It’s been a busy start to the new year here at Studio E – with several new projects on the boards and several more in construction, the outlook for 2013 is promising. On that note, we’re also very happy to announce that we’ve had some recent additions to our team. Read on to meet the new faces at Studio E Architects!
Perriann’s desire to become an Architect came in childhood; soon after her short-lived “I want to be a ballerina” phase (she soon learned she could not dance). Her mother supported her whims, thinking she would be like everyone else and change her major seven times before setting foot on a college campus. Happily for Perriann, it never changed. In the summer of 2012 she graduated from NewSchool of Architecture and Design with a Bachelors of Architecture (and five minors), the first step in making her dream a reality. Throughout the years she has always made time to give back to the community through volunteer work – currently volunteering with the San Diego Architectural Foundation as Membership Director, as well as Rebuild Global as the Designer Match Project Coordinator.
When she is taking a break from actively pursuing an Architect’s license, she can be found playing almost any competitive sport (mostly soccer), making pottery, cooking, or at the local cafe drinking copious amounts of coffee.
A native of South Minneapolis, Per earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Minnesota. He continued his studies at the NewSchool of Architecture and Design, where he was awarded the Presidential Merit Scholarship and attained his Master of Architecture degree, graduating with honors in 2006. Per worked on a variety of project types prior to joining Studio E earlier this year, and continues to study architectural history – returning to the NewSchool as an assistant design instructor, a guest juror and member of the curriculum committee.
Since leaving Minnesota, Per has traded his resilience to bitter cold for a connection to sun and waves, often taking advantage of this freedom by commuting on two wheels. In addition to bicycling and motorcycling, he enjoys Frisbee and any outdoor activity that involves throwing, catching, hitting or kicking a ball of any kind.
Cathy grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s of Architecture. Even in the early days of computer technology, Cathy was interested in what kind of role the computer could play in the world of Architecture. While looking for her first job in San Diego, she was in fact told that there was no place for the technology and should give it up. She did not.
In 1991 Cathy started her own company, which morphed over time from a traditional Residential Architecture practice, to support for other Architects on a variety of project types, and finally to Revit consulting and mentoring.
After teaching CAD for a number of years at the Design Institute of San Diego, she became an Application Engineer for the local Autodesk Reseller. She became a pioneer in BIM technology, starting the San Diego Revit User’s Group – which she still leads today, some 10 years later.
When not working, Cathy’s time is spent making sure that her Great Dane’s life is full of joy!