Faculty / School of Architecture

Catherine Herbst


Catherine Herbst was born in Champaigne-Urbana, Illinois, in 1962. She received her Masters of Architecture from Montana State University. In San Diego, from 1986 – 1987, she worked at Pacific Associates Planners Architects, Inc. From 1989 – 2000, she worked with Rob Wellington Quigley FAIA. She earned her license to practice Architecture in 1995. In 2000, she formed a practice, Rinehart Herbst, with her husband, Todd Rinehart. Rinehart Herbst was included in MIX: Nine San Diego Architects and Designers comprised of lead architectural design firms that are redefining housing design, development, and urbanization in the San Diego region and beyond. In his review, Christopher Hawthorne of the LA times referred to the firm’s work as “smart and hyper-economical”. Rinehart Herbst is currently working on modest residential and commercial work in California, Colorado and Mexico. She was a visiting professor at Montana State University in 2006. She has been an invited juror in state AIA Awards programs in New Mexico, Florida and Arizona.


Master of Architecture, Montana State University
Bachelor of Architecture, Montana State University


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