M. Valdes Architects
Marcelo is a registered Architect in MN. He has more than 20 years experience in the United States, Europe, and Uruguay. After a decade with SALA Architects in Minneapolis, he has started his own firm, M.Valdes architects PLLC.
Marcelo has an Architect degree from the Faculty of Architecture in Uruguay (1987) a Post Graduate Diploma from the Institute for Housing Studies in the Netherlands (1988) and a Master of Architecture II from the University of MN (2000).
As the need for action towards a more sustainable world becomes inevitable, Marcelo is a firm believer in the potential of design to promote these changes. The inspiration of his firm builds upon the design wisdom of home builders and residential architects from past to present, and can be summarized in this phrase: to achieve More Home with Less House.
Marcelo has been lecturing and teaching extension courses on the subject including his new program "More Home Less House: back to basics green design" at the Compleat Scholar in the U of MN and the Edina Adult Enrichment Program. His work has won RAVE and Home of the Month awards, and is being published in different mediums, including architecture MN, the Pioneer Press, Minneapolis-St. Paul magazine, the Family Handyman, and in the upcoming book "Breaking Ground" by Jeremiah Eck.
Marcelo is an adjunct assistant professor in the University of Minnesota's College of Design, where he has been teaching graduate and undergraduate design studios since the year 2000. He recently taught a "Build-Design" course were graduate students built a traditional bread oven for a Hispanic Community Organization, as part of their design proposal.