July 18, 2018
I’m Kaysie. I am a licensed architect, and I joined B&V in April 2018. In my cover letter to the team, I wrote that working here was my dream job — I could not be more excited to be a member of this firm! It is so incredible to work in an office that is buzzing with activity and filled with conversation and laughter.
I consider myself a Seattle native (Renton counts, right?), and I’m so excited to be back in the PNW. For the last three years, I worked for a small firm in La Jolla, California, called Alcorn & Benton Architects, gaining experience as a designer and project manager while working on passing my licensing exams. Down there, I spent a lot of my free time surfing and drinking craft beer — not much has changed since my move back home, but I’ve traded in the surfboard for a skateboard.
Before that, I was in Eugene getting my Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon. The architecture school there focused heavily on sustainable design strategies and this has stuck with me as a passion and guiding force in my career. During that time, I studied abroad in Italy for a summer, taking part in two separate programs: one in Vicenza, studying architecture, and the other in Lecce, studying Italian language and culture. This experience instilled in me a confidence in myself and a deeper understanding of how architecture and culture are intertwined.
The reason I decided to become an architect is that I believe the built spaces around us shape the way we live our lives. Great design has the ability to bring people together, provide intimate individual spaces, or guide people through a space. My focus is on single family residential — I feel that the home is a sacred, intimate space, and one of the best gifts you can give yourself is a space that functions with your needs in mind.
Outside of the office, I like to go on adventures. Sometimes it’s visiting local neighborhoods that I don’t know well yet – recently South Park to grab a burger at Loretta’s Northwesterner and cruise around River City Skatepark. When I get a nice long weekend, I like to get outside.
Some weekends, it's heading over to George, Washington, to spend some time in the sun with family waterskiing on the Columbia River.
Other weekends, it’s hitting the road. Last year I spent a weekend at Zion with my partner, Max, climbing the most thrilling hike of my life, Angel’s Landing.
Whenever I get the chance, I’ll travel outside the US. The best trip abroad I have ever been on was to Rio de Janeiro, just prior to the 2016 Olympics. It was fantastic to see the city thriving and preparing for such a huge event.
I believe that one of the most important things that architects must do is continue to grow and learn new things from the world around them. I am looking forward to this next chapter in my life, back in Seattle, providing the best design that I can with B&V in order to strengthen our community.