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Katherine Guimapang

Katherine Guimapang

Los Angeles, CA, US

 

About 

Katherine is a Los Angeles-based visual artist, architectural writer, and designer. She is currently a writer and the advertising/media coordinator at Archinect. Her work focuses on immersive design and lighting/spatial installations. Much of her interests revolve around conceptual practices which blend art, architecture, and curation by exploring color in the built environment.

After receiving her B.A. in Communication Disorders from the University of Redlands she has gone on to complete course programs at UIC’s Architecture Department and Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) Making + Meaning program. Her multi-disciplinary background allows her to explore the relationships between the conscious and subconscious connections of the visual arts.

In March 2017 she published an illustrated children’s book titled “How Do You Spell Courage”.

Katherine's Featured Articles on Archinect

Postgraduate Students Present Final Projects at SCI-Arc’s EDGE Symposium, Fri, Oct 4 '19

For SCI-Arc’s 2019 academic year, each of the school’s four postgraduate programs engaged with a different design phenomenon or technological paradigm. The culmination of the year-long postgraduate degree cycle was marked by a celebration of student work, the EDGE Symposium. Now in its third ...

Postgraduate Students Present Final Projects at SCI-Arc’s EDGE Symposium
 

Fellow Fellows: Anne Dessing, Mon, Sep 30 '19

Fellow Fellows is a series that focuses on the increasingly important role fellowships play in architecture academia today. These prestigious academic positions can bring forth a fantastic blend of practice, research, and pedagogical cross-pollination, often within a tight time ...

Fellow Fellows: Anne Dessing
 

Challenging Normalcy and Bringing Value to the Mundane with Architect Paul Preissner, Sun, Sep 29 '19

Running a practice can be a balancing act of staying creative, finding the motivation to produce great work, all the while committing to the demands of running a professional business. For Chicago-based architect Paul Preissner and his firm Paul Preissner Architects, this delicate dance also ...

Challenging Normalcy and Bringing Value to the Mundane with Architect Paul Preissner
 

VolumeOne explains their method for embracing scale and cultural differences to create impactful projects, Tue, Sep 10 '19

Germany. Detroit. China. Spain. All four regions couldn't be more different, but, to Lars Gräbner and Christina Hansen of VolumeOne Design Studio, these locations provide them with the opportunity to approach architecture and design with a new perspective. According to Gräbner and Hansen ...

VolumeOne explains their method for embracing scale and cultural differences to create impactful projects
 

Succulent Walls: Unpacking Southern California's Fickle Relationship to Water and Disaster Preparedness with UCLA’s Heather Roberge , Mon, Sep 9 '19

Southern California’s climate is a combination of dry and semi-arid with seasonal rainfall. Particularly for the Los Angeles metropolitan area, this condition results in precarious management of water, especially in terms of collection, irrigation, and non-potable domestic uses. In addition to ...

Succulent Walls: Unpacking Southern California's Fickle Relationship to Water and Disaster Preparedness with UCLA’s Heather Roberge
 

Deans List: University of Detroit Mercy​'s Dan Pitera and the Three Questions That Drive His Career, Fri, Aug 30 '19

The Deans List is an interview series with the leaders of architecture schools, worldwide. The series profiles the school’s programming, as defined by the dean—giving an invaluable perspective into the institution’s unique curriculum, faculty, and academic environment. For this ...

Deans List: University of Detroit Mercy​'s Dan Pitera and the Three Questions That Drive His Career
 

EXTENTS on the Importance of Being Earnest, Contemporary Urbanism, and the Digital World, Wed, Aug 21 '19

How do you re-image a city? How would you re-tell this narrative? The Ann Arbor-based duo Cyrus Peñarroyo and McLain Clutter use their passions in digital media, urbanism, and visualization to help answer this very question. Heavily invested in reshaping and reworking architectural practice ...

EXTENTS on the Importance of Being Earnest, Contemporary Urbanism, and the Digital World
 

The City That Could: Understanding Detroit Through Inclusive Design and Public Policy, Wed, Aug 14 '19

In 2015, Detroit was announced as a UNESCO City of Design honoree, the first American city to receive the recognition. Since then, Detroit has made efforts to revitalize and revamp its once declining fortunes. A city with a complicated history of trying to reposition its vibrant industrial ...

The City That Could: Understanding Detroit Through Inclusive Design and Public Policy
 

In Focus: Miguel Rodriguez exhibits Los Angeles architecture as a silent observer , Thu, Aug 8 '19

In Focus is Archinect's recurring series dedicated to profiling the photographers who help capture architecture and who make the work of architects look that much better. In this series, we ask: What is their relationship to architecture? How do they work? What equipment do they use? What are ...

