Carol's passion for traditional homes extends back to her East Coast roots where she grew up around some of the oldest homes in the country.  At age 10, a family vacation to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina inspired her to become an architect.

Equally right and left-brained, Carol attended Rhode Island School of Design (for her right brain) and Clemson University (for her left brain). She has been mentored by architects of international acclaim including the late Elizabeth Wright Ingraham, one of the most outspoken advocates for modern architecture and environmental stewardship - and one of many descendants of Frank Lloyd Wright who inherited the call to architecture.

In 2001, Carol founded röm architecture studio, a boutique firm dedicated to the design of fine single family residences.  Projects range from rehabilitation of Craftsman bungalows and Tudor mansions to new modern homes with high efficiency systems and new technology.

In 2011, the firm was awarded the AIA/HUD Secretary's Award Alan J. Rothman Award for Housing Accessibility for the 'Magnolia Mid-Mod' project.  This AIA National Honor Award recognizes work that demonstrates the "importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit, and a valuable national resource." 

Throughout her career, Carol has served several positions for the American Institute of Architects, including Associate Director, Government Affairs Committee Chair, and Associate's Forum Committee Chair for the AIA Colorado South chapter and Custom Residential Architect's Network Chair for AIA Seattle.  

In 2018, Carol was appointed by the Tacoma City Council to serve as a commissioner for the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

photograph © Dakota Lynne

photograph © Dakota Lynne


Licensed architect in Washington, Colorado, & California


Historic Seattle

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Congress of Residential Architecture, Northwest Chapter

Tacoma Historical Society

Commissioner, City of Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission


2019 HGTV Designer of the Year Award - Living Large in Small Spaces Category

2017 NKBA Kitchen & Bath Design Award | Other Rooms (with Lucy Johnson Interior Design)

2017 Best of Houzz - Design

2016 Best of Houzz - Design

2015 Best of Houzz - Design

2014 Best of Houzz - Design & Service

2013 Master Builder's Association of King & Snohomish County Remodeling Excellence (REX) Award (with Model Remodel)

2013 Best of Houzz - Design & Service

2011 AIA HUD Secretary's Alan J. Rothman Award in Housing Accessibility (with Karen Braitmayer, FAIA / Studio Pacifica and Lucy Johnson Interior Design)