Dossier: Stefani Danes, FAIA

Stefani Danes, FAIA, LEED AP, is one of 101 AIA members nationally to be elevated to the College of Fellows in 2021.

By Posted on March 24, 2021

Name: Stefani Danes

Firm:  I teach at Carnegie Mellon and have my own consulting practice.

Family: husband, Doug Cooper, five children (all out in the world, healthy and reasonably happy), and 2 grandsons

Years in practice: 44

Education: A.B. in Architecture, Princeton; M.Arch., Yale

Your first job: Library assistant at Firestone Library, Princeton

Project you’re proudest of: East End Cooperative Ministry

Favorite tool (can be digital, drafting, physical,…): My rotary cutter

Favorite building:  Castelvecchio Museum by Carlo Scarpa

Favorite outdoor spaces:  Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence and Granville Island in Vancouver

Architect you’d like to have a drink with:  Denise Scott Brown

Best gift to give an architect:  Good pair of walking shoes

If you hadn’t become an architect, what would you have been? Quilting artist

If you could live anywhere in the world, where? It’s a toss-up between Findhorn Ecovillage in Scotland and Chautauqua

What’s on your iPod/Pandora/Spotify?  Yesterday, Paul Halley’s Angel on a Stone Wall

 Advice to young architects: Everyone has something to teach us.

Quote to practice by: “Buildings are the recipients of human energy. The energy that is put into buildings–the care, love, and concern–is held by those buildings and given back. If there is enough to energize them, then they in turn energize us.” (Charles Moore)

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3 Responses to Dossier: Stefani Danes, FAIA

  1. Please offer my congratulations to Stefani Danes for her FAIA fellowship. I admire her work. especially the East End Cooperative Ministry and wish I had had her as a teacher when I studied architecture.

    Betsy Bell Martin

  2. Wonderful news, congratulations to Stefani. She is an amazing professor, I was lucky to take her classes during my graduate studies. It was a privilege to have her in my PhD committee.

  3. Congratulations to Stefani, amazing professor. I was lucky to take her courses, and she was in my PhD committee.

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