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Miller Dunwiddie Architecture, from 1963-Present

Miller Whitehead Dunwiddie Architects was founded in 1963 by Bill Miller, Foster Dunwiddie, and Ken Whitehead. Miller and Whitehead focused on aviation projects, while Dunwiddie focused on corporate and government clients. In 1966, when Ken Whitehead accepted an offer to become the director of long-range planning for United Airlines, the firm’s name was shortened to Miller Dunwiddie.

1963

  • 1963 Photo

    On June 3rd the firm of Miller Whitehead Dunwiddie opened for business

  • 1963 Photo

    Midwest Federal Savings and Loan – One of the few projects the firm had that first year

1966

  • 1966 Photo

    The Metropolitan Stadium East Grandstand was just one of many projects the firm worked on for the stadium over the next 20 years

  • Ken Whitehead departs for an offer he couldn’t refuse - to become the Director of Long Range Planning for United Airlines

1968

  • 1968 Photo

    The innovative design and largest steel Hyperbolic Paraboloid Hangar at its time was completed at MSP International Airport and was the cover story in the August issue of Engineering News- Record. A few years later, the firm converted the hangar into an International Charter Terminal. The building was demolished in 2001 to make room for the new T2-Humphrey Terminal and parking structures.

Our strength in aviation projects grew steadily, and our expertise in the growing field of historic preservation was recognized throughout the region. Our dedication to client needs, professional conduct, and employee development earned us a reputation as a solid, successful firm. As a result, we began many client relationships that have lasted to this day.

1973

  • 1973 Photo

    The firm’s work goes international! The building design for jet engine test cells buildings found its way to Peru, Argentina, Iraq and Wales.

1978

  • 1978 Photo

    The restoration of the Ft. Snelling Commandant’s House receives an Honor Award from AIA Minnesota

  • Mark Miller, son of firm founder Bill Miller, and Craig Lau join the firm.

The 12-person firm added to its long-list of satisfied clients. Although transportation and preservation projects were solidly established as our two main focus areas, the team began to branch out into other projects in a variety of other industries.

1984

  • John Mecum joins the firm

  • 1984 Photo

    Chosen by the State Designer Selection Board for the restoration of the State Capitol. The firm continued to provide planning, design, and preservation services for over 20 years.

Continuing a Tradition of Excellence In 1990, Bill Miller and Foster Dunwiddie sold the firm to employees: Craig Lau and Mark Miller. In subsequent years, John Mecum and Chuck Liddy joined the leadership team. The new owners continued and expanded upon Miller and Dunwiddie’s client-focused vision and reputation for high-quality work.

1990

  • 1990 Photo

    Bill Miller and Foster Dunwiddie sold the firm to employees: Craig Lau and Mark Miller.

1992

  • Chuck Liddy joins the firm and becomes part of the firms leadership

1997

  • The firm developed a Construction Services department.

1999

  • 1999 Photo

    The firm provided consulting services for the move of the 2,900-ton historic Shubert Theater. The relocation two blocks away to its new home was a Guiness Book World Record. Twelve years later, the theater was restored as part of the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts

The firm continued to grow, expanding into new fields of design and with a staff of 40+. The continued success and hard work paid off. In 2001, we received the AIA Minnesota Firm of the Year Award. By the end of the decade, we had over a dozen “preferred vendor” or similar types of agreements with our clients, doing multiple projects for each.

2000

  • The firm started an Interior Design department with the hiring of a Certified Interior Designer.

2001

  • The firm receives the AIA Minnesota Firm of the Year Award

  • 2001 Photo

    The new Hubert H. Humphrey Terminal opened in May. The firm continues to provide design services for the terminal to accommodate for the persistent passenger growth.

2008

  • 1st LEED Gold Certified Project at MDA

The explosion of technology has transformed project delivery methods, and Miller Dunwiddie has fully embraced the transition. We use various forms of software and work with our clients to select the most flexible and efficient method appropriate to each project. Those efforts have resulted in continued firm recognition and dozens of awards for our projects.

2011

  • The firm developed a Building Envelope department with the hiring of a Registered Roof Consultant and Civil Engineer specializing in waterproofing.

2013

  • 2013 Photo

    The firm celebrates 50 years of service!