Stefee Knudsen

Stefee Knudsen
Stefee is (almost) an Oregon native. While born in the midst of Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, Stefee’s family moved to southern Oregon before her second birthday and to Portland soon after. She confirmed her love of the Pacific Northwest after leaving to attend architecture school in upstate New York at Cornell University. Stefee has a wide variety of interests and experiences, but all converge on a passion for sustainable design, public architecture, and love of education. Outside of the office, she is very active in the Portland AIA chapter and was 2014 AIA Portland Board President. She stays active by bicycling to work, chasing her young son, running with her dog, and getting outside as often as possible.

Posts by Stefee Knudsen

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Equity by Design and The Missing 32%

by Stefee Knudsen

I have spent most of my career avoiding the topic of “Women in Architecture.” After all, is there any workplace issue that is only an issue for women? Men have families. Men need mentoring. Men struggle with their goals and career path. AND, if I talk about being a woman, am I looking for special treatment? Or will I be perceived as a complainer? Worse yet, will I be labeled based on my gender rather than my actions? Surely, if I just work hard and am effective, I will be treated equitably and fairly. Right?

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National Issues for an Evolving Architecture Profession

by Stefee Knudsen

Through my involvement as President-Elect of the Portland chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), I had the opportunity to attend the annual Grassroots Leadership Conference in March, and attended several presentations on the changing climate for the architecture profession.

The AIA was founded in 1857 – a very different time than the fast, complex, technology-driven and interconnected world of today. Who could have imagined how drastically the world would change in the next 150 years? The AIA’s original mission has remained the same:  to “promote the scientific and practical perfection of its members” and “elevate the standing of the profession.” However, the changing needs of the profession, our practice, and our challenges necessitate some profound changes to our professional association, if it is to remain relevant and valuable to its members.

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Navigating the Middle

by Stefee Knudsen

Millennials and Boomers: It’s no big news that there are vast social and professional differences between these two generations (or any, for that matter), but my experience working in an architecture office as part of the generation in-between has given rise to some thought-provoking observations.

As a Gen-Xer, I find myself thinking about my generation’s place between these two, and finding that we have some interesting opportunities and challenges. We entered the profession looking up to the ideals of the Boomers, adopting their expectations for what the profession is, and how to succeed in it. Yet, as the Millennials enter the profession with entirely different expectations, I see that as Gen-Xers we often have adopted both – straddling the gap and bridging the differences. We are of neither generation, and yet of both.

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