Principals

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.

Jennifer Yoos, FAIA, LEED AP
Principal/CEO

Jennifer practiced architecture both independently and with firms in Minneapolis and London before joining VJAA as a Design Principal in 1997. Jennifer received her Graduate Diploma in Design from the Architectural Association in London and her professional degree in Architecture from the University of Minnesota where she has taught since 1997. She was a Loeb Fellow in Urban and Environmental Studies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in 2002-2003 and was the John G. Williams Distinguished Professor at the University of Arkansas in 2012.

Nathan Knutson, AIA, LEED AP
Managing Principal

Nathan Knutson has practiced at VJAA since it’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 and managing 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.