Architecture Faculty

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John Dwyer

Principal at D/O Dwyer Oglesbay Architects
Master of Architecture – College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Minnesota

Professional Memberships: AIA, ACSA, NCARB

  • Nordic Light – Single Family Residence, Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Everwood Farmstead – Rural Event Center, Wisconsin
  • IFP Minnesota – Non-Profit Headquarters, Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Bearden Place – Low Rise High Density Housing, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Design Studio @ NENA – Public Interest Design, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Carbon Rune – Public Furniture, New York, New York
  • AIA Minnesota Honor Award, 2016
  • AIA National Young Architect Award, 2013
  • AIA Minnesota Home of the Month Award, 2012
  • Discovery Channel World’s Greenest Homes, 2009
  • Residential Architecture Vision and Excellence Award, 2008
  • AIAS National Emerging Practice Award, 2008

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Paul Barrett Strother

Registered Architect, Minnesota
Bachelor of Architecture – University of Minnesota

Professional Memberships: Construction Specifications Institute

  • Owner, Paul Strother Architect
  • Principal, Cluts O’Brien Strother Architects Inc
  • Board of Directors, Jonathan Montessori
  • Committee Member, Chaska East Union School Building
  • Member, Chaska Rotary
  • Mentor, Chaska Schools
  • Paul Harris President’s Award, Chaska Rotary

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Stephen Knowles

Master of Architecture – Iowa State University
Bachelor of Arts (Graphic Design) – Iowa State University

Professional Memberships: AIA, NCARB

  • POD Studio
  • Knowles Blunck Architecture
  • Walsh Bishop Associates
  • DLR Group
  • Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck Architecture
  • K & Co.
  • Architectural Record, “Projects”, pages 130-135, June 2000
  • Fortune Small Business Magazine, “Velvet Cubicles” (And Other Great Workspaces), pages 66-71, November 1999
  • Award Winning Architecture, International Yearbook 1998/1999, Prestel Publishing, 1998
  • Extraordinary Offices, “Giving Underrated Materials their Due”, pages 34-39, Watson-Guptill Publications,1998
  • Business Week, “Pride of Place”, pages 60-81, November 1998
  • Architectural Record, AIA/Business Week Award Issue, October 1998
  • Architecture, “Inner Space”, pages 128-131, May 1997
  • Global Gaming & Entertainment Architectural Award, Turtle Creek, 2008
  • Best in Real Estate: Best Overall ,Ivy Hotel + Residence, 2006
  • STICKS, Inc., AIA National Interior Award, 2002
  • Business Week / Architectural Record Awards, 2000
  • Praxair Distribution, Inc. IA, Business Week / Architectural Record Awards, 1998
  • AIA National Interior Award, 1997
  • AIA Regional Architecture Award, Bankers Trust Company, 1996

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Molly Reichert

Partner of Futures North
Owner of Molly Reichert Design

Masters of Architecture –University of California Berkeley
Bachelor of Arts –Smith College

Professional Memberships: Associate AIA, ACADIA

  • Rael San Fratello
  • San Jose State University
  • Coen+Partners
  • University of Minnesota: College of Design
  • Futures North
  • Rebar Art and Design Group
  • Reichert LLC
  • Divining Rods with Ben Arcand, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
  • Meander with Futures North, CHS Field, Saint Paul, MN
  • Phase Change with Futures North, Northern Spark, Minneapolis, MN
  • Little Box Sauna with MRAJ, Artistry, Bloomington, MN
  • Public Art Network Year in Review for Phase Change, Futures North, 2017
  • Outstanding Innovation in Teaching Award, Dunwoody College of Technology, 2017
  • Dunwoody Crosby Fellowship, Dunwoody College of Technology, 2017
  • 3M Art and Technology Award with Ben Arcand, Mia, 2016
  • SXSW Eco | Place By Design | Art and Interaction Award, Futures North, 2016
  • AIA Home of the Year Award with PK Architecture, AIA Minnesota, 2016
  • Outstanding Design Award for Little Box Sauna with MRAJ, College of Design, University of Minnesota, 2015
  • Young Architects Award Nomination with Futures North, MoMA PS1, 2015
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, School of Architecture at the College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley, 2009


Owner of Villamil Architecture
Master of Architecture – University of Minnesota
Bachelor of Science (Industrial Management) – University of Wisconsin-Stout
Associate of Applied Science (Architectural Drafting & Estimating) – Dunwoody College of Technology

Professional Memberships: AIA, NCARB

Work Experience
  • Wold Architects & Engineers
  • CMA Architecture
  • Carlson & Carlson Surveying Company
  • Makers Mark Construction
  • Dunwoody Teacher of the Year, 2017
  • St. Paul Prize Design Winner, 2014


