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Heather Kaan

Architectural Designer

Technical Director


Heather is an experienced architectural designer with over 20 years in the architectural industry.  She has worked on a wide variety of projects, including residential, community-based, and higher education.  All of this has allowed her to easily step into the role as Technical Director at DBA. Heather has a degree in Applied Science in Architectural Technology and has spent her career both designing and leading teams through every step of the design and construction process.


Heather's architectural experience started as a teenager, helping to create plans for her father, a prominent contractor.  From there, she went on to get her degree and entered the workforce, already an experienced designer. 


As the Hudson Valley grew in popularity and in population, Heather's career grew along with it.  Working exclusively for smaller, local firms, her talent and project management quickly grew into a role of leadership. Throughout the course of her career, Heather has managed the design and construction of over 100 residential projects, along with community and institutionally-based projects.  

In addition to her residential experience, Heather has worked with a number of prominent higher education institutions in the area.  She worked on a programming study for the Multidisciplinary for Vassar College, a full update and remodel of Lowell Thomas Communications Building at Marist College, and various small projects at Columbia College.


Aside from architectural design and management, Heather is also an accomplished carpenter, having built her own house and briefly worked in the carpentry department of Vassar College.  Her knowledge of building materials and best practices directly correlates to her ability to design quickly and efficiently with advanced knowledge of how structures will come together at every stage of the process. 


Heather is committed to the Hudson Valley and the local environment and is committed to making positive contributions through material usage, renewable energy, and ecologically- minded design.


Home & Habitat

Design and Project Management of over 100 residential homes

Community, Arts & Education

Town of Philipstown Town Hall, Cold Spring NY

Eastern Dutchess County Service Center, Millbrook NY

St. George Theatre: Rigging Replacement – Staten Island NY

Special Projects

Glasshouse Complex: Private Estate, Millbrook NY

Lowell Thomas Building, Marist College Poughkeepsie NY



Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, NY

Professional Career

2021- Present

2019 - 2021

2016 - 2019

2011 - 2016

1998 - 2001

DBA, Beacon New York: Technical Director

Vassar College; Poughkeepsie New York: Carpenter

Highlands Architecture, Cold Spring New York: Project Designer & Project Manager

Hibbs Architects; Wappingers Falls New York: Project Designer & Project Manager

Edmond G. Loedy, Architect PC; Millbrook New York: Senior Project Manager

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