Kate holds a Bachelor of Interior from Ryerson University, a Bachelor of Geography with specialties in Climatology and Planning with an Extended minor in English Literature from the University of the Fraser Valley, and a Masters of Architecture and Diploma in Metropolitan Design form the University of Minnesota where she was awarded a Richard Morril Thesis Award for Fishing for a Living: Preserving a Way of Life - An Extensive Fish Farm Along the East Fraser River in Partnership With The Stölo First Nation.
Prior to graduate school, Kate worked as detailer for stone masonry company doing design and details for restoration and new construction work in the Lower mainland, Southwestern BC, and various states along both the east and west coast of the United States where she gained and intimate understanding of specialty materials. Scopes of work ranged from fireplaces, full envelope design and restoration, through to carved keystones for vineyard arches and cathedral spires. Kate has also spent a decade in a local engineering office focused on restoration and field work of contemporary and heritage buildings throughout the lower mainland and southern BC. Her ongoing practice has covered interdisciplinary work in architecture, environmental design, heritage, and engineering. She is a registered intern architect with the AIBC, a registered CAHP member, and a member of Heritage BC and Vancouver Heritage.
Kate is the recipient of both a Vancouver Heritage and Heritage BC Award for her work one the restoration of a Neo-Gothic Entryway on the Normal School at City Square in Downtown Vancouver, for which a book was published. She has worked on projects ranging from private residences to building specific work as part of large redevelopment plans.
She teaches and mentors students remotely on an ongoing basis, and is fascinated by the inherent internal logic of heritage structures and how they contribute to dialogue of contemporary architecture.