Principals

Jennifer Yoos, FAIA, LEED AP
Principal/CEO

Jennifer Yoos practiced architecture both independently and with firms in Minneapolis and London prior to joining VJAA as a design principal in 1997. Yoos received her Graduate Diploma in Design from the Architectural Association in London and her professional degree in Architecture from the University of Minnesota. She was awarded a Loeb Fellowship in Urban and Environmental Studies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design for 2002-2003 and inducted into the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in 2013 in the category of Design. She teaches architecture, most recently as a visiting Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, and was the John G. Williams Distinguished Professor at the University of Arkansas and a faculty member at the University of Minnesota. Yoos has authored essays on design and was co-author with partner Vincent James of a recent monograph on their practice published by Princeton Architectural Press as well as their forthcoming book entitled Parallel Cities: The Multilevel Metropolis (2016). She has lectured widely throughout the United States.

Vincent James, FAIA
Principal/CFO

Vincent practiced independently and with firms in Minneapolis and New York before founding VJAA in 1995. Vincent was appointed Adjunct Professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where he taught from 2000-2006. He was the Favrot Visiting Chair in Architecture at Tulane University in 1998 and 1999 and was recently the John G. Williams Distinguished Professor at the University of Arkansas, the Morgenstern Chair and Visiting Professor at IIT and a visiting professor at MIT. Vincent James is currently Cass Gilbert Professor in Practice at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture. He received his Master of Architecture from the University of Wisconsin.

Nathan Knutson, AIA, LEED AP
Managing Principal

Nathan Knutson is Managing Principal of VJAA where he has practiced since the firm’s founding in 1995. He received his Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota and also holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from St. Olaf College. In addition to collaborating on the firm’s major projects, Nathan is responsible for the office’s fiscal management, scheduling, and contracts. In 2002, he received an AIA Minnesota Young Architect Award. Nathan also teaches professional practice at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture.