Collaboration and communication create the foundation of our work. We value the opinions of stakeholders at all levels of the process to better understand your specific needs and expectations, taking you from overwhelmed to relaxed throughout the duration of your project.
TWP celebrates its history in providing high-quality and personal architectural services that create satisfied clients who continue to commission our firm year after year. Our goal is to make sure that your building design process is worry-free.
Trossen Wright Architects was founded in 1967 with a primary focus on healthcare and senior housing architecture. Michael Trossen merged with Alan Plutowski in 2006 to form Trossen Wright Plutowski Architects. In 2018 Amy Schwabe joined the ownership team, and in 2020 we transformed our name to become TWP Architects. The team specializes in the senior care, multifamily housing, and retail/commercial sectors. Over the past 55+ years, design concepts have changed but our unwavering commitment to our clients’ success has remained steadfast. In 2022 we are proud to announce that we are now a certified women-owned business.
Our responsive and personalized service with principal involvement from start to finish.
Our effective listening and strong communication skills.
Our dedicated resources specific to each and every project.
Our method of understanding clients’ overall vision and goals.
Our guidance on the design and construction process from start to finish.
Pragmatic, diligent and creative are the characteristics that define my personality, yet I have a commonsense, practical work style and strive to deliver the best product for each client. My role as project principal is to leverage my 30+ years of experience to deliver the best possible outcomes for our clients by providing creative and cost-effective solutions. I spent the first 10 of my working years in the construction industry and that information base has helped to shape my building knowledge. In my free time I enjoy combining my construction and design skills to remodel and renovate homes. I also enjoy being in nature and am a part-time hobby farmer, focusing on conservation projects such as forestry and animal habitat improvements.
A rewarding part of my career has been the privilege of hearing people's stories. I have been able to listen to many individuals and diverse groups tell me about their hopes to create beautiful and purposeful places where they gather, work, care for, and make safe homes for others. Practice of the art of listening has allowed me to help others achieve these goals. I believe that the foundation of a successful design and project partnership is interactive dialogue--asking questions, listening, and really hearing what owners and users need from the spaces that they inhabit and then helping to make it a reality.
Since 1984, I have dedicated my career to healthcare architecture, senior housing design, and campus master planning. In the past 30+ years, I have been the principal project architect on myriad senior living-related facilities throughout Minnesota and continue to work on projects of this type throughout the region. My clients recognize that I offer a deep and valuable knowledge base in public funding and affordable housing projects, and repeatedly return to me for that expertise. In my free time, I enjoy travel, skiing, snorkeling, sailing, and creating landscape gardens in my own yard.