Yaeger Architecture is excited to welcome Katilyn Simon to our team. Kaitlyn graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and a Minor in Leadership Studies. We sat down with Kaitlyn to get to know her a little better. Enjoy her interview and help us welcome her to Yaeger Architecture!
YA: You recently studied abroad with ID classmates and students. Where did you travel and what were your favorite experiences?
KS: We visited France and Italy. I loved the food and getting to see so many churches that we studied in our history classes. It was great visiting them in-person. Seeing and touring the buildings was impactful since you get a grasp of the scale much better than through photos. It was also great to have the background knowledge of the history of the structures. For example, we visited the Duomo in Florence and had learned the history of the design and construction which really enriched our experience.
YA: Which cities were your favorite:
KS: Orvieto and Sienna, Italy. I enjoyed the smaller towns with homey, cozy qualities.
YA: You mentioned that food was one of your favorite parts of the trip. Which food was your favorite?
KS: I really enjoyed panna cotta in Italy; it was a dessert I hadn’t tried before. I also had Florentine steak in Italy which was great. I was trying to be adventurous in Paris and was pleasantly surprised by escargot and had a wonderful meal of roasted chicken in Paris as well.
YA: Now that you’re back from visiting Europe for the first time, where do you want to travel to next?
KS: Greece or Spain!
YA: Back to your time at KSU, what did you enjoy studying most in school?
KS: Probably history. I also liked construction documents and detailing. I enjoyed the challenge of conveying exactly how to build my ideas and make them a reality.
YA: What are you looking forward to doing in your job at Yaeger Architecture?
KS: I am looking forward to actually seeing projects built. I am eager to work with people in the office and build relationships with team members.
YA: What drew you to Yaeger Architecture?
KS: I like the size of the firm and opportunity to have responsibility and ability to grow as a designer. I enjoyed the office tour I went. It was great to hear about the things Yaeger does in the community and the team activities the firm does.
YA: As a native of Wichita, KS, what are you looking forward to doing as a new Kansas City resident?
KS: I am excited to be close to professional sports teams. I really like soccer, so am excited to see some Sporting Kansas City games. I am from a family of Royals and Chiefs fans as well.