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Karen Duan

Lecturer in Architecture

Karen Duan is a lecturer in architecture at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, where she teaches undergraduate studio. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, she practiced with Sasaki, the Lab for Material Architectures, and WEISS/MANFREDI, where she contributed to the winning proposal for the La Brea Tar Pits Competition — a museum and research park for downtown Los Angeles.

Duan holds a Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan, where she received the Wallenberg Studio Award, the AIA Huron Valley Chapter Award, and the Willeke Portfolio Award. As a designer and a writer, her written work has also been recognized with three Hopwood Awards, the Arthur Miller Writing Award, the Jeffrey L. Cowden Memorial Prize, the Feinberg Family Prize, and the Stanley S Schwartz Prize in Writing.

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