I believe architecture is art, with a beauty that transcends the visual into what it means to be human, to dwell.

I see myself as an evolving modernist, one that holds the aesthetic and social ideals existent in the roots of modernism while embracing the needs of a changing environment and culture as points of inspiration.

To create this beauty I try to understand, as fully as possible, the people for whom I design along with the specific place and purpose for building. I believe this is the core of creating a home both uniquely derived from the specifities of those who will dwell withing and the land it will dwell upon.


Architecture is one of the most resource intensive human acts. So I believe to be an architect is to be resourceful, to make buildings that endure and prosper, physically and culturally, environmentally and economically, for multiple generations. In this way, I see the creation of a home as the building of a legacy.

For me, this means providing the highest level of service to my clients through a process rooted in research and diverse in ideation. My approach maintains an holistic vision of resources, where the physical phenomena of light, site, space and material are all integral to energy, budget, time, culture, family, relationships, and ecosystems. These are the lenses through which I collect and analyze information about site and soul. The resulting ideas form the guidelines by which multiple ideas emerge that often range from the expected to the boldly innovative.

In short, I aspire to create beautiful, resourceful, and truly sustainable dwellings that embody the specific values of those for whom I am priveleged to work.


John is a licensed architect and member of the American Institute of Architects. He began his career as a carpenter, working for his father, and after years of apprenticeship, attended the University of Minnesota College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He received his Masters of Architecture in 1999 and completed his internship with SALA Architects in Minnesota and CVDB Arquitectos in Lisbon, Portugal.

In 2004, John founded his first private practice. Among his early works was the first LEED Platinum home in the state and one of the first in the nation. In 2005, he began teaching as a lecturer and adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota College of Design.

In 2007, after Hurricane Katrina, John moved to New Orleans and founded a community design studio in the Lower 9th Ward. In the first 6 months, he provided pro bono design services to over 60 returning households.
In 2009, he returned home to pursue new design ideas within the changing economy. Among them was a single family home which came to be known as “the house for the new economy” as well as one of the winning entries in a national competition for affordable, sustainable multifamily housing.

In 2010, he developed a private, personal practice centered on an innovative form of integrated project delivery, a process carefully crafted to provide the highest possible level of design and construction administration services for a select few clients.


Best of Remodeling, Houzz, 2012
Young Architect Award, AIA Minnesota, 2009
Design Fellowship, Architecture for Humanity, 2009
Emerging Practice Award, AIAS National, 2008
Residential Architecture Vision and Excellence Award, AIA Minnesota, 2008
Top 10 Modern Green Homes, Jetson Green, 2008
“Design Like You Give A Damn” Exhibit, University of Minnesota, 2007
Residential Architecture Vision and Excellence Award, AIA Minnesota, 2007
“Home House” Exhibit, Weisman Art Museum, 2006
“Phylogeny of Home” Exhibit, Form+Content, 2010
“Designing to Stay” Panelist, AIA Minnesota and Star Tribune, 2011
First Honorable Mention, Bearden Place Design Competition, 2010
Top Honor, Whazit International Design Competition, 2002


The New York Times, February 9, 2006.
Discovery Channel, Planet Green, Winter 2009
Innovative Home, Spring 2008
Utne Reader, “Inspired Infrastructure”, May-June 2006.
DIY Network, Sweat Equity, 2009-2010
Eco-Structures, “5ive Promotes Sustainable Living”, April 2009.
Minnesota Public Radio, Morning Edition, April 29, 2007
ArchDaily, Bearden Place, May 3 2010
Competitions Magazine, Bearden Place, Fall 2010
MocoLoco, December 17, 2009
Treehugger, “Diary of a LEED-H Home”
Residential Architect, “Redelivering Architecture”, June-July 2007.
Metro Magazine, “Dwell Lightly”, Jamie Thomas, October 2009.
Star Tribune, “The Idealist”, March 2, 2008
Architecture Minnesota, “45 Degrees North”, Spring/Fall 2009.
Design Like You Give A Damn, “The Clean Hub”, December 2005.