Kristen co-founded Mutuus Studio in 2016 with architect Jim Friesz and artist and Saul Becker. Kristen has over 20 years experience working on a broad range of project types, from art collaboration projects, innovative workplace design to private residential design and interiors. She leads the residential and interiors projects in the firm and draws from her background in dance, theatre and film, to create thoughtful, provocative architecture and interior environments. She holds a Master's in Architecture from Dalhousie University, a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Design Studies from TUNS and graduated from WIBO Business in NYC.
Known for her enthusiasm and boundless energy, Kristen tackles complex projects with humor and grace. Kristen formally ran a solo practice Mutuus Brooklyn, worked as an Associate for Olson Kundig Architects in Seattle and Matthew Baird Architects in NYC. She has collaborated with world renown artists on numerous art installations on the High Line in NYC, Times Square, Art Basel Miami and the Acid Ball public art icon which transformed a former waterfront industrial artifact in Bellingham, Washington.
She has collaborated on multiple award-winning projects and her work has been published in a variety of national publications including The New York Times , Architectural Digest and World Architecture. Kristen has also exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) as a part of the Rising Currents: Projects for the New York Waterfront. She is co-author of The Good Office: Green Design on the Cutting Edge and is serves on the Board of Trustees the Henry Art Museum and serves on the National Council of Madame Architect.
2019 Gray Award
Commercial Interiors / Samara Restaurant
2018 Public Art Design Award of Excellence, NYC
2016 Acid Ball "Waypoint", Bellingham, WA competition winner
2016 Blueprint Award Winner Best Interior Project - Gawker Media Headquarters, NY, NY
AIA Honor Award for Excellence, Rising Currents: Working Waterline, NY
Art Basel Miami, Invitational Architectural Competition: 2nd place
Festival AIA National Honor Award, Delta Shelter
Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Award, Delta Shelter
AIA Housing Committee Award, Delta Shelter
AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Honor Award, Delta Shelter
Delta Shelter Architectural Record Awards, Record House, Delta Shelter
AIA Seattle Honor Award, Delta Shelter