Amanda is a graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. She has worked at Lett Architects since January 2010 as a co-op student and joined the Studio full-time in 2014 as an Intern Architect. Amanda has previously worked for architectural firms in Boston and Edmonton, and completed a four-month study term in Rome, Italy as part of the Waterloo School of Architecture’s Rome Program in the fall of 2010.
As a person with a severe hearing loss, Amanda has developed a design focus that tries to resolve how current standards of accessible design address only the direct barriers to participation, and do not attempt to understand the ways in which impairments change how people experience and use space. Using the knowledge that our surroundings shape our perceptions of the world and how we understand it, her thesis explored how the power of architecture as a language and tool for mass communication can transform the societal constructs surrounding disability.
Amanda brings strong design talent to the Studio and is currently managing the Studio’s animal care projects amongst other private and public projects. She is currently the Chair of the City of Peterborough’s Accessibility Advisory Committee and is also a member and past Chair of the Built Environment Sub-Committee.
Outside of the studio, Amanda is a cellist who plays with the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra, and could most recently be heard in the orchestra for the Anne Shirley Theatre Company’s production of Cabaret.