16th Voice

16th Voice

David D Salmela is an internationally renowned architect whose work combines regional vernacular elements with modernist design. Salmela's modern homes and buildings draw upon Minnesota's Scandinavian culture, his own Finnish-American roots, and the region's rugged, diverse landscape. His work often reflects how playful and flamboyant his solutions to architectural problems can be.

He has become one of the most awarded architects in Minnesota with more than 30 state and national design awards including the Honor Award from the national American Institute of Architects.  These awards speak to his personal talent since Salmela became licensed at a time when work experience could substitute for formal education. This self- trained architect has a busy practice in Duluth, MN.