Katie received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati. After working for two years at a firm specializing in historic rehab, she moved to Chicago to attend the School of the Art Institute, where she received a Master of Architecture as well as a Certificate in Historic Preservation.
Katie's work in Cincinnati led her to focus her graduate research on issues of gentrification and displacement, and her practice quickly evolved to center on access, inclusion, and participation in design. This culminated in her thesis, titled This Is (Not) My Thesis, which explored participation as a strategy to disrupt systematic displacement.
Katie continues her practice as a staff designer at LBBA, along with independent research and involvement with the West-Side initiative Under The Grid.