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Kathy Shaffer Architecture & Design AIA

In 2004, Kathryn (Marsh) Shaffer AIA began her firm Kathy Shaffer Architecture & Design. During it's incorporation in 2008-2011, the firm continued it's work under the name Kathy Shaffer Architect, Inc. (KSA).

In 1984 Kathryn graduated Magna Cum Laude from the School of Architecture, Planning & Design at Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Interior Architecture. In 1988 she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Architecture from Louisiana Tech University with an emphasis in architectural history. Originally her work began when she was a teenager working in her architect-father's office in the 70s, Appleby & Marsh in Wichita, Kansas (Her father began his career designing the engineering for Uel C. Ramey's designs in Kansas, the Ape & Man Building for the Sedgwick County Zoo and numerous nursing homes throughout Kansas for Chuck Wurth, Sr.(Mid America Health Centers, Inc.). Part of her architectural internship was completed in Connecticut and Louisiana when she worked for such firms as Kaestle Boos and Russell Gibson von Dohlen (1985-86) and McNaughton Associates (1987) and the final stages were completed in 1988-89 while she played a key role in the design of the award-winning new Carousel Center in Syracuse, NY for Dal Pos Associates. In 1989 she became NCARB certified and obtained her license in Connecticut and in California a year later. In 1990 she began working on her own as Kathryn Shaffer, AIA on public, commercial and residential projects

For an interim period, Kathy worked for firms including LDA with HOK Architects on the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, SGPA on new and renovated high end commercial projects, Robert Lamb Hart, Planners Architects & Landscape Architects, and with Huntsman Group on tenant improvement projects for internationally known property owners including Walter Shorenstein (The Shorenstein Company). Also prior to starting KSA, she teamed up with another local architect on high-end multi-million dollar custom homes in Marin and Sonoma Counties, California.

Today, the eleven (11) year old firm is committed to the design and implementation of a design philosophy using environmentally sustainable architecture. The firm completes architecture and design for all types of custom buildings with a focus on public, office, retail, and residential. Some of her work with other firms on merging new buildings into the fabric of a historic district has gone on to win awards and recognition.

Projects Shaffer designed or co-designed have won 2 International awards, 4 AIA CNY awards, 1 AIA Gulf States award, and the AIACC Nathaniel A. Owings Award. Shaffer’s work and her work at other architectural firms have been featured in Architectural Digest, Golf Magazine, The Nineteenth Hole, Travel + Leisure Golf, and Architecture South. Because of the long design and construction cycle for major projects, she continues to win awards and recognition for projects she did while working for other architectural firms.

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