Registered Interior Designer (RID), NCIDQ, IDC, IDIBC
- Bachelor’s of Interior Design, Vancouver Island University (2017)
- Interior Architecture, University of Applied Sciences, Mainz, Germany (2015)
- Bachelor’s of Applied Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership (2007)
- Certificate of Commercial Floristry (2004)
Katie is a welcome addition to the team at Cascadia, bringing with her an eye for design detail coupled with a creative passion for her projects.
Her professional career stems from an initial interest in floral design, which broadened to include interior architecture and design resulting in a 7-year career working as a residential designer prior to returning to school. Katie's studies at VIU in Nanaimo led her to participate in a semester abroad, and further cemented her love for travel and European design aesthetic.
Katie continues to hone her interest in artisan handmade goods as well as a penchant for learning, healthy living and a positive outlook toward her personal and professional pursuits.
What volunteer organizations are you a part of?
Over the past four years I’ve been part of the Social Committee in our condo building, planning events such as the summer BBQ, Christmas dinner, sidewalk sale and I also coordinated a group of about 8 seniors over to IKEA for a day-trip. Lots of fun!
I am currently looking for further opportunities outside of our immediate community and I would like to contribute in some way to helping ensure children have food in their bellies before starting their days. Whether it’s through school breakfast programs, or volunteering with the Rainbow Kitchen or Backpack Buddies, I am hopeful I’ll find the right fit soon.
Tell us about your other degrees or qualifications. It does not have to do with architecture.
The first post-secondary program I completed was a 1yr certificate program in Floral Design from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Which I absolutely loved. That’s where I learned how much I enjoyed creating for others.
With my parents’ encouragement to complete further education, I ended up learning of a degree in Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership from Mount Royal University in Calgary. I mean with courses such as kayaking and rock climbing, who wouldn’t be interested right? I had a lot of fun completing this program and some of the closest friends I have today, are people I met during this time.
Ultimately, my keen interest in design led me back to university where I completed the Bachelor’s of Interior Design program at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo.
In 2020, after having achieved the specific education and work experience required, I wrote my NCIDQ exams. NCIDQ is the National Council for Interior Design Qualification, recognized globally as the industry’s indicator of proficiency in Interior Design principles and a designer’s commitment to the profession.
Is there an architecturally significant city you would like to visit?
That's a tough choice!
Not one specific city per se, but I would love to return to Sweden. From the simplistic beauty of the bright crimson red barns that dot the countryside, to the rows of efficient Passive Housing throughout (accompanied by historical stone cities and the strongly contrasted modern public buildings) the area has so much to explore.