I like to solve problems, a key aspect of engineering, but I’m also drawn to history and the way that built environments shape people’s lives.
Kelsey began studying biomedical engineering in college and then shifted to architecture before finding urban planning and design. She likes to problem solve, a key aspect of engineering, but she’s also drawn to history and the way that built environments shape people’s lives. She likes to think about how all the pieces are connected, so urban planning and design is a perfect fit for her. Planning has a broader approach and scope than architecture, and it offers the opportunity to interact with communities. Kelsey loves to work on a wide variety of projects. It keeps her on her toes and learning, which she enjoys. No two projects are the same, and that diversity keeps every day interesting. She also likes participating in multiple phases of projects. Before joining Otak she was mostly involved in the front-end planning, schematic design, and outreach phases, and now she likes being able to see projects through to completion. Kelsey is on the board of her neighborhood organization and is chair of the Zoning and Land Use Committee.
Master of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Colorado Denver
B.S., Urban Ecology, Minor in Multidisciplinary Design, University of Utah
Certificate in Interdisciplinary Sustainability, University of Utah
Colorado Center for Community Development
City Park Alliance
Denver Architecture Foundation
Habitat for Humanity