Carolyn O’Toole

Carolyn O’Toole

Alexandria, VA, US



Following the completion of my Master’s Degree in Architecture (May of 2011), I began working for the Center for Applied Energy Research and I was selected as the project manager for the Atomic Cities Research Group. We studied the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, a uranium enrichment facility built during the Cold War. The plant is the source of contamination that leaked into the groundwater over time and our challenge was to create interactive tools that would be used by the Department of Energy to communicate this problem to the citizens of Paducah. We built models to display both the contamination and the remediation efforts. As project manager I was responsible for managing our project budget, my team’s schedules, our material orders, and the model fabrication and exhibitions. 

In the Spring of 2011, I also began working with Filson and Rohrbacher of Lexington, KY on AtFAB, an open source furniture project. I was responsible for modeling and fabricating pieces of furniture showing the adaptability and customization of each piece. With AtFAB, I participated in the 2011 Brooklyn Maker Faire and Ball State University’s Couched Constructions in March of 2012. 

While in graduate school, I was fortunate to work on projects with clients and developers. The Henderson Project gave me the opportunity to spend the summer of 2010 In Los Angeles, California working for Marcelo Spina of P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S completing a feasibility study, Tax Incremental Financing package, and schematic design for the HMPL-1 Plant in Henderson, KY. Also, the Houseboat Energy Efficient Residences project (funded by the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation) required collaboration with the houseboat manufacturers of Somerset, KY to help them supplement business during poor economic times with prefabricated modular housing.


STUDIOS Architecture, Washington, DC, US, Architectural Designer

Jul 2013 - current

University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, US, Project Manager, Post Graduate Research Assistant, Designer, Fabricator

Atomic Cities Research Group: Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant

Jan 2011 - Oct 2012

Filson and Rohrbacher, Lexington, KY, US, Project Manager, Designer, Fabricator

AtFAB: Open Source Furniture Project

Jan 2011 - Aug 2012

P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S, Los Angeles, Research Assistant, Designer

The River Cities Project SP10 Henderson, KY

Jun 2010 - Aug 2010

Studio Kremer Architects, Louisville, KY, US, Project Intern

Existing Building Documentation: The Ouerbacker House, Louisville, KY

May 2010 - Jun 2010


University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, US, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2009 - May 2011


AIA Henry Adams Medal for 4.0 GPA, 2009-2011, Award


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