Karen Letteney

  • Associate

AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Studio Director – Interiors, San Francisco Studio

Where did you go to school?
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD to those from the East Coast)

What do you do at RMW?

I manage interior architecture projects and teams and the interiors staffing and provide advice on LEED® documentation to project teams in the studio.

What do you like about the firm?

The wonderful people I work with – I am still friends with RMW alumni all over the country!

What do you do outside the firm?

I love spending time with my young daughter. Introducing her to books, art, music, dance, and theater is a favorite activity for me and my husband, Cam. I met Cam in a project management for architects course that RMW sent me to shortly after I started working here. He’s my 1998 bonus!

Why did you decide to go into architecture/interior design?

In the 1960s, my grandparents developed our neighborhood in then-rural Maine. My grandmother designed and built these fabulous midcentury-style houses. She didn’t finish high school and worked in a hat factory, but was so bright, driven, and creative. I visited her almost every day and absorbed everything I could. Her aesthetic still influences me, and she would be thrilled to know I have a design career.

What is your favorite building or space and why?

I lived in Japan and taught English from 1991 to 1993 and love traditional Japanese architecture. I discovered something unexpected and delightful every day that I lived there – the juxtaposition of old and new and the importance of aesthetics in daily life.