Faculty portfolios

  • COMPASS Media Production & Marketing Inc.
    COMPASS Media Production & Marketing Inc.
  • Abraham Cabin & Sauna.
    Abraham Cabin & Sauna.
  • Wayzata Library.
    Wayzata Library.
  • Howe Hall Engineering Teaching & Research Complex, ISU.
    Howe Hall Engineering Teaching & Research Complex, ISU.
  • Academic Hall Dome within a Dome, Southeast Missouri State University.
    Academic Hall Dome within a Dome, Southeast Missouri State University.
  • Heartier Hall Performing Arts Center, John Burroughs School.
    Heartier Hall Performing Arts Center, John Burroughs School.

Dennis McGrath

Senior Lecturer

Campus Box 1079
Biography 

Dennis McGrath is principal/owner of Dennis McGrath Design, LLC., an architectural design, construction management, and consulting firm specializing in the creation and delivery of architecture for a variety of project types. He has more than 20 years of experience focusing on the design and delivery of architecture for a range of building assignments, and has a passion for creative problem solving with global aspirations. He focuses on expectations and partners with consultants sharing mutual values to create architecture as innovative as the people or institutions with whom he engages. His experience covers a range of work, including, civic, residential architecture, workplace, performing arts, education, libraries, and
branded environments for hospitality, restaurant, and retail design.

Prior to Dennis McGrath Design, LLC., McGrath helped create the education practice at Lawrence Group, where he led a team of professionals providing experience in project delivery tailored to the assignment and was responsible for creating architecture for evolving needs. He made spaces that kept pace with the evolution of demands on planning, pedagogy, project development, and design for serious clients. He provided leadership at the top level of Design Services for the Lawrence Group, overseeing client interactive planning and programming phases as well as leading design and brand integration for education, mixed-use, retail/commercial, and healthcare practices.

Recent work includes Haertter Hall for the performing arts at John Burroughs School, River Campus Residential Life & Performing Arts, a mixed-use expansion project, and an academic hall adaptive reuse of a central, iconic university building. Prior to that McGrath was with Target Corporation's Architecture, Store Planning & Design Group, where he focused on retail design strategies and prototype adaptations for complex, large-scale, mixed-use developments in urban markets around the country. He was also with Ellerbe Becket (now AECOM), where he gained valuable experience on corporate real-estate assignments for a range of national and international projects. His work has received AIA Honors and preservation awards from Minnesota and the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission. He has published illustrations for ABC of Architecture, an academic best-seller from University of Pennsylvania Press, and produced measured drawings for the Library of Congress, which received a Charles E. Peterson Prize.