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Kara BabcockAIA

Associate Principal

An inspiring colleague equally adept at thoughtful design interventions, technical know-how, and meaningful client connection.

As one of Union’s longest-tenured employees, Kara has garnered experience on many of the firm’s most challenging architectural and urban design projects, most recently as project manager for the award-winning Hammetts Wharf Hotel in Newport, Rhode Island. Her project background spans a variety of types and sizes from workforce housing to public libraries, adaptive reuse, and an award-winning research exhibit on sea level rise in historic communities.

With her degree in both architecture and fine arts, Kara takes great pride in balancing design aesthetics with the technical aspects that make our built world a reality. She delights in working closely with large, comprehensive project teams to shepherd a concept through to completion and has found the mission-based work at Union to be personally rewarding. As professionals who have the privilege of influencing the fabric of spaces and places for everyone, she firmly believes we have a responsibility to ask how our work can help communities meet their needs and overcome the challenges they face.

Kara frequently serves as a guest critic at architectural studio reviews at Roger Williams University. When she’s not in the office you can find her running around her Newport neighborhood and spending time with her family.

Kara earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Architecture from Roger Williams University.