Katie leads the Urban Ecology Studio at Asakura Robinson where she works to integrate more science into practice. The Urban Ecology Studio’s work spans planning and design disciplines and incorporates resilient design principles, landscape ecology, plant science, health science, climate science, and other bodies of knowledge into work on parks, conservation areas, urban landscapes, neighborhood and small area plans, sustainable tourism strategies, and green infrastructure planning and design. Katie’s traditional training in ecology and her education in planning and design has armed her with the tools to understand how economic, cultural, social, and ecological goals must be balanced across scales for a resilient future.
She has been a part of the leadership team on numerous innovative projects including: Healthy Parks Plan for Travis, Bastrop, and Caldwell Counties, Austin FC Stadium Sustainable Design, Vision Galveston, Resilient Houston, and Dallas Water Gardens Ecological Design, among others. In 2019, Katie won the Under 40 Award for the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction category; and, was recognized as one of the top 25 women leaders in Austin as a finalist in the Austin Business Journal’s Profiles in Power Awards. Katie also serves on the City of Austin Environmental Commission, City of Austin Joint Sustainability Committee, The Trail Foundation Ecological Restoration Committee, and on the Board of Directors for Equality Texas (#yallmeansall).
If you could work on a project anywhere in the world where would it be?
Fiji! I did my Peace Corps service there as an environmental and women’s rights volunteer and I’d love to bring my knowledge of community-based planning and design back to a country that feels like a second home.
How do you have fun at work?
Music gets me/keeps me going- Brittany Howard, various French pop, Celia Cruz, Christine and the Queens!
If you had a superpower to make a bigger impact on communities/ cities/ or environments what superpower would you have?
To help cultivate more empathy – my number one goal in any project.