Kitty Yuen

Principal / Denver Studio Leader

“Architects are like cultural anthropologists.”


Kitty Yuen is an architect and studio leader, specializing in workplace and higher education. Kitty is a big-picture person and a perpetual investigator. She learns through exploration and encourages others to do the same. Clients appreciate Kitty’s ability to surface and integrate their ideas — while inspiring them to take risks and consider their options. For Kitty, design is a chance to “dig in”; to learn about her clients and their businesses; how their space can make an impact.

With her ability to lead complex engagements, perhaps it’s not surprising that Kitty has focused on two primary project types: corporate headquarters and facilities for higher learning. She enjoys the strategic challenge and the inherent variety of each company and campus, and she understands the high stakes of these sophisticated spaces.

For Kitty, if it isn’t different, it’s not that interesting. She pursues new experiences relentlessly. Whether she’s travelling to far flung destinations, taste-testing new recipes, reading about eccentric geniuses, or raising twin daughters, Kitty continually expands her worldview. Kitty imbues her passion for diversity and design into her work with AIA Denver, as a board member for a decade and now as a member of the AIA Design Conference committee.

Education & Registration
  • Bachelor of Architecture, University of Arizona