Katy comes from a multicultural background, as she has both Latin-American and Eastern European roots. She was born in Nicaragua and raised in Mexico. She spent a year abroad studying architecture in Madrid, Spain, and earned her bachelors from Universidad Del Valle de Mexico. Upon moving to the U.S, she lived in NYC, where she honed her knowledge of the field by earning her masters in architecture from the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture (honors). While there, she worked on a year-long cornerstone project that addressed climate change concerns in vulnerable communities. Her proposal re-used existing abandoned buildings for a year-round market and ferry station.
Katy saw first-hand how architects can work with communities to improve their quality of life. After graduating, Katy moved to Pennsylvania looking for a better future for her and her family. Here, she joined the Phillips and Donovan team as an Architectural Draftsperson.
She is interested in community-based projects, historic preservation, as well as in adaptive reuse. In her spare time, she enjoys fixing up her 1895 home, the outdoors, and traveling with her husband.