Kirsten joined FCBS in 2008 from the Welsh School of Architecture, obtaining a Masters degree which focussed on designing a geological research centre in a disused slate quarry in Wales. Kirsten's interest in buildings and nature has resulted in her being involved in design workshops with French architect, Duncan Lewis, who is renowned for combining nature with architecture through his buildings. In 2007 Kirsten collaborated with Pierre D'Avoine on an international architectural design competition for Birnbeck Island in Weston Super Mare - the design for which made it onto the final shortlist of 6 teams.
During her time at FCBS she has built up a large range of expertise, mostly specialising in the higher education sector. She was part of the team to deliver the award-winning library building the Hive, for Worcester County Council and Worcester University. She continued this thread of work in the higher education sector with designing and delivering the Edge Arts Centre for the University of Bath. Kirsten gained significant experience of working with historic buildings by completing the RIBA stages 1-4 on the refurbishment of a grade II listed Ormond building into offices for the Vice Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University. Kirsten has a keen interest in interior architecture and design and has more recently led the interior design of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus, a large new academic building for the University of Bristol.
Kirsten is currently working on the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil, enabling her to again pursue her interest in the arts and further explore the relationship between buildings and nature through design.