Paul Karlson, an instructor in the Architectural Technology program, also designs homes as a Minneapolis architectural designer. Karlson teaches a full range of architecture tools, from simple sketching to advanced 3D walkthroughs in CAD programs including Revit, AutoCAD and SketchUp. A portfolio of his work and an exhibit featuring the work of his students can be found at Karlson Architecture.

Starting out as a custom furniture maker's assistant, Karlson went on to earn a Masters in Architecture and a Masters in Community and Regional Planning, including a year's graduate studies in London at the internationally acclaimed Architectural Association.

Working since 1993, he's drafted institutional projects in Madagascar and India, retail projects around the U.S., and residential projects around Minneapolis, St. Paul and Wisconsin.

Karlson speaks Polish because he lived in Poland, working for the Peace Corps and winning European Union funds for sustainable development plans for 13 port cities as well as Poland's first environmental education park.

Karlson taught at MCTC and extensively at Brown College, earning excellent student evaluations. Here at DCTC, he continues promoting responsive and relevant design. He also teaches professional architects and interior designers through DCTC's Continuing Education and Customized Training. For fun, Paul Karlson leads MetroCastle architecture tours in the Twin Cities.