Karel Klein is an architect and director of Ruy Klein, a widely published and award-winning design firm in Los Angeles and New York. Investigating craft, precision, and the evolution of design expertise in the digital age, Karel’s work foregrounds the persistence of the designer in contemporary culture. Karel’s work is part of the permanent collection of the FRAC Centre in Orléans, France. Karel is the recipient of the 2011 Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League of New York, and she has been a finalist for the Young Architects’ Program of PS1/MOMA in New York. In addition to degrees in architecture, she also received a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Karel has previously held appointments at Pratt Institute, Columbia University, and the University of Pennsylvania. Karel is a registered architect in the state of New York.



M.Arch, Columbia University
B.S. in Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


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2011 Emerging Voices Award, The Architectural League of New York
2009 Architecture Yearbook, Surface Magazine
2007 Finalist, PS1/MOMA Young Architects’ Program
2006 Finalist, Iakov Chernikov Prize
1996 SOM Traveling Fellowship