Darin Duch

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Managing Member
Associate AIA


A professional and educator with more than 25 years of experience in architecture, Darin Duch has worked on numerous large-scale award-winning projects. His architectural work during the last 20 years has focused on high-performance educational, commercial and residential 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 environments 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 sustainable design in everyday smart practice with experience with Passive House design and LEED Certification.

Darin’s ongoing work at the College of Design, University of Minnesota where he has co-taught workshops and continues his teaching and research with architectural representation in digital technologies and fabrication.





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               

Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, College of Design, 2012-present


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



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      

Wild Rice Retreat, vacation retreat, Bayfield, Wisconsin (with Salmela Architects)

Seivers Residence, private residence, Glenwood, Minnesota (with Magney Architects)

Parson Residence, private residence, Saugatuck, Michigan (with Salmela Architects)

Tres Sostre, vacation homes, Grand Marais, Minnesota (with Salmela Architects)

Rosemount Woods Tornado Shelter & mailbox Pavilion, Rosemount, Minnesota

Chanhassen Brewing Company, Chanhassen, Minnesota (collaboration with Magney Architects)

Camp Tanadoona Dining Hall, Chanhassen, Minnesota (collaboration with Magney Architects)

Ambiente Gallerie, Minneapolis, Minnesota        

Fjellhaug Kindergarten, Frakkagjerdet, Norway

Aksdal Kindergarten, Aksdal, Norway

Blokkebærhauge, Private residence, Sunde, Norway

Central Bucks High SchoolDoylestown, Pennsylvania, (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

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

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