Katie Kangas

Katie Kangas

Minneapolis, MN, US



Architecture, design, masonry, history, writing, travel, photography, and drawing are all passions that I am able to pursue in my work at a historic architecture firm in Minneapolis, MN. I am going through the ARE exams and appreciate advice from anyone who is going through or has finished the process of certification.


MacDonald & Mack Architects Ltd., Minneapolis, Intern

Restoration/Preservation, Sustainability, Adaptive Reuse, Documentation/Investigation, Consulting, and New Construction. At this firm, I have worked on conditions assessment reports, schematic design for reusing historic buildings, redrafting and rendering historic building plans and elevations, along with other fun projects.

Jan 2012 - current

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, US, Adjunct Professor

ARCH 2301: Teaching the fundamentals of architectural drawing through drafting, value drawing, perceptual contour and constructed perspective.

Sep 2013 - Dec 2013

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, US, Teaching Assistant

ARCH 2301: assisting in the architectural drawing class. Teaching value drawing, drafting, perceptual contour, and constructed perspective. (Summer 2011, Fall 2011, Fall 2012)

ARCH 2281: Design Fundamentals II. Leading a studio of early track Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Design in Architecture students. The students learn the design process through a series of three project sections, the final project being a collaborative design effort. Teaching skills in model making, photography, rendering, Sketch-Up, Illustrator, and Photoshop. (Spring 2012, Spring 2013)

Jun 2011 - May 2013

Image Up, Rapid City, SD, US, Photo Restorationist

Digitally restoring and enhancing photos with Photoshop. Some of the typical issues were coloration, scratches, dust, fading, and altering history (that was a fun one).

Jun 2008 - Aug 2009


University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, US, Masters, MS Heritage Conservation & Preservation

Through this M.S. in Architecture I learned about preserving historic buildings, landscapes, and districts. Preservation involves an understanding of materials, building techniques, cultural values, as well as government and state policies. The method of preservation varies from documentation to diagnosis to designing treatment interventions. I enjoyed these studies and completed a Plan B Thesis Paper on the topic of residential floor plans as designed by a Minnesotan architect in relation to the pattern book houses presented in Ladies Home Journal. I analyzed the trends in design focus and openness within the home from 1925-1958.

Sep 2013 - Jun 2014

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, US, MArch, Architecture

I was a 3+ graduate student at the College of Design and studied architecture. This school focuses on theory of design and where the profession of Architecture is headed in the future. Some of the best opportunities were working with Habitat for Humanity and building the design my class developed, traveling to Istanbul, Turkey and drawing their city, and building a 1/4 scale model of Guastavino's elliptical vaults.

Jun 2010 - May 2013

Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN, US, Bachelors, Studio Art and Art History

In studio art, I focused on drawing, wheel thrown ceramics and watercolor. In art history, I primarily studied Greek cultural history in addition to the standard art history curriculum. I traveled to China with the Symphony Orchestra in 2008. And in 2010 I spent a J-term in Egypt learning about the transitions in their cultural history and seeing many of the historic sites.

Sep 2006 - May 2010

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