Lee Tollefson

Lee Tollefson


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.


  • Liberal Arts, Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Bachelor of Architecture, University of Minnesota
  • Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania


  • Licensed Architect: Minnesota  /  Montana