In Focus: Miguel Rodriguez exhibits Los Angeles architecture as a silent observer
 

In Focus: Helin Bereket Discusses Architecture's Emotions Through Photographs, Sun, Jul 28 '19

In Focus is Archinect's recurring series dedicated to profiling the photographers who help capture architecture and who make the work of architects look that much better. In this series, we ask: What is their relationship to architecture? How do they work? What are their goals are when capturing ...

In Focus: Helin Bereket Discusses Architecture's Emotions Through Photographs
 

It’s Getting Hot in Here: Will Heat Waves Become the New Normal?, Sun, Jul 21 '19

Let’s face it...it’s hot. Even though it is the summer season, sweltering temperatures ranging in the 100’s with added humidity isn’t due to the season alone. With Archinect’s recent coverage of sustainable cities and alternative building practices to help regulate building temperatures ...

It’s Getting Hot in Here: Will Heat Waves Become the New Normal?
 

Glavovic Studio on Using Architecture as a Catalyst for Environmental Stewardship and Social Impact, Mon, Jul 15 '19

Born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa, architect Margi Nothard uses her global heritage and upbringing as a keystone to leading her Florida-based practice Glavovic Studio. A practice whose values stem from community-based engagement, socially conscious designs and environmental stewardship ...

Glavovic Studio on Using Architecture as a Catalyst for Environmental Stewardship and Social Impact
 

Somewhere Studio Discuss Architecture and Practice as an Ongoing Process of Conversation and Investigation, Tue, Jul 9 '19

Enthusiasm and the freedom to create your own design framework lie at the heart of every emerging studio. For Jessica Colangelo and Charles Sharpless of Somewhere Studio, the inspiration for starting their practice is precisely that. With architectural interests in research and an ...

Somewhere Studio Discuss Architecture and Practice as an Ongoing Process of Conversation and Investigation
 

Conversations Amongst Friends: Architect Charles Renfro and Artist Anton Ginzburg Discuss Art, Architecture, and the Idea of Disappearance, Mon, Jul 1 '19

Conversation between colleagues can lead to new perspectives unveiling new areas of discourse, especially between differing practices. The art and architecture disciplines have experienced much overlap over the years, and many would argue for or against the notion of these disciplines ...

Conversations Amongst Friends: Architect Charles Renfro and Artist Anton Ginzburg Discuss Art, Architecture, and the Idea of Disappearance
 

A Day At Space Saloon: Exploring Experimental Architecture in the High Desert of California, Wed, Jun 26 '19

Tucked between Palm Springs and Joshua Tree lies the Morongo Valley. This desert landscape may be an obscure location to hold a week-long student workshop. However, if there is one thing architects like Arata Isozaki and Albert Frey have taught us, it is that the desert is often a perfect backdrop ...

A Day At Space Saloon: Exploring Experimental Architecture in the High Desert of California
 

Deans List: Pratt's Dr. Harriet Harriss on Academia's Role in Preparing Architects of the Future, Mon, Jun 24 '19

The Deans List is an interview series with the leaders of architecture schools, worldwide. The series profiles the school’s programming, as defined by the dean – giving an invaluable perspective into the institution’s unique curriculum, faculty and academic environment. For this ...

Deans List: Pratt's Dr. Harriet Harriss on Academia's Role in Preparing Architects of the Future
 

A Conversation With Jennifer Bonner: Architecture's Playful Provocateur of Practice and Pedagogy , Fri, Jun 21 '19

Understanding architectural practice and pedagogy is one thing; learning how to merge them together and challenge its idiosyncrasies is another. A name often associated with playful obscurity, Jennifer Bonner is a powerful force in the academic and practicing world of architecture. The Huntsville ...

A Conversation With Jennifer Bonner: Architecture's Playful Provocateur of Practice and Pedagogy
 

San Francisco-based Design Firm SAW Tackles Architecture's Design Blindspots by Challenging Possible Outcomes, Thu, Jun 13 '19

Within architectural practice, navigating through blind spots in the design process is something many studios work through. In Dan Spiegel and Megumi Aihara's case, SAW's mission is to approach these moments of design obscurity by focusing on their passions for architecture, landscape ...

San Francisco-based Design Firm SAW Tackles Architecture's Design Blindspots by Challenging Possible Outcomes
 

A Conversation with Pamela Tan, the Architectural Designer Challenging Malaysia's Design Perspective, Tue, May 28 '19

Studying architecture is a challenging yet rewarding transdisciplinary nature, according to Malaysian architectural designer Pamela Tan. Through her work, she explores architecture as a celebration of diversity and narrative. After receiving her architectural education from Taylor's University and ...

