Founded by Martha Yunker in 1984, YA Architecture has grown into a truly collaborative design-focused architectural firm. YA is a group of well-rounded architects and designers with substantial artistic and construction backgrounds. The work we create is in direct response to the singular nature of each and every client.
Martha Yunker is Principal and founder of YA. She received a Bachelor of Arts at Stanford University and a Bachelor of Architecture with Distinction at the University of Minnesota. She has over 30 years of comprehensive experience in programming, planning and design with an emphasis on client relationships. She has built a solid reputation by nurturing these relationships to ensure each client becomes an integral part of an inclusive design process. Her attention to detail, particularly in the firm’s residential work, has set a high standard for all of our projects.
Rehn Hassell, a Senior Associate with YA, holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Minnesota. He has experience in planning, design and construction of golf clubhouses, private residences and a variety of commercial retail projects. Rehn has developed a reputation over more than 25 years of working well with clients and design committees from the programming stage through project completion. His project management style follows the use of his considerable design skills and talents in an efficient yet interactive and inclusive manner. Thoughtful, artistic projects produced in a timely and cost effective fashion are a result of his passionate approach and expertise.
Michael Burgoyne is a Project Architect and Associate with YA. He received a Bachelor of Architecture cum laude at the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Architecture cum laude at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles. In addition to over 20 years of experience in architectural design and construction management, he also has owned and operated a furniture design and fabrication company. He also spends time mentoring elementary and high school students in the arts through the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and local public and private schools. Michael has successfully coordinated with residential and commercial contractors, artists and fabricators. He develops a strong rapport with both owners and construction teams, making projects run smoothly for clients.
Susanne Dehnhard Carpenter is the Business Manager and Promotion Director of YA. She studied architecture and vocal performance at the University of Minnesota with independent study in Berlin, and has completed the Harvard Design School executive seminar on Financial Management for Design Firms. Her wide-ranging responsibilities include advertising, personnel, financial management & planning and occasionally model building. With over 20 years experience in small business, she brings a broad knowledge base to her work at YA. Susanne served on the Board of Directors and volunteered as director of theatrical set design and construction for the St. Anthony Community Theater (SACT) and has volunteered for Open Eye Figure Theatre. She works to advance the Passive House Building Energy Standard by facilitating the monthly Passive House MN (PHMN) meetings.