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"Design is not just a visual thing. It's a thought process. It's a skill. Ultimately, design is a tool to enhance our humanity. It's a frame for life."
~Ilse Crawford 

Picking the right architect to design your home is up there as one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. You are likely to be embarking on a significant financial investment and entering a world unfamiliar to you; a world filled with technical jargon, numerous consultants, and the stress of navigating the matrix of city codes and ordinances. It all may seem, understandably, a bit daunting.


I hear you. And I’m here for you.


With more than 23 years’ experience, including extensive experience in residential design, and many returning clients, I pride myself on building relationships that are grounded in trust, open communication, and a real interest in who you are. On any given project, I wear many hats to bring your vision to life—designer, project manager, team coordinator, consultant matchmaker—but my goal is to make our time together feel like a genuine and seamless partnership from start to finish.


What does this partnership look like day-to-day?


I like to tell my clients that we’re getting into a long-term relationship. I will be in your lives for at least 6-9 months, oftentimes a year or more, and we will get to know each other very well. I will ask you many questions: Are you right or left-handed? Do you take your shoes off right when you come inside? Are you a cleans-the-dishes-immediately person or are you cool to let them soak overnight? (No judgement here, of course.) We’ll brainstorm ideas (trust me, you have brilliant ones), we’ll work through solutions together, and importantly, we’ll have fun creating a home that is authentically, holistically—you.


This is what allows my team to produce exceptional work. The relationships I build with clients allow us to think above and beyond the structural and aesthetic details to deliver a highly personalized, highly personal, experience. From the early stages of design, through construction, to the first time you walk into your new home, we’re here to really get to know you, and to empower you to create a space that truly brings you joy. At UMK, we believe that cultivating this vision starts from day 1.


Have a look around the site to see our work and get a feel for the kind of architect I am. If you think I’d make a good partner for your project, please reach out and we’ll find a time to chat.

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