Katherine Jacobs, PLA, ASLA, LEED GA joined Pirie Associates after 5 years of working in landscape architecture and architecture in Seattle. Her diverse professional experiences, which range in scale from edible front yards to multimodal transit corridors, share a common thread of empowering users to live healthier and more connected lives.
Katherine understands the world through a framework of interconnected social, ecological, economic, and spiritual systems. In each project, she studies how these systems are at play in order to identify the precise interventions that will yield lasting support to clients’ health and wellbeing.
As a child, Katherine was different from her bookish family in her curiosity about the physical world and her restless drive to create. After earning an undergraduate degree in Art History from Skidmore College, Katherine became interested in landscape architecture as an avenue for creative expression and connection with the physical world that is as practical as it is idealistic. She went on to earn her Master of Landscape Architecture degree at The University of Washington in a program that focused on social justice and urban ecological design.
To help expand the capacity of landscape architects to work toward systemic change, Katherine served for two years as the chair of the education subcommittee of the Washington Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. She is continuing that work as the Secretary of the Connecticut Chapter.