Miller Dunwiddie Names New Generation of Leaders for the Next 50 Years

MINNEAPOLIS (March 2, 2014) – On the heels of celebrating its 50th anniversary in business, Minneapolis architecture firm Miller Dunwiddie, has named six members of its firm who will eventually succeed Miller Dunwiddie’s current leadership.


The firm’s current Principals, Craig Lau, Mark Miller, John Mecum and Chuck Liddy have named Daniel Green, Denita Lemmon, Joel Stromgren, Kathryn Hunsley, Monica Bettendorf Hartberg, and Paul May as Associate Principals.


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“We have invited Daniel, Denita, Joel, Kathryn, Monica and Paul to take on expanded leadership roles as Associate Principals in our firm,” said Craig Lau, principal. “Mark, John, Chuck and I will continue to work with and mentor this highly respected, bright group of people to help them carry forward the values of our founders, Bill Miller, Foster Dunwiddie, and Ken Whitehead.”


Founded in 1963, Miller Dunwiddie employs 40 people, including 23 licensed architects. The firm offers a full-range of architecture services, including architectural design, historic preservation, interior design, building envelope architecture and engineering, and construction services. Miller Dunwiddie’s work is reflected in a number of well-known Minnesota buildings, facilities and landmarks such as Terminal 2-Humphrey, MSP International Airport; METRO Blue Line Stations (Target Field, American Blvd., 10 Station expansion); The Basilica of St. Mary; The Cathedral of St. Paul; The Minnesota State Capitol; Folwell Hall, University of Minnesota; and the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, among many others.


Lau, Miller, Mecum, and Liddy credit the firm’s continuing success to its emphasis on people, both its employees and clients; and on architecture that places a greater emphasis on embracing changes that have re-defined the day-to-day practice of architecture.


“We want to do everything we can to prepare our next generation of leaders for success,” Mecum added. “This team of people we’ve identified to lead Miller Dunwiddie into our next 50 years represent our firm as a whole – they’re passionate about architecture, they’re focused on people first, they’re strong communicators, and they understand the role of new technology in meeting the needs of our clients. It will be a joy to work closely with them to prepare our firm for the future.”


The firm’s third generation of leaders includes:


Daniel Green was one of AIA Minnesota’s “Young Architect Award” winners in 2012. His expertise centers on projects for housing, non-profit, commercial, and transportation clients. Green has co-authored studies for preservation planning, airport sustainability and suburban redevelopment. His work is reflected in projects with Metro Transit, The University of Minnesota, The Port Authority of St Paul, Metropolitan Airports Commission and the City of Edina, among others. He is passionate about design for all and regularly participates in design outreach events throughout greater Minnesota.  Green joined Miller Dunwiddie in 2001.


Denita Lemmon specializes in historic preservation, with an expertise in adaptive reuse, rehabilitation and preservation. Her passion extends to solving technical and visual aspects of existing and aging buildings to appropriately restoring and enriching the built environment. Lemmon brings a strong, comprehensive understanding of historic materials and construction practices. Lemmon has extensive knowledge of the National Historic Preservation Act and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. She’s built a long and successful track record of achievement in managing complex architectural and construction projects. Some of Lemmon’s more noteworthy historic preservation projects include: James J. Hill House, the Minnesota Governor’s Residence, Folwell Hall at the University of Minnesota, and the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts. She joined the firm in 1996.


Joel Stromgren brings a passion to solving complex architectural problems, such as high performance envelopes and complicated, multi-phase construction projects. He enjoys the challenge of each project and finding solutions for the various constraints of each whether context, budget or schedule. His expertise, honed over 27 years, is reflected in the work he’s completed for clients such as the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, the Eastern Iowa Airport, the Bemidji Regional Airport, and Silverwood Park. He joined Miller Dunwiddie in 1994.


Kathryn Hunsley is a Certified Interior Designer (CID) and serves as Miller Dunwiddie’s Director of Interior Design. In her role, she works seamlessly with the firm’s architects and engineers to create spaces that embrace a client’s culture.  Hunsley is involved in every facet of a project, from programming and space planning to construction documentation and implementation.  Collaboration with her clients, which involves guiding a client through the entire design process, from materials and finish selections to furniture specifications and installation, is at the core of her passion for interior design.  Her experience with aviation, corporate and faith-based clients has provided successful design solutions for the Metropolitan Airports Commission, The Eastern Iowa Airport, Church of St. Peter and Bethel University.  She joined Miller Dunwiddie in 2001.


Monica Bettendorf Hartberg enjoys working with clients to discover the unique needs of their operations and finding solutions for the built environment to support them.  With long-standing client relationships, she believes that connecting with people is key to the success of any project.  Her experience is grounded in the transportation and aviation industries, having worked on numerous projects for the Metropolitan Airports Commission, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the airlines that serve the terminals such as Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and Sun Country Airlines.  Bettendorf Hartberg serves as a mentor to Miller Dunwiddie’s next generation of architects and designers by assisting staff members in navigating the IDP and ARE processes. She joined Miller Dunwiddie in 1999.


Paul May’s leadership and design efforts have contributed to Miller Dunwiddie’s ongoing growth in his focus areas of faith-based, K-12 and higher educationprojects. His innovative, client-centered, interactive design and planning methods have been essential to transforming complex and creative projects into successful, award-winning and inspirational solutions.  May’s recent work includes projects with Beth El Synagogue, Bethel University, Minneapolis Public Schools, Convent of the Visitation School, Unity Church Unitarian, and the University of Minnesota.  He continues to give back to the architecture profession by mentoring students at the University of Minnesota, and serving on the Minnesota State Board of Architecture. May joined Miller Dunwiddie in 2005.


About Miller Dunwiddie


Miller Dunwiddie is a full-service architecture firm based in Minneapolis, Minn. Founded in 1963, the firm’s architecture philosophy is based on the core concept that “people always come first.” Miller Dunwiddie works with clients representing a number of industries such as education, transportation, commercial facilities, religious institutions, cultural landmarks and more. Miller Dunwiddie offers a range of services, including: architectural design, historic preservation, interior design, building envelope architecture and engineering, and construction services and owner’s representation. To learn more about Miller Dunwiddie, visit