Trina Sandschafer, AIA, LEED AP

Executive Vice President, Design Principal, Team Leader

My passion is leveraging the power of design to help diverse clients achieve their strategic goals.  With a user-focused approach, I guide our teams to bring clarity from complexity - we seek opportunity in challenge and bring forward engaging results.”

Trina is responsible for establishing, inspiring, and directing the comprehensive development of the firm’s design dialog and culture. She leads our Chicago office, leveraging her ability to build strong relationships and key collaborators to provide strategic growth. Trina uses the power of design to serve diverse clients as a national leader for our residential, hospitality, and corporate practices. 

Trina is the Director of the Kahler Slater Studio, a collaborative graduate studio bringing together the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, instructed within Kahler Slater’s offices. She serves as the Chair of the UIUC Architecture Alumni Advisory Board.


Residential; Hospitality; Adaptive Reuse; Urban Planning; Mixed Use 

Professional Credentials

American Institute of Architects (AIA); LEED Accredited Professional, US Green Building Council