Accredited Professional, New Construction – LEED
Masters of Architecture – University of Minnesota
Bachelor of Art (Architecture) – University of Minnesota

Professional Memberships: DoCoMoMo US.MN, Secretary and Board Member

Work Experience
  • Co-Owner, Ngon Bistro
  • Assistant Professor, Interior Design, Art Institutes International Minnesota


AndHow Design
Master of Architecture – University of Minnesota
Bachelor of Business Administration – University of Texas

Professional Memberships: AIA

Work Experience
  • Alchemy Architects

  • University of Minnesota – College of Design

  • David Heide Design Studio

  • Vesper College

  • Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems

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Associate at NewStudio Architecture
Masters of Architecture, BSc in Architecture, CMD – University of Minnesota

Professional Memberships: AIA, NCARB

Work Experience: HOK, Cluts Obien Strother Architects, MS&R

  • Over 90 Free People stores, US and Canada
  • Art Shanty Projects, White Bear Lake, MN
  • Buildings at the Urban Outfitters corporate campus at the Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA
  • Windsor Plaza, Eden Prairie, MN
  • Worked for UNESCO in world heritage cities in Zanzibar and Ilha De Mozambique
  • Masters Project Award, University of Minnesota, College of Design
  • Guest Speaker AIA MN Convention 2011
  • IAPS Symposium 2011

Mike Rodriguez

Design Principal/Vice President at HDR Architecture Inc.
Masters of Architecture – University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
BSAS in Architecture – University of Nebraska

Professional Memberships: AIA, EDAC, LEED AP

  • Isotopes Park AAA Stadium, Albuquerque, NM
  • Royals/Rangers Spring Training Stadium, Surprise, AZ
  • Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ
  • The Mother Baby Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • KSA 200 bed Hospital, Saudi Arabia
  • The Mother Baby Center 17 National and International Awards
  • Isotopes Park 6 National Awards
  • HDR Minneapolis Studio Design – Published in Metropolis Magazine and Design and Construction Magazine
  • Speaker at 10 National Conferences

Erin Grammas

Senior Designer at NewStudio Architecture
Bachelor of Arts (Architecture) – University of Minnesota
Master of Architecture – University of Minnesota

Professional Memberships: AIA, LEED AP

  • Over a dozen Anthropologie stores, US and Canada
  • Several retail and commercial projects for Urban Outfitters, Inc., Philadelphia, PA
  • Art Shanty Project, White Bear Lake, MN, 2014
  • Herman Miller “We Care” holiday event, 2009-current

Philip Bussey

Architect at Cuningham Group
Bachelor of Science (Architecture) – University of Minnesota
Master of Architecture – University of Minnesota

Professional Memberships: AIA

  • Richard Morrill Master’s Final Project Award for best thesis project
  • Architect Magazine R&D Award
  • Work presented at ACADIA

Catherine Britt

Associate at Cuningham Group
Master of Architecture – Arizona State University

Professional Memberships: AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

  • Nolo’s Kitchen & Basement Bar, North Loop, Minneapolis, MN

  • Galleria, Edina, MN

  • Rhythm City Hotel and Casino, Davenport, IA

  • The Boathouse Restaurant, Disney Springs, Orlando, FL

  • Ironwood Hall – Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Gilbert, AZ

  • Multiple projects at Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ 

  • Multiple projects on multiple campuses, Central Arizona College, AZ

  • IIDA Professional Recipient for Interior Design Excellence, Merit Award, 2013
  • Metal Architecture Magazine, Metal Buildings Award, 2012
  • Metal Architecture Magazine, Cover Feature, “Architect Profile”, 2012
  • Valley Forward Association, Environmental Excellence Award of Merit, 2011
  • AIA Western Mountain Region, Honor Award, 2011
  • AIA Arizona, Citation Award, 2010
  • ICF Builder, Best Heavy Commercial Project Award, 2009
  • AIA Western Mountain Region, Unbuilt Merit Award, 2008
  • Structures Magazine, “Putting Pedestrian Materials to Use”, 2008
  • Alpha Rho Chi Medal, ASU, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, 2005
  • Faculty Letter of Commendation, ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, 2005
  • Dean’s Council for Excellence in Design Award, ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, 2003 and 2004


Student AIAS Board

James Matthes, president

Architecture, 4th year

Why Architecture?
‘To me, Architecture always comes back to one idea: To create aesthetically appealing, more enjoyable structures to better the relationships of people to their built environment.’

