In Paul’s twenty-four years of practice, he has served as Project Architect on many large, complex projects for both renovation and new construction. Paul has worked with VJAA for sixteen years and has also practiced with firms in New York, Philadelphia, and Osaka, Japan. He has served as Project Architect on five National AIA Honor Award winning projects; these include the Charles W. Hostler Center at the American University of Beirut, the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life, the Dayton House, and the Type/Variant House. Paul was also Project Architect for the St. John’s Abbey and University Guesthouse, and the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Addition and Remodeling at the University of Minnesota. He received his Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and his Bachelor of Architecture from North Dakota State University. Paul was the recipient of a 2001 AIA Minnesota Young Architect Award.
Karen received her Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University. She has thirteen years of experience and has been with VJAA since 2001. Prior to joining VJAA, she worked with Selldorf Architects in New York. Karen’s project experience at VJAA includes the St. John’s University Abbey and University Guesthouse, Chicago Apartment, the Charles W. Hostler Student Center, the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life, and the Longitudinal House(s). Karen also contributes to the strategic, personnel, and fiscal management and administration of the office. In addition to her architectural education at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Design of the Environment, Karen holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School. Karen was selected to participate in the inaugural AIA Minnesota 2010 Leadership Forum. She currently serves on the AIA Minnesota Leadership Forum Advisory Committee.
Eric received his Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota and his Bachelor of Science with a double major in Economics and Math from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Eric has thirteen years of experience and has been with VJAA since 2007. He also manages project staffing for the office. Prior to joining VJAA, Eric practiced with several firms in Minneapolis and New York directing projects in the areas of retail, multifamily housing, and healthcare. Eric’s project experience at VJAA includes managing a large mixed-use development project designed to meet LEED platinum requirements, the Walker Library in Minneapolis, and a Habitat for Humanity project in Detroit. Eric is a design mentor at the University of Minnesota. He currently serves as co-chair of the AIA Minnesota Governance Committee.