Jared Edgar McKnight is an Architectural Designer at WRT in Philadelphia.  Jared’s positive, confident and ambitious attitude coupled with his impeccable design and management skills have added immense value to his work at WRT.  He brings a strong passion for interdisciplinary collaboration to his work at WRT, and though he has only been at WRT for two years, his diverse project experience encompasses a wide range of project use types in various phases of construction.  His work spans multiple disciplines within the firm, including his work on WRT’s first ever fully integrated Architecture/Landscape Architecture project, the Hoover-Mason Trestle. 

Jared received his Master of Architecture Degree, with honors from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design [PennDesign]. While at PennDesign, Jared designed and edited the 2011-2012 PP@PD Publication, which featured design work from the 2011-2012 Post Professional Degree Candidates at PennDesign.

Jared received his Bachelor of Architecture degree with Distinction and Honors, graduating at the top of his class from the Pennsylvania State University. In addition to being a Schreyer Honors College Scholar at Penn State, Jared pursued a double major in Architecture and International Studies, as well as double minors in Architectural History and French & Francophone Studies. A leader inside and outside the classroom, Jared was extremely involved in the Penn State community as a member of the Lion Ambassadors [Penn State's Student Alumni Corps] and the Schreyer Honors College Student Council, for which he has held numerous executive board positions. He is a lifetime member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and was active in the American Institute of Architecture Students [AIAS] from 2006-2011, when he held one of four student positions on the AIAS National Board of Directors.  

Jared has received numerous academic honors and distinctions, most notably the 2010 Golumbic Award in Design, the 2010 Arts and Architecture Alumni Society Scholarship, the 2011 College of Arts and Architecture Creative Achievement Award, the 2011 Alpha Rho Chi Medal, the 2011 5th Year Design Merit Award, and the 2011 AIA Henry Adams Medal [a medal awarded to recognize the top-ranking graduating Architecture student]. He has also received a number of professional honors and awards, including the 2015 AIA Pennsylvania Associate Award, the 2016 AIA National Associate Award, and the 2016 Penn State Schreyer Honors College Outstanding Scholar Alumni award.

Jared is very active with the AIA Philadelphia Associate Committee and Philadelphia Center for Architecture, chairing their largest philanthropic event, CANstruction Philadelphia. CANstruction is an international design competition that invites local designers and engineers to design sculptures out of canned goods for a weeklong exhibition. In the last 5 years, CANstruction Philadelphia has raised over 250,000 lbs. of food and over $50,000 for those in need through Philabundance, the largest Hunger Relief organization in the Delaware Valley. For his efforts and commitments, Jared was recently named the recipient of the 2013 AIA Philadelphia Volunteer of the Year Award.





University of Pennsylvania, PennnDesign

Philadelphia, PA: Summer 2011 - Spring 2012, Cumulative GPA: 3.85/4.00

Master of Architecture, Post-Professional Degree, 

Pennsylvania State University, Schreyer Honors College

University Park, PA: Fall 2006 - Spring 2011, Cumulative GPA: 3.80/4.00, Dean's List: Fall 2006 - Spring 2011

Bachelor of Architecture with Honors, Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, Architectural History (Minor), French + Francophone Studies (Minor)

The Pantheon Institute

Rome, Italy: Spring 2010, Study Abroad Program, Cumulative GPA: 3.85/4.00

Weston High School

Weston, CT: September 2004 - June 2006, Cumulative GPA: 4.20/4.60

International School of Lausanne

Pully, Vaud, Switzerland: September 2000 - June 2004, Cumulative GPA: 7/7


WRT, Associate + Designer

1700 Market Street, Suite 2800, Philadelphia, PA 19103 - wrtdesign.com

July 2012 – Present

The University of Pennsylvania, PennDesign Graduate Assistant

Meyerson Hall, 210 S. 34th St, Philadelphia, PA, 19104

Fall 2011 – Spring 2012

H. Campbell and Eleanor Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Summer Counselor

Pennsylvania State University, Stuckeman Family Building, University Park, PA 16802

