Saying yes – a lesson learned early in my work as a theatrical designer that I refer to constantly. Picture the tight schedule, lack of money, and a fantastical last minute idea from the director. The pragmatist says no, but – realizing the vision, exceeding expectations – ‘saying yes’ defines being a designer.
The constant in Braasch Architecture’s diverse projects is developing a strong driving concept that grows out of the needs of the client. We believe that embracing the constraints of schedule, budget, and function as well as collaborating closely with the client produces exceptional solutions and spaces that nourish joy and creativity.
Cathy Braasch RA NCARB LEED AP
Ms. Braasch is the founding principal of Braasch Architecture and an assistant professor in the Department of Architecture at the Pennsylvania State University. She taught architectural design studios with a focus on landscape and urban design at Northeastern University and the Wentworth Institute of Technology. At Penn State she has taught undergraduate and graduate architectural design studios, visual communications, and collaborative master planning. Her research interests include duration and creative production in built environment related to spaces for performance and adaptive reuse, memory and drawing, intersections of architectural design and urban landscape, and alternative models of professional practice.
Braasch Architecture’s work is comprised of commercial and residential projects that provide flexibility for the evolving needs of families and businesses. Previously, she was an associate at Stoss, working on urban landscape projects such as the Plaza at Harvard University and CityDeck in Green Bay, Wisconsin. As a project architect at Stephen Yablon Architect and Della Valle Bernheimer, she designed numerous projects including a hotel in Soho, a residential amenity space in Brooklyn, and a condominium building in Chelsea. She received a Master in Architecture at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University. Before pursuing architecture, Ms. Braasch designed scenery, lighting, and projections for theatrical productions.