AIA, LEED BD+C, Founder, Principal Architect

born and raised

In Boise, ID

Kristen was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and attended college at the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon. In addition to obtaining a Bachelor of Architecture degree, she also minored in Interior Architecture, Architecture History and Business. While performing her thesis work in Portland, she worked as an intern at Deca Architecture, a boutique firm specializing in sustainable design with local roots.

After graduation, she was employed by Ankrom Moisan Associated Architects’ Portland office where she was placed on their Urban Design team. Kristen enjoyed learning the in’s and out’s of multifamily housing design, as well as the concept of masterplanning: looking at large sites and determining how to best use them based on the program elements, building phasing, and environmental aspects.

In 2009, Kristen returned to Boise to work at Erstad Architects for her mentor, Andy Erstad. Here, she had the pleasure of working on a wide range of projects, from small tenant improvement designs, to high end residential, to office buildings, to educational campuses and restaurant designs.

While she enjoyed her time at Erstad Architects, in the spring of 2014, she was ready to take the next step and focus on obtaining her architectural license and start her own firm. Northridge Architecture was founded in Winter of 2015 and has continued to work on a large variety of project types. The wide range of projects keeps Kristen on her toes and forever learning, which she loves.

When Kristen is not working, she enjoys spending time with her two children, Jack (4) and Arden (2), as well as her husband, Dustin, and English Lab, Gus. She loves running in the foothills, drinking wine, trying new foods, and exploring Boise, the state of Idaho and beyond with family and friends.

Community Involvement

CW2 Joshua M. Tillery Memorial Fund

Spring 2012-ongoing

Generated posters and other marketing materials for the annual crawfish feed fundraiser.

Worked with local community members to encourage donations to the live and silent auction fundraiser.

Distinguished Young Women

Summer 2013-Spring 2015

Assisted in organizing fundraising events and marketing materials

Mentored high school girls and helped them with interview skills

Future Cities Competition

Fall-Winter 2010 and 2011

Brainstormed with middle school children about what a city would look like in the distant future and how urban design affects people’s lives

Helped to construct physical models for competition


Winter-Spring 2007 and 2008

Led a team of approximately 15 people in designing a roughly 10’x’10’x6’ structure made entirely out of cans that were later donated to the Oregon Food Bank.

Wrote letters and contacted local businesses for canned food donations.

Coordinated practice builds and information dissemination.
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