“The objective is to get many of the rewards of life from the work you do.” – Charles Eames

Kimberly Tseng

Kim is a proud Texan who grew up in Plano, and she didn’t need to move far to study her passion – architecture. After graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas Austin, where she was the 2009 recipient of the Henry Adams Medal of Honor, Kim moved to New Orleans and worked for 2014 AIA Firm of The Year Eskew+Dumez+Ripple.

Kim has only ever worked in the architectural field, and she has done everything there is to do in an architecture firm – answered phones, scanned documents, taken out the trash, cleaned the toilets, plus, of course, designed numerous projects. Along the way she has learned that being a good person is very much like being a good architect: remain true to your values but always be a gracious host.

Now at BASILE as a licensed architect in California and Louisiana, Kim facilitates stellar design, ensures quality construction documents, and manages many of Basile’s projects. And only occasionally takes out the trash.

Best part of being at BASILE:
We are getting back to the master builder format from the Renaissance, rather than the segregated design/bid/build process of today’s architectural profession.

Pastimes:
I run, but not fast. I read, but not slowly. I am fascinated by pop culture. I love crafts, organizing, and cooking. If I weren’t in architecture, I would try to be the next Martha Stewart.

Favorite architecture or design anywhere:
Seed Cathedral for the Shanghai World Expo by Heatherwick Studio. Its concept and design are fully integrated.

Quirk:
I say “y’all!”

Favorite book:
Atlas Shrugged

Favorite food:
I will eat anything. And I could always eat.

Ultimate vacation:
Travel the world for an entire year, tracing the origins of human migration and development through each culture’s cuisine.