Caitlin Woolsey, a life-long Sitkan, brings an interdisciplinary background to the MRV team. She first became interested in architecture due to its influence on the well-being of people, communities, society, and the environment. She completed an undergraduate degree at Stanford in architectural design in 2014, then stayed on to pursue a masters degree in Earth Systems. Her graduate work focused on the relationship between human activity and major earth processes. During her thesis project she studied environmental values and owner-built homes in Southeast Alaska.

In the summer of 2015, Caitlin worked with the Sitka Community Land Trust to create a proposal for an affordable housing neighborhood in Sitka, Alaska. This project exemplified to her the importance of making architecture that is about people: improving their quality of life, bolstering their sense of self-worth, and fostering community.

After finishing school, Caitlin came back to Southeast and worked out of Wrangell as a Field Guide for the wilderness therapy program Alaska Crossings. She spent three seasons leading Alaskan youth on multi-week canoe and hiking expeditions in the Tongass. Her favorite part of the job was connecting with youth from all over the state and learning about what was important to them. She also loved the necessity of understanding the tides, weather, wildlife, forest, mountain topography, and ocean currents. Caitlin appreciates that the built environment is part of a complex network of human-natural systems, and will bring this perspective to her work at MRV.


Education


Master of Science, Earth Systems. Stanford University

Bachelor of Science, Engineering (focus in Architectural Design), Stanford University