Darin Duch

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Managing Member
Associate AIA

Darin Duch received his Masters degree in Architecture from the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. As a professional, with more than 15 years experience in architecture, Darin has worked on numerous large-scale award-winning projects. His architectural work during the last 10 years has focused on high-performance educational facilities in both national and international arenas.

Mr. Duch’s work in educational design facilities focuses on the link between how we learn and where we learn. Coined ‘the third teacher’ by Loris Malaguzzi, the physical environment, plays an active role in educational process. In his work Darin examines the relationship between active, flexible, inspirational and creative learning environment and the youth’s ability to learn and gain knowledge, insight, skills and ultimately delight.

With an extensive background in Project Management, building methods and technologies Darin has been most concern with the art of building itself where the building science and technology merge with the tectonic and sensory experience of the built form. He has managed to bring highly functional technical resolution to his projects that marry the latest technological advances with economy and ecology. He is an enthusiastic proponent of Passive House design and LEED Certification in architectural practice and equates sustainable design with everyday smart practice.



University of Minnesota

College of Desige

Masters of Architecture


University of Minnesota

College of Design

Bachelor of Science, Architecture


Northwest Technical Institute

Associate Degree, Architectural 

Drafting and Design


Academic Experience               

Teaching Assistant, University of Minnesota, College of Design, graduate studio 1, 2008-2009


Professional Experience

Laboratory for Environments, Architecture and Design Inc. 2005 Present

ATS&R Architects, 2001-2010

Architectural Drafting Techs, 1998- 2001

Harris Concrete & Masonry, 1997- 1998

Fabcon LLC, 1995-1997


Professional Activities               

Member, American Institute of Architects



2010 Thesis Award, Private School, Abuja, Nigeria

2009 IES Section Award for Lighting Design, Minnetonka High School Auditorium (Designed while with ATS&R)   

2009 Honorable Mention, Classroom of the Future, Architecture for Humanity, Relocatable Classroom (Designed with Peter Portilla and Ben Delwiche)   

2008 Bill & Elizabeth Pederson Graduate Fellowship Scholarship

2007 AIA St. Paul Fellowship Scholarship


Current and Recent Projects      

Ambiente Gallerie, Minneapolis, Minnesota        

Lars Hertervig Observatory, Borgøy, Norway

Fjellhaug Kindergarten, Frakkagjerdet, Norway

Aksdal Kindergarten, Aksdal, Norway

Søljehauge, Private residence, Vindafjord, Norway

Blokkebærhauge, Private residence, Sunde, Norway

Central Bucks High SchoolDoylestown, Pennsylvania, (with ATS&R)

Tartan High School Renovations, Oakdale, Minnesota, (with ATS&R)

Richardson Elementary Additions/Renovations, Maplewood, Minnesota, (with ATS&R)   

Eaglepoint Elementary Additions/Renovations, Oakdale, Minnesota, (with ATS&R)   

Hope Academy Additions/Renovations, St. Paul, Minnesota, (with ATS&R)   

Minnetonka Public Schools Master Study, Minnetonka, Minnesota, (with ATS&R)   

Groveland Elementary “Eco-Lab”, Minnetonka, Minnesota, (with ATS&R)   

Minnetonka High School Additions/Renovations, Minnetonka, Minnesota, (with ATS&R)   

Minnetonka Middle School East Pool Addition, Minnetonka, Minnesota, (with ATS&R)   

Child Learning Center, Abuja, Nigeria, (with ATS&R)   

Abu Dhabi Education Council, FF&E Design Guidelines, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, (with ATS&R)   

Camarillo Residence, San Diego de la Union,Mexico

Northrop Environmental Learning Center, Dedicated Lab, Minneapolis, Minnesota, (Designed with Peter Portilla and Ben Delwiche)

Anderson Cabin, Webster, Wisconsin

Sacred Heart Church, Robbinsdale, Minnesota, (with Gallagher Architects)

St. Michael Firestation, St. Michael, Minnesota, (with Mjorud Architecture)       

Hennepin Animal Humane Society, Golden Valley, Minnesota, (with Mjorud Architecture)       

Coon Rapids Cable TV Facility, Coon Rapids, Minnesota, (with Mjorud Architecture)       

Animal Humane Society Shelter, Coon Rapids,Minnesota, (with Mjorud Architecture)