Interior Architecture Faculty and Staff
Kathleen A. Hrabovsky Ms.
Hometown : Pittsburgh
Joined Chatham : 2011
Academic Areas of Interest
Design, Architecture, Sustainability, Sustainable Community Development
Personal Areas of Interest
Art, Music, Outdoor Recreation & Exercise, Travel
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Continuing my education and educating others are two of my life-long goals. After graduating from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1982, BARCH, and practicing architecture for approximately 30 years, I returned to Carnegie-Mellon in 2009 to pursue a Master of Science in Sustainable Design, MSSD, in order to further my education in Sustainable & Green Design, to pursue my passion for Sustainable Community Development, and to develop teaching opportunities in Western PA. Fortunately, I began teaching in the Interior Architecture Program at Chatham in the summer of 2011 and have found the experience to be rewarding and fulfilling. In addition to teaching at Chatham, I maintain a residential architecture practice (www.kah-architects.com) in the South Hills of Pittsburgh; volunteer as a member of the Environmental Sustainability Board in Mt. Lebanon, PA; volunteer as a member of the Mt. Lebanon School District Utility Management Team; volunteer as an architectural consultant for the CDCP's RenPlan Program; volunteer for the WGF when called upon to assist with fundraising; and volunteer in the Mt. Lebanon Schools as a forensics judge and Odyssey of the Mind Coach. In addition to academic degrees, I am a member of the AIA; I am a LEED AP, accredited in New Construction (BD+C - NC) and Commercial Interiors (ID+C - CI); and I am qualified as a RESNET Home Energy Rater and a BPI Analyst 1, though I do not maintain the continuing education credentials for RESNET and BPI. Chatham University is a remarkable institution. I have enjoyed attending Rachel Carson Forums; enjoyed attending THINK BIG seminars offered through the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship; enjoyed participating as a guest lecturer in an Entrepreneurship Class offered by Anne Flynn Schlicht, Assistant Director at the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship; and enjoyed mentoring young women in the Girls Going Places Program offered by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship in conjunction with Hurley Associates. Pittsburgh is my native city, but I lived in New York City and Chicago, IL, for a combination of 15 years, before returning to Pittsburgh, to raise my family more sustainably, in 1997. My family is an important part of my life. Together, we support the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Pittsburgh Opera, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Phipps Conservatory, the Society for Contemporary Craft, the Carnegie Museums, and WDUQ. I enjoy sharing the experiences, described above, with my husband and two children as we explore the cultural, sports and recreational activities that Western PA has to offer.
- Master of Science in Sustainable Design, Carnegie-Mellon Universtiy - School of Architecture, 2010
- Bachelor of Architecture, Carnegie-Mellon University - School of Architecture, 1982
- Kolenchak, Teresita. July 2010. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Concentrate on riverfront, Verona sustainability study suggests. A local reporter comments on Verona: A Sustainable Community Development Report.
- Aubele, Michael. July 2010. Valley New Dispatch (A subsidiary of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review). Verona revitalization may begin at water’s edge.
- Licensed Architect - PA, IL, NY
- LEED AP - BD+C or NC (New Construction) and CI (Commercial Interiors)
- RESNET - Home Energy Rater
- BPI Analyst 1
- GuSH/Ford Funding – Carnegie-Mellon Graduate Student Assistance – 2010
- College of Architecture Graduate Assistantship – 2010
- Vera Heinz Travel Award – Carnegie-Mellon University – 1981
- AIA - American Institute of Architects
- Member Environmental Sustainability Board (ESB), Mt. Lebanon, PA: 2009-2012
- Chair - Residential Committee, Mt. Lebanon Environmental Team: 2010 - Present
- Verona: A Sustainable Community Development Report – Carnegie-Mellon University, Spring 2010 - In collaboration with three colleagues, a report and power point submitted as a Sustainability Needs Assessment for the Borough of Verona, PA, in partial fulfillment of course requirements for the Heinz College, Sustainable Community Development, Instructor – Matthew M. Mehalik, PhD..