Amanda’s passion for historic places was cemented in childhood. Saturdays were often spent exploring Kansas City’s historic parks and public buildings, but one memorable event foreshadowed her career. While walking around downtown St. Louis in fourth grade, she filled an entire roll of film with photos of vacant historic buildings. This interest in historic structures led Amanda to pursue a Bachelor of Interior Architecture from Kansas State University and, after a few years in the architecture world, to pursue a Master of Historic Preservation from the University of Kentucky. At K-State she began to understand that the best way to save a building is to continue using it and that adaptive use creatively blends old and new. Her time in Kentucky provided a framework within which to study historic places and the tools necessary to save them.