Meet Our People: Kassidy Young, Business Development Manager

What initially drew you to Triad Architects?

I had a lot of experience at my last firm collaborating with Triad, so I was already somewhat familiar with the culture – the people specifically. I knew from experience that the team was hardworking and kind. That’s a great combination when considering a work environment.


What do you think sets Triad Architects apart from other firms in the industry?

The culture internally and the mission externally. Triad is really drawn to focusing on projects that are going to benefit the community long term. We truly do live and operate by those values.


What trends in architecture and design excite you the most right now?

The shift from lounge and third places to making commercial spaces feel warmer and more inviting. I like the idea of people having more options of where to spend their time within the spaces we create, based on the way each individual learns and works. It could be a shift that’s happening because of COVID-19. It’s always been a need, but COVID-19 made people aware of accommodating different styles of working and learning. It forced them to make the investment, even though it has long been a need. Now that you’re competing with the home environment, it’s forcing companies to reevaluate what they’re offering in order to get people back in the office, and it made people way more aware of different learning styles, which has become a trend to accommodate in learning spaces.


How did you develop your interest in architecture and design?

I believe in the power of space to benefit the individual. Growing up in New York, I was always looking at storefronts and historic buildings. It really just excited me, especially the way the spaces made me feel. Because of that, from a very young age, I’ve always had an interest in it. I would make my mom drive down 5th and up Madison just so I could look at all the pretty architecture.


How do you see the architecture and design industry evolving in the next few years?

I think we’re going to see more private spaces. We’ve tried open-concept, and as much as people love collaboration, we want opportunities for privacy and what I like to call “human moments.” I think we’re also going to see more space dedicated to multi-use, so that depending on how you like to work, you can shift the space to fit your needs.


What is your favorite architectural style or building, and why?

Pre-War, and that goes back to the pre-war buildings in New York. My Godparents lived in one, and they had marble floors, brass stair railings, and an old rickety elevator. I feel like they have a lot of soul, and it reminds me of a different era when people paid more attention to the details. Everything had way more personality and history.