John Van Dyke
John Van Dyke (Known to many as 'J') is a 1962 graduate of the University of Minnesota (BArch). He spent the first 15 years of his career with several firms, both large and small, working on a great variety of projects; Single family housing to very large multi-family, schools, college housing, hospitals and small commercial. He established his own practice in 1978, working primarily as a consultant to other architectural firms, most notably on the design of the Riverplace project in Minneapolis. During this period, he aided his community by designing the new space for the Amery Public Library and the Arnell Memorial Animal Shelter.
In 1989 Van Dyke became a partner in the firm of SSV Architecture, Inc., Minneapolis, which worked in many fields, including residential, municipal government (Minneapolis Park Board) and institutional work (women's religious communities and their home environments). Having resigned from SSV in 2007, he continues through this day in partnership with TAP Architecture. He's a registered architect in Minnesota and Illinois.
John and his wife, Jane, who is an artist and teacher, began working in stained glass art in 1980, and in 1982 established Lux Vandini, which has since executed many large commissions in several states (e.g. Half a dozen works for the Riverplace project in Minneapolis).
Van Dyke lives on 19 acres in Western Wisconsin. His interests are closely related to his life of architecture; Landscaping, gardening, birding and working on improvements to his hundred year old farmhouse. Most days include a long woodland walk with Jane and their two adopted dogs, Bowie (His) and Becchi (Hers). They are long time friends and supporters of the Arnell Memorial Humane Society.