Katrin Terstegen

Assistant Professor at Cal Poly Pomona University


Katrin Terstegen, AIA, is a licensed architect in California and the founding Principal of KATRINTERSTEGEN in Los Angeles, as well as Assistant Professor in the Architecture Department at California Polytechnic State University, Pomona. With architecture degrees from Germany and the United Kingdom (Dipl. Ing. from the Technical University Berlin and Dipl. Arch from the University of Westminster in London), studies at the ETSAB in Barcelona, and work experience in Paris and Amsterdam, she brings a broad international perspective to Los Angeles, which informs her work as educator and practitioner. Katrin held teaching positions at the Technical University Berlin, the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and the University of California, Los Angeles. Before establishing her firm, she was a Senior Associate at Johnston Marklee for ten years, where she significantly contributed to the firm's portfolio as leader in design, research, and built practice. The portfolio of her own firm includes art-related projects that explore the tension between the ordinary and the unexpected. In her research, Katrin examines architectural typology and the language of materials and construction. Katrin is on the board of the non-profit organization Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design and served as their Vice-President in 2018 and as President in 2019.