Summer 2010

The Design Alliance Architects, Summer Intern

Pittsburgh, PA: Summer 2009

Geoffrey Mouen Architects, Summer Intern

Celebration, FL: Summer 2007 + Summer 2008


Vice President, Lion Ambassador Alumni Board of Directors, Penn State, 2017-2019
Infrastructure Director, Friends of Louis I. Kahn Park Board of Directors, 2014-present
Event Chair, CANstruction Philadelphia, 2012-present
Exhibitions Committee Member, Philadelphia Center / Architecture + Design, 2016-present
Design Committee Member, AIA Philadelphia, 2012-present
Alumni Mentor, Architecture + Schreyer Honors College Students, Penn State, 2012-present
Co-Chair, Philadelphia Emerging Architects [PEA]* Committee, AIA Philadelphia, 2016-2017
Associate Director, AIA Philadelphia Board of Directors, 2015-2017
Task Force, Philadelphia Center / Architecture + Design, Strategic Facilities Master Plan, 2016
Planning Committee, AIA Philadelphia National Convention, 2015-2016
Exhibit Designer, Napkin Sketch Showcase, Canter / Architecture + Design, 2016
Philadelphia Representative, AIA Pennsylvania Emerging Professionals Committee, 2014-2016
Planning Committee, DesignPhiladelphia 10th Anniversary, 2014
Exhibit Designer, “Philly Green” Sustainable Design Exhibit, Center / Architecture + Design, 2013
Lion Ambassador, Penn State Alumni Association, Student Alumni Corps, 2009-2011
Northeast Quad Director, American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), 2010-2011
Past-President, AIAS Penn State, 2009-2011
President, AIAS Penn State, 2008-2009,  Secretary, AIAS Penn State, 2007-2008
Scholar Advancement Team Mentor, Schreyer Honors College, Penn State, 2008-2011
Schreyer Honors College Student Council, Penn State, 2006-2011
Social + Public Relations Chair, Schreyer Honors College Student Council, Penn State, 2007-2009


Pennsylvania State University (All In) Campaign National Design Competition, 2017 Finalist
American Institute of Architects National Associates Award, 2016 Recipient
Penn State Schreyer Honors College, Outstanding Scholar Alumni Award, 2016 Recipient
American Institute of Architects Pennsylvania Associate Award, 2015 Recipient
American Institute of Architects Philadelphia Volunteer of the Year, 2014 Recipient
AIA Philadelphia + William Penn Foundation American Academy in Rome Fellowship, 2013 Finalist
Pennsylvania State University Senior Class Gift National Design Competition, 2013 Finalist
American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal, 2011 Recipient
Alpha Chi Rho Medal, 2011 Recipient
Student Marshal at Commencement, Penn State Department of Architecture, 2011 Honoree
Penn State College of Arts and Architecture Creative Achievement Award, 2011 Recipient
Pennsylvania State University Dean’s List, 2006-2011 Recipient
Schreyer Honors College Scholarship, 2006-2011 Recipient
ALCOA Scholarship, 2006-2011 Recipient
Penn State Department of Architecture Thesis Grant, 2010 Recipient
Reuben and Gladys Golumbic Scholarship Award in Design, 2010 Recipient
Arts and Architecture Alumni Scholarship, 2010 Recipient
AIAS National Chapter President Honor Award, 2009 Recipient
A. William and Anne Bortz Hajjar Memorial Scholarship, 2009 Winner
Architecture Leadership Scholarship, 2009 Recipient
Kurt Kristian Stenman Award, 2008 Recipient
2nd Year Design Excellence Award, 2008 Recipient


American Institute of Architects [Assoc. AIA], Member, 2012-present
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards [NCARB], Member, 2011-present
Pennsylvania State University Alumni Association, Lifetime Member, 2011-present
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Lifetime Member, 2011-present
American Institute of Architecture Students [AIAS], Member, 2006-2012


English + French (Fluent), Spanish (Conversational)


