Tess is an Architect who enjoys utilizing her talents for big picture thinking to solve multifaceted design problems. Prioritization of the human scale and relationship between public and private realms is critical to her design process. Tess was raised in western Pennsylvania, and after graduating with honors from Penn State, she moved to Dallas to focus on her passion for urban design full time. Tess has experience working at a variety of scales and sectors, including master planning, retail, office, healthcare, and mixed-use – and she is excited to add education to that list! Tess is currently a Chair of the AIA Dallas Young Professionals Network, as well as leading the ARE Success Teams program.
If you’re downtown, there’s a good chance you’ll see Tess on her bike – probably either hitting the trails or getting groceries as she enjoys the challenge of living downtown without a car. Graphic design and branding are creative outlets for Tess. In her spare time, she also enjoys hanging at local breweries, camping, kayaking, hiking, and traveling in general. Tess has been to over half of the national parks in the US – some of the recent highlights include a five-day backcountry canoe trip in Canyonlands National Park and learning how to make paints from natural pigments in Joshua Tree.
"Never stop learning and challenging yourself!."
During her time at Glenn|Partners, Tess has been working with Aaron Ewert on the new Dallas ISD Urban Park Elementary School and the University of Dallas Campus Master Plan.
To learn even more about Tess, check out the following fun facts!
Most Exotic Place Visited
Hiking, camping, making cocktails!
Burton Barr Central Library
What Inspires You
Adventure and new experiences
I’ve hiked the Grand Canyon rim to rim in one day!
First Moment when you realized you wanted to be an Architect
In 10th grade I attended an architecture summer camp at Penn State. I fell in love with the energy of the studio and never looked back.
Favorite Quote or Saying
Don’t dream it, be it. – Dr. Frank N. Furter