James Dayton Design is a full-service architectural firm based in Minneapolis. Focusing primarily on contemporary design solutions, our work includes projects in residential, educational, commercial, not-for-profit, and arts-focused contexts.

  • James G. Dayton, AIA Principal
  • Robert A. Hunter, AIA Associate / rhunter@jddltd.com
  • Patrick Regan Associate / pregan@jddltd.com
  • Angela Varpness, AIA Associate / avarpness@jddltd.com
  • Abby Jensen Associate / ajensen@jddltd.com
  • Peter Aamoth Design Staff
  • Danica Kane, AIA Design Staff
  • Alexis Wilhelm COO / awilhelm@jddltd.com
  • Architecture for JDD, Ltd. is a first-person empirical phenomenon. It is about making thoughtful, well-crafted spaces that serve clients well and contribute positively to the built environment in a creative and innovative way.




    MSCA STARR award for Design & Aesthetics Renovation/Remodel

  2. 2015
    The Bachelor Farmer

    AIA LA – Restaurant Design Award

  3. 2012
    The Bachelor Farmer

    Preservation Alliance of Minnesota Award Best Restoration/Rehabilitation

  4. 2012
    The Bachelor Farmer

    Charlie Award for Best Restaurant Design, Twin Cities

  5. 2012
    MacPhail Center for Music

    Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine Best Classical Music Venue in Twin Cities

  6. 2011
    Highpoint Center for Printmaking

    American Institute of Architects Minneapolis: Merit Award

  7. 2011
    Northland Executive Office Center

    TOBY Award (The Office Building of the Year, Midwest Region)

  8. 2008
    MacPhail Center for Music

    American Institute of Architects Minneapolis: Merit Award

  9. 2008
    MacPhail Center for Music

    International Illumination Design Award from the Midwest Region

  10. 2007
    The Blake School at Highcroft

    NAIOP Award of Excellence

  11. 2006
    MacPhail Center for Music

    Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal’s Best in Real Estate Award

  12. 2006
    James G. Dayton, AIA

    National American Institute of Architects: Young Architects Award

  13. 2005
    James G. Dayton, AIA

    American Institute of Architects Minnesota: Young Architects Citation

  14. 2005
    Minnetonka Center for the Arts

    American Institute of Architects Minnesota: Honor Award

  15. 2003
    Minnetonka Center for the Arts

    American Institute of Architects Minneapolis: Merit Award

  16. 2000
    St. Paul Headhouse/Sackhouse competition

    Selected as one of four winners from over 200 entries from 17 countries


  1. Star Tribune

    Instagram’s best friend: Why Minneapolis’ Lynhall is the best-designed restaurant of the year”

  2. Star Tribune

    “10 reasons Why Lynhall in Minneapolis is casual dining’s new role model” by Rick Nelson

  3. Architecture MN Magazine

    “Eric Dayton Interview” by Joel Hoekstra

  4. Star Tribune

    “Four stars for the remade Restaurant Alma in Minneapolis” by Rick Nelson

  5. Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine

    “Trend Alert: Geo Catch” by Jennifer Blaise Kramer

  6. The Growler Magazine

    “Grand Designs: Alma is expanding to make you feel more at home” by Erin Kincheloe

  7. Star Tribune

    “In a stellar year for restaurant design, these Twin Cities hot spots stood out” by Rick Nelson

  8. Star Tribune

    “Photos: Westminster Church’s Minneapolis Expansion”

  9. Star Tribune

    “Coming Sunday: The Bachelor Farmer’s daytime café” by Rick Nelson

  10. Interior Design magazine

    “A Nordic Yarn” by Edie Cohen

  11. The New York Times

    “A Return to Nordic Roots” by Julia Moskin

  12. Star Tribune

    “Two SOGs walk into a bar…” by Tom Horgen

  13. Minnesota Monthly

    “Hot Plate” by Rachel Hutton

  14. Twin Cities Design Scene

    “MN Architect Profile: James Dayton Design”

  15. Twin Cities Metro Magazine

    “His, Hers, Theirs” by Kitty Shea

  16. Star Tribune

    “Architect gives shoe store the boot” by Patrick Kennedy

  17. Star Tribune

    “An architect-designed boot” by Claude Peck

  18. Star Tribune

    “Bachelor Farmer is Restaurant of the Year” by Rick Nelson

  19. Twin Cities Metro Magazine

    “Restaurant of the Year” by Mecca Bos

  20. Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine

    “Scandi Pop” by Jennifer Blaise Kramer

  21. Luxe Magazine

    “Cubic Equation” by Caren Kurlander

  22. Twin Cities Metro Magazine

    “Three in One” by Chris Clayton

  23. Minneapolis Saint Paul Magazine

    “Starchitect James Dayton” by S.D.

  24. Twin Cities Daily Planet

    “Highpoint Center for Printmaking opens grand new home on Lake Street” by Mason Riddle

  25. Minnesota Public Radio

    “Highpoint Center for Printmaking gets a new home” by Marianne Combs

  26. Star Tribune

    “Mom ‘n’ pop shop for printmaking” by Mary Abbe

  27. Architectural Record online

    Building Type Study: Performing Arts- MacPhail Center for Music

  28. Star Tribune

    “Music Box” by Mary Abbe

  29. Minnesota Public Radio

    “MacPail’s new Center for Music” by Marianne Combs

  30. Minnesota Monthly

    “The Next Starchitect?” by Michael Tortorello

  31. Architectural Record online

    “The Guthrie Spurs Development on Minneapolis Riverfront” by Bette Hammel

  32. Walker Art Center | DRAWN HERE-

    Contemporary Design in Conversation Discussion with Thomas Fisher

  33. Minnesota Public Radio

    “A new home for music in Minneapolis” by Marianne Combs

  34. Star Tribune

    “Glitzy, ritzy condos planned on Minneapolis riverfront” by Linda Mack

  35. Architectural Record

    “Minnetonka Center for the Arts” by John E. Czarnecki

  36. Architectural Record

    “Not just another Minnesota Dayton” by John E. Czarnecki

  37. Architecture Minnesota

    “Housing for Lifestyles”

  38. Architecture Minnesota

    “The Minnetonka Center for the Arts introduces…” by Thomas Fisher

  39. Star Tribune

    “Stately new arts center shows its metal” by Linda Mac

  40. Star Tribune

    “‘Center piece” by Linda Mack