I knew I wanted to be an architect from the age of 11, when my grandmother was looking for a new home in my hometown of Sandusky, Ohio. I would go with her to open houses, and picked up the floor plans that the builders provided as promotional materials. I had a whole folder full of these plans, and, for fun, I would “redesign” them. I also designed custom homes for my family and for family friends. These plans were drawn in crayon on manila paper, and, for some reason, they always included a built-in bar.

I graduated from the University of Cincinnati School of Architecture and Interior Design with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1991 after working for a couple of residential architecture firms as a co-op student. I also worked on shopping malls, medical office buildings, and other commercial projects along the way, but I have always preferred to work with people to design their living spaces. I became a licensed architect in 1994, and moved to Southeast Michigan that same year.

After working for two other architecture firms in Ann Arbor, I started Studio Z Architecture in 1997. I’ve designed several custom homes and redesigned many older homes in Southeast Michigan since then, and I truly enjoy what I do. Most of my projects are in Ann Arbor, but I have traveled as far as Birch Run, Michigan, to design a custom home.

When I am not at my drawing board, I enjoy making jewelry from polymer clay and singing with the Bitter Regrets, a band my husband and I formed several years ago.