Afrodescendientes: Blending art and design with architecture

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This article by Carmen Robles appeared in

James Garrett, Jr. is a visual artist, published writer, and award winning architect with offices located in downtown St. Paul.

He is co-founder of 4RM+ULA, (FORM + Urban Landscape Articulation), a full-service architecture firm focused on transit design, transit-oriented-development, and urban infill redevelopment projects.
At the time of this interview 4RM+ULA ( was celebrating its 13-year anniversary.

“The road to this milestone was not an easy one to travel,” said Garrett, Jr. “I knew I wanted to be an architect, start a business and design important buildings for people.” Although his first venture failed it did not deter him from pursuing his dream.

With a small inheritance left by the sudden death of his father, Garrett, Jr. joined forces with his wife, Paola Sanchez-Garrett and lifelong friend, Erick Goodlow. The doors to 4RM+ULA opened in 2002 and the rest, as they say…

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