Liesel Haldane, Assoc. AIA started her career at the Florida Park Service while in graduate school for landscape architecture at Florida A&M University. The Park Service’s Bureau of Design and Construction provided in-house architectural services to the more than 160 parks in the state of Florida. As an engineering technician, she drafted a 250 seat amphitheater at Big Lagoon State Park, a two-story concessions building at Sebastian Inlet, and a large assortment of ADA renovations, restroom facilities and roof repairs. Thanks to her early work experiences, Liesel quickly realized that she didn’t want to limit herself to flatwork and happily changed her degree path to architecture. She started the IDP while still in school, and received her M.Arch. in 2010, just in time for the Great Recession to hit the government sector.
When the economy bounced back, so did she, this time at Hoy+Stark Architects in Tallahassee. She worked on several projects that have recently been completed, including City Church at Sessions Road and Market Plaza. City Church transformed an existing warehouse and former skate rink into a sanctuary for contemporary services with a cafe and office spaces. Challenges included acoustical design of the space for live amplified performances and meeting budget requirements. Market Plaza was a core/shell project with two simultaneous restaurant tenant improvements. The projects required significant coordination efforts throughout the design phases, as well as on-site construction administration. Other projects included renovations/additions at local schools, a design study of the state capitol’s parking garage and plaza, as well as a residential pool cabana. She also became involved in the AIA as the Associate Director of the local chapter, and attended state and national conventions with the Hoy+Stark team.
Liesel moved to California with her husband, daughter, and two Weimaraners in 2015, and very recently settled in Berkeley where she also works, at ELS Architecture and Urban Design. With only one ARE left to complete, Liesel plans to become licensed in both Florida and California very soon.