About Close Associates

Formed in 1938 by Elizabeth (Lisl) Scheu and Winston (Win) Close, Close Associates has been an influential force in the local architectural community since its founding. The firm has been recognized locally and nationally for its dedication to innovative, humane, architectural design. Close Associates has designed hospitals and offices, research institutes and schools but is best known for the design of over 500 custom homes located throughout the Country. Under the direction of Gar Hargens since 1988, Close Associates continues to win recognition for its work. Close Associates is known for its modern, innovative designs and careful consideration of the site. Functional layouts with warm colors and rich textures are achieved using easily maintained, durable materials. Design features, such as flat roofs for water control and exposed trusses have practical as well as aesthetic purposes. Flexible yet affordable design accommodates changes in personnel and programs.

Our North Oaks Residence was featured in April's Architecture Minnesota. Download Bette Hammel's article Close to Perfect. More information in our Publications and Reviews section.