John McMinn RAIC BA AA Dipl. Prix de Rome

While practicing with M J | architecture, John McMinn is also Professor of Architecture at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. He studied at the Architectural Association (AA Diploma 1990) and at McGill University (BA 1983). He has taught and lectured at many schools of architecture in North America and Europe. In practice, he focuses on finely crafted commercial, residential and public buildings, both in urban and rural contexts. He is also a frequent curator of exhibitions on architecture, and has published widely in journals on contemporary Canadian architecture and written books on the cultural dimensions of contemporary sustainable architecture, 41º to 66º: Regional Responses to Sustainable Architecture in Canada, with Marco Polo, and on what was for 50 years Canada’s leading engineering practice, Yolles: A Canadian Engineering Legacy, with Beth Kapusta. His exhibition Architecture in Canada, Region, Culture and Tectonics, co-curated with Marco Polo (Ryerson University) represented Canada at the 2008 Venice Biennale for Architecture. He was recipient of the Canada Council Prix de Rome in Architecture in 1992. At the University of Waterloo, he founded the Grand Studio a Design Build program focused on the creation of public infrastructure buildings in First Nations communities in Southern Ontario.