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Katie MacDonald

Collegiate Assistant Professor

B.Arch., Cornell Univ.
M.Arch., Harvard Graduate School of Design


Katie MacDonald is Collegiate Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech. Katie holds a Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University. She is cofounder of After Architecture, a design practice exploring culture and context through design and placemaking. After Architecture’s work fuses new approaches to material, program, and site with local building traditions and has been recognized as an emerging practice, earning the title of Curbed Young Guns and an AIA Los Angeles Next LA Honor Award.

Katie's current research focuses on material traditions and modernism in the Alps, for which she received the Robert James Eidlitz Fellowship to study the work of Edoardo Gellner and the Paul M. Heffernan International Travel Grant to implement a project in the Slovenian Alps. The resulting Alpine Shelter Skuta was awarded the AIA New England Design Honor Award in Special Projects, the Core 77 Design Award in Built Environment, two Architizer A+ Awards in Architecture and Collaboration, and a nomination for the Mies Van der Rohe EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture.

Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Katie taught studios and digital technology courses at Temple University, Philadelphia University, and Boston Architectural College. She gained professional experience in the offices of OFIS Arhitekti, Morphosis Architects, and Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects.