Margaret Krohn’s Design Legacy

The NKBA Minnesota Chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree, Margaret Krohn, reflects on her career in design
2020 National Kitchen & Bath Association Design Awards, Large Bath Winner + Editor’s Choice, Tami Holsten, Bear Trap Design

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For nearly two decades, Margaret Krohn has been an influential force in Minnesota’s kitchen and bath design scene. With a strong reputation among the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Minnesota chapter members as a top designer and educator in the state, she has established herself as a prominent figure in the field. As a testament to her impact on the industry, she was recently honored with the NKBA Lifetime Achievement Award for her numerous contributions to the organization.  

Her journey with the NKBA began in 2002 when she assumed the position of Educator. This step paved the way for her role in launching the Kitchen and Bath Design Program at Century College. The experience solidified her passion and talent for teaching, and she now serves as the program director—helping to shape the next generation of designers. “My teaching career is so rewarding for me,” she says. “I love to see the successes of our kitchen and bath design graduates out in the field.”  

2021 National Kitchen & Bath Association Design Awards, Medium Kitchen Winner, Kate Roos and Evangeline Fitzpatrick, Kate Roos Design

Photo by Andrea Rugg

The success of Krohn’s students speaks volumes about her dedication and expertise. Many of her students have not only entered the industry but have also garnered recognition in competitions—most notably the NKBA Minnesota Design Competition, which is featured annually right here in Midwest Home. “Many of my grads appear in the magazine as winners from the competition, which is always so exciting to see!” she exclaims.  

In her later years of involvement with the NKBA, Krohn took on numerous board positions but was most recently the organization’s acting president. In this position, she showcased her skills in mentoring and leadership, and left lasting impressions on the NKBA as a whole. Although she has taken a step back from her role in the NKBA, her contributions are not forgotten. One member states, “Her passion and dedication to this industry is an inspiration to us all.” 

2022 National Kitchen & Bath Association Design Awards, Other Rooms 2nd Place, Mary Maney, Crystal Kitchen + Bath

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