Licensed as both a Landscape Architect and an Architect, Katherine Spitz founded her 10 person firm Katherine Spitz Associates, Inc. (now KSA Design Studio) in 1993. KSA was the prime design firm on a wide range of large and small projects including urban design, streetscapes, public parks, campuses, commercial developments, and gardens of all sizes and types. The work involved successful coordination of the widest possible range of of professional engineers, consulting designers, public officials, contractors, and private entities. Additionally, over the course of 30 years, she served as both designer and facilitator in leading multiple public design workshops to elicit, resolve, and incorporate input from the community on complex projects. She served on public commissions and boards, including Design Review Boards for both Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs commission, and on the State Landscape Architecture Technical Committee as an appointee by Governor Brown. She has participated on panels and lectured on a broad range of topics related to the value of landscape in an increasingly urbanized California. Her career has been centered on the intersection of public work, design, and ecology, and she seeks to contribute her knowledge and experience in that arena to the Pebble Beach community.
Born in New York, it was during a family cross country road trip that she first fell in love with Pebble Beach- a 10 year old declaring to her parents that, “one day I will live here!” Leaving the east coast for college, she settled first in Santa Barbara where she developed her appreciation of the native California flora. She then moved to Los Angeles to attend graduate school in Architecture at UCLA. In 1998 she and her husband purchased their beloved home in the forest where they live with two large dogs, including a wolfhound. She is a Docent at Point Lobos, leading the plant interest group. She enjoys studying the ecology of the coastal forests, plein air painting, hiking (is a member of the PBRTA), designing private gardens, and being in the Forest, where she relishes working in her own garden, planting those wonderful native California plants!