Program Placement Rate:

92%

Source 2019-20 Dunwoody Career Services Annual Report

Architecture

Pursue a five-year professional Bachelor of Architecture degree (two-year associate’s degree + three-year Bachelor of Architecture completion degree).

11.7

Job Inquiries Per Graduate

Source 2019-20 Dunwoody Career Services Annual Report

ACCREDITED BY NAAB (National Architectural Accrediting Board)

2+3 Years

Graduates earn a Bachelor of Architecture degree

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Student Work

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Designing The Structures He Once Helped Build

“When I first enrolled, I thought that by attending a technical college I would be trained for a job. I thought I would be punching a clock somewhere and putting in my nine to five. What I found was so much more. I discovered a career – a profession, a passion, and a purpose.”  Read more about Nathaniel Nelson’s journey:
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Digital Ceramics

In Spring 2017, students began their second architecture design+build studio, Digital Ceramics. This studio investigated the intersection between modern robotic manufacturing tools and fabrication processes and age-old materials of casting ceramics. The project addressed the issues architects face in introducing variation into typical standardized building systems and materials. Using new ways of making, including 3d modeling, parametric design, and digital fabrication with the use of a laser cutter and CNC router, students created functional, ceramic art, which was installed in Loring Corners near Loring Park.

Digital Ceramics 2017 Blog: https://digitalceramics2017.wordpress.com/

Dining Wild

In the Fall of 2016, Dunwoody began the first studio in the 5-year Bachelor of Architecture Degree: Dining Wild. This ongoing project introduces students to the importance of site and precedent in relationship to architecture. Students are charged with the design of the new dining hall and gathering space at the Steger Wilderness Center, to be built in 2018. Polar Explorer and Founder of the Steger Wilderness Center, Will Steger, as well as experts in site survey, culinary arts, engineering, alternative energy, building and design will contribute to the student’s work.

Dining Wild blog: https://diningwild2017.wordpress.com/

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Veteran’s Journey Home

In the Spring of 2016, students collaborated with the non-profit organization Veteran’s Journey Home to provide housing for returning veterans and their families. On a site in Vadnais Heights, the students developed, designed, and constructed documents for three duplexes, each maintaining an individual identity and each with a different program, to provide flexibility for varying family conditions. The homes are expected to break ground in the Fall of 2016.

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IFP Minnesota

In the Fall of 2015, Dunwoody Architecture initiated its first Bachelor of Architecture class. The inaugural studio featured a design-build project in collaboration with the Minnesota chapter of the Independent Filmmaker Project and MG McGrath. Responding to IFP’s need for better acoustic performance in their main galley, students parametrically designed, digitally fabricated, and installed a perforated aluminum composite panel with additional acoustic material.

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The Skyway Open

In the Fall of 2014, students participated in the annual Skyway Open, a design-build competition with many of the leading architecture firms in the state of Minnesota. The project, a scale model of Hennepin Avenue, depicted different strata of information with different geometries and layers of wood. It was the first and only student-work to receive the competition’s highest honor, the Top Design Prize.

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Wiki House

In the Spring of 2014, students in their final semester of the Architectural Drafting and Design program engaged the global wiki-house community through the design and construction of a new digitally fabricated structural system. Using the Dunwoody Digital Fabrication Lab, students CNC milled multiple pieces of plywood using complex wood joinery developed by the global open source network.

Facilities

Architecture studio

Architecture Studios

Work in open concept studio spaces designed to foster collaboration and learning.
  • Individual work spaces
  • Drafting kits
  • Physical modeling kits
  • Large format printer
  • Wall and table spaces for displaying/reviewing architectural plans
Fabrication Lab

Fabrication Lab

Create products, prototypes, and projects by using computer-aided design tools and then producing them in cardboard, plywood, plastic, and other materials.
  • 2 laser cutters
  • Stratsys 3D printer
  • 3-axis CNS router, belt sanders, scroll saws, drills, wire cutters
  • Spray booth with utility sink

Architecture Faculty

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Jessica Ainsworth-Truong

Senior Instructor

jainsworthtruong@dunwoody.edu

Andrew Blaisdell

Andrew Blaisdell

Assistant Professor

ablaisdell@dunwoody.edu

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John Dwyer

Associate Professor

jdwyer@dunwoody.edu

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Anjali Ganapathy

Associate Professor

aganapathy@dunwoody.edu

Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with a minor in American Indian Studies and a Master of Architecture degrees, both from the University of Minnesota. She is a well-recognized instructor in Interior Design and Architecture; focusing on the history of architecture and design and sustainable practices. These foci developed from her passion for place and the wealth of inspiration it holds. This passion informs another area of her personal/professional life – she is also the co-owner of a French Vietnamese restaurant that uses farm to table practices. Her multidisciplinary approach and understanding make her a compassionate ally to students on the pathway to success.

