Meet Casie Radford
Meet PVN's Casie Radford! Learn more about historical architect Casie Radford's experience, projects and personality.
1. How long have you been part of the PVN team and what drew you to preservation architecture?
I started full time at PVN on September 22, 2014. Growing up in an old farmhouse from the 1880s, I’ve always loved older homes and buildings - the decorative woodwork and masonry and the craftsmanship involved in doing those things, along with the stories that come with each building – this started my passion for historic architecture and preservation. (This happened before I actually knew it and could make a career out of it).
I worked on commercial projects during undergrad at the University of Minnesota, but started my career at an architecture firm in Golden, Colorado, that specializes in historic preservation. (This was right after I had moved there to start graduate school. My first project was a Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) drawing for a mining head frame. That was when I really knew I needed to be working in historic preservation.
2. For the record – how do you pronounce your name?
"KC." Because it is hard for people to get right, one of my past coworkers consistently addressed me as “KC” in emails and notes. I think this was for everyone else’s benefit…
3. We all enjoy sharing the latest books we have read in our monthly “What We’re Reading” blog post. What genre is your favorite? Can you share a title or two that stick out as good reads?
I like non-fiction books about almost anything history-related. I really enjoyed The Devil in the White City and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I’d also recommend A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers, pretty much anything by David Sedaris, Walden, any true story about animal friendships (see the next question…), most Dr. Suess, and Shel Silverstein.
4. Most of us in the office have pets - a good mix of cat and dog lovers. Do you have pets of your own?
I grew up with pets – can’t really think of a time I didn’t have fur babies (except when I lived in Colorado). I also used to foster cats and kittens. Currently, my family includes:
Lemon: 13 year old female, orange tabby cat. Her favorite place is under the kitchen table. We rescued her as a kitten after she had been badly mangled by a car. She is deaf and super sweet.
Lou: 2 year old male, tabby cat. His favorite thing is to run full speed (cartoon style) from the back door, across the wall and then up the stairs, to the room in the opposite corner and back down again. He only loves his puppies, especially rough-housing with Pearl.
Henry: a 2 year old Great Dane. He is a momma’s boy, was 14 pounds when we got him and is 129 pounds now. Unlike Lou, he loves everyone (unless you wear a weird hat, carry an umbrella, or are Santa), knows about 50 commands (including kiss, bow, tunnel, and ice cube), and has a special blankie that he carries up and down the stairs.
Pearl: 19 month old deaf Great Dane with ice blue eyes, white fur and some black spots. No, she is not an albino. She relies on and trusts Henry to know if things are safe, outweighs him by 6 pounds, and is the most laid back dog I’ve ever known. Her favorite exercise is zoomies, especially if there are weeds above her head. If you’re sitting on the floor, she’s sitting on you.
5. What’s your favorite place/space in Minnesota?
Oddly enough, this is a tough question to answer. I love the historic neighborhoods around Summit and Grand Avenues, Macy’s in downtown Minneapolis, my parent’s house (I’m ridiculously sentimental and nostalgic)…
6. What is something about you that not everyone knows?
I come from a very musical family. I played the clarinet in marching band during high school, and also the alto sax. I will learn how to play the accordion sometime in the next 70 years, since I bought an antique one at an estate sale.
7. Can you give us a quick run down of your education and past experience?
I went to the University of Minnesota and received my Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree. I worked for a commercial design build firm in Lakeville (APPRO Development) while attending undergrad. Immediately following, I moved to Colorado and received my Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado - Denver. Because I had a couple of great jobs working in historic preservation (Anderson Hallas Architects and Hord Coplan Macht) and met someone pretty fantastic, so I stayed in Colorado a little longer than I originally planned. I moved back to MN in 2012 and took another job at APPRO Development, as their lead architect. Though it doesn’t feel like it, I’ve been working in architecture for almost 14 years, and in preservation for almost 11. I am licensed in Minnesota, Colorado, North Dakota, and Montana. I am a member of AIA, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Minnesota Historical Society.
At PVN, Casie works with our clients on Historic Tax Credit Applications, Preservation Project Strategies, Historic Architecture Projects, Historic Structures Reports, and Construction Review. Contact Casie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612.843.4140.