Tonya Ohnstad has worked as a designer at several firms nationally and internationally. At Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Paris she worked on museum curation in Rio and was part of the winning competition entry for Doha's Corniche. She worked at Naarud Stokke Wig in Oslo, a multifaceted firm working in both large and small scales. Tonya was a junior architect at Gehry Partners and worked on the design of the LVMH museum in Paris.
In Boston, Tonya worked at Kennedy Violich Architects and at MATx where she was the design lead for 34th Street Ferry Landing in Manhattan. She also worked on the original design and distribution of Portable Light, a project that she and her Portable light team earned patents for. Tonya worked for Conway + Schulte in Minneapolis and for Ohnstad Architects in Sioux Falls.
Tonya graduated Suma Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota with a BA in architecture and has a Masters in Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design. She opened her own practice, OdA in Norway in 2010.