Principals

Vincent James, FAIA
Principal

Vincent James is founding principal of VJAA. During the past 30 years he has practiced architecture both independently and with firms in Minneapolis and New York. In 2005, he was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Vincent's career includes extensive teaching experience in both design and professional practice. He has held academic positions at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design (2000 to 2008) and the University of Minnesota. In 2003 he was promoted to Adjunct Professor. Vincent also held the Favrot Visiting Chair in Architecture at Tulane University's School of Architecture (1997 and 1999). He received his Master of Architecture in 1978 from the University of Wisconsin and has been a guest lecturer at more than twenty-five different schools of architecture. Vincent James is currently Cass Gilbert Professor-in-Practice at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture.

Jennifer Yoos, FAIA, LEED AP
Principal

Jennifer Yoos is Principal of VJAA. Over the past twenty years, Jennifer Yoos has practiced architecture both independently and with firms in Minneapolis and London. She has practiced with VJAA since 1997 and has collaborated on the design of all of the firm's award-winning work since joining the firm. Jennifer was awarded a Graduate Diploma in Design by the Architectural Association in London, a Professional Degree in Architecture by the University of Minnesota, and a Loeb Fellowship in Urban and Environmental Studies at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. She currently teaches graduate level design as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture, where she has taught since 1997. She has also lectured at more than a dozen Universities.

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. His seventeen years of experience include feasibility studies, master planning, project coordination and management, and all stages of design. In addition to collaborating on the firm's major projects, Nathan is responsible for the office's fiscal management, scheduling, and contracts. His management of the firm and of projects prioritizes design at the highest level. Nathan has been Managing Principal/Project Manager for the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life, the Central Campus Masterplan at Tulane University, the Charles Hostler Student Center at the American University of Beirut, and the St. John's University and Abbey Guesthouse. In 2002, he received an AIA Minnesota Young Architect Award.