about.

I’m a licensed Architect, a Starting Strength Coach and a rower in Richmond, Virginia. I love super dorky things and probably say the word “awesome” way too often. But my goal is to live a happy and fun life, all the while helping others to do the same – whether it’s through the built environment or your own built body.

I started my competitive athletic career as a gymnast at age 2 and retired at age 15. I went on to compete in track & field in high school. By the time I got to college, I thought I could ditch the sports and focus on architecture, but instead I found rowing. The teamwork, skill and beauty of the sport took me in and never let me go. After college, I continued to row and began my coaching career at the same time I launched my architectural career. These two passions have continually battled it out over my time and I believe that finding the balance between them allows me to grow in many different dimensions at once.

Currently, I am working as both a strength and rowing coach as well as an architect. By doing so, I have discovered an abundance of overlaps between the spaces we build and the bodies that occupy them. I believe in the power of design and the endless benefits of well-thought out spaces. I also believe that strength training leads to healthier and happier people. Together, these lead to a more awesome life.

When I’m not coaching other people, I am competing in both USAPL Raw Powerlifting and Masters Rowing. In 2016, I attended USAPL Nationals and have qualified again in 2017. My competition bests are: 275 lb squat, 160 lb bench, and 352 lb deadlift. I am a member of the Virginia Boat Club and race competitively with their masters team.

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ARCHITECTURE:
Registered Architect, (RA) Georgia + Virginia
LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction (LEED AP, BD+C)
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)

STRENGTH:
Certified Starting Strength Coach (SSC)
Competitive USAPL Raw Powerlifter

ROWING:
UCanRow2 Certified Master Instructor
Concept2 Indoor Rowing Instructor
Virginia Boat Club Member
Atlanta Erg Sprints Organizer
Georgia Tech Crew Alumni Affinity Group Member

EDUCATION:
Masters of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, 2008
Bachelor of Science: Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, 2001
L’Ecole de la Villette, Paris, France, 2000
Central Senior High School, Capitol Heights, Maryland, 1997

FITNESS ACHIEVEMENTS:
Virginia Boat Club Competitive Team Member
2016 USAPL Raw Nationals Competitor (63kg)
USAPL 2016 Citadel Nutrition Open, Gold in 63kg & Best Female Lifter
2015 Georgia & Southern State Championship: 3rd place 63kg
Random 5k runner, half-marathon slugger & bootcamp/CrossFit competition partaker
1999 Dad Vail National Rowing Championships: Silver medalist for Georgia Tech Varsity Open 4+
1997 Maryland State Long Jump Champion
Maryland State Champion 4×100 meter relay & overall Team Champions (1995 & 1997)
13 years of competitive gymnastics, Junior Olympic Nationals in 1994 (Level 10)