Kobey Seale, AIA, LEED AP
Growing up and playing with matchbox cars, Kobey developed a fascination with creating cities and drawing perspectives of buildings, early on. “I loved the idea of drawing, building models, and getting to be creative while being a problem solver.” Finding influences in the built and unbuilt environment around him, Kobey is inspired to create better spaces that are beautiful, functional and on a budget.
Big, small or complicated, there is always a new problem to solve; that is what excites Kobey, everyday. He loves to take people’s ideas and create designs that are better than imagined by designing the details, thinking harder and designing further. “Its a cool feeling to start with a few lines on a blank sheet of paper and see it come to life as a living building.”
Eric Ciskowski, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
LEGOS, and his father, piqued Eric’s fascination with all types of construction and drawings, as a child.“My father first taught me how to draw an isometric drawing of a house, while all my friends were drawing two-dimensional elevation views.” When Eric was in the 4th grade, his father, whose work in construction inspired Eric, said he should be an architect. “Since then, I never looked back.”
It makes sense that Eric is most excited about the construction phase of projects, but the details and coordination are what he finds the most important. “I believe the details really make a successful project.” Eric puts thought and effort into every corner of a space, coordinating the details with the engineers or contractors, examining how two different architectural materials come together, or making sure there is enough wall space for the owner's art. All of this is part of Eric’s desire to work as a team and coordinate to see a project go from an idea to a finish product that will excite people for countless years to come.
designer | project manager
It wasn't until she experienced the work of Mies Van der Rohe, that Caitlin knew she wanted to be an architect. Caitlin felt calm around the reasoning and work of Van der Rohe, and she wanted to help shape spaces that made others feel something too, but "hopefully not bad, though!"
Gaining experience through past firms, school, and being influenced by mentors and a minimalist approach of "less is more," Caitlin joined the Conduit team in 2017. She enjoys the middle ground between engineering and artistry of her work, " You're basically using logic and rationale to generate a beautiful solution for the client." She's excited when everything is organized and lines up just right; from room placements to finishes. When all the spaces are appropriate and flow with each other, that is when Caitlin is excited and proud of her work. Caitlin makes sure to learn something new from everything she is working on, "I want to keep absorbing different ways to solve the problems around me."
McKenzie Gamez, IIDA
designer | project manager
McKenzie enjoys working with clients to develop design strategies that create highly effective and energetic spaces where the user experience is at the forefront of the design. "Our productivity and wellbeing are tied to our environments. Our space defines how we relate to others. As our general exposure and awareness of good design becomes more common, we now have the ability, more than ever to create an environment where we can thrive."
As a member of IIDA, McKenzie was able to serve as Vice President of Advocacy for the Texas/Oklahoma chapter, as well and serving as liaison on the board of Directors for TAID. In her free time, you can find McKenzie traveling, cooking, or frequenting the local dog park with her dog, Goose.
Motivated to create spaces that make users want to look around and take in the features of the structure, Neha took an interest in design in high school. She joined the backstage team for the drama club's rendition of Aladdin on a whim after years of being a part of the Math Club. “I always loved drawing and sketching, but something inside me clicked when I saw my artwork come to life on stage. It made me realize that I had a passion for turning creativity into something people could use, see and enjoy.”
While the end product is just as important, the process of creating is the most exciting part for Neha, because it's all about problem solving, collaboration and brainstorming. “The journey is what keeps me going.” For Neha, the most important thing, on a project, is to aim to create something that she can be proud of, she states, “Every project should be your best project.” We are excited to be working with you, Neha!