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ms Q+A: Kate Spires

Maggie Kearns

July 2, 2018

KATE IN 100 WORDS OR LESS

I’ve been an architect with ms for almost a year. After a decade of working on projects across the nation, I’m finding serious fulfillment here in Youngstown, working on projects that revitalize a place where I grew-up. I teach architecture studios from time to time and find the balance between academia and professional practice to be a personal necessity. I curse the day ACT ceilings hit the market; and think that the assurance of indoor plumbing everywhere is the best thing about living in this time period. I love coffee and ice cream and above all else, my husband, daughters, and family.

THE SPEED ROUND

What was your first job?
Tennis coach

 

One item on your bucket list?
Hike Macchu Pichu

 

If you could have a cup of coffee with anyone, who would it be?
Nina Simone

 

If you only had one last meal to eat, what would it be?
Champagne and oysters on a sunny patio

 

Last thing you read?
Ways of Seeing by John Berger

 

Farthest you’ve traveled from home?
Tokyo, Japan

 

Early bird or night owl?
Early bird

 

Best concert you’ve been to?
I prefer laying on the floor with my head between two speakers to a concert.

 

Favorite movie?
Kill Bill 1 and 2. Quentin Tarantino always over-delivers.

TELL US MORE

If you weren’t an architect, what would you be doing?
I’d want to be an ice cream taste tester or an astronaut.  

 

Which project are you most proud to have been a part of, and why?
Youngstown Park and Amphitheater. This is a civic project that is both enormously fun and enormously serious – which is quite fulfilling.

 

What (types of) clients have you worked with in the past? Any notable experiences?
Creative workplaces and higher education. Any really notable experience has been one of collaboration. One of the coolest was collaborating with Hiker Company to make hype videos and interactive experiences, which helped to launch a master plan for Under Armour.  

 

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I have two girls under two years old. What’s free time?