Carolyn Perna brings 20 years of practice experience to Studio Outside. She is committed to designing quality and functional outdoor spaces demonstrated by a career of working on many different project types. She has worked on project types all over the world including urban living, corporate-campus, environmental education and resorts. This broad spectrum of experience combines with her pragmatic responsive approach, resulting in a successful commission and a satisfied, happy client. By developing designs with great attention to detail and working with the project from early conceptual design to final construction documents and construction observation, Carolyn sets the office pace for successful detailed implementation.
Carolyn has a drive and focus which is highly motivational to her team. Enjoying all phases of the project, she looks forward to a completion where every criteria is well met, as well as attaining exceptional design and detailing. Responsible to schedules and budgets, she listens intently to the needs of both client and team.
She continues to learn new approaches to a well-designed environment. Carolyn's projects include The Dallas Museum of Art North Entry Renovation in Dallas, TX; Tunica River Park in Tunica, MS; Red Butte Conservation Gardens in Salt Lake City, UT; Radio Shack Headquarters in Fort Worth, TX; and Grand Solmar Land's End Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
After being raised and educated in the UK, outside of London, with some study abroad at LSU in the US, Carolyn settled in Dallas after graduation. Currently she focuses on local projects to be closely involved with her family, enjoying outdoor activities, athletics and sailing on White Rock Lake. Recently, she and her children were involved in designing and building a neighborhood trailhead for Twelve Hills Nature Center.