Gayla Lindt

Senior Critic in Architecture, Architecture

Gayla Lindt, Assoc. AIA, teaches both undergraduate and graduate design studios and workshops, as well as an introduction to critical thinking course for pre-architecture students. Lindt co-teaches the first-year M.Arch design studio with Christopher Wingate, who is an associate at MSR Design. Most recently in the Bachelor of Design in Architecture (BDA), she co-taught (as design lead) with WL Hall Woodshop's Justin Kindelspire (as metal-working specialist) a design workshop that explores metal screens and screening as an architectural device.

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A UMN M.Arch graduate, Lindt began teaching as an adjunct instructor in fall 2007; she served as BDA program director from 2014-2018, and became director of undergraduate studies beginning summer 2018. Prior to teaching, Lindt 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.  She has worked at CityDeskStudio, Inc., at the Design Center for American Urban Landscape (now the Minnesota Design Center), and as a freelance writer, editor and graphic designer. 

She is especially interested in how designers negotiate between—and then simultaneously express—a landscape of seeming opposites.  The designer is an alternator, whose generative production is dependent on dialogs of "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.


Assoc. AIA

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Courses Taught

  • ARCH 1621 | Introduction to Critical Inquiry in Practice
  • ARCH 8251 | Graduate Design Studio One
  • ARCH 8299 | Master’s Final Project (section instructor and studio coordinator)
  • HSEM 3201H | Six Degrees of Interdisciplinary Connection
  • ARCH 4194H | Undergraduate Thesis Project/Capstone
  • ARCH 4150 | Developing a Professional Narrative
  • ARCH 3250 | The Architecture of Dr. Seuss (and other imaginative illustrators)
  • ARCH 3223 | Screen Test: Metal Work

Co-Teaching and Course Assistance

  • 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),
  • Thesis (2008-2009)
  • 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)

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Adjunct Teaching Award (CDes 2014)
  • Adjunct Faculty Slam Award (CDes 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
Gayla Lindt


145E Rapson Hall
89 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
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