Katie Irwin Testifies on the Modernization and Preservation of Congressional Buildings
by 
Lorynn Holloway
March 28, 2022

Katie Irwin, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C, and Senior Associate at Quinn Evans testified on behalf of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) on March 17 before the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. Her expert recommendations focused on updating Congressional office spaces while preserving its historic integrity.

“Promoting effective, collaborative, and healthy workplaces on Capitol Hill supports good governance, which benefits all of us,” said Katie Irwin, AIA. “We can be good stewards of these historic spaces while sensitively integrating modern updates to facilitate the technology-fueled pace of work.”

Irwin’s testimony provided the bipartisan committee with a starting point to assess and develop improvements to the U.S. Capitol and its campus. Additionally, her testimony provided insights on balancing the historic nature of the buildings—its character-defining features, spaces and finishes—with the demands of a 21st century office, including enabling better workspaces for virtual meetings. Irwin also highlighted the importance of sound attenuation, increasing access to daylight, incorporating activity-based planning, as well as improving wayfinding and accessibility.

As an architect and interior designer, Katie brings an esteemed level of expertise to historic workspaces. At Quinn Evans, she has contributed to the restoration and modernization design of many historic properties including cultural, educational, and institutional facilities. As a specialist in historic interiors, Katie is known for her cohesive, research-based solutions that respect the original design intent and surrounding context. Additionally, she continues to focus on the application of emerging preservation technology as an active volunteer for the Association for Preservation Technology International.

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