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MKSD Announces Promotion for Project Designers

Christian Didra

MKSD announces two staff members promoted to full time Project Designers: Christian Didra and Karen Sander.

As a talented and enthusiastic designer, Christian’s desk is occupied with endless fragments of sketch paper and pinned-up three dimensional renderings. Two Lego models from the Architecture Series flank his computer monitor.  Before coming to MKSD architects, Christian earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Philadelphia University, where he passionately exercised his creative talent and augmented his design sensibilities. Christian studied drawing and photography in Rome. He also placed 2nd in Lighting Design competitions and had designs featured in the National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington D.C., as well as other exhibits, including Philadelphia University’s Spirit of Innovation Gala.  Prior to coming to MKSD architects, he enjoyed a short-term assignment working for Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in Philadelphia. At MKSD, Christian continues his Intern Development Program with the goal of architectural licensing. He contributes to nearly every facet of design, or according to him…practicing what he loves – “to create”. Christian lends his talents to clients such as Northampton Community College and Muhlenberg College.

An extremely resourceful and self motivated designer, Karen has brought a fresh approach to all of the design projects she lends her talents to. Tackling every project with a positive attitude, she thrives on the attention to detail. She comes to MKSD with a Bachelor of Architecture from Penn State University.  As a LEED Green Associate, her focus on sustainability in architecture informs her designs. Working with clients such as Kutztown University and St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network, she has proved to be an invaluable part of our team. Karen is highly responsive and always puts the needs and goals of the clients first. “I am thrilled to be a part of the MKSD team.  Never have I worked at a firm with such an incredible team dynamic and camaraderie.  Our firm’s adventures outside of work have led to a collaborative design experience inside the office walls also.  I know this will be a great learning experience and I look forward to the work ahead.”