Katie Barnes, AIA

Katie Barnes, AIA - Principal, Managing Partner

Principal, Managing Partner

As the daughter of an architect, Katie came early to understanding what it takes to be a good one. Excellent design instincts, innovative management systems and gifted people skills are part of her DNA. As our newest principal, she divides her time among marketing, project management and the development of project management systems. Katie has played a key role in the firm’s recreation practice and is also involved in a variety of other public building types. There is nothing she cannot do once she puts her mind to it. Whether it’s running projects or running marathons, she is always at the top of her game.



  • Olathe Community Center  Kansas
  • Bentonville Community Center  Arkansas
  • Adams 12 Five Star School District Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center  Thornton, Colorado
  • The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center  Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center  Phoenix, Arizona
  • Cottonwood Recreation Center  Arizona
  • Flagstaff Aquaplex  Arizona
  • Durango Public Library  Colorado
  • North Richland Hills Library  Texas
  • Parker Public Arts & Library Master Planning  Colorado
  • Meeker Recreation Center  Colorado
  • Lakewood Cultural Center  Colorado
  • North Boulder Recreation Center  Colorado
  • The Logan School for Creative Learning  Denver, Colorado
  • Children’s Museum of Denver  Colorado
  • The Conflict Center  Denver, Colorado
  • Boulder Collage Children’s Museum Concept Study  Colorado
  • South Boulder Recreation Center  Colorado
  • Vandalia Recreation Center   Ohio

Fun Facts About Katie

Favorite Place to Play

On an indoor soccer field

Favorite Place to Visit

Tiny Texas towns, often with German architectural heritage and always with charming county courthouses and locals

Favorite Picnic Spot

Lawn of the Kimball Art Museum

Favorite Hike

Antelope Trails, Lyons, Colorado

Current Favorite Book

Interpreter of Maladies & The Namesake

Favorite Footwear

Cowboy boot slippers

Katie's Activities


  • Colorado Board Member, LEAN Construction Institute
  • Recipient: American Institute of Architects Colorado Fischer Traveling Scholarship, 2003
  • Director/Associate Director: American Institute of Architects, Colorado North Chapter, 2000 - 2002
  • Presentation & Design Drawings on Exhibit at UT Austin & M.I.T. Architectural Galleries
  • Recipient: National Endowment for the Arts Scholarship to Attend the Aspen Design Conference

Katie's Registrations


  • Colorado
  • North Carolina

Katie's Education

University of Texas at Austin

Master of Architecture, with Honors

Wellesley College

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Cum Laude


Course Study in Architecture

Columbia University

Course Study in Architecture

University of Colorado Denver Graduate School of Policy

Denver Community Leadership Forum

Talk to Katie


303.455.1366 x138



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