Gar Hargens, AIA, President

Gar Hargens began working at Close Associates in 1968 when he came to Minnesota for architectural school. Gar was graduated from Wesleyan University in 1965 and received a Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota. Gar has been a member of the graduate and undergraduate design faculty at the College of Design at the U of M and was head of the Advocacy Studio, working with Twin Cities neighborhoods. A member of the American Institute of Architects and NCARB, Gar has been Chair of the St. Paul Heritage Preservation Commission, a past board member of the MacPhail Center for the Performing Arts, Minneapolis, and a current board member of Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, and the Franconia Sculpture Park. He helped found and design the Ronald McDonald House in the Twin Cities and form the Pratt Council, a nonprofit organization created to save and manage Pratt School (Minneapolis Public School’s oldest building) Gar became Principal and owner in 1980. Since 1988, he has been sole owner of the firm. Gar lives in the1888 Portland Terrace row houses in Saint Paul designed by Cass Gilbert and is a life long runner.