John McMinn graduated from McGill University in 1983 and the Architectural Association (AA), London in 1990. He spent the early part of his career working in London and Paris with Peter Rice and Ove Arup International. He has taught at several schools of architecture, including the AA in London, the University of Toronto and since 1999, the University of Waterloo where he is Associate Professor. In 1992 John was awarded the Canada Council Prix de Rome in Architecture. In addition to teaching he maintains an active building design practice and contributes to numerous architectural journals. John has been involved in a variety publications and curatorial projects, such as co-curator of Exploring Materials: The Work of Peter Rice, the RIBA Gold Medal exhibition and catalogue (1992), editorial and design consultant for An Engineer Imagines by Peter Rice (1994) and co-author of the book and exhibition Yolles: A Canadian Engineering Legacy (2002).