Selected recognitions – 2019 Dunwoody Teacher of the Year, 2011 Jerome Award for Teaching Excellence from the Art Institute International Minnesota, 50 Best Restaurants MSP Magazine 2014-2017

Andrew Blaisdell is an Architect with a background in prefab modern, historic restoration, relief housing, and urban planning. He is the founder of Studio Andhow, an Assistant Professor at Dunwoody College, and has taught studios, seminars, and workshops at the University of Minnesota, where he received a Master of Architecture degree in 2010.

John Dwyer is an Associate Professor at Dunwoody College of Technology and the Founder of John Dwyer Architect. In both practice and academia, John strives to expand the influence of architecture toward a greater good. As the founding Program Manager of Dunwoody’s Bachelor of Architecture degree program, John led the establishment of its curriculum, student body, faculty, strategic partnerships, financial growth, and Initial Accreditation through the National Architectural Accrediting Board.

Pedagogically, John believes in procedural, technical learning as a basis for propositional , abstract learning. Technology is approached as criticalthinking, emphasizing agility over mastery. The learning culture is practice based, where inclusivity is nurtured by celebrating diversity of thought. In content, John believes in the capacity of service learning to create a broader vision of architectural practice, a greater exposure to diversity, and the opportunity for climate action.

Professionally, John practices an architecture of beauty and goodness. He pursues work which strives to decrease our ecological footprint, increase our humanity, and possess a knowable beauty.

John’s recognitions include the 2019 City Pages Artist of the Year Award, the 2018 AIA Minnesota Louis Lundgren Award for Service, the 2013 AIA National Young Architect Award, and the 2008 AIAS National Emerging Practice Award.

Anjali is an Associate Professor at Dunwoody College of Technology. She has practiced architecture both domestically and internationally in the United States, India and Europe, with her areas of focus being on large institutional master planning projects. This international perspective shapes both her current research and teaching interests, as she brings together the globalized and vernacular contexts of architectural works through projects in the design studio & theory of architecture classes as well as her own dissertation writing. Anjali has taught architecture design studios at the University of Minnesota as well as urban design classes at the Indian Institute of Human Settlements. She has presented and published in various venues such as the Society of Architectural Historians Conference and The International Seminar on Urban Form. Currently, Anjali serves as a student advisor to the Dunwoody NOMAS (National Organization of Minority Architecture Students) chapter. She believes that every student can produce their best work in an academic setting if they are given ownership of the design process and a sense of belonging within the larger community, they will one day serve as architects.

Anjali received her Master of Architecture Degree from Virginia Tech and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature.

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Molly Reichert

Associate Professor

mreichert@dunwoody.edu

Paul Strother

Paul Strother

Associate Professor

pstrother@dunwoody.edu

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Pablo Villamil

Senior Instructor

pvillamil@dunwoody.edu

Molly Reichert is an architectural researcher, designer and educator based in Minneapolis, MN. Her practice integrates the disciplines of architecture, art, design, urbanism into the construction of new social spaces. As a partner in the design collective Futures North, Molly has worked on highly–acclaimed public art projects designed to convey complex data through aesthetic visualization and interactive experience. Her teaching combines digital design & fabrication with interdisciplinary critical design thinking. She previously taught in the architecture departments of UC Berkeley, San Jose State University, and the University of Minnesota.

Paul Strother is an associate professor at Dunwoody College of Technology and a practicing architect. Paul has focused on technical excellence in his teaching and practice. He believes that design study predicated on sound technology produces building design that is credible and is essential for sustainable building design. Further, it prepares the graduates for success as architects. Paul is committed to develop the potential of every student and enjoys igniting the spark of enthusiasm and confidence.

Paul is a member of CSI. Recognition includes the Rotary Paul Harris Award for Community Service.

Pablo Villamil brings several years of experience as an architect to his role as an educator. His personal education started at a young age in the construction industry as he worked with his family building houses, and managing commercial properties. He also has had a strong artistic influence since childhood being recognized for his drawing and ceramics skills. With a passion for art and science Pablo has received an Associate’s degree in drafting from Dunwoody as well as a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Minnesota. Pablo is LEED, and CDT certified, as well as a member of the AIA and CSI groups. Pablo won first prize in the 2014 St. Paul Prize design competition.