Our firm’s core focus is to provide the most complete professional service possible to every one of our customers. Our design approach begins with careful listening of our clients’ specific goals and objectives, individual needs and wants, and their wishes that is carried out through each phase of the architectural process. With a special emphasis on contextual suitability our design solutions respond to the unique opportunities and challenges presented by each unique project. Our approach is centered on the goal of both satisfying the client and developing sound and appropriate architectural solutions; an approach that has resulted in a note-worthy history of implemented on-time and on-budget projects.
Strata represents a commitment to the field of historic preservation and renovation, exemplified by their dedication to historic buildings. The firm is headquartered at 1701 Oak Street, Suite 100.
AIA, LEED AP BD+C
MSc Historic Preservation, University of Pennsylvania
BArch Architecture, Kansas State University
Angie Gaebler leads the firm in their preservation efforts. Her award-winning work includes a diverse body of preservation, rehabilitation, and adaptive use projects throughout the Midwest and East Coast regions. Her expertise has proven beneficial when designing sensitive and creative solutions for architecturally and culturally significant historic properties. Angie has experience working with a variety of clients, including governmental entities, private developers, community groups, and individual owners. She often provides preservation consulting to other architectural practices and developers for rehabilitation, additions, and new construction projects when the historic context may be impacted by the proposed changes. Angie believes that quality construction is achieved through detailing and working in the field with contractors to achieve exceptional results.
AIA, LEED AP BD+C
BArch Architecture, University of Kansas
Trudy Faulkner has gained a wealth of expertise, primarily in the Midwest region, in the field of historic preservation. Her diverse work experience includes adaptive reuse and new construction projects with a specialty in designing for historically significant buildings and contexts. She is especially adept at assisting clients in the pursuit of historic tax credits and at guiding them through the associated review processes with local, state, and federal authorities. Trudy’s design sensibilities along with her technical knowledge of the built environment have produced many successful and award-winning projects. Her skills range from initial concept drawings through construction documents, technical surveys of existing structures, and report writing. She excels at project management and working with contractors in the field to create a positive, lasting impact in our community. Her extensive knowledge includes every phase of the architectural practice from planning and project management, to design and client collaboration through construction administration.
AIA, LEED AP BD+C
MA Architecture History, University of Virginia
BArch Architecture, Drury University
Claire Ashbrook has a diverse range of experience in the design and construction industry with knowledge extending across the fields of architectural design, construction project management, and research documentation, with a specialization in historic preservation. She has worked on large international high-rises to James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange, Virginia. In addition to her architectural and preservation expertise, Claire has managed construction projects, developed detailed bids, cost analysis assessments, and generated construction sequencing/phasing scenarios. This experience has provided her with a strong understanding of the challenges that arise throughout the development and construction phases of a project.
MArch Architecture, Kansas State University
Jill Turner brings 15+ years of experience to the STRATA team, working on a variety of project types including education, historic preservation, industrial, and recreation projects. Throughout her career she has consistently been involved in the design process from concept through construction administration. Her proficiency in modeling and managing 3-D design software contributes to project collaboration and efficiency. Jill’s well-rounded career also led her to the non-profit arena in East Africa where she worked on design projects for charity organizations in need of professional assistance.
Senior Project Architect
BArch Interior Architecture, Kansas State University
Julie’s expertise in rehabilitation, restoration, preservation, and adaptive use is made evident by her exceptional work. Her vast experience has included work on projects of various sizes, budgets, and building types that reach from historic grand residences to a variety of municipal, commercial, federal, ecclesiastical, multi-family, and higher education project types. As a historical architect, Julie’s experience with research, documentation, and restoration efforts of numerous Midwest region and national historic sites has contributed to a refined understanding of construction techniques, character-defining features, and aesthetics of historic buildings and structures that enable their modernization within their original historic contexts. Julie has extensive experience in project management and ensures firm quality, standards and project implementation of highly detailed and complex project types. Her skills include management of multi-phased long-term projects in their planning and implementation with successful results. She has experience in working with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards during numerous Federal and multiple State Historic Preservation Office rehabilitation tax credit projects. Her portfolio includes high-profile projects that have gained recognition with numerous local, regional, and national awards.
MArch Architecture + Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation, University of Kansas
Zevi Aronstein is a recent graduate of the University of Kansas with a special interest in historic preservation and architectural history. His experience in school spanned a wide variety of learning opportunities, including traditional studio, an award-winning design-build studio, study abroad opportunities and international internship experience. He brings knowledge of 3D modeling and is excited to add his passion for working on historic structures to the firm.
AIA Associate, LEED Green Associate, NOMA
MArch Architecture, Kansas State University
Amanda Shearhart graduated in 2023 with her Master of Architecture from Kansas State University. She has joined the STRATA with an excitement to give existing structures new life. First falling in love with Architecture in Kansas City’s Historic Hyde Park neighborhood, she has found herself back in the place where it all started practicing restoring adjacent historic structures and beyond. Amanda has experience in multifamily and education design. She merges her knowledge of Neuroscience in Architecture, Atmosphere, perception, and the body with her love of tectonics to historic projects today.
MArch Architecture + Bachelor’s in Art History + Bachelor’s in Architectural Studies + Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation, University of Kansas
Natalie M Anderson joined STRATA’s team in the summer of 2023 after graduating from the University of Kansas. In her studies, she cultivated skills in design and graphics through architecture and developed an enthusiasm for research and historical context through art history. Natalie’s background in both areas has armed her well for historically sensitive projects. Prior to graduating, Natalie worked in museums and archives, and is excited to start applying her skillsets to preserving the world around her..
BArch Environmental Design in Architecture, University of Kansas
Susan Richards Johnson is regionally recognized for her expertise in historic preservation and architecture. Susan founded Susan Richards Johnson Associates, a Women-Owned Business in 1987. Susan specializes in historic rehabilitation, restoration, building assessment and survey, and adaptive reuse projects. She has successfully consulted on numerous National Register and National Historic Landmark properties throughout Missouri and Kansas. She enjoys her work and has lectured on historic preservation and design-related issues. Susan is passionate about our culturally and architecturally significant historic properties and believes in the value of preserving our heritage while planning for future growth and development.