Favorite projects always demand unique solutions.  For the past couple years, we’ve designed remodeling solutions for older homes, including homes from 1911, to the ‘20s, and 30’s, along with ranch homes from the ‘50s and ‘60s.  I’m increasingly fascinated by the shift in building technology over time, and how to design for each home type.  Projects become a three way dynamic – there’s a relationship between us, the client and the house. Solutions have to suit the existing house as well as the client’s goals.  Design sensibilities of scale and detailing carry over to our new home projects. We’ve developed a deeper perspective; creating a home for the future is not necessarily about designing for the current trend.  We think about the next 100 years and creating a sense of timelessness.

The nuts and bolts of putting together a project continues to engage me. Integrating technology and new products into a design and our drawings is something I really enjoy. As an extension of this, I look for opportunities to interact with tradesman, gaining insight on how things are done on the job site.  The more we understand how builders process information and execute our designs, the better our drawings will be.

Sharing these experiences with clients is especially satisfying; I enjoy taking the time to teach as we work through the design process.  Thinking about the built environment is a multi-faceted exercise – it’s about spatial volume, color, texture, materials, building methods and technologies. It’s important to me that clients are engaged, learning and collaborating as well as anticipating the end result.

  • Education and Certification
  • Cornell University, 1988, Bachelors of Science, Interior Design
  • University of Houston, 1994, Master of Architecture, Valedictorian
  • SEI Solar Design Workshop, 1997
  • LEED AP, 2007
  • Affiliations and Memberships
  • Solar Tour Coordinator 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012
  • AIA (American Institute of Architects)
  • NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards)
  • USGBC (United States Green Building Council)
  • HREG (Houston Renewable Energy Group)

 

I’ve learned that quality of life is as valuable as quantity of space. I’ve seen it time and again as we customize homes for specific needs. A growing trend in remodeling is evident. With years of experience in the residential sector I find breathing new life into an older home is as rewarding as building from the ground up. I have a passion for puzzles. Remodeling projects satisfy that passion. Designing within certain boundaries provides the potential for creative solutions you wouldn’t normally expect.

Every client is different and every project unique. I enjoy getting to know the couples and families we work with. Whether it’s a remodel or new construction there is a challenge to make it the very best for whom we’re designing it. Creating a special place for kids or pets is the icing on the cake. To know children will grow up in an environment I helped build is inspiring. Because we’re on this journey together, it is easy to become emotionally involved. And it is with pure pleasure I see each project completed and each family welcomed home.

  • Education and Certification
  • Art Institute of Houston, 2008, Bachelor of Fine Arts Interior Design, with Honors
  • LEED AP – H, 2010
  • Affiliations and Memberships
  • Solar Social Chair, Houston Solar Tour 2008, 2009, 2010
  • USGBC Texas Gulf Coast Chapter LEED ND Committee Member 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Art Institute of Houston, Program Advisory Committee 2012, 2013
  • USGBC (United States Green Building Council)

As an intern architect, my passion in architecture is discovering how buildings come together. I have great delight in designing the pieces and parts and watching them become a whole. From initial design concept drawings to the most precise, minute details, I love creating the drawings and 3D imagery that help build a project.  As clients see their dream homes come to life first on paper and then in reality, it’s rewarding to know I’m making someone’s wishes come true one piece at a time!

I joined RD Architecture in 2012 with a background in residential architecture. From prior experience, I knew that I wanted to continue with residential work, but needed to find a special firm. I found that in RD Architecture. Our amazing aptitude for translating people’s wishes into reality and breathing new life into old houses, all while fostering a great learning environment for me, is inspiring. Every day, I wake up happy, knowing that I’ll learn something new or start on another unique project. Will it be a historic remodel or a new LEED Platinum house? Who knows, but we love them all! One thing is for certain, no two projects will ever be the same and the sky’s the limit for what there is to learn.

  • Education
  • The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, 2010, Bachelors of Architecture
  • Affiliations and Memberships
  • Solar Tour Guide Chair, Houston Solar Tour 2012
  • AIA Houston, Residential Committee Member 2012, 2013
  • NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards)
  • USGBC (United States Green Building Council)