A Conversation with Pamela Tan, the Architectural Designer Challenging Malaysia's Design Perspective
 

In Focus: Peter Stewart and His Exploration Into the Architecturally Unreal, Sun, May 26 '19

In Focus is Archinect's recurring series dedicated to profiling the photographers who help capture architecture and who make the work of architects look that much better. In this series, we ask: What is their relationship to architecture? How do they work? What kind of equipment do they use? ...

In Focus: Peter Stewart and His Exploration Into the Architecturally Unreal
 

Understanding Visual Perspectives Through Risk and Research with Architecture Office, Mon, May 20 '19

The power of visual representation is key when expressing thoughts and ideas. The Syracuse-based architecture studio pulls together their passion for research and design practice to create projects which question the way people think about architecture and current issues.  For this ...

Understanding Visual Perspectives Through Risk and Research with Architecture Office
 

In Focus: Ema Peter, a Master of Visual Narrative Through Light and Shadow, Fri, May 17 '19

In Focus is Archinect's recurring series dedicated to profiling the photographers who help capture architecture and who make the work of architects look that much better. In this series, we ask: What is their relationship to architecture? How do they work? What kind of equipment do they use? ...

In Focus: Ema Peter, a Master of Visual Narrative Through Light and Shadow
 

Patrick Lam Discusses the Search for Complexity Through Simplicity, Mon, May 13 '19

Hong Kong is known for its skyscrapers and busy urban landscapes.  However, within the dense complexity of the city architect Patrick Lam uses Hong Kong's crowded landscape as inspiration to creating simple design solutions for residential living. Skilled in both architecture and fine arts ...

Patrick Lam Discusses the Search for Complexity Through Simplicity
 

A Conversation With Julia Koerner, Architecture’s Queen of 3D Fabrication, Mon, May 6 '19

From the runway to the big screen, and now the red carpet, Austrian architect Julia Koerner has set herself apart as a designer due to her relentless quest for 3D fabrication mastery. Quickly becoming a household name, Koerner splits her time running her practice JK Design GmbH and her role as a ...

A Conversation With Julia Koerner, Architecture’s Queen of 3D Fabrication
 

Dip Your Toes in Architecture This Summer With These 10 Summer Architecture Intensives, Wed, Apr 24 '19

For some, the summer season is filled with traveling and vacation, but for others, summer is a time to dive into workshops and intensives. Whether in or out of school—architecture, or otherwise—the months of June, July and August, are a great time to beef up that portfolio, enhance a ...

Dip Your Toes in Architecture This Summer With These 10 Summer Architecture Intensives
 

Kelly Bair and Kristy Balliet Discuss What's Possible And "Sufficiently Weird" in Architecture, Mon, Apr 8 '19

Computational design. Experimentation. Practice. Academia. Kelly Bair and Kristy Balliet of BairBalliet traverse these realms of architecture daily. From their work as educators shaping the future of architectural thinking and discourse to showcasing their skillsets as contemporary architects, the ...

Kelly Bair and Kristy Balliet Discuss What's Possible And 'Sufficiently Weird' in Architecture
 

The New Wave of Female Powerhouses are Pushing the Boundaries of Professional Practice, Fri, Mar 8 '19

The gradually increasing presence of a diverse range of practitioners across the architectural profession has provided a stronger platform for women to showcase their work, leadership, and innovation. In remembering the past, pioneering female architects such as Denise Scott Brown and Norma ...

The New Wave of Female Powerhouses are Pushing the Boundaries of Professional Practice
 

SOFTLab's Michael Szivos Discusses the Power of Material Experimentation and What It Means to Blend the Boundaries of Architecture With Other Disciplines, Mon, Mar 4 '19

Executing projects through experimentation and technical refinery, Michael Szivos of SOFTlab focuses his energy on creating new ways for the boundaries of architecture to overlap with other materials, digital techniques, and disciplines. Starting your practice is not an easy task. After receiving ...

SOFTLab's Michael Szivos Discusses the Power of Material Experimentation and What It Means to Blend the Boundaries of Architecture With Other Disciplines
 

The Architectural Backdrops and Studio Backlots of the Inaugural Frieze LA Art Fair, Thu, Feb 21 '19

This past weekend, the city of Los Angeles was buzzing with art events; however, the most anticipated event of all was the inaugural edition of Frieze LA. Making its debut in a city famed for the glitz and glamour of the movie industry, the decision to host the event within the Paramount Studios ...

