An interview with our architect: Foss Architecture & Interiors

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Shelly & Shari standing outside with "crazy" hats on

Shelly & Shari at the RMHC Yard Sale

Foss Architecture & Interiors acted as our architect and interior designer for our new Ronald McDonald House. The new house is located at 4757 Agassiz Crossing Dr. S. in Fargo, ND. The team we worked with at Foss has been incredibly helpful, going above and beyond to ensure a beautiful space for families to recharge. From the overall architecture to the paint color on the walls, Foss has worked diligently so that the Ronald McDonald House in Fargo can continue helping families stay together.  It has been a delight working with the team at Foss throughout the entire planning and building process.

We interviewed Shari and Shelly of Foss so you can get to know part of the team too!

Talk briefly about your role at Foss Architecture & Interiors.

Foss’s role for this project was as a team. Shari being the design architect taking the project through design to documentation to construction administration. Shelly was the interior designer selecting finishes, designing interior details and preparing interiors documentation. But the Foss team extends past Shari and Shelly to include our project architect, specification writer, construction administrator and various others at Foss. Truly a team effort!

Can you talk a little bit about the history of Foss Architecture & Interiors, Inc.?

The firm originated in 1898 – so we are 120 years old! Over the years we’ve been a combo of different disciplines – architecture, engineering and interior design – with the end result being an Architectural and Interior Design firm.


What made you interested in helping with the new Ronald McDonald House?

Two reasons were driving factors for Shelly. The first being a very personal connection when the 4 year old daughter of close friends was diagnosed with rare cancer that required 6 specialized treatments in New York. Shelly was there for one treatment with the mom and daughter when the father couldn’t miss work. They stayed at the Ronald McDonald House which was very comforting. The second reason is that Shelly has known some of the staff of the RMHC of the RRV for many years.


Talk more about what you achieved through the architecture or design of the project.

The welcoming, homey atmosphere highlighted by spaces that focus on families and their needs.


What has been your favorite part of the new house project?

Working with the Ronald McDonald team/staff/board members to achieve their vision and goals for a great house that functions to the utmost level while incorporating several special attributes like the children’s room with a fun playhouse we designed, the teen/game room and the our custom designed magic room.


Describe the greatest challenge you faced OR an unexpected surprise that came about during the process of designing/completing the new house.

The unexpected surprise of compassion for a great charity that so many companies and manufacturers showed. Many offered product at discounted pricing or free because someone at their business has been associated with a Ronald McDonald House at some point in their lives. A wonderful, kind surprise!


What is your favorite room in the new house?

The kitchen because it works as a gathering space for all families and it lets families have some normalcy (cooking and sharing a meal) in an un-normal time.


Thanks for sharing, Shelly & Shari!