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James G. Dayton, AIA
Jim Dayton is principal of James Dayton Design. Prior to opening his own firm in 1997, he was employed for five years in the office of Frank Gehry, where he worked as a design team member on many projects, including the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Montreal. Perhaps the most profound impact during this time working in Gehry’s office was learning from the interaction between Frank and his artist colleagues, such as Richard Serra, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.
Jim was invited to curate the opening show in 2002 for the Minnetonka Center for the Arts, entitled ‘13 Minnesota Artists.’ Jim has served on the boards of the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum and the Art Accession Committee at the university’s Carlson School of Management, the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, and currently serves on the board of the Walker Art Center and the MacPhail Center for Music.
Robert A. Hunter, ALA
Robert Hunter is an Associate and Senior Project Architect at James Dayton Design who has been with the firm since 2003. Robert has successfully completed projects of many types and scales and brings extensive experience in design, planning, project management, programming, and building technologies to each of his projects. His experience includes working with large building committees, boards of directors, community groups, and local and state governments to successfully achieve each project’s unique goals. He has distinguished himself by being a proactive team leader who constantly seeks creative solutions to design, technical, and construction challenges at all scales and levels of project development.
Robert is a Commissioner on the Minneapolis Arts Commission, serves on the Board of Directors of the Highpoint Center for Printmaking, and has been a guest design critic at several universities. Robert is a licensed Architect in the State of Minnesota.
Patrick Regan is the Senior Associate and Senior Project Manager at James Dayton Design. Patrick has successfully managed projects of all scales and programs, and brings extensive knowledge of building technologies and detailing to each of his projects. Patrick has experience with a number of public and private educational and arts facilities including libraries, lower schools, higher education facilities, galleries, and arts centers. Patrick has distinguished himself by constantly seeking innovative and creative solutions to both design and construction issues in projects of all types. His designs emerge from careful research of program and site context and are executed with thorough material design and detailing. Patrick’s most recent designs include the Media Wing at Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), The Blake School Highcroft Campus, The Creative Company publishing facility, and the AIA award winning Minnetonka Center for the Arts. Prior to joining JDD in 1999, Patrick worked for Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle in Minneapolis and Hokanson Lunning Assoc., Inc in St. Paul.
Patrick has been a guest design critic for both graduate and undergraduate design studios at the University of Minnesota College of Design (CDes), is an annual juror for the U of MN Mechanical Engineering 2011 Robot design project, and a professional mentor to graduate architecture students at the University of Minnesota College of Design.
Angela Varpness, AIA
Angela Varpness is an Associate and Project Manager at James Dayton Design. Angela joined James Dayton Design in 2004 while attending graduate school for her Master of Architecture degree. While at James Dayton Design, Angela has been involved in the design of many projects. Angela brings exceptional design talent, problem solving and organizational skills, and dedication to each of her projects.
Angela has been a guest design critic for graduate design studios at the University of Minnesota College of Design (CDes). She is currently a professional mentor to undergraduate and graduate architecture students at the College of Design School of Architecture. While at the University of Minnesota, Angela was a teaching assistant for graduate and undergraduate design and architectural history courses. She also volunteered as a mentor to high school students interested in architecture through the Weisman Art Museum’s educational programs.
Donell Cherry, COO