Kate McNamara

Kate McNamara

New York, NY, US

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Kate is an aspiring architect in New York. She received her BA in Mathematics at Swarthmore College in 2012, with a thesis on fractal theory and its application in art. After managing production and sales for Rigel Stuhmiller in Berkeley, CA, she worked for TAI+LEE architects in Pittsburgh, PA. Kate then received a Masters of Architecture at Columbia GSAPP, where she worked as a Teaching Assistant for the Architectural Technology department, as a Research and Design Assistant for the GSAPP Housing Lab, and as a monitor in the makerspace.

Kate is a recipient of the 2020 Percival Goodman Fellowship, for, a project tracing the flows of climate finance behind carbon offsets, and exposing the financial colonialism of the emissions trading industry.

Kate's academic architectural work uses data to design infrastructural systems that respond to changing climatic conditions. 



Columbia University GSAPP Housing Lab, New York, NY, US, Research and Design Assistant

Assisted with research and drawings for the 2020 Venice Biennale Arsenale exhibition.

Oct 2019 - May 2020

Architectural Technology Department, Columbia GSAPP, New York, NY, Teaching Assistant

Scheduled weekly meetings with lead and specialized critics (both in person and digitally). Organized all submissions for students. Held weekly office hours and individual meetings with students. Gave Zoom tutorials for all critics once classes went digital.

Aug 2019 - May 2020

Dattner Architects, New York, NY, US, Architectural Intern

Assisted on two RFPs, one later awarded to Dattner. Drew plans and sections, diagrammed site, program, and phasing conditions. Contributed to massing and facade design.

May 2019 - Aug 2019

GSAPP Fabrication Shop, New York, NY, US, Shop Monitor

Assisted students with projects in both the digital makerspace and woodshop. Operated 3D printers, laser cutters, and the CNC machine, among many other tools.

Jan 2018 - May 2019

CannonDesign, New York, NY, US, Architectural Intern

Designed gradient frit pattern using Grasshopper for hospital windows. Panelized elevations, created typical and atypical panel sheets and schedule. Edited RCPs, Finish Plans, Floor Pattern Plans and Interior Elevations.

May 2018 - Aug 2018

Tai+Lee Architects, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Architectural Intern and Office Manager

Edited construction documents, specifications, and contract documents. Wrote door, window, signage schedules. Drafted plans for apartment renovations. Accounting and administrative duties.

Jun 2016 - Aug 2017


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, MArch, Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning

Aug 2017 - May 2020

Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, US, Bachelors, Mathematics

Aug 2008 - Jun 2012


Percival & Naomi Goodman Fellowship, Grant

The purpose of the Percival & Naomi Goodman Fellowship is to enable the recipient to carry out a project of social significance related to the interests of Percival Goodman.

The project, Offset Mapping, traces the flows of climate finance behind carbon offsets, and exposing the financial colonialism of the emissions trading industry.


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