Q: Where are you from?
I grew up in Bridgewater Connecticut, a small town in the northwest corner of the state. While the area is very rural, it is only about an hour and half outside of Manhattan. When I was younger I played outside all the time, did a lot of gardening, and played with our dog.
Q: Where did you go to school?
I received my bachelors of Environmental Design in Architecture from the College of Design at North Carolina State University and then went to the University of Virginia where I received my Masters of Architecture.
Q: Tell me about your family
I am getting married in three weeks! My fiancé, Ryan and I met in Manhattan almost four years ago and moved to San Francisco about a year and a half ago. I have two wonderful older sisters, a brother-in-law and a brother-in-law to-be. I also just became an Aunt! My sisters, mom, and dad all live in Connecticut.
Q: When did you first develop an interest in architecture?
Probably when I was in elementary or middle school. I grew up in a historic house that my father was renovating, so there were always a lot of family projects going on. I got to learn a lot about the building process and craftsmanship that goes into updating a house. In high school I took drafting and architecture classes and applied directly into architecture when applying to college.
Q: What kinds of projects do you most enjoy working on?
I really enjoy residential projects. Lately, I’ve been a lot more focused on interiors, I love the detail that’s associated with it.
Q: How long have you worked at FA?
I’ve been at Feldman since October of 2016. I moved from Manhattan where I was working at a small architecture firm.
Q: What makes our office unique/Why did you choose Feldman?
I chose Feldman for its aesthetic, design values, and office culture! It’s a group of really great, very social, and active people.
Q: What’s your favorite part about coming to work?
The variety of projects I get to work on, site visits and my amazing coworkers!
Q: Do you have a professional role model?
Annabelle Selldorf. I went to a lecture of hers in New York and she described starting out with small residential remodels and working her way up from there! I think it’s inspiring that she built such an influential firm from the ground up.
Q: What’s your design process like?
It varies depending on the project. I always do site and contextual research because I believe it’s important to react to the surrounding environment. It is critical to have a general understanding and appreciation for the vernacular of a place- to establish a foundation for which to build and expand, while drawing from respected roots. Physical models are also always helpful.
Q: Do you bear resemblance to anyone in your family? (looks or personality)
I think I take after both of my parents pretty equally. My dad has inspired a strong work ethic, an attention to detail, and appreciation of craft. My mom cultivated creativity, exploration and to count my blessings.
Q: What location do you most want to travel to? Why?
TAHITI (In three weeks!)