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In 2007, Kara Hill opened her own firm to more closely explore ideas of architectural design. She is recognized as an expert on architecture both as a designer with numerous award-winning buildings and as a historian. Leading her firm, Hill specializes in finding an architectural expression wedding site, architectural program and the client's vision. Her interest in space and light began during her early studies of art, providing a phenomenal constant throughout all her projects.

Hill worked at the firm of Hammel, Green, and Abrahamson, Inc. from 1994 to 2007. As a lead project designer, she led design teams of architects and engineers from the initial marketing efforts through construction administration. Her projects include performing arts centers, museums, conservatories and corporate headquarters. Those projects earned numerous awards and publications.

In addition to her architectural practice, Hill has taught art and architecture at MIT, Harvard University and at the University of Minnesota. She is also a lecturer on art and architecture nationally and internationally. Much of her research and writing focuses on cross-cultural influences in the development of modern architecture and art.


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; History, Theory, Criticism of Architecture

M. Arch., University of Minnesota

B.A., Barnard College of Columbia University

Selected Personal Awards

Fulbright/Hayes Scholar in France.

Aga Khan Scholar, full fellowship for doctoral studies at MIT.

Visiting Scholar, American Academy in Rome.

Aga Khan Travel Grant in Egypt.