Karin Payson is the principal architect of Karin Payson Architecture + Design (KPa+d), a design-oriented, San Francisco-based firm with projects completed throughout Northern California as well as Wyoming and New York.
At KPa+d, Karin has been engaged as an architect and interior designer in a wide variety of new buildings and substantial renovation projects for homeowners, public libraries, and various commercial and institutional clients. She brings a rich set of skills and interests to her work. Drawing, clothing design and fabrication as well as frequent travel in search of fresh experiences are essential to her practice as an architect and inform her continuing study of the characteristics of natural light and materials.
Before founding KPa+d in 1992, Karin's professional experience included several years in the New York office of Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates where, as a Project Architect, her work focused on the planning, programming and design of large-scale commercial buildings and adaptive re-use of historically significant buildings.
Karin holds degrees from Columbia University and UC Berkeley, and is a licensed architect in California and New York. Her work has appeared in several exhibitions and publications, including California Homes; Science & Spirit; Architectural Digest; San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Magazine; Sunset Magazine; The Sacramento Bee; The San Francisco Examiner Sunday Magazine; and The New York Times.
Robyn Sandberg comes to us after a long career in New York City which included ten years in the office of Pelli Clark Pelli Architects where she was a Senior Associate. In that office Robyn was a Design Team Leader on projects such as the Bloomberg Tower, 15 Penn Plaza, the interiors of the Brooklyn Federal Court House as well as numerous residential and institutional projects.
Before becoming an architect Robyn was a professional modern dancer and dance teacher. She continues to enjoy dance and in her spare time draws, paints and designs furniture. Her design background and technical expertise, along with her unique artistic perspective, make Robyn particularly suited for KPAD’s creative and detail-oriented practice.
Joanne Ha recently joined KPa+d, bringing a passion for community development through architecture and sustainable design. Joanne grew up in South Korea where she completed her undergraduate degree in architecture and served for two years as a Writer/Editor for “Concept” and “Contemporary Architecture” Magazines. She moved to the United States in 2007 and has since completed an MS in Architecture at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and published her thesis: Integrated Senior Housing - A Living Prototype for Promoting the Interaction of All Generations.
Joanne's sterling work ethic and intellectual curiosity have driven her accomplishments and life experience. She has participated in sustainable design projects with the Free Design Clinic in San Francisco, has lived in Seoul, Tokyo, San Luis Obispo, Atlanta and has designed many ADA accessible parks and playgrounds throughout the United States and Canada.
In her spare time Joanne enjoys traveling throughout the world and the US, cooking, book editing, photographing Architecture, Architectural research and critique.
Mary Sheffield joined KPa+d after a career path which took her from architecture into real estate development and sales, then back to architecture. She graduated with a degree in Architecture and Urban Planing from University Pontificia Bolivariana in her native Colombia. After graduating from college, she ran her own design-build practice where she gained a broad range of experience.
In addition to her strength as a designer, Mary is committed to listening to clients to understand their needs and wishes. She believes a home is a symbol of the spirit of its inhabitants.
When not busy at work, Mary relaxes by drawing. Her beautiful sketches of nature and the built environment could easily fill a few books. She loves to travel with her husband, always bringing home design ideas and even flavors to experiment with in the kitchen.
Abigail is KPa+d’s newest junior designer. She grew up in the Bay Area and earned her B.Arch in Spring 2019 from Syracuse University. Her thesis explored the films of Wes Anderson and the impact of architectural detail on memory. While she enjoyed her time in Upstate New York, she is excited to begin her architectural career in San Francisco.
Before coming to KPa+d, Abigail worked in her school’s architectural library, interned for a color consultant and did sales and design at Galleria Tile. Her work history has informed her interest in design details and the client experience, which she hopes to bring to new projects with the firm.
In her free time, you can find Abigail in the East Bay going to the movies, trying new restaurants or listening to one of almost a dozen favorite podcasts.
Quin, a native New Yorker with roots in the Hudson Valley, joined KPa+d as an apprentice in Human Relations early in 2018. There, she quickly became skilled at the art of listening and collaborative communication with staff (with or without treats). And her unfailing knack for signaling the end of a workday – without smartphone or timepiece – did not escape the notice of her employer. Quin’s curiosity and nose for intuitive intervention in the workplace finally earned her the coveted post of Chief Morale Officer in August 2019. Her promotion was greeted with smiles (ours) and wags (hers).