School of Architecture College of Design

Kristen Paulsen, Adjunct Instructor

Kristen Paulsen

Adjunct Instructor


Kristen Paulsen


Graduate Design Studio I

Undergraduate Design Studios 1 and 4


Kristen Paulsen teaches undergraduate and graduate studio at the University of Minnesota. Her primary interest is in work that occurs at architecture’s margins, where it collides with and learns from other disciplines. Paulsen’s educational background includes Master of International Affairs from Columbia University (her former life) and Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota. She has worked for Lazor Office and Conway + Schulte Architects, both in Minneapolis.


Master of Architecture, University of Minnesota 

Master of International Affairs, Columbia University   

Bachelor of Arts, Lawrence University  

Design Awards/Publications

Competitions magazine, New Symbols of Beach Culture, by Stanley Collyer (winter 2002)          

First-place, Miami Beach lifeguard tower, Miami Biennale competition (2002, with partner)

Best-of-show, AIA MN Dimensions juried show (2002, with partner)

Award, CALA all-student juried show (2001)

Academic Awards

Graduate Thesis Award

May Ohrbeck Painter Award

Excellence in Integration of Structures Award

Henry Adams Medal

David Madson Scholarship


School of Architecture
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89 Church Street
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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