Nicholas Knodt Featured for Blending Humanities with Architecture

Lorynn Holloway
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Nicholas Knodt, AIA, LEED Green Associate, was profiled by his alma mater, the College of Wooster.
A portrait photo of Nicholas Knodt.

Nicholas Knodt, AIA, LEED Green Associate, is highlighted in a recent profile by the College of Wooster. An alumnus of the College of Wooster’s class of 2010, Knodt stands out in the field of architecture for his unique approach, one that blends his background in the humanities with architectural design. Currently an associate at Quinn Evans, Knodt's journey into architecture began with his decision to pursue a liberal arts education, rather than a direct architecture degree.

Knodt initially explored mathematics and physics as gateways to architecture at Wooster but soon found his true calling in urban studies and studio art. His first-year seminar with Professor Heather Fitz Gibbon sparked a deep interest in urban sociology and development, leading him to minor in urban studies. His major in studio art allowed him to delve into deep conversations about theory, aesthetics, form, and space with professors like Marina Mangubi, Walter Zurko, Bridget Murphy Milligan, and John Siewert. This multidisciplinary approach equipped him with a broad perspective, essential for his future in architecture.

After Wooster, Knodt's journey took him to the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture. Here, he applied the broad-based inquiry methods he learned at Wooster, focusing on problem-solving without preconceived solutions. His master’s thesis further explored suburban development, a topic he had delved into during his Independent Study at Wooster.

Knodt's professional trajectory has been diverse, including stints in Boston focusing on cultural, higher education, and healthcare design. His move to Washington, D.C. to join Quinn Evans marked a significant milestone, involving him in the renovation and addition to a historic building in the city. His role evolved from designing contemporary additions that complement historic structures to handling construction administration, requiring a different skill set focused on collaboration and problem-solving.

Knodt holds a Bachelor of Arts (2010) in Studio Arts and Urban Studies from the College of Wooster and a Master of Architecture (2014) from the University of Virginia. Read the full article here.

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