2017 Practice Innovation Lab, AIA National
    One of 60 emerging professionals, architecture leaders, and entrepreneurs to explore
    ideas to redefine the practice of architecture, hosted by the Young Architects Forum.
    October 12-14, 2017, Crystal City, Alrington, VA, 60 attendees
2017 Arts and Design Symposium, Panelist and Presenter
    Penn State College of Arts and Architecture Arts and Design Symposium
    Panel: Jared Edgar McKnight, Andrew Palmer, Jessica Paholsky, and Lisa Nelson-Haynes
    April 11, 2017, The Penn State Center, Philadelphia, PA, 50 attendees
2017 Spring CONTEXT Magazine: Philadelphia Emerging Architects: Form Follows Function
    Published by AIA Philadelphia, A Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
    Round Table Discussion: Jared Edgar McKnight, Christian Jordan (moderator), Jeff
    Pastva, Neil Stroup, Rachel Schade, Erike DeVeyra, Megan McGinley, Kathy Lent (editor)
    January 17, 2017, Drexel University URBN Center, Philadelphia, PA
2016 SXSW Eco Conference, Place by Design Presentation - Revitalization, Presenter
    Hoover-Mason Trestle, Jared Edgar McKnight + Keiko Tsuruta Cramer    
    October 11, 2016, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX, 250 attendees
2016 Penn State Architecture Recent Alumni Lecture, Presenter
    Wits, Words, Works + Whims, Jared Edgar McKnight    
    March 17, 2016, Stuckeman Family Building, Penn State, 100 attendees
2016 Architects and Engineers Night at the Philadelphia 76ers: AIA PA + Engineers Club of Phila
    Panel and Mentors: Jared Edgar McKnight, Assoc. AIA; Melissa Eckel, AIA; 
    Dan Connor; Dave Kane; Dennis Wilson; Kevin Brown (moderator)
    February 8, 2016, Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA, 120 student attendees
2016 January PEA: Stories From An Architect, Presenter
    Renovating the Center / Architecture + Design, Jared Edgar McKnight    
    January 7, 2016, Philadelphia Center / Architecture + Design, 50 attendees
2015 PennDesign Portfolio Prep Session, Panelist and Presenter
    Panel: Abdallah Tabet, ASLA; Wayne Chang, AIA; Suzanne Mahoney; Laura Ahramjian, AICP; and Jared Edgar McKnight, Assoc. AIA    
    November 18, 2015, Meyerson Hall, University of Pennsylvania, 100 attendees
2014 Degrees of Design Exhibit, Panelist and Presenter
    Panel: Bob McConnell, AIA; Christine Marsal, AIA; Josh Otto, AIA; Allison Edmonds, 
    AIA; and Jared Edgar McKnight, Assoc. AIA    
    February 6, 2014, Philadelphia Center / Architecture + Design, 120 attendees


2017, “Mixings in Architecture and Landscape Architecture.” 
    Cloud-Cuckoo-Land, International Journal of Architectural Theory, Vol. 21, No. 35: Interdependencies and the Shaping of Place: The Hoover-Mason Trestle, 
    Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Jared Edgar McKnight + Keiko Tsuruta Cramer
2016, “Summer CONTEXT Magazine: Senior Living, LGBT Style.” 
    Published by AIA Philadelphia, A Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
    Authored by: Joseph Salerno, AIA, LEED AP
    Drafted and Edited by: Jared Edgar McKnight, Assoc. AIA
2013, “Collective Disruption.” 
    PLAT 3.0: Independent Architecture Journal by Rice School of Architecture:
2013, “50 Years of Stuckeman Works”
    Publication commemorating 50 years of alumni from Penn State’s Architecture Program
2012, “PP@PD 2011-2012 Pressing Matters: Research on American Coastal Cities with the Supra Studio of Thom Mayne, UCLA, LA.” 
    Designed and Edited by: Jared Edgar McKnight
    Post-Professional Degree at PennDesign Student Journal, Class of 2011-2012
    EarthquakeProtocol_LA: A Proposal for Sub[urban] Los Angeles, California