Kristin Clarksean

Kristin Clarksean

Department: Structural

Position: Architectural Designer

Location: Brookings, SD

Where do you usually go when you have time off? When I have a few days off, I like to go visit my family in central MN. Being 3.5 hours away from everyone, we don’t get to see them as much as I’d like, and it’s nice to spend time with them.
What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue? I’d love to be able to travel and explore all of the national parks. I’m not much of a hiker, but just experiencing the many landscapes and animals of the U.S. is something I’d love to do.
What’s the last adventure you went on? The last big trip I went on was with my husband to explore Boston and then travel up the coast to Bar Harbor, Maine. We enjoyed the history of Boston and walking the Freedom Trail. We went to Bar Harbor for our honeymoon in 2015, so it was fun to revisit the island, experience the parts of Acadia National Park that we didn’t get to do last time, and eat as much fresh lobster as we could!
What inconsequential super power would you like to have? To control time! It would be so nice to be able to speed up long car rides and slow down to give a couple of extra minutes to get everyone ready in the morning. As an added bonus, more sleep and longer weekends!
Why did you decide to do the work you are doing now? For most of my childhood, I thought I wanted to be a teacher, but after my first summer of teaching swimming lessons, I realized that I did not have enough patience to work with kids all day. I used to love to ask my grandma to “give me something to design,” and after taking the mandatory drafting class in high school and being the only person to not hate it, I started to realize that I had a path to follow. I love that architecture allows me to combine my strength in math and numbers with my need to be creative.
What have you created that you are most proud of? Of course I have to pick my kids! I am constantly amazed by how much they learn and grow every day. It’s fun to see their personalities develop and just to wonder how their minds come up with the things they do and say.