Kalyssa Worden enjoys the challenge of combining diverse opinions into a unified design that inspires and motivates. She has worked with department heads, administrators, and board members to create layouts and colors schemes for remodels and new construction.
Kalyssa led an adaptive reuse project that transformed the first floor of a 98-year-old school into the J.B. Young Opportunity Center in Davenport, Iowa. It is the new home for the Davenport Community School District administration, as well as for various agencies and education programs that serve the community. She also worked with a core team during programming and design of the new Grant Wood Elementary School in Bettendorf, Iowa. The design incorporates program needs and staff ideas, while adhering to the budget.
Kalyssa enjoys donating her time to regional education programs. She is board treasurer of the Quad Cities chapter of the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE), as well as a member of the City of Moline Façade Improvement Program and the Jaycees of the Quad Cities. She also volunteers as a Pen Pal for United Way by writing letters to students to help them with their reading and writing skills.
Kalyssa holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Iowa State University.