Meet Kristen Kuk, AIA Associate at Axis Architecture + Interiors. Kristen has been with Axis since June 2013. She grew up in Big Rapids, Mich., and graduated from Ferris State University, followed by a Master of Architecture degree from Ball State University. Kristen enjoys Axis because it’s a collaborative environment where the team knows how to work hard, and to have fun.
Which projects are you most proud to have been a part of, and why?
The Indianapolis Fire Station No. 7, definitely. I was involved in the project from concept through construction and enjoyed the challenge of working through the building’s large scale. I also enjoyed choosing the color palette – just the right shade of red for the metal exterior. It was great to see all the pieces come together.
I’m also proud of my work on recent residential projects, where no detail goes unnoticed. How will my clients use every inch of the space? And how can we give them a design that’s functional and aesthetically pleasing?
How would you describe your design style?
My aesthetic is clean, simple forms, with an emphasis on the details. The beauty is in highlighting moments throughout the space.
What is the most rewarding part about being a graduate architect for Axis?
Being involved on a project from beginning to end. Seeing something beautiful come to life, through sketches and computer models, and then through the construction process. Seeing the final space activated and functioning, like it was always there. It really doesn’t get any cooler than that.
What is the best career advice you have ever received?
Listen. You have to work closely with the client and other members of the team to hear what problems need to be solved. Only then can you work together to find the best solution for the situation.
Are you affiliated with any professional organizations, and/or do you serve as a board member or volunteer for any organizations?
I am a member of Ferris State University’s Architecture Advisory Committee. For the last three years, I’ve also worked at the Indianapolis Art Center’s Architecture Camp, which teaches high school students about design, architecture school, and about the profession. By the end of the week, it’s amazing to see how the students look at buildings and design differently.