I Am AIA:
Katie is an expert in capital project planning for arts & culture with twenty years’ experience in planning, decision making, and economic analysis for nonprofit and public sector clients. Katie spent a decade as a theatre planning consultant prior to shifting her focus to cultural economics and its intersection with design, working to help clients and design teams make informed decisions about investment in cultural infrastructure. Katie holds a B.A. in Architecture from Princeton University and an M. Phil. in Public History and Cultural Heritage from Trinity College Dublin.
How do you explain what you do for a living?
It’s always a struggle! I tell people that I do “institutional and economic planning for arts, culture, and heritage.” When they say “huh?” I say I’m one of the people you call when you want to build a new theatre or a new museum, or when you want to make plans about the ones you have.