Native to southeastern Massachusetts, Kathryn has lived and studied in Connecticut, Florida, and Rhode Island over the past 12 years. Kathryn currently lives in Brighton, MA on scenic Commonwealth Avenue. In her professional life, Kathryn works for the Division of Capital Assessment Management and Maintenance in the position of "Accessibility Compliance Assistant" (contracted until December of 2014). Self-proclaimed an eternal student, Kathryn is currently in her last semester/master thesis of the Master of Interior Design program at the Boston Architectural College.
Kathryn's interest in architecture and design developed in high school after many years of excelling in the arts. During her sophomore year, Kathryn created and displayed a series of underwater photographs and videos (completely edited, including music) after a few educational sessions/dives with world famous photographer Cathy Church. In lieu of final exams in the spring of her senior year, Kathryn spent a week living on Nantucket, MA to carry out a self-guided study of island vernacular architecture while also entering into a short-term introductory internship with Milton Rowland & Associates. Her research, including water color paintings of the island's most historic structures, was displayed during a wrap-up presentation to the Loomis Chaffee community.
After graduating high school in June of 2002, Kathryn traded the cold winters of New England for warm, sunny, palm tree-filled southern Florida (Miami) to study at the University of Miami's School of Architecture. During her college years, Kathryn returned to Nantucket, Massachusetts, where she learned how to master AutoCAD while working on high-end residential projects with BPC Architecture. Under the excellent guidance of the principals at BPC Architecture, Kathryn was soon co-managing projects and fully-interacting with clients and vendors. Kathryn graduated with a Bachelors of Architecture in May of 2007- just before the economic recession that threatened her progress towards completing her IDP. After her employment with NEMD, Kathryn realized her intense interest in healthcare design.
Currently, Kathryn is balancing work life and thesis life, along with carving out bits of fun-time with her loving and ever-entertaining family and boyfriend. Sometimes Kathryn feels swallowed by her thesis, and she loves every minute of it! Kathryn is inspired by accessibility, which inspired her thesis goal - to develope a transitional mixed-use housing prototype for military veterans diagnosed with PTSD and TBI. Kat (she prefers instead of "Kathryn") hopes that design professionals will one day be inspired by accessibility and universal design, starting with taking the time to learn and see the opportunities in between the lines of the codes!
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Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance, Boston, MA, US, Accessibility Compliance Assistant
coordinate with consultant firms to make state-funded public-facing projects MAAB/ADAAG compliant, conduct CD/EC reviews for state projects, help move the MAAB/ADAAG initiative
NEMD, Cranston, RI, US, Architectural Intern
Boston Architectural College (BAC), Boston, MA, US, Masters, Interior Design
University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, US, BArch, Architecture
Loomis Chaffee, Windsor, CT, US, High School, high school