Our staff members are all committed students of the accumulated wisdom of history as it is expressed in traditional architecture and urban design. Our passion for building strong communities starts here in our studio, among our friends and colleagues.
Allison is passionate about designing with and for the local community, and has been involved with several adaptive re-use projects while at Union Studio, including the Westminster Street Buildings, Renovation of the Leonard Brown House, and Keeping History Above Water with the Newport Restoration Foundation. During her undergraduate studies, she spent time traveling
abroad in Mexico studying geometries and construction techniques of pre-Columbian, open-air churches and masonry vaults. Allison is also a jewelry designer, and frequently serves as a guest critic at the Rhode Island School of Design Department of Architecture.
Allison earned a Bachelor of Science in Architect with a minor in Interdisciplinary Design at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and her Master of Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design where she was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Certificate of Merit.
Hometown: Farmington, Minnesota
Favorite place and why: Oaxaca, Mexico. While studying abroad in Mexico and spending several months in Oaxaca City I fell in love with its vibrant civic culture and beautiful courtyards. The countless courtyard buildings along with social traditions make the city feel inside-out. Thick, masonry architecture seems pervious with sunlight, fresh air, sounds and scents seamlessly weaving throughout the city; the separation between inside and outside places is nearly invisible.
Non-Philosophical idol: Gwen Stefani
Guilty Pleasure: Meticulously reorganizing and grouping my collection of rocks and seashells around my home.
On a Sunday afternoon you will likely find me cruising around Rhode Island on two-wheels
Pivotal childhood memory: Cutting apart cereal boxes, tissue paper rolls and egg cartons to build “Toy Town,” a fictional city which was home to my toys & figurines that occupied the floor of my bedroom closet for several weeks at a time.
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