Miranda Downer Potthoff, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Miranda’s formative years were split between Chattanooga, TN and the family farm in central NC. Growing up, she developed a love of nature, history and creating. While attending The Savannah College of Art and Design, she merged these interests and focused her Masters Thesis Project on an interpretive park and building for the City of Chattanooga that celebrated the history and rebirth of the native Cherokee Tribes.
Miranda graduated from SCAD in 2005 with Bachelor and Master degrees in Architecture and a minor in Architectural History, then moved to Raleigh to join Cherry Huffman Architects. She worked primarily on public and private K-12 educational, library, community college and local government projects. At CHA, Miranda enjoyed managing the award winning Chatham Community Library + CCCC Sustainable Technologies Center in Pittsboro, NC and Burning Coal Theater’s historic renovation at the Murphy School in downtown Raleigh.
In 2011, CHA merged with RATIO Architects, a larger firm based in Indianapolis. At RATIO, Miranda continued to enjoy community and education-centered projects, and worked in both the Architecture and Historic Preservation disciplines. Her favorite projects while at RATIO were the additions and renovation of Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh and the Hawks Art and Enterprise Center in Goshen, IN, a historic furniture factory turned artist live/work community.
Miranda approaches her interests in sustainable design from a preservation vantage, believing that reusing and restoring our current resources is the most sustainable path. She has served as a City Council-appointed commissioner on the Raleigh Historic Development Commission since 2010. Miranda joined Dan Huffman Architecture in 2015.