EiA Team

Every year, we are honored to have extremely talented CUArch graduate students or alumni join us as our  Instructors for the EiA program. Throughout the program, we are frequently greeted by CUArch faculty and other students completing coursework in the Crough Center for Architectural Studies. For final project reviews, we are honored to invite local architects and designers, current and previous CUArch faculty and distinguished alum.



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    Tonya Ohnstad
    Director, Experience in Architecture


    Tonya Onstad is a designer and educator based in Washington, D.C. Her primary focus is to understand the expanding role of the designer as a global citizen in an era of massive change.  As a professor, Tonya has been teaching studios and seminars at University of Maryland, Catholic University, Northeastern University and Harvard University. Tonya has a Masters in Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota with a BA in Architecture and French. She speaks English, French and Norwegian.
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    Rebecca Ambouroue Co - director, Experience in Architecture


    Rebecca Ambouroue currently works at Gensler in Washington DC. She holds a  Master of Architecture from the Catholic University of America, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Environmental Design from Morgan State University.

    After graduating from Morgan State, she moved to Houston, TX where she worked for a high end residential interior design firm, Jamie House Design. During her studies, she volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Hands on DC and interned with Talaat Architects.
    Mentorship is something she holds dear, and she has been involved in multiple initiatives over the years. She’s actively involved with DC Noma and has been involved with EiA, first as an instructor and then as a co-director, since the summer of 2020. 

    Rebecca loves painting, writing, singing and photography. She is also passionate about lighting and furniture design.
    French is her first language, she’s actively learning Portuguese and has her eyes on Korean next.