Joseph Metzler



Joe Metzler grew up in a family of custom home builders, learning carpentry and related skills on the job site. While his work as an architect is grounded in the practical knowledge learned working first-hand on construction sites, he has also received recognition for his design skills including numerous design awards. His projects have appeared in publications as diverse as Better Homes and Gardens and Architectural Record.After receiving his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota in 1980, Mr. Metzler spent a number of years working primarily on civic and commercial projects. In 1990 he joined what was then Mulfinger & Susanka Architects and became a Principal in 1995. In addition to his residential work at SALA, Joe has continued to work on nonresidential projects such as the Princeton Area Library.

Joe has diverse interests in Modernism, Community-Enhancing Design and New Urbanism, the Arts and Crafts Movement, and historic preservation. His involvement in the area of historic preservation includes six years as a member of the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission and memberships in various organizations including the Minnesota Governor’s Residence Council. Work on his own Queen Anne home, built in 1889, keeps him busy in his free time.

Joe is a registered architect in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota, is certified as an interior designer in Minnesota, and is a LEED AP and NCARB-certified.