Katie Barnes, AIA

Principal, Managing Partner

According to Mark Twain, Katie has never worked a day in her life, as architecture is her lifelong passion.

As the daughter of an architect, Katie came early to understand what it takes to be a good one. Excellent design instincts, innovative management systems, and gifted people skills are part of her DNA. As a Partner and Principal, she divides her time between 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 running projects or marathons, she is always at the top of her game.


University of Texas at Austin
Master of Architecture with Honors 

Wellesley College
Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Cum Laude

2021 City of Coquitlam’s Recreation Facility Innovation Lecture Series | Coquitlam, Canada

2020 Colorado Real Estate Journal, Business Dialogue | Denver, Colorado, “Transitioning to a New ‘Business as Usual’ During Pandemic”

2020 Lean Forum for Owners | Denver, CO,  “IPD Case Study – Business Case to Early Validation”, “IPD Case Study – Multi-Party Agreement”, “IPD Case Study – Team On-Boarding Strategies”, “IPD Case Study – Concept Design to Target Cost”

2019 Lean Construction Institute, Colorado Chapter | Denver, Colorado, “Lean Forum for Owners: Integrated Project Delivery 101”

2019 International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) Congress | Cologne, Germany, “Indoor Recreation Facilities for Future Generations”

2018 Athletic Business Conference | New Orleans, LA, “Fad or Fixture? Innovations in College and Community Recreation and Aquatic Design”

Greeley, Colorado

Carla Madison Recreation Center
Denver, Colorado

UCCS Gallogly Recreation & Wellness Center
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Garden Rapids at The Big Pool
Garden City, Kansas

Moorhead Recreation Center
Aurora, Colorado

Favorite Place to Visit
Tiny Texas towns, often with German architectural heritage and always with charming county courthouses and locals

Favorite Hike 
Antelope Trails, Lyons, Colorado

Favorite Footwear
Cowgirl boots! 

Favorite Book
Interpreter of Maladies & The Namesake

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