Kate has extensive structural and seismic design experience in concrete, steel, wood, and masonry. She specializes in existing building alterations, modifications, and seismic upgrade designs, from assessment through design to construction implementation. In addition, she has a solid background working with heritage materials such as stone and brick masonry as well as unreinforced concrete and early plate steel.
Throughout her career, Kate has provided valuable input to the seismic upgrade of several heritage structural projects in the Metro Vancouver, BC area. Kate is regularly involved on seismic mitigation projects for existing buildings in the city, often speaking before Council, and is an active member of their Resilience, Buildings at Risk, and Seismic Policy Advisory committees.
It is worth mentioning that due to her skills and commitment to earthquake risk reduction, Kate was accepted at the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute´s Housner Fellowship Program in 2014, being the only Canadian chosen for the program. This experience enabled her to conduct seismic studies in Nepal following the earthquake in 2016.
Kate holds a B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Western Ontario and a M.A.Sc. in Structural/Earthquake Engineering from University of British Columbia in Canada. She is an active member of the Engineers and Geoscientists BC (EGBC), the Structural Engineers Association of British Columbia and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.