Thank You

Your contact infomation has been sent

we will be in touch shortly


Creating Modern, Smart, Inspired Designs for Living and Working


Comprehensive Service +

Highest Design Standards


John 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. To this end, his work emphasizes the complementary design of buildings, streets, and open spaces that together form the fabric of the places in which we live and work. His ideas of connecting architecture and urban design were published in his book, New American Urbanism: Re-Forming the Suburban Metropolis, by Skira Editore.   The way we see our cities, and the way we live and work in them are absolutely connected, especially in these years of dwindling resources and environmental challenges.


John is an adjunct Associate Professor in design and history/theory at the USC School of Architecture.  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 teaches each fall in Barcelona in the joint USC – La Salle architecture program.


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

Dutton Architects is committed to creating inspiring and sustainable urban environments in which to live and work through the sensitive design of  relationships between buildings and open space.


Dutton Architects was founded in 2005, following a partnership of five years with two other Los Angeles architects.  It is a boutique design firm dedicated to providing the highest level of personal service to its clients. Dutton Architects specializes in working within unique situations- no two projects are ever the same. The architectural work focuses on custom residential projects (both single family and multi-family) and challenging commercial and institutional spaces (like creative office design, restaurants, and libraries). We relish figuring out what each client dreams of doing, or needs to do as a business, and discovering the architectural manifestation of that program. Our urban design work focuses on intelligent and sensitive master plans, site planning and architectural interventions, work that helps foster urban environments that contribute positively to a place. Ultimately we desire our urban work to  counter the placeless and thoughtless sprawl which has so dominated our cities and suburbs.


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


We are fortunate to forge long-lasting relationships with our clients. Here are some of the testimonials of our work and services.


“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, Chief Operating Officer,  PBI, LLC.


For more accounts supporting the exceptional level of service we provide our clients, and the personal commitment to each and every type of project, please visit our page of reviews.

The designs of Dutton Architects seek to sensibly and beautifully support the needs  of their clients, not upstage them.





In addition to writing for numerous international magazines and journals, John Dutton edits a blog, GRIDS-BLOG,  which focuses on the intersections of architecture and urbanism. Please visit the blog here.

Many of John’s ideas are further explored through his teaching at USC, where he has been on the history/theory and design faculty since 2009. Teaching for John is a way of staying fresh, engaging in important discussions, and helping the next generation of architects train to take on the tremendous challenges we face in our physical environment today.

Thank You

Your contact infomation has been sent

we will be in touch shortly