About John Milnes Baker, AIA

John MIlnes Baker, AIA Residential ArchitectHe is the author of How to Build a House with an Architect (Harper & Row, 1988) and American House Styles: A Concise Guide first published in 1994 (W.W. Norton) but republished in an expanded edition in 2018.

When Better Homes and Gardens magazine Home Plan Ideas featured their “Ten Most Popular Houses of All-Time” three of them were Baker’s designs including “Our Readers’ Flexible All-Time Favorite” which they described as “one of the most universally accepted houses they ever featured.”

As an adjunct professor, Mr. Baker taught courses on The History of the American House at The New School in New York City. He has served on various boards including the Bedford Historic Building Preservation Commission and the Katonah Historic District Advisory Commission when he lived in Katonah/Bedford, New York. After moving to Kent, Connecticut, Mr. Baker served as a member Kent Affordable Housing and the Kent Architectural Review Board.

He continues to lecture on the History of the American House and continues to consult with residential clients as an emeritus member of the AIA.

" 'Brains first and then Hard Work…that’s the way to build a house,' said Eeyore."
-- A.A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner


Mr. Baker was selected by Marquis Who's Who for the cover of the ninth edition of its Millennium Magazine. The interview was conducted several months ago and he is no longer licensed in the states listed in the article.  However he continues to help residential clients as an architectural consultant. 

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John Milnes Baker's residential projects number well over five-hundred. These cover the gamut from kitchen remodeling and small additions to houses in excess of 7,000 square feet.

No matter the size of the project, the key ingredient is communication or, as John states, "The word, 'harmony,' comes from a Greek carpenter’s term meaning joinery or things meshing neatly together. Not only should there be a harmonious integration of all the component parts of the house but also a harmonious relationship among the owners, architect, and the builder as well."


  • You could not have created a more appropriate, handsome house for clients than Tower Ledge for us. ...It was a joy from beginning to end and we are filled with admiration for your ability and for your specific quality of understanding people.
  • You have worked a miracle! The new space is added without disruption to the existing space, the charm of the old is enhanced, and the new space will appear as though it was always there.
  • We want you to know how happy we are with our house and with your critical contribution to it. Your creative approach combined with a sense of reality and attention to details, and an insight into how to translate what we wanted into specifics, resulted in a place where we feel really at home.
  • How lucky that we met, and I was smart enough to let you design the house and smart enough to listen to you and learn because you were always right.
  • This is our third project together...it's not often that you hear of an architect capable of batting three for three with three homeruns!
  • The Christmas Library is superb. You planned every aspect of it with the greatest care, attention to every detail, and enthusiasm.