“We don’t just talk about collaboration; we actually do it.”
For Evelyn, a career in architecture is not just a collection of buildings, but a series of relationships. Her passion for design started as a way to combine her love of both arts and sciences, and her clients are key to her creative process.
Evelyn studied art as an undergraduate and went to architecture school as an opportunity to think scientifically about the creative process. Her greatest satisfaction comes from seeing the physical build come together for the first time, and she is proud to have a body of work that positively impacts communities.
She says the biggest strength of MCG Explore Design is its culture of collaboration with team members, clients, engineers, and contractors, because it means ideas can come from all corners.
Active in the community, Evelyn is a longstanding board member of the Alaska Design Forum and a member and volunteer of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Alaska Chapter. When not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her horse, Jenny.
C Terminal Concourse, TSAIA
This structure is one of the first that visitors to Alaska interact with when they arrive. Evelyn and the team decided to have gates only on one side of the facility, allowing a full view of the stunning mountains on the other side.
“Working with communities, when you can make a difference and make a community a better place to live, is really satisfying,” Evelyn says. “I see my career as a collection of experiences for people, not just buildings.”
The creative process isn’t just something you can push through. Evelyn says horseback riding forces her to take a mental break, and when her mind can wander freely, she can be much more creative.