Shelby Hamilton believes design should focus on safety and accessibility while improving the surrounding environment. Her experience ranges from analyzing building code and helping clients explore cost-saving material alternatives to the design of a new casino.
Before joining Legat, she worked at a residential firm specializing in timber frame and mass timber structures. There she worked with different types of joinery and decorative elements that made projects unique.
Shelby earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Ball State University, where she focused on design for social and environmental justice. Her final project was a net-zero food hub/urban agricultural education facility that brought its community fresh produce and job opportunities. Waste that came from the building and its aquaponic tanks or vertical farms became a fuel source for other parts of the building.
Among the creative outlets beyond architecture that Shelby enjoys are photography, sketching, painting, digital art, 3D modeling and fabrication, ceramics, fashion design, jewelry making, woodworking, and welding.