Sarah Hefner

Sarah Hefner


Sarah is motivated by the iterative process of architecture. She is a highly collaborative member of Duda|Paine’s studio culture with a passion for exploring elegant and informed design solutions through sketching, diagramming and model-making. She once imagined herself working with art installation and design in a museum setting. Inspired by the ability to craft meaningful experiences for individuals at a larger scale, she pursued a Master of Architecture degree from North Carolina State University, graduating with Summa Cum Laude.

As a graduate, she was awarded the 2019 Duda Travel Fellowship to study the works of several pioneer female architects in modernist Europe, traveling to Finland, France, Germany, Spain, and the Netherlands over 8 weeks. Sarah appreciates the firm’s attention to detail and care in every aspect of a project. She enjoys working with diverse building typologies and believes that invigorating the senses through design shapes more inclusive and enriching built environments for all.

Master of Architecture, North Carolina State University (Summa Cum Laude)
Graduate Certificate in Public Interest Design
2018 AIA Triangle Scholarship Merit Award
Bachelor of Art in Design Studies, NC State University (Summa Cum Laude),
Minor, Non-Profit Studies

Women in Architecture (WIA) Task Force
Society for Marketing Professional Services