Katie McBride

Katie McBride

Philadelphia, PA, US



Recently earning my Masters of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, I am a detail-oriented, hard working, versatile and communicative architectural designer looking for an opportunity to become an integral member of an office who shares my passion for design excellence.



Under Pressure Urban Housing Book, Philadelphia, Assistant Editor & Book Designer

Following the Under Pressure Urban Housing Symposium, I have been working to document the event in the form of a publication. The book documents the three panels of the symposium, which act as the book’s three chapters. Each chapter presents the dialogue and work samples of six panelists in the form of an article series. Offering an additional layer of content, following the article series is the transcribed panel discussion that occurred at the 2016 symposium. In order to shed light on the parallels between contemporary practice and contemporary architecture curriculum, each chapter also showcases twelve of the best and most relevant PennDesign projects from the Urban Housing Studio.

I am creatively engaged in this project in every aspect. I am the book's designer, assistant editor, project manager, and also assist in copy editing. The final manuscript is near completion and we will be pursuing publication October 2017.

May 2017 - current

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Urban Housing Symposium Graduate Assistant

Urban housing is a bellwether for economic, social and political change. It lies between formal and informal systems and ranges widely in quality, typology and audience. Housing’s complexity and flexibility offers unique and exciting opportunities for designers - however, its source in private equity and public agencies can often challenge its ambitions. The discussions at PennDesign focused on three pressure points effecting urban housing- Super-Hot economic markets, New Domesticities: the changing nature of living and domesticity, and Speculations: new tools and technologies of design and fabrication. The symposium functioned as a think tank for current topics under these influences by bringing together thought leaders working and writing in these arenas.

In this position I actively assisted in the planning and production of the 2016 PennDesign Urban Housing Symposium alongside the Director of Urban Housing, Hina Jamelle. I also executed the final designs for the symposium’s media, including print and web materials.

Aug 2016 - May 2017

DIGSAU, Philadelphia, Architectural Intern

May 2016 - Aug 2016

Granum A/I, Radnor, Pennsylvania, Architectural Intern

During my full time, extended internship at Granum A/I I provided both design and technical support to projects of many different scopes at various phases of completion. Using Revit, I supported the Construction Documentation effort for the FMC Corporation's New Philadelphia Headquarters. Using Revit and NewForma, I executed tasks for the the Construction Administration effort for a large corporate office renovation. I also assisted with the schematic design of multiple interior projects and a facade system for a Camden training center. The office also leveraged my training in graphic design to develop marketing materials for new projects and general use.

Oct 2014 - Aug 2015


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

Aug 2013 - May 2017

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

Jan 2009 - Dec 2010

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

Aug 2006 - May 2008



Dean's Award, Grant


Areas of Specialization