My passion for architecture goes hand in hand with my passion for life, and I bring this enthusiasm and focus to my work. My drive for constant improvement of myself allows me to be open to new ideas, and always be learning from the world around me. When designing, I am sensitive to the needs and desires of the people who will use the spaces I design. This sensitivity is expressed in the scale, proportion, form, materials, and the details of the building, and I continue to reflect on how the individual will experience the space.
I am a licensed architect with over 20 years of residential experience in the Seattle area. Originally from South Jersey, I came to Seattle after graduating from Roger Williams University with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1995. After working 7 years at Geise Architects doing mainly residential remodeling, I went to work for Ross Chapin Architects. At RCA I focused on our cottage development work and was the project manager for our multiple award winning projects, Conover Commons and Danielson Grove. These projects, and our work around the country on similar developments, allowed me to mesh my passion for designing homes while fostering community through design. During my last few years at RCA, my focus gravitated to our custom home projects, both remodels and new homes.
Also, during this time, my husband, Neil Chapman of Brixton Builders, and I designed and built 3 houses including our current home. Having this personal experience has given me a unique insight into living in spaces that I have designed.
Working with individuals and families in creating their version of home is what I do best. It is incredibly rewarding to talk to my clients a month, six months, a year or longer after completion and to hear how happy they are living in their new home. Making positive changes to someone’s environment that pleases them, brings them joy, and enriches their everyday experience, is to me what it is all about.