Katie McBride

Katie McBride

Philadelphia, PA, US



Design is a process of rejections and acceptances. When a form is declared complete, it is, in some manner, eternalized in its final state as a work of art. This is how I observe the process of creation and how I approach the process of design. I seek to create work that expresses forms and meanings that are powerful, purposeful, and relevant. My approach is that architecture is not the stacking of boxes or connecting of spaces, but rather  the expression and articulation of art as a solution to  spatial problems.


AIA Bookstore + Design Center, Philadelphia, PA, US, Store Merchandising Designer

As the store merchandising designer I designed and installed well organized, visually stimulating displays of product throughout the store room. Additionally, with the rotating seasons I created themed window displays, including a design for the window display competition for the 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show.

Jul 2012 - Aug 2013


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, MArch, Architecture

I am a first year student in the M. Arch program at Penn Design. The program emphasizes a multiple approach to architectural design, including a strong focus on architectural design and representation in both 2D and 3D forms. Technology is an integral part of how we operate as student designers; our visual studies include the use of parametric design, animation, and form making through the use digital sculptural modelling. As a foundation to these more technological applications, construction technology, BIM, and structures are rigorous parallels to the architectural studio.

Aug 2013 - current

The College of Wooster, Wooster, OH, US, Bachelors, Art History

I transferred the College of Wooster where I studied Art History in a rigorous liberal arts setting. Emphasis was placed on exploring many subjects. In addition to a detailed education in the history of art, I studied sociology, philosophy, and entrepreneurship. In my final year, I was awarded honors for my thesis titled, "Life Liberty, and the Pursuit of Creating a Modern Colossus." I traveled to Rome, Colmar, France, and New York City to research the role of the Statue of Liberty in the ancient tradition of constructing colossi. While researching this thesis I gained an understanding for the power of built form and my interest for architectural design grew into a passion.

Jan 2009 - Dec 2010

Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, OH, US, Bachelors, Art/ Interior Design

At the Columbus College of Art & Design, I was immersed in a program intensively focused on the foundations of art and design. I studied drawing, painting, color, 2D and 3D design, typography, and graphic design. In my second year, the emphasis on foundations continued, but with more relevance to my new major, interior design. I studied textiles, continued exploring color, and had my first architectural exposure in studio and in a survey course of the history of architecture. In this survey course I was first exposed to architectural theory, an experience which prompted me to transfer to a more academic institution to further investigate topics of my interest.

Aug 2006 - May 2008

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