Heidi Kippenhan



Ramsey’s background in literature, philosophy and research influences her ability to problem-solve in architecture. She strives to create efficient, elegant, and cohesive designs that foster positive experiences for every building user.

At the University of Texas at Austin, Ramsey chose a pre-med track before deciding to pursue a Bachelor of Architecture to complement her Bachelor of Arts in Plan II, a liberal arts honors program. This fostered her interest in sustainable strategies that could improve architecture’s effects on the long-term health of users and the environment, such as utilizing cross-laminated timber as a low-carbon structural alternative and reducing heat gain and solar glare through building orientation. Her appreciation for walkable cities inspires her to design projects that encourage density while prioritizing the user’s experience.

Ramsey clearly communicates a design’s purpose to clients through detailed concepts and design tools like 3D modeling and Revit. During an internship in Paris, France, Ramsey contributed to several building types from large commercial complexes to office buildings and hospitals. At Duda|Paine, her work on the Sarah P. Duke Gardens reimagines the facility as a gateway with human scale proportions found in a patterned trellis that provides shade and respite.

She’s excited by the firm’s collaborative culture and diversity of scale that contribute to a unique perspective on every project.

Bachelor of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin

Bachelor of Arts, Plan II Honors, University of Texas at Austin