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My History

I am a fourth generation builder, first generation designer. Working with my father's company from an early age gave me  the knowledge to pursue architectural design. I have been designing and building new homes, residential remodeling, and residential historic renovations since 1975.  It has been my fortune to have worked with some really great projects and exceptional clients. Some of these projects have won national and local awards and were published in national magazines.  However, my true satisfaction comes from clients who truly enjoy the realization of their dreams.

My interest in preserving our environment is strong; how we treat the world around us, how we build our homes and how we utilize our energy. In 1979 I designed and built the first Active and Passive Solar Home in Minnesota,

My designs are centered around the clients needs and desires with attention to the site, the existing architecture and energy efficiency. I live by the following mantra, "Form follows function", within the clients desires.  I am working on "the 100 year home" an idea of building home for everyone that will last 100 years or longer.

  • Always do right by the materials, the location, and the client
  • Never forget why you're designing in the first place
  • No matter how you do it, leave your mark

"a doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his client to plant vines."

                                             -- Frank Lloyd Wright

Mark Reichel Designs

Nationally award winning designer of homes, additions, kitchens and outdoor environments.