Abacus Architects

KYLE KARSTAEDT

Principal / Registered Architect

EDUCATION

Associate Degree in Architecture/Structural Technology, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay (1979)

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS

Registered Architect in Wisconsin since 1987

About Kyle

Kyle learned the ropes at his first job after college, at a local architecture firm where he got to see and participate in many aspects of the practice. Joining Abacus as a partner one year after its founding, Kyle sees his early experience as “good fortune” for giving him broad exposure to the discipline of architecture. He applies that knowledge daily as the quality control expert at Abacus, where he has a hand in all projects. Kyle reviews construction documents to ensure that they meet all the requirements of the project—for bidding, construction, codes and budgets. Essentially, so that everything can happen because of the documents. Seeing his role as the last line of defense, Kyle says that “one way or another, every project is going to get a little of me.”

On working with him

“That collaboration we create with the client is satisfying to me, being able to have correct answers for them and meet their requirements, it’s one of the appreciable things we do.”

On his favorite project

“Projects when there’s chemistry with the client, where the architectural objective and the client objective have commonality, and the things that we’re most interested in turning out well end up being the things that the client appreciates as well.”

On his own time

“I consider myself to be a student of the Arts and Crafts Movement. It has incredible applicability today, where technology is changing fast and dictating how we live and work, necessitating a move back to making things by hand with more soul than a machine is capable of. Which is why I design and build furniture inspired by the movement, things that reach beyond the purely practical to offer an emotional and aesthetic antidote to too much plastic and too many microchips.”

On relational architecture

“To me it means that our projects benefit when we get to know our client and what their goals and objectives are, and the client gets to know us, what’s important to us, and what we can do for them.”

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