield, MN - 1999-2001
    • Lead Designer and Project Architect
  • Whittier Elementary School for the Arts; Minneapolis, MN - 1996-1998
    • With Kodet Architectural Group
    • Intern in charge of plan development, Contributing Designer
  • Scottish Equitable Headquarters, Competition; Edinburgh, Scotland - 1992
    • With Koetter Kim Associates and including consultation with Colin Rowe
    • Contributing Designer
  • Winterthur Elementary School, Winning Competition entry; Winterthur, Switzerland - 1989
    • With Baumgartner and Associates
    • Intern



  • "Dance and Architecture: Musings" - Article Author
    • T|Here Journal of Landscape + Architecture, Volume 11 - 2015
  • "The Role of the Physical Environment in Early Learning and Early Literacy"
    • Peer-reviewed and selected invitation to the Public Library Association National Convention; Minneapolis, MN - 2008
  • "Retail Models for Library Design"
    • Peer-reviewed and selected invitation to the Public Library Association (PLA) National Convention; Boston, MA - 2006
    • Peer-reviewed and selected invitation to the Minnesota Library Association (MLA) State Conference; Minneapolis, MN - 2005
  • "International Education" - Co-moderator as well as Presenter
    • By invitation to the Council of Educational Facility Planners International Midwest Regional Conference; Minneapolis, MN - 1998
  • "Indoor Air Quality" - Presenter (at a time when this was relatively new in architectural practice)
    • By invitation to the Indoor Air Quality Symposium; Minneapolis, MN - 1998
  • Architectural Thesis: "Investigating the Reconciliatory Potential of Modern and Pre-Modern Architectures, Based on Mies van der Rohe's Crown Hall and Schinkel's Bauakademie"; Berlin, Germany - 1992-1993


Honors & Awards


  • AIA Minnesota Honor Award for Xcel Energy Hiawatha West and Midtown Substation Enclosures - 2015
  • AIA Minneapolis Merit Award for Xcel Energy Hiawatha West Substation Enclosure - 2015
  • Finance and Commerce Top Projects of 2015 Award for Xcel Energy Midtown Substation Enclosure - 2015
  • National AIA / ALA Library Building Award for Minneapolis Central Library - 2009
  • AIA Minnesota Young Architects Award - 2004


  • AIA Henry Adams Medal and Certificate for General Excellence in Architectural Study (part of the AIA Scholarship Program) - 1993
    • This award is given to the top-ranking graduating student in each architecture program accredited by NAAB
  • James Britton Memorial Outstanding Thesis Prize, Syracuse University School of Architecture - 1993
    • One of three awards recognizing the best final projects by graduate and undergraduate students in the professional degree program
    • Jury comprised of faculty, Syracuse Advisory Board Members, and practitioners


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