Tolya Stonorov is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Norwich University and a principal at Stonorov Workshop, a design and building collaborative est. 2006.  Her work uses sustainable materials and methods in honest and simple expressions and operates under the core tenet that good design can incite and contribute to social betterment.   Fundamental to the work is the belief that making and designing are intrinsic to each other: knowledge of one strengthens and informs the expression of the other.  To this end, Stonorov teaches Design + Build studios and builds many of her firm’s projects.    

Stonorov has received multiple awards including the Vermont Women in Higher Education, Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award, AIA Vermont Design Award, Archistream, AIA Vermont Design Award, CASA 802, People’s Choice Award and the Junior Faculty Mentoring Award, among others.

Stonorov’s professional and academic work has been published nationally and locally in Dwell Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, In-laws, Out-laws and Granny flats, the Herman Miller Modern Architecture Design Blog, AIA New England Committee on the Environment ’17 Summit, Structures for Inclusion ’17 Conference, The IIT and Cal Poly National Conference on Beginning Design Proceedings, among others.  

Stonorov received a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was awarded the Chester Miller traveling fellowship, the Howard Friedman Thesis prize and multiple grants.
Education
Master of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Design Build
Materiality
Social Justice in the Built Environment
Sustainability
Resilience