Joyce Fries-Brune marked the opening of Design Rich Architect LLC with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday.

Born in Minneapolis, Fries-Brune is a graduate of NDSU with degrees in architecture and environmental design. She has been employed in a variety of different architectural jobs over the years and has now opened her own firm in East Grand Forks at 404 Fourth St. Northwest, Suite H.

“I’m the queen of renovations,” Fries-Brune said, noting that she has done work on private houses as well as commercial property.

Previously she has worked as a contractor for the United States Air Force at Grand Forks Air Force Base re-designing storage space and has worked at several other air force bases, including designing housing units for air bases in Japan. Locally, she has worked for EAPC in Grand Forks.

She has also worked for the Target Corporation, where she designed floors, exterior walls, ceilings and signage.

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Currently, Fries-Brunne is working on a government contract for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Her main goal in architecture is to work on government contracts, though she will work on private residences and commercial property as well.