‘The more one experiences the field of Architecture, it’s realized that individual success is gained by the success of the field as a whole, as well as healthy relationships with others in the built world. AIAS is the vehicle for students to start their venture into this world, and I feel like it would be a disservice to not promote and help strengthen such a valuable resource to all of our students.’

Fun Facts:

  • Favorite things: Minnesota sports, craft beer, jamming to the radio, and Italian food
  • Goal: To always have a pen on hand

Devyn Smoter, Vice President

Architecture, 3rd year

Why Architecture?
‘I chose architecture because I wanted to be both creative and logical in my daily life; math and art were always my favorite subjects in school. Studying architecture provides me with daily challenges I must solve and teaches me something new every single day. I constantly feel like I’m playing an active role in creating something the public will use for years to come.’

‘I got involved in AIAS because I wanted to help other students gain experience and make connections with the outside community. Being a board member has also improved my own education and leadership skills.’

Fun Facts:

  • Interesting fact: She has a hedgehog who likes to help her do homework at night.
  • Favorite subjects to study: Architecture and religion

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Adam Booth, Treasurer

Architecture, 3rd year

Why Architecture?
‘I originally chose architecture because I loved how I could have an impact on how buildings look and function. It became apparent that all of our surroundings revolve around architecture. I realized architecture is not just a building, but more importantly the community that we live in and surrounds us. Ultimately, I play a larger role in the development of our communities.’

‘I first got involved with AIAS after being dragged in by other AIAS members. I quickly realized that this organization gives me a voice. It allows me to influence what my classmates and myself get out of architecture school. It also gives me a new kind of responsibility that I have never had before.’

Fun Facts:

  • Favorite things: Basketball and Sour Patch Kids
  • Interesting fact: He always has gum on him

Garrett Van Roekel, Program coordinator

Architectural Drafting & Design, 2nd year

Why Architecture?
‘I chose architecture because I want to make a social impact on communities that will positively affect everyone. Our communities are bordered by the structures we inhabit and navigate. The built world is as important of an interaction as that of your peers.’

‘When I first started here at Dunwoody I was captivated by the enthusiasm of the AIAS members. They sparked a light inside me and showed me all the areas where progress has yet to be made within myself and the community. I strive to become a leader among my peers and through AIAS I have found an avenue for that leadership.’

Fun Facts:

  • Favorite activities: fly fishing, skiing, climbing mountains and rocks, and anything outdoors

Sirena Dubiel, Program Coordinator

Architectural Drafting & Design, 2nd year

Why Architecture?
‘I chose this career path because I love how things are designed and put together. To have a thought, drawing it out on paper, then getting people together to help make it a reality. It is one of the ways I like to express my creative side, and also a way to help people.’


‘I had not thought that I was going to be very involved at Dunwoody, but the way that the atmosphere is just makes you want to. I wanted to get involved because of what AIAS offered me in my first year. It helps connect you to the profession and has a lot of great opportunities to offer.’

Fun Facts:

Favorite activities: Being active, reading, baking, long walks, and watching Netflix
Home state: Wisconsin

Hannah Biros, Secretary

Architecture, 4th year

Why Architecture?

‘I chose architecture because I enjoy the way it merges art and function and through that has so many niches and creative avenues. I also love seeing how architecture can help create healthy communities.’


‘I originally got involved with AIAS because my classmates were. I have stuck with it not only because it has helped me develop communication, organizational, and networking skills, but it is also helping to boost the Architecture programs at Dunwoody.’

Fun Facts: 

Favorite activities: sailing, enjoying the outdoors, and textile projects

Aaron McCauley, past president & NCArb advisor

Architecture, 4th year

Why Architecture? 
There’s a blend of problem-solving, aesthetic design, and service to the community.

 “It’s a fantastic vehicle for us to take ownership of our educational voice and professional futures, connect to the wider world of architectural students and practitioners, and to participate as founders and shapers of the first new architecture school in Minnesota in 100 years.”

Fun Facts:

  • Favorite food: Cheesecake
  • Favorite type of music: Rock n Roll


Architecture PAC Members
  • Dale Mulfinger – SALA Architects – Chair
  • John Comazzi – University of Minnesota
  • Matt Kreilich – Snow Kreilich
  • McCauley-Aburto, Aaron J – AIAS
  • Mike Rodriguez – HDR
  • Michael Roehr – Roehr Schmitt Architects
  • Erin Worms – New Studio Architecture
  • Jon Papke – Target Corporation / CSI
  • Eric West – BWBR
  • Gabriel Keller – Peterssen Keller Architecture
  • Ryan Langemeier – South Central College
  • Tom Hysell – Alliiance
  • Jeff Mandyck – Cuningham Group
  • Tracy Boyle – Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • Patricia Seitz – Massachusetts College of Art and Design