Can you find larger architecture firms in the Twin Cities? Sure. But can you find a more efficient team that can turn things around quickly for your fast moving project. We doubt it.
But speed is just part of our skillset. At Edward Farr Architects, you will find a team that offers wide-ranging expertise, decades of experience and a flair for creativity that goes far beyond the pigeonhole approach many larger firms offer.
The professionals at Edward Farr Architects not only has experience, but better experience working together. All of our staff has worked together working together for 15+ years. At EFA, decisions are made quickly, the boss is consulted easily, and a highly skilled staff tackles your project with enthusiasm and dedication.
Get to know Ed Farr
Ed Farr, AIA, CID | Architect | At EFA since 1991 (Previous: 10 years)
An award-winning professional, Ed has practiced architecture for over 30 years. Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Ed moved to the Twin Cities in 1981 to launch the Twin Cities branch office of Chicago based Wilson/Jenkins & Associates. Ten years later, he opened his own firm under the name of Edward Farr Architects, Inc. with a focus on providing well-balanced design solutions for the highly competitive commercial real estate market.
Ed has grown to be a recognized leader in the design of office and warehouse buildings. His work cann be found dotting the skylines and office parks of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. But his expertise extends to retail and medical office buildings as well.
But there is one thing that clients value more than Ed’s experience, skills and creativity and that is his honest. open demeanor. Approachable and friendly, Ed strives to treat people the right way and is always looking out for the best interests of his clients and employees. When you work with Ed you can take great confidence in the fact that the lines of communication are always open and you are dealing with someone who knows his stuff and genuinely cares about his friends and clients (which often become one in the same).
Among Ed’s favorite things are: Chicago-style pizza, golfing with friends, and spending time with his family (not in that order). To learn even more about Ed, see Q&A with Ed Farr.
- Professional Affiliations: American Institute of Architects (AIA), NAIOP – Member
- Architectural Registrations: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois
- Certified Interior Designer Registrations: Minnesota
- Education: University of Illinois, Bachelor of Architecture, 1978
- Additional Involvement: Bd of Directors: EP String Academy, Bldg Committee: Children’s Lighthouse
Get to Know The Team
Marc Williamson | Architect | At EFA since 1991 (Previous: 3 years)
Marc is a registered architect who began working alongside Ed at Wilson/Jenkins in 1988 and joined Ed as ofne of the first employees at EFA. He specializes in the design of tenant suites, office buildings and retail. Marc and his wife have raised 3 children and have lived in Bloomington for over 17 years. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Marc still loves LSU Tiger football and the Saints (that’s the New Orleans Saints, no the Saint Paul version!). When he is not at the office, you may find him up north at his cabin mowing the yard, trying to get the motor on the pontoon running, and occasionally relaxing.What is your favorite season? Football… and Summer’s nice too!
Where is your favorite place in the world? The cabin on Horseshoe Lake outside of Crosslake.
What type of Blizzard do you order? Chocolate Brownie Blast
Don Andersen | Architect | At EFA since: 1996 (Previous: 19 years)
Don is a registered architect who has over 30 years of experience in the Twin Cities market. His extensive knowledge of building construction and years of design experience make him a huge asset to the projects he leads. Don’s calm demeanor and straight-forward communication style are greatly appreciated by clients and co-workers alike. In his free time, Don loves golfing, guitar, and spending time with his kids and TLMA (The Lovely Mrs. Andersen).Where did you grow up? Along the beautiful shores of Orchard Lake in a 1914 prairie style house.
What was your favorite toy when you were a kid? N gauge electric train set. I still have it…somewhere.
What is something you wish you were better at? Playing blues guitar.
Neal Logan | At EFA since: 1995 (Previous: 9 years)
Neal manages both projects and the CAD system here at EFA. He is extremely efficient at creating a detailed set of drawings of all building types and is also a master with BOMA calculations. His assistance and willingness to train the rest of the team are invaluable when the computer software fails to cooperate. Neal is also a high level referee for the sports of Soccer and Bandy. This role regularly brings him around the world to officiate world championship matches.What is your favorite food? Anything from small Mexican restaurants or food trucks.
It’s a Saturday, what are you up to? At a professional soccer game sitting in the supporters section.
What’s your biggest accomplishment? Officiating World Championship Bandy matches in Moscow.
Pam LaValle | Office Manager | At EFA since: 1998 (Previous: 15 years)
Pam is the glue that keeps our office together. At any moment you will find Pam multitasking with billing, payroll, proposal writing, preparing AIA documents, administrative duties and juggling the phones. She is also gifted with graphic skills and creates colored site plans, presentation graphics and proposals. Pam’s influence on the staff keeps things running smoothly and on track. Outside of the office Pam enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and cheering on the Minnesota Wild!It’s Saturday and you can do anything you want, what are you up to? Hanging with family and friends on the boat!
Where did you grow up? Eagan, MN
Keith Rickabaugh | At EFA since: 2004
Keith is a person with many talents. He can put together a set of CD’s, he can load the plotter in record time AND he can build 3D models so realistic you may bump your head into the computer screen. On top of this, he is an amazing photographer who travels the country capturing breathtaking landscapes. You may have seen some of his work at local art fairs and he even took some shots for this website. Best of all, these talents are wrapped up in a calm, easy-going personality always willing to help.Which Famous Building Most Represents You? The Pantheon… there’s a big hole in the top.
What is your favorite food? Candy Corn and Bacon Sandwich on 9-Grain, gluten-free bread