Founded in 2008.
"What have you seen or heard this week in architecture?" We start our weekly staff meetings with a reminder to engage with the world as we find inspiration in buildings and people.
Our process begins by listening to our clients, and exploring the site. Our favorite projects are the hard projects, the necessary ones. We seek committed clients and real boundaries. We have access excellent partners for engineering, and we know the building codes.
What inspires us to take on a new project? Here are some of the things we look for:
- We love working with clients with clear vision and known needs.
- We promote mixed-use development and valuable use of land.
- We work for reclamation and redemption of empty spaces.
- Sustainability is a necessity. Material selections will be natural, non-toxic, local, and enduring.
- We understand daylighting. We’ll present efficient options for mechanical and electrical systems.
- We're inspired by the Raleigh community.
- We’re completely excited about innovation in materials, systems, and building strategies.
Whether the project is a restaurant in an abandoned warehouse or a church on a hill, or a combination of both with housing mixed in, we're ready to pursue it with you.
Meet The Team
Andrew Osterlund, AIA, CDT, LEED AP
Architect: North Carolina, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Tennessee (inactive), NCARB Certified.
Education: Virginia Tech, Bachelor of Architecture
Andrew has lived and worked in architecture in Raleigh since 1998, building and drawing from a broad base of project experience. His recent work on city-scale mixed-use developments has required extensive coordination and affinity among city, client, tenant, and technical demands. Team-oriented work sessions during design and construction have resulted in excellent built work, with amicable and profitable conclusions for all parties involved. Andrew has experience in all phases of architectural service, including feasibility studies, programming, design, systems coordination, construction documents production, specifications, multi-prime contracts, public bidding, field construction administration, and LEED certification.
Kristen Osterlund, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Architect: North Carolina
Education: Virginia Tech, Bachelor of Architecture
Kristen began working in Raleigh in the field of architecture in 1998 and became licensed in 2005. She has experience in managing public and private projects through all phases of design and construction. Kristen builds a strong relationship with clients by maintaining open communication among team members, and she enjoys the challenge of combining a fresh creative approach for each project with the technical details of materials selection and building envelope design.
Ashley Sessoms, NCIDQ
Education: Meredith College, Bachelor of Science in Interior Design
Ashley draws from her diverse experiences with various architects, contractors, and clients to work on all phases of interior design, starting with programming and moving all the way through to project completion. Meeting client expectations and finding the best solutions for each unique project, she enjoys helping clients find a vision for their space and using her creative talents to make that vision a reality.
Education: North Carolina State, Architecture
Jordan's background in carpentry lends a unique perspective in the design process, and his reading habit keeps us focused on better design. He keeps busy managing a range of projects in the office, from restaurant fitups to large apartment developments.
Project Manager / Design Professional
Education: Winthrop University, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design; University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Master of Architecture
After Rebecca graduated with a degree in interior design, she wanted to learn more about how buildings are put together and affect people’s lives. Her architecture master’s degree combined with an interior design background has given her a well-rounded approach to Raleigh architecture as the city grows. She appreciates the challenge that constraints give to a project and enjoys being able to affect people’s lives on a very human level with her interior work and shape clubhouses, homes and other projects in a big-picture way as an architect.
Education: Jefferson University, Bachelor of Architecture
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Joe studied architecture at Jefferson University (previously known as Philadelphia University). While he was learning about the built environment in school, he gained valuable hands-on experience at a woodworking company and worked on projects ranging from restaurants and cafés to residential kitchens and bathrooms. As an aspiring architect, he is interested in creating architecture with all aspects of design in mind, from the big picture concept to the small details. He is eager to use the knowledge and skills he gained in and out of school in his future career.
Education: North Greenville University, Bachelor of Arts in Print Media
Jordan's background as a local reporter and a social media manager has taught her to communicate with people from all walks of life. She values the community that Raleigh offers and is enjoying her role in helping people make those connections.
Jenny Profet, NCIDQ, LEED AP, Associate AIA
Education: North Carolina State University, Master of Architecture
Jenny is a Raleigh native and NC State graduate who started in architecture but realized through both teaching and practice that she wanted to focus on interior design. Her goal each time is to hear what the client needs, see what gets them excited and find the best fit for their unique project. She appreciates that design in Raleigh involves both big-city-level architecture and small-town connections.
Hiring - Intern Architect
We do have a desk open, and we would hire for the right fit. Architecture degree required, big ideas, Revit-ready, 0-2 years experience.