Creative Work History

Glennis Anderson began her creative design career in the 1970’s. After studying interior design at the University of Minnesota she joined the prestigious Erickson Interiors in downtown Minneapolis. There, she was selected by the project architects of the emerging IDS tower in the heart of Minneapolis to design the forty-ninth floor executive suite. She gained the approval for her design from the renowned designer of the building, architect Phillip Johnson. She also worked with local architects on an extensive residential remodeling and the interior design of the Wm. Fine residence overlooking Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis. Upon viewing this residence Gabbert’s Interior Design Studio hired her to design high quality interiors for their clientele. She provided her design services for the refurbishment and remodeling design of the lobby, office, spa and entertainment spaces and the models of the luxury high rise, Edina Towers in Edina, Minnesota. During the project she accepted a position with the project architects, Paul Pink/Marshall Levin Architectural firm as the head of the interiors department. There, her design presentation for one of the United Artist theaters was given an unlimited budget to see that it would be completed precisely as designed, including the custom woven European carpet.

INNOVATION: Thinking out of the box she eliminated the many stairs of theaters in that era—which traditionally had a ramp for wheelchairs off in some remote corner-- and suggested sloping of the entire floor. She was the first to use tiny lights in clear tubing along the carpeted isles thus eliminating the harsh lights traditionally placed on the isle seating.

Glennis became the aesthetic consultant to a real estate development team, Fine Associates, Inc. providing design for multi housing projects they owned including 740 River Drive, a luxury high rise. She was asked to join the real estate developer’s team to become the project coordinator of the first very upscale 42 unit townhouse project within the city, in downtown Minneapolis. She helped select the high quality architectural firm of Bentz Thompson as the project architects, worked on the marketing concept, selected the interior options and contributed her designs some of the architectural options. She did most of the marketing and sales of the townhouses and negotiated the closings.

  INNOVATION: When she explained to her boss that she was not inviting anyone to a typical ground breaking, his upset was converted to enthusiasm as the suggestion that the groundbreaking be held in the IDS tower with telescopes provided for those who wanted to see the muddy site. It was highly successful and received good press. … During the first phase of the project she did a ‘critical path’ calculation and discovered that construction was dramatically behind schedule. This created a PR problem with the buyers. She solved the PR problem by providing each of the owners with a house warming gift: a catered champagne dinner party served in their new town home to help them refocus on the positive outcome.

She trained with a developer in Chicago who was converting apartment buildings into condominiums so she could head up the redesign and conversion of a number of rental apartment buildings to condominiums in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, working again with the high quality architectural design firm of Bentz Thompson and contributing to the design as part of the developers team and then designing the interior spaces.

The Glennis Corporation was established. She and her design team contributed to the success of numerous condominium conversions in and around Minneapolis and St. Paul. With the multi-housing owner’s research data they established the profile for their target market and designed the exterior enhancements, amenity areas and models to attract them. The Glennis Corporation also had one of the country’s first hand painted fabric business and eventually sold stock in the company in order to convert the hand painted silk designs into women’s scarves and accessories. Unfortunately, undercapitalization caused the venture to fail. Doing business as Design Consultation: Glennis Anderson, she provided design consulting to a number of architectural firms: designing a credit union bank, the common space of a small luxury shopping mall, and the architectural design of a number of single family homes—including one in North Oaks West in the twin cities, one in Bayfield overlooking Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands.

Since designing her first few homes she has designed and/or remodeled a total of 22 residential buildings and a total of 54 kitchens, 47 bathrooms, 36 fireplaces, 17 office/libraries as wall as home theaters and numerous pieces of custom furniture. She has redesigned the appearance of a three building commercial property in Omaha, Nebraska, converting it to a mixed use property by completely changing the appearance and character of the buildings and grounds, restoring to a certain degree what was once the original owners intended character for the property.

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