KRISTINE ANDERSON

PKA Architecture

SAY IT LOUD - Minnesota Exhibitor

Minnesota Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I’m always inspired by the collaboration with our clients and my colleagues! I feel fortunate to work with homeowners who appreciate great design, our amazing team of architects and designers and our design and construction partners.

KRISTINE ANDERSON

Bio:

Kristine Anderson, Assoc. AIA, is a designer and managing principal of PKA Architecture. Kristine joined the firm in 2009 and was named a partner in 2014 and managing principal in 2020. She has received numerous awards for her designs and her projects have been showcased on the AIA MN Homes by Architects Tour and in local, regional and national publications. A native of Arizona and California, Kristine received her B.A. and a Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota.

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

I grew up in L.A. and Tucson and my dad took us on amazing city tours and road trips all over California and Arizona. When I was 16, I went to Chicago with my mom. As I experienced the magnitude of the architecture, I knew I wanted to be a designer.

What do you do?

In addition to designing residential and boutique commercial projects, I mentor and nurture my colleagues while fostering a dynamic culture of collaboration with clients, builders, interior designers, landscape architects and other partners.

What excites you in the work you do?

I’m always excited by my clients’ unique stories and their land. Whether I’m designing a new home or a renovation, I’m honored to have the opportunity to create a profound and beautiful connection between my clients and their natural environment.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I’m always inspired by the collaboration with our clients and my colleagues! I feel fortunate to work with homeowners who appreciate great design, our amazing team of architects and designers and our design and construction partners.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

I’m proud to be part of the PKA team. Together with my colleagues, we’ve worked hard to grow our firm intentionally, building enduring relationships with clients and partners and creating award-winning projects that enhance our clients’ lives.

Featured Project Name: 

Gleason Lake Mid-Century

 

Featured Project Location: 

Plymouth, Minnesota

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

June 2016

 

Role in Featured Project: 

Designer and Project Manager

 

Featured Project Description:

While the clients loved the look of their mid-century home and the way it was situated on a hill overlooking a quiet lake, they were challenged by the outdated interior layout and the lack of a strong connection to the outdoors. Project goals for this extensive renovation project included preserving the home’s mid-century character while updating it to reflect the clients’ modern lifestyle and creating a dynamic indoor-outdoor connection to make the most of the beautiful lakefront site.

Photography Credit:

Steve Henke

Featured Project Name: 

Bayside Residence

 

Featured Project Location: 

Wayzata, Minnesota

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

August 2019

 

Role in Featured Project: 

Member of the design team

 

Featured Project Description:

The owners envisioned a discreet modern home that was knitted to the landscape, creating a single level living experience with an open, communal family gathering space for their grown children and grandchildren. Located on the western edge of a large resort lake, the sloping, wooded lakefront site is adjacent to a public marina and park, thus requiring special attention to visual and acoustic privacy. The design was realized with rigorous adherence DNR guidelines and local zoning requirements.

Photography Credit:

Paul Crosby