Lee Tollefson

Lee Tollefson

FAIA, NCARB

Architect, St. Paul

 

MY STORY
My introduction to architecture was through a mechanical drafting class in high school which led me to visit Taliesin West in Arizona.  These two experiences started me on a course that nurtured my experience and knowledge in architectural design and practice.  Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to teach as an adjunct associate professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota.  After starting my own practice, that lasted over a decade, I joined the practice with my current partners in St. Paul.  While I have experience in diverse types of projects, I have developed extensive experience nationally in the design of sacred spaces.  This includes churches and monasteries.  In addition, I have extensive experience regionally in higher education with many types of projects including science facilities and student housing design.  I can manage projects, lead the design effort and manage the project in the field through construction.  Communication, collaboration, and listening are important aspects of my project approach.
EDUCATION
Liberal Arts, Gustavus Adolphus College
Bachelor of Architecture, University of Minnesota
Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania