Human Factors College of Design


Lecturer, Co-Director MS Sustainable Design Program
Phone: 612-626-2482

Jim Lutz


  • Sustainable Design strategies for single and multi-family residential projects
  • Building technology
  • Adaptive re-use and sustainability


Jim Lutz is a registered architect and Lecturer in the School of Architecture where he teaches classes in building technology and sustainability.  He holds a Master of Architecture degree from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.  He served as a faculty advisor for the University of Minnesota’s entry in the 2009 Solar Decathlon and has led a graduate studio in Haiti, working with Architecture for Humanity.  He has also taught at the University of Memphis where he was a faculty advisor for TERRA, an award-winning LEED-Platinum sustainable design demonstration house. Prior to that, he practiced architecture in California for twenty years, fifteen of which were with a firm he co-founded, designing residential, commercial, and institutional projects.

"Participating in the MSRP program has given me the opportunity to work with both students and professionals on a variety of emerging issues within the field of architecture.  I believe that the research  that has been produced will contribute to advancing the discipline in substantive ways.

My work with MSRP students and firms has dealt with aspects of public interest design, energy, and resilience, each of which relate to my expertise in sustainability, building technology, and social impact architecture.  It has been gratifying to see much of the research meaningfully find it's way into active projects within the participating firms.  Working alongside dozens of innovators within the AEC community has sharpened my view of the topics that I believe will shape the trajectory of the profession in this century.

The MSRP program has provided a significant opportunity to develop an ongoing dialog with some of the most progressive AEC firms in the region.  These partnerships provide students and faculty members alike an opportunity to collaborate with professionals in exploring issues on the leading edge of design.

The MSRP post-professional degree in the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota is one of the very few programs in the country that provides a means for students to gain firsthand experience in conducting research that will substantively contribute to shaping the future of the built environment.  This innovative partnership between academia and the profession relies on emerging professionals as the critical link between the two realms, a unique structure that ultimately benefits all of the participants."

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