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Dutton Architects is a boutique design firm dedicated to providing the highest level of personal service to its clients.

Our Approach

Dutton Architects specializes in working within unique situations- no two projects are ever the same.

We are your partner in the process, and insist on being part of any design project from the beginning (programming, envisioning) to design to construction drawings to permitting and especially construction. Our job isn’t complete until our clients are happily using a finished building!

The work of Dutton Architects has been published in books and magazines worldwide, as well as covered by numerous blogs and websites.


John Dutton

John is the founder of the company and the one overseeing the highest design standards and comprehensive service for all his clients. He is equally passionate about designing a house, a place of work, a piece of furniture or a public park. He has a unique background; he trained in world-famous firms (Morphosis, Richard Meier, Renzo Piano, Santiago Calatrava) that produce iconic buildings, but he also has a deep interest and expertise in the design of cities and neighborhoods. This varied background means he knows what it means to live and work on a daily basis in an inspiring and sustainable environment.

John is a longtime adjunct Professor at the USC School of Architecture and a professor of the Mediterranean Global Studies program.  He is a former president of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, and served on their Board of Directors for the five years prior to that.  He has written for numerous publications on architecture and urban design, served as a guest critic for many schools of architecture, and lectured worldwide.

He earned his Masters of Architecture from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University.

Director of Studio

David Milner

David comes from a long line of builders and educators, and he uses these skills to oversee the studio; he ensures the quality of design and build-outs of our projects.  David manages employees’ work products, and encourages them in their development as architects.

His commitment to exploring and understanding materials and details, and their essential relationship to larger architectural form, helps drive the work of Dutton Architects to be rigorous and thoughtful. David works closely with the general contractors on all our projects, and has been known to jump in the fray with a plumb line or skilsaw as needed!  David is also essential in coordinating consultants on projects, and clients learn to appreciate his commitment, rigor, earnestness, and sense of humor. 

David earned an M.Arch from Univ. of Pennsylvania and previously worked at the offices of Frank Gehry and Jim Jennings.


John is an inspired architect who rescued our mid-century house in Beverly Hills and transformed it into our dream home. He has the historical knowledge and theoretical acumen of an academic mingled with the taste, vision and attention to detail of an interior designer. He and his entire team were a pleasure to work with from the earliest planning stages all the way through to the installation of the final design touches.

Jeff Timon and Jennifer Johnson, writers/producers

We are so fortunate to have John Dutton as the architect…. John approached the job with great sensitivity, expertise and sound judgement, rising to both the aesthetic and practical challenges involved. He is also patient, considerate and mindful of financial concerns….

Barry Isaacson, film producer

Dutton Architects supported the rapid development of our company by creating professional plans and presentations that communicated our ideas and vision to investors and customers…. The Dutton team was a pleasure to work with; they met their deadlines, were very professional in their approach, and provided the spark that ignited the initial concepts and would become the landmark signs of our company.

Michael Koestler,, CEO