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Jared McKnight and family

Architecture alumnus Jared Edgar McKnight remembers tagging along with his grandmother, real estate agent Virginia Erb, to staging sessions or showings during summers spent in Hollidaysburg as a child. She would encourage his interest in drawing the houses, but she also had him take note of how she would try to sell the house to people based on how they would make use of the spaces within it.

Many years later, that still resonates with the Penn State and Schreyer Honors College alumnus, who is now an associate and designer at WRT in Philadelphia.

“I’ve always been a huge fan of the projects that take an underused space and make it something new, refresh it, revitalize it,” McKnight said.

Full story, by Jeff Rice

Image: Jared Edgar McKnight, second from right, poses with, from left, his grandmother, Virginia Erb; sister, Kristen McKnight; father, Kevin McKnight; and mother, Sherry McKnight, at a Schreyer Honors College awards ceremony in September 2016. Photo by Steve Tressler.