Gerri’s unrelenting curiosity, passion for research, and rigorous fortitude drive her to explore all facets of every project she touches at INTERSTICE. Her interest in sustainability, community design, and data-driven solutions has led her to work on projects ranging from green schoolyards to farm-to-table centered agri-hoods. Her experience has taught her that the most energy efficient building in the world is not a sustainable one if people feel no desire to preserve it; and that buildings should not only be built to protect the environment, they should also create environments that inspire and cultivate the societies they exist in. At IA, her use of research and inquiry as the primary drivers of design produce projects in which the quality of their finished outcome reflects the rigor of their creation.
After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Gerri went on to advocate for energy efficiency policy as an environmental activist in Austin, Texas. It was during this time that she learned the value of community engagement and the importance of designing with people, not just for people. Gerri went on to obtain her Master of Architecture Degree from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a concentration in ecological design.