I was born in Toledo, OH. When I was little, we lived in a modest four-square house across the street from a three story, American Gothic styled elementary school. I used to sit in my room and look out the window at how big that building was and wonder how all of that brick stood so tall.
I got into design at an early age. I was completely hooked on drawing houses and any other building. My crayons were well used. As I got older, my passion and creativity for design only grew. In high school, I was determined to learn how to hand draft and was often the only girl in the room. Eventually, I graduated from drafting machine parts to laying out floor plans of houses.
Once I got to college, I was so excited to be one of the few people who was accepted into the Architecture major at the University of Cincinnati. I had a unique opportunity during my college years to work full time in a firm as part of my education with multiple internships spread across the nation. (I even worked for a firm that was on the highest occupiable floor of the Chrysler Building. It was a joy to look out those triangle windows and see the World Trade towers and the Statue of Liberty every day.) Living for that summer in New York City, I realized that people can live in many different ways.
I worked on my Master's Thesis, Promoting Community: An Artists' Residence (
http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=ucin1114105112 ) I have always wanted to design for people and how they live. After graduation, I moved to California and started working on multi-family and affordable housing projects. (and others such as hospitality, medical, transportation, tenant improvements, offices, and more).
I have a beautiful daughter and when she was 3, I had designed a couple of playgrounds. I took her to the ribbon cutting for the official opening. For months after that, she would point at buildings and ask me if I built that. (I had NOT designed or built them). She is getting ready to start High School and she is still very proud of her Mama.
I have been working in the architecture field for the past 20 years. Aside from design, I have spent an innumerable amount of hours out on construction sites. I bring creative, cost-effective solutions to every project in an environment of collaboration. I approach projects with a determined focus on reducing unknowns, eliminating challenges, and bringing my clients to success.
I am proud to have started my own architecture firm and would love the chance to work with you.
Architecture has always had an influence in defining community and place. For over 20 years, as the founding Principal at KHB Architecture Studios, PLLC I have had the opportunity to contribute to the creation, enhancement, and rehabilitation of various communities. Through the planning, development, design, and construction of residences, urban infill, mixed use, condominium, senior living, hospitality, hospitals, parking structures, government projects, and other commercial projects we have worked with our clients to help promote a sense of community.
Spending years gaining experience, I always dreamed of working for myself and the clients I had yet to meet. The COVID-19 situation provided an opportunity for me to launch KHB Architecture Studios, PLLC. I am proud of the work I have accomplished and am looking forward to much more.