Our team grew up on farms, and many of us still live on a farm. So farming is in our blood. But we have a love and passion for good functional design and beautiful architecture. And beautiful architecture is not just for urban. We see an amazing opportunity for rural to connect with urban through architecture. Whether it be through historic barn conversion, on-farm agritourism buildings, or modern rural design.
I grew up on a farm but always wanted to be an architect. So I attended the University of Waterloo for a bachelor’s and master’s of architecture. I always missed farm life while at school. While studying I found a book at chapters about barn conversions and I knew then that that was what I wanted to do! I completed my master’s thesis on permaculture farm design in 2008. I have worked in the industry since and started VELD architect in 2012 to pursue my passion for rural architecture. I have done work with a variety of clients with a variety of design challenges in rural and agritourism projects. I facilitate clients through the myriad of decisions, regulations, and construction processes so that they get what they want and achieve success in their businesses and homes.
I grew up on a dairy farm that transitioned into specialty birds (geese, ducks, silkie chickens) near London, Ontario. Then I married a pig farmer and reside on-farm with my three kids and husband.
I tell clients that “you don’t have to teach me (your architect) how to shovel manure! My other superpower is working with barns frames and all their post, beams, and braces to fit your spaces and make them functional!
I have three young children, I have a permaculture orchard of my own, and I am the vice president and founder of Ontario Barn Preservation.