Tamra Collins, LEED BD+C

Tamra was encouraged to pursue architecture by a teacher who recognized her passion for art and excitement for math and science as the perfect storm for a career in architectural design. The seed was planted, and from there her appreciation of architecture developed, but only recently has Tamra understood what she loves about architecture: how the built environment affects people and can improve their lives through sustainable design, beautiful placemaking, and promoting emotional and physical well-being.

After graduating with an associate’s degree in commercial art from Flint Hills Technical College, Tamra earned her M.Arch from Kansas State University. While attending KSU, she spent seven months at Overland during an academic internship. In June of 2016, Tamra returned as a designer because of the community she built here, explaining that, “Overland is a place where I can develop as a person because people trust me and I trust them.”

In addition to trust and community, Tamra appreciates the diversity of projects she gets to experience and knowing that, no matter what project she is working on, it will positively impact her, the client, and the community. Besides designing at Overland, Tamra works to give back to the community by being an intern coordinator and overseeing their design/build project for Luminaria 2016, and serving as  a curator for the Overland Art Program.

When Tamra is not contributing to Overland design and culture, she is working on being a modern Renaissance woman, teaching herself new skills like playing the piano, knitting and using tattoo machines.

Individualization / Strategic / Responsibility / Arranger / Adaptability