To quote one of my former professors of architectural theory, ‘Design is a wicked problem – there is no right or wrong answer, but there is a best solution.'

Karen’s work strives to enhance quality of life, strengthen community, and minimize environmental impact. She predominantly leads the design of learning environments, and for the past 30 years’ has been motivated by the artful and appropriate integration of context, form, and function.

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada appointed Karen as a Fellow in 2010 and the Cascadia Green Building Council honoured her with a Fellowship in 2014. She is a frequent guest critic and thesis advisor for the UBC School of Architecture and has presented hcma’s work to numerous educational institutions and associations.

Adept at understanding each project’s unique issues, her attention to detail and rigorous management of the design and construction process creates true value within schedule and budget constraints.