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Katherine Darnstadt

Founder & Principal, Latent Design


Architect and educator Katherine Darnstadt is the founder and principal of LATENT DESIGN, a collaborative of individuals whose projects focus on social, economic and environmental impact beyond the building. Katherine uses design to make the invisible forces impacting a project at local and global levels; policy, culture, climate; visible through architecture. Her firm is enhancing existing design practice and education to pro-actively engage in community-based participatory design as an advocate against the inverse relationship between design and economy. Katherine brings innovative design to those in resource and budget limited environments through a holistic, creative approach to design driven by community needs that leverages other partners and assets to address project challenges. Her passion for public interest design through participatory strategies and diverse background have allowed her to collaborate with change agents in design, science, arts and philosophy.

Since founding her practice in 2010, Katherine and her firm have been recognized as an emerging leader in the architecture profession and have been published, exhibited and featured widely, most notably at the International Venice Biennale, Core 77 Design Awards, Chicago Ideas Week, NPR, and as the 2013 American Institute of Architects Young Architects Honor Award winner.