The Architectural Backdrops and Studio Backlots of the Inaugural Frieze LA Art Fair
 

Jacob and Melissa Brillhart of Brillhart Architecture Discuss Florida's Architectural History and The "Chemistry of Space", Mon, Feb 11 '19

Jacob and Mellisa Brillhart have established their place in South Florida's architectural history through their emphasis on vernacular building principles. Tapping into the area's roots of Tropical Modernism, the duo emphasize the importance of construction methodology in designing sustainable ...

Jacob and Melissa Brillhart of Brillhart Architecture Discuss Florida's Architectural History and The 'Chemistry of Space'
 

In Focus: Jesse Rieser and His 2D Facsimile to Architecture, Wed, Jan 30 '19

In Focus is Archinect's recurring series dedicated to profiling the photographers who help capture architecture and who make the work of architects look that much better. In this series we ask: What is their relationship to architecture? Is there a difference between capturing a building ...

In Focus: Jesse Rieser and His 2D Facsimile to Architecture
 

Architects. Educators. Sisters. The Boston-Based Duo French 2D Discusses How Blending Practice and Academia Through Exploration Creates Community and Change, Wed, Jan 23 '19

Through the power of self-funded, self-initiated projects, Anda and Jenny French use their passions in graphic design, academia, and architectural discourse to produce thought-provoking work. As a smaller design firm, the Boston-based duo, French 2D, champion the importance of autonomy and ...

Architects. Educators. Sisters. The Boston-Based Duo French 2D Discusses How Blending Practice and Academia Through Exploration Creates Community and Change
 

A tale of many cities with Rosalyne Shieh and Troy Schaum of SCHAUM/SHIEH, Mon, Jan 14 '19

Based out of New York City and Houston, Rosalyne Shieh and Troy Schaum of the practice SCHAUM/SHIEH discuss the power of learning from cities through their complexities. Over the years, both have taken their interests in urbanism to look at the scale of individual buildings and the role ...

A tale of many cities with Rosalyne Shieh and Troy Schaum of SCHAUM/SHIEH
 

Brooklyn's Frederick Tang Discusses What It Means to Find Opportunities in Design by Learning to Say Yes and No, Mon, Jan 7 '19

For Frederick Tang, running a practice starts with remembering where opportunities for design freedom can occur. Channeling advice given to him during the early part of his career, the Brooklyn-based architect is reminded to never forget "architecture is a service profession." An attitude that ...

Brooklyn's Frederick Tang Discusses What It Means to Find Opportunities in Design by Learning to Say Yes and No
 

Simple, Playful, Ambitious; A conversation with Benjamin Cadena on his journey to finding his voice in architecture., Mon, Dec 31 '18

His intuitive approach to architecture can be summed up by his playfully ambitious works that not only showcase his talents as a designer, but as an innovator in the field of architecture. Pulling from his influential upbringing in Bogotá, Cadena's use of simplistic forms and color has ...

Simple, Playful, Ambitious; A conversation with Benjamin Cadena on his journey to finding his voice in architecture.
 

New York's Dynamic Duo, Hou De Sousa, Blends Their Passion for Detail and Spatial Adaptability Into Beautifully Composed Projects, Tue, Dec 18 '18

After graduating architecture school, Nancy Hou and Josh de Sousa knew right away they wanted to start their own practice. After gaining experience by working for notable design offices, the two strived to create a practice which fed their appetite for creative freedom. Their attention to ...

New York's Dynamic Duo, Hou De Sousa, Blends Their Passion for Detail and Spatial Adaptability Into Beautifully Composed Projects
 

A Look at Brutalist Guatemala , Wed, Dec 12 '18

With the launch of Archinect's Brutal coffee, we hit our second destination in this two part feature. Heading over three thousand miles North-West of Brazil, we explore Guatemala and its Brutalist movement. Guatemala and its relationship with these monolithic structures are tied with ...

A Look at Brutalist Guatemala
 

A Look at Brutalist Brazil, Sat, Dec 8 '18

With the launch of Archinect's Brutal coffee we've decided to take a look at the Brutalist architecture of the two regions our beans have originated. A two part feature, today we explore the history of Brazil's Brutalist movement and how the iconic style has influenced the country. Stay ...

A Look at Brutalist Brazil
 

Employment 

Archinect, Director of Content

Sep 2018 - current
 

Education 

Art Center College of Design- Art Center at Night, South Pasadena, CA, US, Lighting Design

Jun 2018 - Apr 2019
 

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, Making + Meaning 2018

Jul 2018 - Aug 2018
 

University of Redlands, Redlands, CA, US, Bachelors, Communicative Disorders

Sep 2009 - May 2012
 

Areas of Specialization