Karen was born in the Bay Area but grew up in Taiwan, where her family traveled throughout Asia. She fell in love with all things Japanese, from its art, graphic novels, language, and ceramics, to its traditional architecture. As a senior in high school, Karen was instantly captivated by how ideas on paper transform into physical objects and space that people can inhabit. It was there she found her passion for the profession through drawing and building architectural models.
Karen is interested in designing spaces that help people tell their unique stories while creating moments that inspire their daily lives. She loves using natural materials and incorporating daylight in her designs.
Before joining Abramson Architects, Karen worked on Hospitality and Single-Family Residence projects at her previous design firms. The most notable project is the Nobu Hotel in Palo Alto which Karen led from Schematic Design to Project Closeout. She is also passionate about giving back to her community and looks forward to participating in Abramson Architects’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.