John Dwyer is the founder and principal of John Dwyer Architect.  He 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 and founded John Dwyer Architect with a higher level of client service, a greater attention to detail and a stronger focus on beautiful, high performance buildings.