Karen L. Pitsley, AIA, CAPS has been drawing houses since she was a little girl. While pursuing her Architectural Degree at the University of Maryland, she worked as a bookkeeper at an electrical company, then at an accounting firm. She felt comforatable in the business world, and quickly knew she wanted to be her own boss. The chance came shortly after earning her architectural registration, with the opportunity to purchase an existing firm. The firm made money in its very first year, and was more profitable every year thereafter.
Karen learned every aspect of owning and running a business from marketing to finances. She also learned the importance of team unity and delegation. Karen is very good at listening to her client’s desires as well as assessing their needs. She started Transforming Architecture of Howard County in February of 2008 to pursue her aspiration of working solely in the residential sector of architecture. Even in a year of extreme construction decline, Transforming Architecture of Howard County managed to be profitable. (www.taofhoco.com)
Transforming Architecture has been an idea evolving over ten years and is now a reality, “Everyone deserves access to good design,” says Ms. Pitsley. “I plan to transform the public perception that hiring an architect is too expensive, and to make architects more accessible.”
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