Patricia J. Knobloch is a native of Utica, New York. She studied architecture at Washington University in St. Louis and at the School of Architecture & Allied Arts in Eugene, Oregon where she undertook parallel studies in theater and landscape architecture. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Architecture from Washington University and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon.
She has worked for several internationally acclaimed architectural firms including Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago, Murphy/Jahn, Chicago, and Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, New York. She taught drawing at the University of Oregon, has lectured and written about urban phenomenon, and began her own architectural practice in New York City.
She won First Place in the worldwide Shinkenchiku Design Competition: A Style for the Year 2001, and was the first Distinguished Alumnus Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture at Washington University where she conducted a graduate studio in skyscraper design. Her work has received numerous awards and has been published internationally in books and journals on art and architecture.
NY Times architecture critic Herbert Muschamp wrote about Knobloch’s work: “Her work is a rigorous, original investigation of a theme which is often treated frivolously: the embodiment of cultural memory in architectural form. Her projects achieve for our time and place what the British architect and theorist William Lethaby achieved in the late nineteenth century: a recognition of the relationship of form and meaning in works designed for public use.”
Her professional experience also includes over fifteen years of public service. At New York City’s newly formed Department of Design and Construction she played a critical role in developing the agency’s initial policies and procedures, served on the Mayor’s task force for baseball stadium design, and directed two prestigious international design competitions as well as numerous building projects. As executive architect at the New York City Department of Buildings she was involved in the design and development of the country’s first urban interim housing model.
She currently lives in Upstate New York where she maintains an architectural studio focused on practice and investigation.