How to Architect Your Life

Alumna Jaclyn Thomforde earns Masters in Architecture from Cornell University

Jaclyn Thomforde | DCTC Architectural Technology Alumna

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.

Her professional career has brought her to the architectural firms, FXFOWLE Architects and Richard Perry Architect, in New York City, as well as Radical Craft in Los Angeles.

“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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