About Us

Founder Teresa Thoreson McCormack, AIA, has more than 20 years of experience within the design and construction field. While employed with large firms she has had the opportunity to work with many rural and small urban communities through school district planning, church planning and commercial projects. Most of these efforts were feasibility studies utilized as a planning tool and application for funding. Many of them moved forward into construction or renovation projects.

The concept of The Urban Studio capitalizes on this expertise and provides services that benefit the Southeastern Minnesota region.

Our newly renovated studio is located in the former Ace Hardware building in the heart of downtown Rochester with convenient parking directly behind the building.

Click here for a list of Teresa's previous work


The Urban Studio offers quality planning and design to communities, businesses and organizations within the Southeastern Minnesota region. The Urban Studio strives to offer thoughtful design and planning services at a competitive fee, tailoring these services to meet the character and needs of the client. In addition, TUS fosters the talents of clients, design teams, studio employees, and team members to promote a quality solution.