Tolya Stonorov received a master's degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was awarded the Chester Miller traveling fellowship, the Howard Friedman Thesis prize, and multiple grants.
In 2006, after working with an award winning architecture firm in the Bay Area as a project designer/manager, she started Stonorov Workshop with Otto Stonorov.
Stonorov Workshop is a design and building collaborative founded on the belief that good design makes life better. With this as its goal Stonorov Workshop strives to use sustainable materials and methods in honest and simple expressions to create spaces whose existence outlasts their original use. 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. Stonorov Workshop builds many of their own designs and incorporates this experience into all of their work. Stonorov Workshop’s designs are developed with careful consideration of the client’s needs, a rigorous study of site and an open and involved creative process tempered by ecological sensibility..
Tolya Stonorov is an award-winning assistant professor of architecture at Norwich University and a registered architect and co-founder of Stonorov Workshop. She received a MArch from the University of California, Berkeley, where she received awards, grants, and fellowships. Stonorov has practiced design-build since 2006, and her book, The Design-Build Studio | Crafting Meaningful Work in Architecture Education, was published in 2017. In her professional and academic work, she strives to use materials and methods in honest and simple expressions to create spaces whose existence outlasts their original use. Fundamental to Stonorov’s work and teaching is the belief that making and designing are intrinsic to each other. Stonorov teaches second year and advanced level studios and a course on professional practice and construction documents. Her studio focuses on community-oriented work with an emphasis on affordability, materiality, and holistic sustainability. Her professional and student work has been published in national magazines and has received an award for excellence from the American Institute of Architects, Vermont Chapter.