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Founded by Martha Yunker in 1984, YA Architecture has grown into a truly collaborative design-focused architectural firm. The work we create is in direct response to the singular nature of each and every client.

Judy Olausen Photography

Judy Olausen Photography

Martha Yunker, AIA
myunker@yaarch.com

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 35 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.


Judy Olausen Photography

Judy Olausen Photography

Rehn Hassell, AIA
rhassell@yaarch.com

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.   


Loco fx Photography

Loco fx Photography

Susanne Dehnhard Carpenter
scarpenter@yaarch.com

Susanne 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.