Alumna Jaclyn Thomforde earns Masters in Architecture from Cornell University
With a population under 800 and surrounded by some of the best farmland on Earth, rural Goodhue, Minn., might be an unlikely hometown for an accomplished big-city girl like Jaclyn Thomforde. A 2002 graduate of the Architectural Technology program, Thomforde, 28, works as an intern architect at RoehrSchmitt Architecture in Minneapolis.
After acquiring a solid technical base at DCTC, Thomforde earned her bachelor’s in technology management from Bemidji State University and also a Masters in Architecture from Cornell University, the latter program ranked sixth in the nation in 2009. As a grad student at Cornell, she took 1st honorable mention in Beach & Pool 2008/09 furniture and accessories International Design Competition.
“I chose Cornell because its grad program places a heavy emphasis on theory,” said Thomforde, who has worked on a number of award-winning projects, including Soms Atoll, a proposed new home for the World Sustainability Center along the North Sea coast of Holland, and Más Transit, a regional high-speed rail system for Los Angeles. “I like to work on projects that are forward-thinking and approach design solutions in nonconventional ways.”
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