Kadi Franson is an artist addressing ecological resilience and loss during the Anthropocene, the geological era of human impact. Illustration work keeps her buoyant and often advocates for ecoliteracy. Additionally, she is a licensed architect in the state of Utah with a special interest in natural building and sustainable design, and an educator. She was raised in rural Texas in a feral trailer community by a mother who howled at the moon. Now she lives in the Pink Cliffs of Bryce Canyon National Park with her favorite park ranger and a robotic vacuum. She spends a lot of time in the woods.


2014 - Postgraduate Certificate from Yestermorrow Design Build School. Design for Public Interest course, taught by Jersey Devil Design Build.

2012 - Master of Architecture degree from the California College of the Arts. Thesis work focused on generating design proposals for existing Superfund sites - overview available here.  Thesis advisor: Nataly Gattegno.

2009 - Sustainable Urban Design Certificate from Archeworks. Completed a year-long project developing pocket parks in vacant lots in Chicago.

2008 - Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Mentors: Lisa Norton, Barbara Rossi, Linda Keane, Martina Nehrling


Artist CV, statement, current resume, and portfolios (fine art, illustration, architecture/fabrication, and design education) available upon request. Linkedin profile here