Shawn grew up in New England, the daughter of an award winning artist whose passion for architecture and interior design created the foundation upon which Shawn has built her own career. She developed her appreciation for materiality and enduring design while surrounded by the patina of antique homes and furnishings. Creating and reviewing finish vignettes from the local paint, wallpaper, furniture and fabric outlets was part of growing up, in her family. Watching her Mother’s career, taking trips to galleries, museums and art shows in New York City inspired her lifelong appreciation of art and design.
All of this supported her entrance into the Rhode Island School of Design, where she majored in illustration and photography. Inspired by her New England upbringing, and love of history and architecture, she earned a Bachelors degree in Historic Preservation at Roger Williams College. Shawn later attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her Master’s of Architecture degree, and met Edward, who would become her partner in life and business. She practiced in Houston and Boston before moving to Atlanta in1995 to accept a position at tvsdesign, an internationally recognized architecture and interiors firm, where she became an Associate Principal.
With decades of experience, as an award-winning Architect and Interior Designer, Shawn has led corporate office, institutional, government, commercial and residential interior architecture projects, both as designer and project manager. She brings this extensive experience to Studio A2 architecture + interiors, in partnership with her husband, Edward.
Shawn’s dual background as Architect and Interior Designer supports her belief that the exterior and interior of a building need to be conceived and designed as one holistic experience. She balances aesthetic and spatial considerations with marketplace realities. Successful projects stand the test of time without sacrificing design integrity.
Shawn serves on the Board of Directors of the Smithsonian – Affiliated Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA). She is a Past President of the American Society of Interior Designers, (ASID) Georgia Chapter.
A life long Boston Red Sox fan and an ardent follower of Formula One auto racing, Shawn enjoys great design in all forms.