Karen Pitsley, AIA, CAPS
Karen Pitsley, AIA, CAPS is principal architect of Transforming Architecture of Howard County. Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the School of Architecture, University of Maryland College Park, Ms. Pitsley joined the firm of GMA&D as a Project Designer. In 2003, Ms. Pitsley and Kate McCullough, AIA opened Symmetry First Architects, LLC. Because of her love of residential architecture and desire to work only in this venue, she decided to leave Symmetry First and start Residential Reflections Architects, LLC.
Ms. Pitsley’s constant effort to move forward and reach new heights lead her to become President of Transforming Architecture in 2008, the nation’s only franchisor of architectural services, which now has franchisees in Maryland, Ohio, Florida, and Texas. Due to the originality and demand for a franchise of architectural services, as well as the extreme success of Transforming Architecture, Ms. Pitsley was named 2011 Innovator of the Year by The Daily Record Newspaper. She has been a presenter to Architects about business and marketing around the country.
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. Always striving to make a positive impact in her community, Ms. Pitsley works to promote and support professional women achieve their career goals through her 2010 -2011 Presidency of the Business Women’s Network of Howard County. Because of her tireless efforts to give back, she was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women of 2011.
Karen Pitsley lives in Highland, MD with her two sons.
Jeanne Green 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.
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.
Rachel Reinhard is currently a part-time Intern at Transforming Architecture and joined the team in Spring 2012. As a junior at the University of Maryland College Park, Ms. Reinhard is enrolled in the Undergraduate Architecture, Sustainability and Germanic Studies Programs. Last year, Ms. Reinhard received the SIP UAS7 Scholarship which allowed her to study Architecture at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences and intern under Jochen Siegemund at the Corporate Architecture Research Center. Her work primarily focused on Smart City Concepts and future city planning. Now back at the University of Maryland, she is seeking to earn her Masters of Architecture and Community Planning.
Nicole Butcher is currently an Intern at Transforming Architecture of Howard County. Ms. Butcher is a junior enrolled in the University of Maryland Undergraduate Architecture program. She is seeking to earn a Master of Architecture.
In high school, Ms. Butcher was admitted into the Applications & Research Laboratory’s Architectural Design Academy. In the fall of 2011, Ms. Butcher’s student work was displayed at the AIA Baltimore Chapter Awards Ceremony. In her senior year, she also completed her mentorship experience with Transforming Architecture. Ms. Butcher joined the Transforming Architecture team after graduating in May 2012. She plans to join the AIAS and USGBCS at University of Maryland College Park.