Paula Anne Allen

Paula Anne Allen

Brooklyn, NY, US

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I have been practicing in New York since 2015 working primarily on residential and commercial projects. I have extensive experience in wood and metal fabrication and my work has been published in the NY Times, French GQ, Popular Mechanics, and Retro & Vintage Design.

I have more than 15 years of experience teaching architecture students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition to teaching undergraduate design studios at Parsons, I have taught furniture design studios, courses on materials & processes, and graduate history & theory seminars at the University of Washington.

I received an MArch and PhD in Built Environment from the University of Washington and attended the Architectural Association in London as part of the Visiting Students Programme. My research and academic publications are focused on making, Phenomenology, and the sacred architecture of Swedish architect Sigurd Lewerentz.


Parsons School of Constructed Environments, New York, Part-time Faculty

I have taught Design Studio 2 in Parsons Architecture BFA program, which is heavily focused on site, socio-cultural and historical context, and analog representation.

Jan 2019 - current

Formactiv, Broklyn, Designer

My work at Formactiv has been focused primarily on single and multi-family residential and mid-scale commercial. Projects include two ground up multi-family residential developments in Brooklyn, multiple apartment and single family home renovations, tenant restaurant spaces in the Marketline at Essex Crossing, and the new event space for Make it Nice at the International Center for Photography.

Nov 2015 - Feb 2022

BKNY Design Workshop, Brooklyn, NY, US, Owner, Principal Designer & Fabricator

BKNYdesign focused on handcrafted furniture, objects and environments dedicated to longevity and cultural relevance through careful attention to materials, processes, and meaningful use. Operating as a design studio and workshop, BKNYdesign developed and prototyped products and designed and fabricated custom furniture. Additionally, the studio provided graphic design and visual communication services on a contract basis to Egon Zehnder International.

Aug 2010 - Jun 2013

Brooklyn Design & Fabrication, Brooklyn, NY, US, Fabricator/Project Manager

Responsibilities included design and fabrication of retail and residential interiors, exhibitions and furniture as well as preparing shop drawings, bids, invoices, and client communications. Notable projects include Sony Style Christmas Window Display, Purl Soho, an art installation at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Brooklyn, and work in a private residence at 40 Mercer.

Oct 2009 - Apr 2011

University of Washington, Seattle, WA, US, Lecturer

While completing my PhD, I developed and taught graduate architectural history seminars, taught lecture courses on materials & processes, and taught furniture design studios. Additionally, I served on faculty search committees and as a juror for design studios, guest led workshops, and thesis presentations.

Sep 2004 - Jun 2009


Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA), London, GB, Visiting Students Programme

Aug 2000 - current

University of Washington, Seattle, PhD, Built Envrionment

My research was largely concerned with Phenomenology, specifically focused on the writings of Maurice Merleau-Ponty in relation to the role of imagination in meaningful experience. My dissertation looked at the sacred architecture, namely churches, chapels, and cemeteries of Sigurd Lewerentz through the lens of Merleau-Ponty's The Visible and the Invisible.

Mar 2003 - Jun 2009

University of Washington, Seattle, MArch, Architecture

Sep 1999 - Jun 2003


American Scandinavian Fellowship, Grant

ASF’s award program for study and research abroad has been the Foundation’s most long-standing commitment to educational exchange. During the past 100 years, over 4,000 fellowships and grants have been given to Americans in the Nordic region (Denmark, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sámpi, and Sweden) and Scandinavians in the US engaged in study, research, or creative arts projects.


Valle Scholar, Scholarship

The Valle Scholarship & Scandinavian Exchange Program supports the exchange of graduate students between the University of Washington and institutions and organizations in Nordic countries. This exchange enriches students' educational experience through international perspective and experience in the fields of civil and environmental engineering, architecture, landscape design, urban planning, and construction management. The program is unique in that students are fully funded and receive a monthly stipend, tuition and travel to and from their destination.


FLAS Fellowship for French & FLAS Fellowship for Finnish, Grant

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies. Eligible students apply for fellowships directly to an institution that has received an allocation of fellowships from the U.S. Department of Education.


Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship, Scholarship


Master's Thesis Citation, Award


Selikson-Onouye Memorial Scholarship, Scholarship


Alpha Rho Chi, Award

Since 1931, the Bronze Alpha Rho Chi Medal has recognized graduating architecture students for their leadership and service and what they offer the future of the profession. Judged by the faculty of each school, the medal honors the graduating student who has shown an ability for leadership, performed willing service for his or her school or department, and gives promise of real professional merit through their attitude and personality.

Each accredited school of architecture in the United States and Canada may award the Bronze Medal to one (1) graduating student each year.


Chinn Memorial Scholarship, Scholarship


Herman Pundt Memorial Scholarship, Scholarship


AIA/AAF Scholarship, Scholarship


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