Red Dot Studio is an emerging Bay Area practice focused on residential and small business clients.

Born and raised on the East Coast, Karen Curtiss studied in Scotland and lived in Hungary when the iron curtain fell, while training in the sport of fencing, before settling in San Francisco in 1995. Her time overseas gave her an appreciation for old and new architecture rubbing shoulders with each other and informed her respect for cultural context, and improving the human experience.

Karen holds an MA in Philosophy from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, a MA in Interior Architecture and obtained her architecture license through apprenticeship while an Associate at EHDD Architecture. Karen absorbed the Bay Area Tradition, taking every opportunity to tour Esherick houses and through working on complex institutional projects, developed excellent project management skills. With a profound respect for the skill of a good construction crew and the client relations, Karen sees her role on a project as both the generator and the keeper of good ideas no matter who proposes them.