Architecture is much more than the practice of designing and constructing buildings. It's about working with people to produce a vision, create a design, find a solution, and achieve a goal together. Working together to achieve a mutual goal is when the magic really happens. I love the challenge of successfully working through that process with my clients. Currently, I am a licensed Architect in Colorado and Florida.
In my time at the General Services Administration, I managed large-scale Federal projects in a five-state region. From replacing mechanical equipment, to tenant-finish interior remodels, historical preservation projects, land acquisition, roofing, and new construction, I've managed design & construction projects of all budgets and sizes.
I've also managed large-scale urban design projects that required collaboration between both developers and community stake-holders. Between the community presentations, design iterations, site analyses, and time spent addressing all parties' needs and concerns, I understand that project management is all about relationships. Oftentimes those relationships are equally as important as the project itself.
I also work for FEMA as a Hazard Mitigation Architect, helping communities affected by disasters to build back better. I travel to various disasters, assess the damage, and work with local authorities to determine how to rebuild public buildings and infrastructure to be stronger and more resilient. Observing the effect that water, wind and fire can have on buildings is always an important consideration in my work.
Originally from Michigan, I bleed green and white as I have a Biosystems Engineering degree from Michigan State University. After completing my time in the Peace Corps and then working as an environmental consultant in Michigan, I chose to follow my dreams and go to the University of Colorado for a Masters in Architecture and Urban Design. My husband and I have called Colorado home since then.
After having vacationed in Key West for many years, we recently purchased and renovated a home in historic Old Town. In 2017, this renovation earned the Ceramic Star Award for Preservation and Restoration, the highest level award given by the Historic Florida Keys Foundation. Spending more time in Key West has given me the opportunity to expand my business to include other design projects in and around Old Town.
I am also a co-founder of Our Front Porch, L3C, an organization that provides the place where people can find support, community and empowerment while rebuilding after a disaster.