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Elisabeth Knibbe, FAIA, LEED AP


Throughout Elisabeth Knibbe’s career, she has worked with private developers, community development groups, government agencies and other architects to transform buildings and urban environments. Her passion for historical structures may have begun when she was twelve, on a visit to Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem. “It made an indelible impression,” she recalls. “That a place could retain its character over vast spans of time truly gave me hope.”

Lis is an ardent believer in city centers as vital and interesting places to live, and her involvement on The Inn on Ferry Street project in Detroit epitomizes her conviction. “The project created a place that strengthens its neighborhood and Detroit’s cultural center, where people enjoy the elegance of the past and convenience of today, helping to transform the city’s image.”


Joined QEA in 2004


  • University of Michigan, Master of Architecture,1978;
  • University of Michigan, Master of Urban Planning, 1978

To revisit a project site, perhaps years later, and see people living, working and playing in and around these renewed communities … that’s the reward.