Karen graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design in 2013. She has had previous experience with product design and freelanced on a children’s soft goods product which has since gone to market. Prior to joining AP+I, she worked with a sign fabricator for three years as an Environmental Graphic Designer and Production Artist for various clients around the Bay Area. Her knowledge in materials and manufacturing processes helps to translate her work into functional designs that comply with various technical considerations. Her project work has included branding, interior and exterior signs, wayfinding design and code-related signage.
Karen is Brazilian by birth and Japanese by descent and tries to visit her family in Japan as often as she can. While not at work, Karen loves to travel and visit museums and art exhibits with her husband.