Karen Duan is a designer who works at the intersection of architecture and interiors, blending physical and digital methods of making. She has practiced across the U.S. for offices in New York, Watertown, Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Seattle. Most recently, she was part of the Weiss/Manfredi team that won the La Brea Tar Pits Competition for a museum and research park in downtown Los Angeles.
Karen received her Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design as part of the Advanced Placement (AP) program, where she served as a studio teaching assistant. Previously, she earned her B.S. in Architecture with a minor in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, where she won an AIA Huron Valley Chapter Award, a Willeke Portfolio Award, the Wallenberg Studio Award, the Arthur Miller Writing Award, the Feinberg Family Prize, the Jeffrey L. Weisberg Memorial Prize, the Stanley S. Schwartz Prize in Writing, and three Hopwood Awards.
Karen currently lives in Ann Arbor, where she teaches undergraduate studio at the University of Michigan.