Duane (Dewey) Thorbeck, FAIA, FAAR

Adjunct Professor of Architecture


After obtaining his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Minnesota and Masters of Architecture from Yale University, Thorbeck won a Rome Prize Fellowship to the American Academy in Rome. He is a registered architect and his award-winning firm, Thorbeck Architects is involved in both regional and national projects and published internationally.

An adjunct professor of architecture at the University of Minnesota, he taught architectural design for a number of years. Recognizing that rural areas in America were undergoing profound demographic, economic, cultural, and environmental changes, he founded in 1997 the Center for Rural Design and serves as its director. The Center is the first in the world to bring design as a problem-solving process to rural issues and challenges.

Thorbeck is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and received a 2009-2010 Buckman Fellowship for Leadership in Philanthropy. His book, Rural Design: A New Design Discipline, was published by Routledge in January 2012.


  • Public Buildings
  • Recreational Architecture
  • Interpretive Architecture
  • Agricultural Architecture
  • Urban/Rural Issues

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