Architecture + Workshop

Established in 2006, Stonorov Workshop was founded on the belief that good design makes life better.  We use sustainable materials and methods in honest and simple expressions to create warm, kind, and tough modern works.

Our Beliefs

Fundamental to our process is the belief that making and designing are intrinsic to each other.  Knowledge of one strengthens and informs the expression of the other.  We build many of our own projects and incorporate this experience into all of our designs.  We enjoy the hard work and considered details we know good outcomes require.   

Our designs are developed with careful consideration of our client’s needs, a rigorous study of site and an open and involved creative process tempered by ecological sensibility.

We offer discounted rates for projects that promote community wellness and urban invigoration.  We offer the same to green businesses and non-profits.

Who we are

Stonorov Workshop Architects is a small firm with big ideals.   We get our hands dirty, use tools, and make what we’ve talked about.  We’re scrappy and refined.  We think a project’s inside is as important than the outside, that function is more important than looks, but we know that all of these things, and a whole lot more, matter and must be addressed.  Environmental considerations and a focus on local materials are implicit.  We start with what resonates and the rest follows.    

Tolya Stonorov, AIA

Founder and Partner

Tolya Stonorov is a licensed architect, an Associate Professor of Architecture at the School of Architecture + Art at Norwich University and an avid Maker. Tolya has recieved multiple awards including the Vermont Women in Higher Education Peggy Williams Award in 2016, a University Award for Mentoring and multiple AIA Vermont Awards for her Stonorov Workshop and student projects. Tolya was the primary editor for The Design Build Studio | Crafting Meaningful Work in Architecture Education, published in 2017 by Routledge, Taylor and Francis. She received a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley where she was awarded the Howard Freeman Purchase Prize, The Chester Miller Fellowship and multiple grants. Tolya has traveled extensively through Southeast Asia and Europe and brings these experiences to her work. Tolya worked as a clothing designer and painter prior to becoming an architect.

Otto Stonorov

Founder and Partner

As an undergraduate, Otto attended the University of Montana, Missoula. He was conferred the degree of Masters of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004.

His studies were interspersed with extensive travel throughout the United States, as well as through South East Asia and Europe.  Past architectural work requirements were met at design and construction firms in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In addition to the expected influences of travel, work, and education, his Architectural views owe heavily to the practical legacy of family and friends, who, as a matter of course, are involved in art, planning, preservation and building at all scales.

Blue Heelers

An important part of daily life.



2019       AIA Vermont Excellence in Design Award, Citation, Rabble-Rouser Chocolate & Craft Co.

2018       AIA Vermont Merit Award, Remote Lake Camp.

2018       Passive House National Awards, Honorable Mention, Habitat for Humanity Passive House.

2018       Efficiency Vermont Best of the Best Awards, Honor Award, Habitat for Humanity Passive House.

2017       AIA Vermont Design Award, Remote Lake Camp, People’s Choice Award.

2010       Berkeley Heritage Award, Professor’s House and Library, Noteworthy.

2003       Howard Friedman Purchase Prize, UC Berkeley.  Permanent UC Berkeley Wurster collection.

2002       The Chester Miller Fellowship, UC Berkeley.  Funded travel research. 


2019       AIA Vermont Excellence in Design Award, Citation, The NEST, Norwich University.

2015,17,19       Homer L. Dodge Award Nomination, Norwich University.

2018       Significant Scholarly Research Award, Norwich University.

2016 AIA Vermont Design Award, CASA 802, People’s Choice Award.

2016       Junior Faculty Mentoring Award, Norwich University.

2016       Vermont Women in Higher Education, Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award, Winner.

2016       Dana Research Fellowship, Norwich University.

2015       Dana Category One Grant, Norwich University.

2014       AIA Vermont Design Award, Archistream, Citation.

2014+2016 Time Release Award, Norwich University.

2014+2013 Vermont Women in Higher Education, Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award, Finalist/Nomination.


Professional Publications, Stonorov Workshop

Peer Review

2019     Dwell, 34 Modern Accessories for Perfect for your…Pet, Rockridge Studio, Online circulation page views + 3.3 million.

2017     Better Buildings by Design Conference, Team presentation, Habitat House design + construction, Submitted by others.

2015     The San Francisco Chronicle, 100-year-old Oakland Barn Becomes Contemporary Tiny Home, republish of Dwell article.

2012     Dwell, The Windows Have It, Rockridge Studio, Online circulation page views + 3.3 million.

2012     Dwell, The Dogs of Dwell, Rockridge Studio, Online circulation page views + 3.3 million.

2012     Alaska Home Magazine, Exterior Motives, Spring 2012, Circulation 108,723.

2011     Herman Miller Modern Architecture Blog, Stonorov Workshop Q + A with the editor Cerentha Harris.

2011 – 2006     Rockridge Kitchen Tour, Taft Street Kitchen; In-laws, Out-laws and Granny flats, Taunton Press, Rockridge Studio chapter; Remodelista, Apartment Therapy, Tiny House Blog, Ffffound, etc Work Cited on Numerous websites.

2009     Dwell, Built In Style, June Issue 2009, 350,000 Circulation and + 3.3 million monthly online page views.

2009     In-laws, outlaws and granny flats, Michael Litchfield, A Taunton Press Book, Chapter on The Rockridge Studio


2019     Times Argus, Top Prize Winners, visited 12.06.2019

2019, Vermont Excellence in Architecture Award recipients revealed, visited 12.11.2019

2017     Passive House Buildings | New England Forges Ahead, Low Carbon Productions, Habitat House Chapter.

2016     Times Argus, Passive House with Active Help, Article about the Habitat for Humanity house.

2016     Green Energy Times, Article on the Habitat for Humanity House.

2016, 10 of the World’s Best Tiny Homes; Article on Rockridge Studio.

2003     Homer News, Recent Bunnell Opening Showcases Young at Art, Bunnell Street Gallery Show, Group show.

Academic Publications, Peer Review

2019     Design Build Foundations, Chapter in Fieldwork Design Build, (forthcoming book), Emilie Taylor, Tulane University.

2019     Body as Context, Skin as Vessel, National Conference on the Beginning Design Student: University of Colorado, Denver.

2017     The Design Build Studio | Crafting Meaningful Work in Architecture Education, Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, Global publisher; Editor, Author of Introduction, Time Map history, (with Danny Sagan), Archistream chapter and Conclusion; Editor for all other contributing chapters.


The Design Build Studio is currently being taught at Tulane University, U. of Colorado, Design Build Bluff, Utah, U. of Melbourne, Au., Technical University of Berlin, Germany and Oxford Brooks University, London, England,  among others.

Review of The Design Build Studio, Architectural Record, Circulation 93,000 and 300,000 website visitors monthly, 2018.

Architecture Alumna Tolya Stonorov Set to Publish Book, UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design Website, 2017.

2016     Garment, Component, Edge, Cal Poly Proceedings, National Conference on the Beginning Design Student.

2014     Making: Between Digital and the Hand, IIT Chicago Proceedings, National Conference on the Beginning Design Student.

Academic Project Publications on Stonorov Led Student work in Architecture Studios

Peer Review

2018     Vermont Arts Council, Article on the NEST studio design build project with 10 students.

2017     University of California, Berkeley Website, Architecture Alumna Wins AIA Vermont, Emerging Professional Award

2015     Architect, National architectural journal, Article on the Archistream studio design build project with 10 students.

2014     ABX 2014 Conference, Boston, Proceedings, The Archistream studio design build project with 10 students.

2013     AIArchitecture, Article about the Archistream studio design build project with 10 students.