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MIRANDA MOEN, Freeburg, MN >> JUNE 2018
Rural-focused Architectural Designer
Miranda Moen is an emerging architectural designer originally from the Freeburg area in Houston Co., MN. She is currently a graduate student at Iowa State University pursuing her Master of Architecture degree and received her Bachelor of Design in Architecture degree and a minor degree in Neuroscience in 2015 from the University of Minnesota. Her interests lie at the intersection of how cultural background, history, and lifestyle influence built structures, especially in the rural Midwest. As an aspiring architect her work centers around rural design, housing, cultural architecture, and the social workings of place. After working in two Minneapolis architecture firms from 2015-2017, she enrolled in a 6-week summer course entitled, “Norwegian Architecture and Design” at the University of Oslo in Norway. The experience left her enamored with rural design of her ancestors, being half-Norwegian herself, and has carried into her graduate work where she studies the ties between ancestral heritage and its role in redefining the architecture of the rural Midwest. She is currently fascinated with Norwegian heritage structures around Houston County, MN and the architectural foundations of Norwegian-American farmsteads.