If her name didn’t give it away, a favorite T-shirt from childhood, which she still has today, sums up Kathleen’s ancestry and fun, easy-going personality. A semester-long study abroad program based in Sheffield, England, allowed her to experience her ancestry firsthand, exploring regions of Italy, Ireland, and several other countries throughout Europe. Before she knew it, she had caught the travel bug.
Even with her passion for travel, Kathleen still considers herself at home here in the Midwest. Growing up in a small Illinois town at the confluence of 2 rivers, countless visits to nearby state parks fostered an early appreciation for waterfronts and ecology. Her fondness for these memories is evident as she recalls her dad’s 1970s Datsun from her childhood, lovingly dubbed, “hot rod,” and when the day finally came for “hot rod’s” 30-year run to end.
Kathleen believes there is always something to learn from past experiences, and that those experiences can influence future design decisions.
Looking for a way to synthesize her combined interests in art and science, it is no wonder she found landscape architecture a perfect fit at the University of Illinois, where she graduated with her BLA in 2015. When she is not at the office, Kathleen pursues her interests in drawing, painting, hiking Wisconsin’s many state parks, and exploring Madison’s unique neighborhoods on her bike.
And now part Badger!