Firm specializes in industries including aviation —

at MSP Airport and around the globe

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#airportdesign–When Alliiance opened its doors for architecture and design clients in 1970 in a 1910s mansion in the Loring Park neighborhood of Minneapolis, the Walker Art Center’s “new” building by Edward Larrabee Barnes was just opening and Carole King’s “Tapestry” topped the charts.

Fifty years later, the firm is still in its original home, thriving and growing in diverse practices — including aviation, science and technology, corporate workplaces, civic and community, higher education, retail and a newer specialty in environmental learning spaces. Alliiance serves public and private clients, corporations, Fortune 500 companies and legacy clients including many projects for Medtronic, Ecolab, General Mills, the University of Minnesota and the Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport.

“I’m so proud of our hundred-plus team of planners, architects and interior designers and our work to create inspired environments for people,” says Eric Peterson, president and leader of the agency’s international aviation practice. “Throughout the pandemic we continued to deliver for clients, remained profitable, and are now in hiring mode. Longevity is one of our core strengths—our team has deep experience in our core industries, and many have been with Alliiance for 20 years or more.”

With 75 people focused solely on aviation design, Alliance has worked with MSP Airport since 1978 as well as more than 115 airports across the world. “Alliiance sets the standard for user experience, elevating and enriching the lives of all who use airports—from passengers to airport staff to airlines,” says April Meyer, principal, Alliiance. “We unite people and place through design for airports everywhere from Papua New Guinea to Brazil, Louisville to Spokane— we even have a branch office at MSP Airport to keep our projects on task.”

The pandemic and the social unrest of the last year has helped Alliiance initiate several important dialogues. The first, architecture’s role in helping support a more just society, has developed quickly. “We aligned our firm objectives, looking through lenses of sustainability, quality design, equity, diversity and inclusivity,” adds Peterson, “And we’ve expanded our collaborations, including a partnership for Target Center with 4RM+ULA, a Black-owned firm in St. Paul, Minn.” Alliiance has also instituted a new change management consulting service to help clients approach flexible and safe work spaces post-pandemic.

As a full-service architecture and design firm that unites people and place through design, Alliiance allies with the best engineering and specialized consulting partners to provide a comprehensive family of integrated services for clients, from feasibility studies, master planning, and brand integration through design, construction, and post-occupancy project phases. For more, visit


Jennifer Weismann