The owner of Kathy Schaffer Architect is Kathryn Marsh Shaffer. Here’s a little about her and her architectural firm:
Kathryn Marsh Shaffer, AIA is an American Architect, licensed in the States of California, Hawaii, Louisiana, Texas and Connecticut and certified by the National Council of Registration Boards (NCARB) that allows her reciprocity with other states.
In 2004, she began her firm Kathryn Shaffer Architect completing architecture and related engineering on various types of public and private projects. During it’s incorporation in 2008-2011, the firm continued it’s work under the name Kathy Shaffer Architect, Inc. (KSA).
In 1988 Kathryn graduated Summa Cum Laude from the School of Architecture, Planning & Design at Louisiana Tech University with an NAAB accredited Bachelor of Architecture. Originally her work began when she was a teenager working in her architect-father’s office in the 70s, Appleby & Marsh, in Wichita, Kansas. Part of her architectural internship was completed in New, York, Connecticut and Louisiana when she worked for such firms as Kaestle Boos and Russell Gibson von Dohlen (1985-86) and McNaughton Associates (1987) and the final stages were completed in 1988-89 while she played a key role in the design of the award-winning new Carousel Center in Syracuse, NY for Dal Pos Associates (1988-89). In 1989 she became NCARB certified and obtained her license in Connecticut and in California a year later. In 1990 she began working on her own as Kathryn Shaffer, AIA on public, commercial and residential projects including the Amanda Residence shown here.
For an interim period, Kathy worked for firms including LDA with HOK Architects on the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, SGPA on new and renovated commercial projects, Robert Lamb Hart, Planners Architects & Landscape Architects, and with Huntsman Group on tenant improvement projects for internationally known property owners including Walter Shorenstein (The Shorenstein Company). Also prior to starting KSA, she teamed up with another local architect on high-end multi-million dollar custom homes in Marin and Sonoma Counties, California.
Today, the thirteen (13) year old firm is committed to the design and implementation of a modern design philosophy using environmentally sustainable architecture. The firm completes architecture and design for all types of custom buildings with a focus on residential, public, office, retail, and restaurant projects.
Projects Shaffer designed or co-designed have won 2 International awards, 4 AIA CNY awards, 1 AIA Gulf States award, and the California Architectural Foundation (CAF) Nathaniel A. Owings Award. Shaffer’s work and her work at other architectural firms have been featured in Architectural Digest, Golf Magazine, The Nineteenth Hole, Travel + Leisure Golf, and Architecture South.
Because of the long design and construction cycle for major projects, she continues to win awards and recognition for projects she did while working for other architectural firms.