From an early age, I enjoyed drawing floorplans and analyzing why some spaces are more enjoyable to be in than others. I was also very interested in psychology and had a strong desire to help others, which led me to pursue a degree in social work, with an emphasis in mental health. During my final year in college, however, I realized that the practice of social work was not going to satisfy my strong need to “see” the results of my work. I completed my degree and worked for a few years until I was ready to go back to school to become an architect.
I had the great fortune to be accepted into the apprenticeship program at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, where I learned to be an architect by working on real projects with Taliesin Architects. I‘m very grateful to have had the chance to “learn by doing”, to live in Mr. Wright’s buildings at Taliesin and Taliesin West for eight years, and to be part of the creative Taliesin community. I met and married my husband Paul (also a Taliesin apprentice), completed my Master of Architecture degree, and obtained my Wisconsin architectural license before striking out on my own in 2000, after the birth of my sons.
I currently live in Spring Green with my husband Paul (an architect for Jewell Associates Engineers), and my twin sons Christopher and James. In addition to my professional activities, I’ve been involved as a cub scout den leader, church youth leader, food pantry volunteer, youth soccer club board member, soprano and baseball mom.
Architecture provides the perfect outlet for me to combine my artistic and visual sense with my analytic side. Fortunately my social work background has not gone to waste, since psychology plays an important part in our perception of space. And I’m able to help people by working with them to improve the spaces that they live and work in.
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