KATHRYN WARREN

SAY IT LOUD - North Carolina Exhibitor

North Carolina Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I am inspired by the people around me who work hard to continually grow. I am inspired by the diversity within the field—So many incredible architects and designers are doing radically different work, yet we are all part of the same community.

KATHRYN WARREN

Bio:

Kathryn Warren is a second-year M1 graduate student of architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Before coming to architecture, her life was centered on ecology and the visual arts. She lives in Huntersville, NC, with her husband, pets, and plants.

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

I decided to become an architect as I wandered through Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia. For me, architecture is a way to combine my interests in ecology and design in order to have an impact on the world.

What do you do?

I am a graduate student in UNC Charlotte's School of Architecture. I study, I learn, I draw, I garden, I read, I write, I attend Zoom meetings, I play with my dogs.

What excites you in the work you do?

Architecture excites me because the problems are so big. Even in a small project, there is so much to consider. I love the way these challenges, which are a mix of the creative and the pragmatic, make you think. I love spending time with architects.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I am inspired by the people around me who work hard to continually grow. I am inspired by the diversity within the field—So many incredible architects and designers are doing radically different work, yet we are all part of the same community.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

I am proud of how the quality of work in my portfolio improves from year to year.

Featured Project Name: 

R-Line Resiliency Center

 

Featured Project Location: 

Charlotte, NC (NoDa neighborhood)

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

UNBUILT (Academic Project)

 

Role in Featured Project: 

Co-designer, with Anna Gelich

 

Featured Project Description:

The R-Line Resiliency Center features artist studio spaces, indoor and outdoor classrooms, and a farmers market that promote community food resilience and foster connection across the historical divide of the railroad tracks that run through the site. Small scale buildings reference the surrounding neighborhood's industrial mill history and the use of shipping containers as a primary building material reduces the project's carbon footprint and celebrates the rail heritage of the site and city.

Photography Credit:

N/A - all representation by Kathryn Warren & Anna Gelich