Kami Kinkaid, LEED AP

When you were young, did you know you wanted to be an architect?

I’m from a very small town in Kansas. My father was a local contractor. He would take an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper and draw a box and put some things in it, and that’s how he would build a house. So that was intriguing to me, and that’s probably what spurred my interest as far as what I wanted to do. It was beyond building a building. It was the process that I really liked. So I took a drafting class in my junior year of high school.

Is there a building that changed the way you looked at architecture?

The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, designed by Louis Kahn. It’s a very simple space, but the light….I love the materiality and how the space makes you feel.

Passions outside work?

My husband and I really enjoy traveling. Actually, we first met in Canada, in Whistler, on a snowboard trip.

Intriguing places you’ve traveled to?

We went to the Panama Canal. The building of the second canal is bringing an influx of money. You have little thatch huts with a high-rise right next to them.

Favorite book you’ve read recently?

Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home by James Carville and Mary Matalin. He worked for the Clinton administration, she worked for the Bush administration, and they’re married. You think of all the conflicts that can happen in a marriage, and then to throw something like that in there—it’s crazy. But they’ve made it work.

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