Interview by Kristen Leigh Painter Star Tribune
September 19, 2015

Landscape architecture has been enjoying an elevated status in recent years as both the private and public sector recognize how good design can spur economic vitality. This year, Minneapolis-based Coen + Partners, a small firm in the Warehouse District, received the nation’s highest honor in design, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Award. Its founder, Shane Coen, now finds himself on a larger national stage and with a louder voice in the design world. When Coen started out in the industry, landscape architecture was often an afterthought of development and design projects. As awareness about the field heightens, so does the competition, which he sees as opportunity rather than conflict. Coen, who grew up in Colorado, has strong convictions about how to thoughtfully design everything from sidewalks to interstate overpasses in his home state of Minnesota.

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