Melissa Graftaas

Responsibility, Focus, Significance, Relator, Achiever

Melissa Graftaas


My passion for architecture began in high school watching my father bring home blueprints for a new bank facility in Clearbrook, MN. I started to dive in and tagged along to construction meetings and the rest is history! The combination of creativity, technical details and the unique personality of each client and project makes me appreciate every day the opportunities we have in front of us. In 2005 I founded and entered into the partnership of Architecture Advantage with Raymond Blesener. Upon his retirement in 2013, I became President and shortly thereafter the firm became registered with the State of Minnesota as a Woman Owned Business. My passion for this firm and what I do keeps me involved throughout all phases of the project.


  • Bachelor of Architecture, North Dakota State University


  • Licensed Architect: Alabama  /  Arizona  /  Florida  /  Michigan  /  Minnesota  /  Montana  /  New Hampshire / New York / North Carolina  /  North Dakota  /  South Carolina  /  Wisconsin  /  Wyoming