Raised both in California and in Denmark, Karen Lesney, Assoc. AIA, returned to the Monterey Peninsula following her education and work abroad. She recently joined Jerrold E. Lomax, FAIA, and has been working as a Senior Associate on various residential and mixed-use projects.
She worked on a sustainable co-housing project for a Danish architectural firm while a studying in Copenhagen. In 1996, she returned to Denmark and worked for the noted firms of Peter Holst Tegnestuen and Mangor og Nagel as Associate Project ‘Architect,’ working on several publicized housing, landscape, and urban development projects in and around the area of Copenhagen noted for their sustainability.
Since her return to California, she has worked on the Monterey Peninsula for various local architectural firms doing institutional, commercial, and residential related work assisting with design, construction documents, and project management.
Since 1999, Karen has been an Associate Member of the AIA Monterey Bay and is currently the Director of Emerging Professionals and the AIA California Council Associate Director-Elect North. She plans to continue her exams toward licensure and evidently, get her LEED certification as well.
Karen Lesney, Assoc. AIA, is an emerging architect who strongly believes that architects need to become leaders for themselves and the profession. She urges others not to go by convention, but by conviction. For Ms. Lesney, the best leaders are ones that learn by example; observe others; and absorb new information and techniques well.
Ms. Lesney recounts her experience in the Monterey County Concepts competition, where young members of the community offered solutions to the affordable housing crisis in Monterey, California. By looking outside the professional community, the ideas of community members of all ages can useful in meeting challenges unique to that community.