James Arentson
Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership


“My long-term career objective is to make a positive and enduring impact on as many lives as possible; to make the benefits of architectural design more accessible to all people and to develop an organizational framework that makes these goals possible.”

James is hosted by Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership (SWMHP), a community development corporation based in Slayton, Minnesota. SWMHP serves twenty-seven counties in southern and west-central Minnesota, with additional projects in northwest Iowa. James works to incorporate comprehensive design practices into SWMHP’s pre-development process, enabling this leader in green building to maximize impacts on resident health, community space and energy efficiency.

A graduate of Iowa State University and an Iowa native, James has extensive experience in rural midwestern contexts. He was awarded the Presidential Citation in 2013 for his leadership in the Minnesota Design Team, a volunteer professional organization which assists rural communities with design and planning for a vibrant future. James is a registered architect and a LEED AP.

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