Mitzi graduated in 2006 from The University of Tennessee, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design and subsequently earned her Master of Architecture degree with a Certificate in Conservation and Stewardship in 2013, also from The University of Tennessee. She was a storied member of both her undergraduate and graduate classes, known for her collaborative leadership in both the Undergraduate and Master’s Programs.
Mitzi is a Knoxville native – through and through. Her upbringing has fostered a deep appreciation and respect for the natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture of East Tennessee. She believes strongly in affordable, high-design efforts through simple, thoughtful, and sustainable design and construction. During her college career, she responded to the humanitarian need in Fond-des Blancs and Fort Liberte, Haiti for small-scale humanitarian projects; the design and construction of the New Norris House which received LEED Platinum certification, and; worked in partnership with the Knoxville Re-Animation Coalition of East Knoxville on the Potters Field Cemetery.
In addition to her professional pursuits, Mitzi enjoys the outdoors camping, hiking, and appreciating the stunning beauty of East Tennessee. She has used her professional talents to refresh her Craftsman-Style home in West Knoxville which is shared with her two cats, Fletcher and Sophie.