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Shack Bird House

2020 Exhibition Cancelled 

Due to COVID-19 emergency closures, this year's exhibition has been cancelled.

Please join us for next year's exhibition in 2021! 

The Project

Architecture for the Birds is the result of a design challenge posed to students in the Department of Architecture at North Dakota State University. The project was designed to serve a very particular, very discerning set of clients. The challenge? Design and build a birdhouse based on the work of a Pritzker-Award-winning architect; research, analyze, and interpret one the architect’s structures; come to a deeper understanding of the architect's design philosophy; and incorporate this understanding into the bird house's design. The clients? A set of local birds known to nest in human-made bird houses. The students were asked to consider their bird's favored environment, nesting habitat, spatial needs, numbers of family members and patterns of use -- all issues necessary for the effective design of a dwelling (human or otherwise). Architecture for the Birds is a pedagogical exercise rooted in environmental stewardship, community collaboration, and a passion for design.

Entries to the annual exhibition at the Plains Art Museum include the resulting birdhouse and a graphic component describing the architect, bird species, and student's design process. 

The Sponsors

This exhibition is put on with the generous sponsorship and collaboration of the following area architecture firms, businesses, and non-profits: 

Read More!

Check out the press and publications on Architecture for the Birds. . . 

Architecture for the Birds

Joan Vorderbruggen, Darryl Booker, Cindy Urness. Theran Press, 2016. 

Order here.

Modern Architects: Designing for the birds

The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, April 13, 2018.

Read here.

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