I have a background in Interior Design from Kansas State University and spent three years working at a small commercial architecture firm in Wichita, Kansas, before coming to Austin to pursue a Master of Architecture. My focus is on gaining a greater understanding of construction while continuing to emphasize the experience of the user in designed space.

My academic interests include sustainable design, modern and vernacular construction practices, the use of historic materials in modern architecture, the inclusion of vernacular principles in modern architecture, the evolution of environmental control in buildings, and how buildings can be designed to adapt to changing uses over time.

UT | TUM Solar Decathlon 2015 Team Member

Teaching Assistant, ID Construction II and ID Design VI, Spring 2013, 2014, and 2015
Teaching Assistant, UTSOA IT, Spring 2015
Grading Assistant, 20th and 21st Century Designers, Spring 2014
Grading Assistant, History of Interior Design II, Spring 2014


  • Masters of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin, Candidate May 2015
  • BS in Interior Design, Kansas State University, 2009
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  • User Experience and Occupancy Evaluation
  • Construction
  • Building Material Explorations
  • Environmental Control
  • Vernacular Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Public Interest Design
  • Sustainability