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Karin Payson, AIA, LEED AP

Architect

Profile

Karin Payson is a licensed architect in California and New York, with over 25 years experience in planning, design and project management. Her architectural work has appeared in several exhibitions and publications, including California Homes; Science & Spirit; Architectural Digest; San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Magazine; Sunset Magazine; The Sacramento Bee; The San Francisco Examiner Sunday Magazine; and The New York Times. Her article “Smart Size Me” was printed in the 2006 issue of Small Firms, Great Projects.

Over the years, she has combined professional practice with teaching undergraduate design studios in New York and the Bay Area. With demands for her services requiring her to forgo recurring classroom teaching, she has continued to be an invited guest critic and lecturer at UC Berkeley, Berkeley Extension, and the San Francisco Studio of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Special Qualifications

Ms. Payson is a no-nonsense pragmatist and an effective presenter at conferences and public hearings. In addition to public library projects, Ms. Payson has produced large-scale single family homes and commercial and institutional interiors throughout Northern California, Wyoming and New York.

She is an effective interpreter of planning code ambiguities and a capable mediator of often conflicting owner, planning department and neighborhood interests.

Curriculum Vitae

Career Experience

Karin Payson is a licensed architect in California and New York, with over 25 years experience in planning, design and project management. Since founding her own architecture and design firm KPa+d in 1992, Ms. Payson has been engaged in projects with an assortment of private and public clients.

In January 2011, Ms. Payson completed the interior design and construction of a new home for the San Francisco Holocaust Archive. She also recently completed, as Associate Architect and Interior Designer, the second in a series of three projects for the San Francisco Public Library system. The Parkside Branch, which reopened to the public in November 2010, received a renovation and expansion and is expected to achieve a LEED Silver rating. A similar project at the West Portal Branch was completed in 2007, and Ms. Payson is working in the same capacity on a new building for the Bayview Branch. In addition Ms. Payson has produced large-scale single family homes and commercial and institutional interiors throughout Northern California, Wyoming and New York.

Prior to founding KPa+d, Ms. Payson was a Project Architect at Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, a large New York office. Her work there focused on the planning, programming and design of large-scale commercial buildings, high-rise housing, and adaptive re-use of historically significant buildings.

Professional Certifications and Licenses
  • Architect, State of California, C 22856
  • Architect, State of New York, 018959-1
  • LEED Accredited Professional
Education
  • Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture and Planning Master of Architecture, 1984
  • University of California, Berkeley Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, 1981
References and Testimonials
  • Mindy Linetzky, Bond Program Administrator, San Francisco Department of Public Works, 30 Van Ness, San Francisco, CA 94102 415-557-4662
  • Gregory Murphy, Director of Facilities, Jewish Family and Children’s Services 2150 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94115 415-449-3853
  • Jonah Cohen, Managing Principal, THA Architects 733 SW Oak Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 94205 503-227-1254
Contributions to Profession and Community
  • Board Member, AIA California Council, 2008, 2009
  • Board Member AIA, San Francisco Chapter, 2006, 2007
  • F.A.R. Study Committee with San Francisco Supervisor Mark Leno, 2000 – 2002 Awards and Exhibitions
  • Lecturer, Associate Professor and Guest Critic at the University of California Berkeley, California College of the Arts, Academy of Art College, UC Extension, the San Francisco Studio of California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo, and New York Institute of Technology
  • Authorship includes Smart Size Me and Small Firms Great Projects
  • Architecture featured in The Lighter Side of Dark, by Zahid Sardar, San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Magazine 5/8/2005 (http://kpad.com/SfChronMag_Kittler.pdf), California Adventure, by Christopher Hall, Architectural Digest, 11/2004 (http://kpad.com/archdigest_kpad.pdf), A Place for Everything, by Mary Jane Bowling, Sunset Magazine, 2/2002 (http://www.kpad.com/sunset/sunset.html), A home for the Delta, by Patricia Beach Smith, Sacramento Bee California Life Magazine, 12/18/1999 (http://kpad.com/SacramentoBeeArticle.pdf)
  • Exhibitions: The Art of Architecture,Danville Fine Arts Gallery, Inspired Outcomes: Women Leading Change, San Francisco AIA, Totem Design “Workplaces” Competition, Honorable Mention; New York, 2001, Dollhouse: The Designer Showcase in Miniature; Benefit Project, San Francisco; Petchitecture, A Benefit Exhibition for PAWS, San Francisco, New Utah Housing Competition, Small Multi-Family Site; Winning Scheme, California Women in Environmental Design, San Francisco