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.
By working as a strength coach and an architect, 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.
I also co-host a podcast called More Female Strength with Katherine Bickford. Together, we offer candid conversations on strength and culture from a more female viewpoint. We discuss training topics with a healthy heaping of perspective, feelings, and humor.
When I’m not coaching other people, I am competing in both USAPL Raw Powerlifting and Masters Rowing. My best lifts are: 285 lb squat, 167 lb bench, 120 lb press and 358 lb deadlift. I am a member of the Virginia Boat Club and race competitively with their masters team.
Registered Architect, (RA) Georgia + Virginia
LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction (LEED AP, BD+C)
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
Certified Starting Strength Coach (SSC)
Competitive USAPL Raw Powerlifter
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
Virginia Boat Club Competitive Team Member
2016 USAPL Raw Nationals Competitor (63kg)
Various USAPL meets (2014-2018)
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)