I have 16 years of experience in designing new custom homes, remodels, additions, commercial tenant improvements and restaurants. I enjoy working closely with my clients to make their vision a reality. I have lived and worked in Colorado and Northern California allowing for expertise in many different styles of architecture. I grew up in Urbandale, where I now live with my twin daughters. We share our home with an adorable pet rat who likes to sit on our shoulders, a cat that is obsessed with Q-tips, a spastic puppy and a 90-pound golden retriever that is terrified of hats, balloons, bags and any sudden movements. I enjoy bicycling and volunteering at my girls school in my free time.
I founded Arnest Architecture because I saw a need for an architectural firm in Des Moines with low overhead, high-efficiency and alternative fee capabilities. I am a licensed and registered Architect in Iowa and Colorado. I earned a Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado at Denver and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Iowa State University. I hold a certificate from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and I am a member of the American Institute of Architects.