Wed, Jul 24th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Lakewood Cemetery
3600 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis MN 55408

Career-Topping Experiences: Tour a New Local Masterpiece

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The Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum is a masterpiece of memorial architecture. Join the Expert Designers for an exclusive tour of this architectural gem led by the architects who designed it. Joan Soranno, design principal and John Cook, project architect, of HGA Architects and Engineers have designed a unique building that must be experienced to be truly appreciated. Built into a hillside with garden views and glimpses of sunlight and sky, the spaces are intimate, filled with light and made with exquisite materials. The tour will begin in the historic Lakewood Memorial Chapel and continue across the street in the newly completed Mausoleum. Joan and John will explain the design process and welcome questions during the tour of the building and gardens. Since its completion in 2012, the Mausoleum has received numerous national and international awards. This is a rare opportunity to explore the creative process that resulted in a contemporary public building of extraordinary quality.


Lakewood Memorial Chapel (near main entrance) Lakewood Cemetery 3600 Hennepin Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55408 map » PARKING Lakewood Cemetery is located on Hennepin Avenue South at 36th Street between Lakes Calhoun and Harriet in South Minneapolis. Parking is available on the street within the cemetery grounds, in front of both the chapel and mausoleum. SOCIAL HOUR After the tour, join the Expert Designers at Pat’s Tap to socialize with friends and meet new designers. Learn about AIGA’s new membership structure with a variety of affordable rates. Questions? Please contact Scott Adams, Associate Director of Expert Designers.

Contact Leadership

Amanda Sagstetter
Amanda Sagstetter
Director of Career Practice
With strong design thinking and creative execution, Amanda has been a graphic designer and effective visual communicator for the past 15 years. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree in Design Communication in 2001. Since graduating she has worked at such companies as SUPERVALU, USP Structural Connectors, and Syncada from Visa. Currently she is an in-house designer at Thrivent Financial.

She sees the big picture and understands that her designs have to do more than look visually appealing; they have to convey the brand, communicate a message, and help achieve the desired goals. Passionate about the brands and designs that she works on, she is always looking for a new, creative, and innovative way to express an idea or message.

Amanda has become increasingly active in AIGA Minnesota over the past few years as a member of the In-House Designers Committee, for which she served as the Committee Chair for a year and a half, and now as the Director of Career Practice.