John MIlnes Baker, AIA Residential Architect

test! John Milnes Baker is an award-winning architect who specializes in Residential Design – New Homes, Alterations and Additions, and Historic Preservation. He was a 2018 recipient of Marquis Who’s Who Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award as a “leader in the field of architecture.” The Connecticut Chapter of the AIA and the Fairfield Museum and History Center co-sponsored PART I of Mr. Baker’s two-part program on The History of the American House on April 2, 2019. It was accredited by the AIA in Washington for CEUs (Continuing Education Units).

Mr. Baker is the author of American House Styles: a Concise Guide originally published by W.W. Norton & Co. in 1994. A new expanded edition was published in July 2018.  He is also the author of How to Build a House with an Architect, published in 1988 by Harper & Row. As an adjunct professor, he taught courses on the History of the American House at The New School in New York City. 

His work has appeared in numerous architectural journals and three of his designs were among Better Homes & Gardens’ HOME PLAN IDEAS’ “Top Ten All-Time Favorites.” One of these houses, “an elegantly simple contemporary salt-box,” was featured as “their Readers’ All-Time Favorite.”

A fine-arts graduate of Middlebury College, Mr. Baker earned a masters degree in architecture from Columbia University. A member of the American Institute of Architects, he is registered with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards in Washington DC and is licensed in several states. Mr. Baker is also a member of the Society of Architectural Historians and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He served for over twenty years as an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association. A long-time member of the Katonah Historic District Advisory Commission when he lived in Bedford NY he also served on the Bedford Historic Building Preservation Commission. After moving to South Kent CT in 2005, he was asked to stay on the preservation commission as a paid consultant. A former member of Kent Affordable Housing, Mr. Baker also served on the Kent Architectural Review Board for several years from its inception. 

Mr. Baker is married and has four grown children. He sails, hikes, skis and “in his other life” sings ballads and folksongs. 

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





76 Spooner Hill
South Kent, Connecticut 06785

Phone: 860.927.4262

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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.