During her career in Sonoma County Ms. Austin served 4 years as a Sebastopol Planning Commissioner, 4 years as City Councilmember and Mayor of Sebastopol, as well as 4 years on Sonoma County’s Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District. She is a strong believer in proactive civic involvement by architects to help improve their communities. Katherine has lectured nationally on Green Housing and is a member of the USGBC, served on two National AIA Boards and is Past President of the local AIA Redwood Empire Chapter. She is a contributing writer to Green Homebuilder Magazine.
Katherine Austin, AIA, is a sole proprietor in Northern California. Since
receiving her M Arch from UCLA in 1986 she has worked for large and medium
sized firms in Los Angeles and Sacramento before settling in Sonoma County.
She established her own firm in January of 1995. Ms Austin specializes in
Green Affordable Housing & Production Homes for both non-profit and private
developers. She emphasizes the needs of the client and the unique character
of the site during the design process. Ms. Austin has designed numerous site
plans on difficult sites with constraints such as steep slopes, heritage
trees, creek setbacks and restricted access. Her home designs are done in
conjunction with site planning to allow for the most efficient and attractive
design possible. Ms. Austin has worked with many local Civil Engineers on
creative and cost effective designs to minimize disturbing existing grades,
save heritage trees, and treat storm water runoff.