Where did you earn your degree and what certifications do you have?
I earned my Bachelor of Architecture and my Master of Integrated Design and Construction at Auburn University. War Eagle. The Master program was in its pilot year and focused on collaboration between the design and construction industries for integrated project delivery. I am also certified as the DKN Czar of Office Improvements.
How long have you been with DKN Architects and what are your responsibilities?
I have been at DKN for 5 years. I am a Project Manager and DKN COI, as mentioned above. As Project Manager, my responsibilities start with the Schematic Design and Programming of a project. I usually work in Sketch Up to get a 3D conceptual model for presentation to a client. Once the concept is approved, I transition to Revit for the Construction Documents and detailing. Once the CDs are complete, I assist in the bidding process by communicating with GCs, answering RFIs and analyzing the bids. When a GC is selected and the project is under construction, my responsibilities shift to Construction Administration where I review shop drawings, continue to answer RFIs and make site visits.
As the Czar of Office Improvements, my most important task is to bring in birthday treats and to plan our annual DKN Day at the Races and our annual Holiday Party. But I also do things like complain about the quality of coffee until we get an espresso machine. Or I point out important areas for improvement in the office, such as the potential for a zipline to help us get from the back of the office to the front of the office in a more efficient fashion.
Why did you want to go into architecture?
Since I was in the single digits I was obsessed with houses, and I used to draw floor plans for fun. As I got older, the obsession remained, so I went to architecture school. It was nothing like I expected, but was a good (and stressful) experience nonetheless. Then I got a real job, which was nothing like school. And I thought, “ I have to do this every day, forever?!” So I went to grad school and moved to Louisville, and I got a job here at DKN, and it wasn’t so bad. The more I learn, the more I enjoy my job. I am still obsessed with houses, so my husband and I bought a fixer upper, and we are working on that on the side.
Which building(s) most inspire(s) you and why?
The buildings that inspire me are on a rotational basis. I don’t have a favorite architect or a favorite building. When I need some inspiration, I get on Pinterest and look at pictures until something strikes me. There are so many great designers out there that the inspiration stock will never dry up. When we travel, which we don’t do very often because of our darling children, we try to visit buildings or sites of architectural interest. We went to New York a few years ago, and the High Line was amazing. I visited the Seattle Public Library by OMA+LMN, the Salt Lake City Library by Moshe Safdie, the de Young Muesum by Herzog & de Meuron, etc… they have all made an impression on me.
What do you enjoy doing during your personal time?
During my personal time, I enjoy working on my house. Mostly the design, not so much the labor. As it turns out, I always think I want to do the labor, but about five minutes in, I realize that was a bad idea. With three kids, I don’t get too much time to physically work on the house anyway.