2002   Harvard University Graduate School of Design
          Child Care Design Institute
2001   International Study Group, Reggio Emilia, Italy
1989   Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania

1987   Graduate Studies, Atelier Italia, Ronciglione Italy

1985   Bachelor of Arts, Oberlin College
1984   Undergraduate Studies, Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies


Professional Experience

2012-Present    Blender Architecture, Principal

1996-2011       Holabird and Root, Project Designer
1994-1995       SMNG-A Architects
1992-1993       Landon Architects
1990-1991       Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
1989               Venturi Scott Brown 


Professional Registration and Affiliations

1992 - Present    Licensed Illinois Architect

2000 - present    National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

2000 - present    North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA)


Recent Presentations:

"Optimizing Outdoor Spaces for Multi-Sensory Exploration;" Chicago Metro Association for the Education of Young Children, Opening Minds Conference, January 2012.
"Nature Based Play and Facility Design: Using Nature and Physical Space to Engage Children, Support Learning and Improve Well Being:" Nature Education Workshop; Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, January 2012. (Also presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference, November 2010).
"Nature-Based Design Solutions that Connect Children with Nature," American Horticultural Therapy Association, November 2010.
"Designing the Early Education Facility to Support Collaborative Interdisciplinary Work with Campus Departments," National Coalition of Campus Children's Centers Annual Conference, April 2009.
Selected Articles:
"Organizing, Editing and Inspiring: Thoughts on Infant and Toddler Classroom Design in Relation to Brain Development," Collage emagazine, Community Playthings, 2010.