Katherine S. Georgeson  

Katherine S. Georgeson
As a child Katherine knew two things for certain: She would become an architect, and she was not a boy. The path to architecture took her to the UWM School of Architecture and then into several prestigious midwestern architectural firms.  Katherine’s first architectural project was programming and designing the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre Complex, and for the next 30+ years she has remained focused on designing performing arts venues around the country. In 2013 she founded ORCHESTRA Design Studio, an architectural firm focused on arts venues with a secondary focus on addressing climate change and improving the livability of our cities.

Katherine believes in creating spaces designed to encourage social interactions that celebrate our diverse cultural experiences so we can find our common values and transcend our fear of the other. As a woman, the sometimes-difficult journey to becoming her true self paid off with inner peace, real happiness, confidence, and renewed activism. Since 2016 Katherine been invited to speak at several international conferences and corporate events on transgender issues and the importance of supporting the Rights of the LGBT+ Community.