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Communication + Graphic Design

Kara Verbeek graduated Summa Cum Laude from the award-winning York University / Sheridan College Bachelor of Design (YSDN) program in Toronto. Her work includes a wide variety of projects; from posters, books, magazines, and marketing campaigns, to web and environmental graphics.

Kara has experience working at design agencies, in-house, and freelance as a graphic designer, communications assistant, account manager, and web designer. 

She has taught graphic design software and strategies to graduate and undergraduate students, and is enthusiastic about promoting exceptional communication design across disciplines.

Architecture + Research Design

Kara completed her Master of Architecture degree at the University of British Columbia's School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in Vancouver. 

Most recently she worked in the Netherlands, as a Junior Architect at OMA. She has also worked as an intern at architecture and interior design firms in both Vancouver and Copenhagen, and has collaborated on various projects at UBC including exhibition, research, and communication design. During her time at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, she was a Teaching Assistant for many Design Media and Environmental Design courses, passionate about student learning through a variety of techniques and approaches. 

Combining architecture with her love for communication and design, she is passionate about the ways in which architecture and design can work together to create more livable spaces.

Awards and Publications

2018 - Alpha Rho Chi Medal

2018 - Nominee for the Canadian Architect Student Award of Excellence

2018 - Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Honour Roll

2017 - ‘Farmhouse’ project Featured on KooZA/rch blog

2016 - Concord Erickson Energy and Architecture Fellowship 

2015 - Fred B. Dalla-Lana Memorial Scholarship in Architecture

2015 - SALA Projects Award & Exhibition, Elements of Architectural Design

2014 - Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) Scholarship

2014 - Ray Cole and Perkins + Will Scholarship in Architecture

2014 - Faculty of Applied Science Graduate Award

2014 - Applied Arts Awards, Winner, Design Promotion Series (Lesli Ink)

2014 - Communication Arts Awards, Winner, Typography (Lesli Ink)

2014 - How Design Awards, Best of Show (Lesli Ink)

2014 - How Design Awards, Winner, Typography (Lesli Ink)

2014 - Featured in Swash and Serif, Typography Design Show (Lesli Ink)

2014 - Featured in Under Consideration Magazine (Lesli Ink)

2014 - Featured in Print Magazine (Lesli Ink)

2013 - Summa Cum Laude- York University

2013 - The Bill Chan Faculty of Fine Arts Award

2012 - Adobe Achievement Semi-finalist Award (Packaging Design)

2012 - Adobe Achievement Semi-finalist Award (Print Communications)

2011 - York University Study Abroad Scholarship- Rome