Ed Baker was born May 24, 1926 in Chicago, IL. He moved to Minneapolis, MN in 1932, enrolled in the U of M and majored in engineering, receiving honor grades. In 1946, he enrolled in the U of M Architect School and graduated with distinction in 1950. He went to work for Larson & McLaren Architects as an apprentice and worked on projects that included the Daytons Department Store, Dayton Radisson Ramp, Marquette Bank, First Federal Savings & Loan and numerous smaller banks and office interiors. He was registered as an Architect in 1955 and NCARB member and formed Edward F. Baker Associates Architect . He was then commissioned as architect for the Northstar Center in Downtown Minneapolis. He went on to be registered as an architect in 48 states. Baker and his firm received national and international acclaim for some notable local projects. He was responsible for joint planning and design of the IDS Center, as a joint venture partner of Philip Johnson, and was presented the AIA Gold Medal for the building. Some of his Achievements include: Northstar Center (1955), published article by the Minneapolis Star showing the first idea for a second floor city (1958), Downtown Plans for Future (1965), sketches for the development of Nicollet Avenue Mall in 1958 covering the street, and ultimately incorporating the first skyway system into the Northstar Building and planning approximately 16 skyways into projects that turned into a true pedestrian system. He was president and founding member of the Hennepin Center for the Arts, member of the Nicollet Mall Advisory Committee, Skyway Advisory Committee, Dunwoody Board of Directors, Sister Kenny Board of Directors, Officer of the Minneapolis Chapter AIA, member of the Downtown Council since 1959, serving on the Board, member of Citizen League, Member of Zoning Appeals for St. Louis Park, board member of Plymouth Music Series, Calhoun Beach Club, Children’s Heart Fund, and co-chaired with his wife the Annual Fund-Raising Heart Ball. Prior to his death in 2006, he was awarded “The Father of the Waters” Award at the Downtown Council of Minneapolis and the Greater Minneapolis Building Owners and Managers Association awarded him “The Trend Setters” Award for the design of the first skyway.