From concept through construction, Building Arts turns where you live into a reflection of who you are.

Building Arts Sustainable Architecture+Construction is an award-winning architecture and general contracting firm serving the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro area. We provide services from concept phase through architectural and interior design to completed construction for homes and remodels with recognized leadership in sustainable construction. Our passion is to bring new life into older homes.

We are dedicated to providing high quality residential remodeling design and construction to help our clients achieve their goals. We offer the utmost in responsive design, attention to detail, green benefits, well-coordinated implementation and remarkable beauty.


The spirit in which Building Arts designs and builds is to approach each of our clients’ homes as an important part of their lives. When you embark to change your home through remodeling, it is usually because something about your home doesn't 'fit’. It involves more than taking down a wall or making a kitchen larger or dressing it with the latest fashion in cabinets, counters and fixtures. Instead, we encourage you to consider how you “resonate” with aspects of your home — which parts fit and which parts you wish to change. We hear and then interpret your wishes, translating them into spaces, materials, colors, textures, light, rhythm, views, etc. — those components which make for increased resonance with your living space. Of course, we bring ideas for you to reflect on, based on what you tell us and on our observations of your living in your home. That's the fun part, sorting through and reflecting on possibilities via a process of iteration.

At Building Arts, our process is one that makes your house better conceived. We approach your whole house as a system and seek to make energy performance improvements using the same careful attention to the character of the home. We design in such a way that the products and methods used will strengthen both your resonance with and the permanence of your home.

We create, design, plan and build. But, most importantly, we listen.


Building Arts Sustainable Architecture+Construction is a team of dedicated professionals encompassing Architecture, Interior Design, Construction Management and Carpentry. Building Arts hires sub-contractors of the highest quality, and we rely on other consultants for structural engineering, soils engineering, geothermal heating and cooling and solar energy.

Harvey Sherman, who is the Director and founder of Building Arts, has worked in the design and building industry for over 25 years as a registered, practicing Architect, as a teacher and, prior to starting Building Arts in 1997, as a remodeling Project Manager. As such, he has completed a wide variety of highly successful projects, and much of his work has been on older homes and buildings.

In 1984 Mr. Sherman created and directed "A New American House", the highly publicized national architectural competition, to design a small prototypical house in which a family could simultaneously live and work, which was sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ben Yanz, the Production Manager at Building Arts, has been a part of the sustainable remodeling movement for over twelve years. Having been introduced to the concepts of sustainability while working with the Re-Use Center in Minneapolis, Ben transitioned into carpentry work and earned his B.A.S. in Construction Management at the University of Minnesota.

Mr. Yanz has experience working with many different materials, methods and styles of architecture. He has worked for Building Arts for more than six years, and contributes his skills in carpentry, project management, and client relations. Ben is proud of the work we do, and is honored to now be a partner in Building Arts.

“I enjoy remodeling, not just because we are adding value to someone’s home, but because we develop a close relationship with the client and are able to see them experience and enjoy both the process and the outcome.”

Ben and Harvey have recently joined in partnership to guide Building Arts into the future.

Allison Landers, an Oregon native, is Director of Design at Building Arts. Allison has worked in the design+build industry for over 11 years with an Interior Design degree from the University of Minnesota. She has partnered with Building Arts, bringing an impressive resume of national award-winning projects and magazine features. Allison has designed an array of beautiful and unique projects, including new homes, a kids loft made out of baseball bats, historic Summit Ave. renovations, custom furniture and even an urban chicken-coop with a rain garden. There is no challenge she will not tackle head-on with a client.

During her free time, Allison recharges her inner artist and creativity through many outlets. She enjoys sustainable gardening, kayaking, painting and sketching along with unique musical tastes and weekly concerts. Twice a year Allison travels the world to explore new and different cultures, learning about and documenting alternative design solutions. Her core values in regards to nature, the planet and thoughtful spaces are well aligned with Building Arts, which is why she is honored to be part of the Building-Arts team, creating unique, eco-friendly, happy and collaborative homes.


Your home should be a sanctuary for your family. It also represents the intersection of our lives and families with nature and the larger community. We undertake the renovation of all of our client’s homes in this spirit, as a labor of love. We seek to create your home, for you.

As individuals and as a community, we need to dramatically reduce the amount of carbon we put into our atmosphere. The ways we design and construct do have an impact. Our Minnesota GreenStar training and experience in energy and resource efficiency, indoor environmental quality, water conservation and site characteristics, help us to better help you.