Karen Pitsley, AIA, CAPS
Karen Pitsley is owner and principal architect at Transforming Architecture. She started the company in 2008 in order to focus on her love of residential architecture and design. Her system of “Custom Designs. Flat Fees.” provides clients a clear understanding of the services provided and costs when hiring an architect. Her expertise in home design and Aging-in-Place design has made her firm one of the top in Howard County and surrounding areas.
Karen is a graduate of the School of Architecture, University of Maryland College Park, Leadership Howard County, World Legacy Leadership Program, and the Landmark Forum. With her continued success and desire to give back to her community, Ms. Pitsley became Co-founder and Vice-President of Shari’s Promise, a non-profit dedicated to protecting children from childhood sexual abuse. Shari’s Promise and Hopeworks merged in 2016. Always striving to make a positive impact in her community, Karen served two terms as President of the Business Women’s Network of Howard County supporting professional women to achieve their personal and career goals. She is currently serving a four year term on the Maryland State Architectural Review Board, appointed by the governor. Because of her tireless efforts to give back, she was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women of 2011, 2013 and 2015, one of Maryland’s top MBEs in 2014, and BWN’s Woman of Distinction in 2012.
Karen Pitsley lives in Highland, MD with her two boys, puppy and chickens.
Nicole has been a part of Transforming Architecture team since February 2012, during which she completed a mentorship experience during her senior year in the Applications & Research Laboratory’s Architectural Design Academy. Ms. Butcher then earned her Bachelor of Science in Architecture with a Sustainability Studies minor at the University of Maryland and is now pursuing her Masters degree at the University of Michigan. She has experience as a mentor for high school students interested in the architectural design process and frequently returns to her alma mater in College Park for critiques and studio reviews. Her passion for residential architecture stems from developing personal connections with clients and their projects in order to successfully translate their visions for their home. In the future, Nicole looks forward to earning her license to practice architecture as well as designing a marketable furniture line. Her recent travels to France and Italy have inspired her to experience a variety of cultures throughout Europe and Asia, with Thailand being her next planned excursion.
Grace joined the TA team Fall of 2017 as a full-time architectural design intern. She is a recent graduate from the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at the University of Maryland. While working towards her Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Grace also studied green building standards and sustainability; earning a certification as a LEED Green Associate. While pursuing a degree in architecture she got the opportunity to study abroad in Greece with some of her classmates who are now her coworkers. During her time at Maryland, she was also a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a professional coed service fraternity. After graduation, Grace continued to indulge in her love of travel by visiting France, Italy and Spain. Her hopes and dreams are to travel to new countries with many sights, sounds, and opportunities to continue learning.
Sara is currently a part-time architectural design intern at Transforming Architecture and joined the team in Spring of 2016. After recently receiving her Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Sara Conover is now a first year graduate student at the University of Maryland seeking a Master’s degree on the way to earning her license to practice architecture. To coincide with her Sustainability Studies minor, Sara earned her credential as a LEED Green Associate by demonstrating her knowledge of green building standards. She has experience as a graduate assistant teaching a summer course at the University of Maryland challenging high school students to illustrate spatial and conceptual design. Sara has also served as Vice President and 2017 National Convention Delegate for the Olynthius Chapter of Alpha Rho Chi, a professional fraternity for architecture and related professions. Her interests in different cultures and traveling have led her to embark on trips to England, Italy, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, and Iceland. Sara looks forward to expand her travels to the region of Scandinavia where she intends to study how architectural design strategies within those cultures affect their citizens’ overall well- being and happiness for her master’s thesis.
Lauren joined the Transforming Architecture team in December 2016. She worked part-time while completing her Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree at the University of Maryland. While in school she served on the Leadership Board of the American Institute of Architecture Students and was inducted into Tau Sigma Delta, the Architecture Honor Society. Ms. Lopatka also graduated with a Sustainability Studies minor, and received her LEED Green Associate credential. Upon graduating, she transitioned to a full-time position at TA. Ms. Lopatka has spent time working in both a commercial and residential setting and has discovered her passion in home design while working at Transforming Architecture. She plans on becoming a Licensed Architect, and is currently working on earning her Architectural Registration.
Taina has been part of the Transforming Architecture team since June 2017 as a full-time architectural design intern. She received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture at the University of Maryland in May of 2017 and will soon begin pursuing her Masters of Architecture in the fall of 2018. Taina is interested in sustainable studies and has become a LEED Green Associate and pursued a minor in sustainability. She has experience in mentoring high school students in the design process and served as the Secretary in the UMD chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students.Her favorite part about her job is working with homeowners to create spaces they want to come home to, whether it’s a kitchen reno or designing a custom home. In her free time, she enjoys lounging with her two dogs, Konah and Basel while enjoying a delicious slice of pizza.
Jeanne is the office manager of Transforming Architecture of Howard County. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Education from the State University College at Oneonta, NY and a Masters in Education from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Mrs. Green has provided administrative and marketing services in architectural offices for over 25 years.
Mrs. Green and her husband live in Columbia, Maryland. They are the parents of two grown boys and a daughter who is attending Salisbury University.