Sean Higgins

last updated 1/16/2018

Sean Higgins

Architectural Intern at RSP Architects Ltd

Location:
1220 Marshall Street NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
HQ Phone:
(612) 677-7100

General Information

Experience

Graduate Teaching Assistant - University of Minnesota

Store Manager - Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

Architectural Intern - Wold Architects and Engineers

Recent News  

Art Shanty Artists Interview | RSP

Ghost Shanty by RSP's Sean Higgins and Joe Mollen (+ a team of others) features a collection of cherished trinkets steeped with meaning and memory.
To learn more, we talked with Sean and Joe about the experience. Sean: It's such a unique opportunity. Sean: Our original concept was this idea of creating a vessel through which you experience the vernacular Minnesota culture. Sean: So now we have all these collected memories hanging from the ceiling of our shanty. Sean: When you build your own design, you are forced to really understand it in a new way, to understand materiality and how things interface. The way a wall meets a ceiling or the way you've articulated the façade. A true understanding of space at that scale is really important. Q: So what have you learned as a result of this that will impact your day-to-day-work? Sean: First, there is learning how to develop a design concept around a theoretical position, but I was more surprised to learn how hard it was to execute our design within a tight budget and timeframe with a small but diverse team of individuals.

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Helping Build Homes in Somalia | RSP

Those people are who Sean Higgins was thinking about before he put pen to paper and began designing homes for the poorest people in the hottest climate in a city without any running water or infrastructure.
"You start with the basic necessities," Higgins said. Higgins said the homes he designed will have to stand up to the elements. The roofs are made of steel. The bricks are made of clay, sand and concrete. The homes are expandable so people can turn them into little store fronts. He wanted to build a neighborhood, not a camp, he said. Higgins said security was also a consideration. He had to think of materials that could be readily available because shipping things there would create more issues.

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