Where did you earn your degree and what certifications do you have?
I attended the University of Kentucky’s College of Architecture obtaining a Bachelor of Architecture – way back when it was a 5 year program. I am a registered architect in Kentucky and a LEED Accredited Professional.
How long have you been with DKN Architects and what are your responsibilities?
I started working at DKN in 2014 as a Project Architect. My responsibilities include all aspects of project development and design – from responding to RFP’s, initial client concept meetings, through construction drawings, and final walk throughs of completed projects.
Why did you want to go into architecture?
I have always been fascinated with the design of space and its effect on a person. Whether it is a home, a library, an office .. etc.. The design of the building and the environment begins to set the stage on how a person interacts with the world and the people around them. Friends of my parents lived in a home designed by an architect (I did not know that at the time) and I remember being fascinated as a young child by so many of the design features; the 2nd floor library overlooked the 1st floor living room and dining room, the wall between the dining room and living room did not extend to the ceiling above, the beds in the children’s rooms were built into the wall with drawers below, the floors in the entry corridor and small hallway were glazed river rock, there were enormous windows filling the home with daylight. Each of these features along with the art work, furniture, and sculptures in the home initiated my interest in the world of design and architecture.
Which building(s) most inspire(s) you and why?
There are so many…the iconic buildings in Italy for how architecture is used to order and define a culture. The cave homes of Santorini that create organic and intimate spaces as you meander up and down the city paths. Ronchamp by Le Corbusier which creates such a transcendental experience with the use of light filtering through the colored glass, the acoustics, the form and finish of materials…Reykjvaik’s Harpa Concert Hall and the glass shell feeling the connection to the everchanging Icelandic landscape in one space, Gaudi’s work which makes me realize how import craftsmanship is to the overall design concept….
What do you enjoy doing during your personal time?
I love to travel and experience new cultures, food, architecture, and landscapes. On a weekly basis I have been riding saddle seat equitation at Rock Creek Stables for the past 5 years. This past spring I started showing in the Academy Shows and have enjoyed the challenge of competing against the 18 year olds….I wouldn’t be upset if they split the adult division into an older and younger group though!