Celestia Carson, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB – WIA SLC President
Celestia, a Principal with VCBO Architecture, specializes in architecture that enhances life: education, recreation and healthcare facilities. She is particularly committed to higher education and has worked on numerous university campuses in the State of Utah. Celestia’s skills span both the technical and aesthetic aspects of architecture, and she is passionate about managing her projects from the planning stages through construction. As an excellent communicator Celestia is particularly skilled at facilitating complex projects with multiple stakeholders. Celestia is the founder of Women in Architecture, SLC; and is committed to bolstering the number of women in the field of architecture through advocacy, mentorship and community.
Libby Haslam, AIA – WIA SLC Vice President
Libby Haslam grew up in São Paulo, Brazil. She received her Master’s of Architecture at the University of Utah. A licensed architect in the USA, she has been teaching design studio at the School of Architecture (University of Utah) since 2002. Currently, she is a project manager for GSBS Architects, a firm involved in commercial and government work, with an emphasis in environmentally conscious structures. In 2006, Libby moved to Bluff, Utah where, with her husband, she ran a semester of DesignBuildBluff, a design/build program for architecture students that build houses on the Navajo Reservation. Libby is interested in architecture that has a social, environmental and physical conscious and believes that the built environment should force users to question how they should interact with spaces, whether designed, natural or serendipitous.
Greta Anderson, AIA – WIA SLC Secretary
Greta chose to focus her career at FFKR for its culture of design and opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the community. One of the most gratifying aspects of Greta’s work is to see people enjoy the buildings and spaces she envisioned. Each building has the potential to inspire and can ultimately affect who we will become. Guided by the belief that well-designed buildings can be catalysts for improving outcomes and life experiences, she focuses her work on designing modern, creative spaces which inspire the evolving millennial generation. An owner of FFKR Architects, Greta is also a member of the Utah Architects Licensing Board, volunteers on the NCARB ARE 5.0 Item Development Subcommittee, and directs the K-12 Education Design studio at FFKR Architects. In addition to teaching Pilates, she enjoys travel and loves exploring Salt Lake City and the Wasatch Mountains with her husband and 18-year old son.
Soonju Kwon, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C – WIA SLC Treasurer
Soonju sees architecture as container of life. She believes it is to serve our ideal lives and should be able to build healthy social context hearing voices from diverse communities. Becoming architect lead her life to explore challenges and brought awakening moment of joy, passion and social responsibility.
Whitney Ward, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C – WIA SLC New Member
Whitney is an Associate Principal at VCBO Architecture and has been with the firm since 2007. She is an advocate for sustainable design and provides expertise in the design and documentation process for sustainable buildings. She has extensive experience in programming, facility planning, and community master planning. Whitney embraces a holistic design approach that ensures that functionality, flexibility, and durability are at the forefront of the projects that she works on. She graduated in 2005 with a Master’s degree in Architecture and a focus in Community Design from Montana State University and in 2015 from the University of Utah with a Master’s of Real Estate and Development.
Christina Haas, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB – WIA SLC Vice President 2012-2016
Christina is an associate at FFKR in SLC, with a focus on public and healthcare architecture. She has worked for firms in Colorado and Utah on a variety of public projects throughout the Intermountain West. The most rewarding aspect of practicing architecture for her is in creating meaningful spaces that benefit communities. In her free time, Christina skis, bikes, and runs on Utah mountain trails with her husband and baby boy Felix.