Caitlin Morgan

Architectural Designer, The Gaines Group Architects

Education & Certifications

  • Construction Document Technologist – Construction Specifications Institute, 2020
  • BFA Architectural Design, Minor Studio Art – James Madison University, 2020

Caitlin Morgan is a goal-oriented emerging professional who strives to support fellow professionals in architecture and design. After graduating in 2020 with a BFA in Architectural Design, she felt first-hand just how much of a toll the pandemic had taken in the workplace. It felt impossible to network with other designers and architects, and her future in the industry didn’t seem to have a direction. Her passion for architecture eventually won over, and she worked to co-create monthly virtual networking sessions for professionals across the United States, where audiences ranged from AEC students to seasoned industry professionals.

Since 2020, Caitlin has spoken on numerous panels for universities, AIA, and CSI about being an emerging professional in architecture. Her experience with AIA Virginia’s “Operation: Reach, Retain, Develop” mentorship program also led to co-presenting at the 2021 AIAS National Grassroots Conference.

Caitlin serves on the AIA Virginia board as Associate Director, representing the over four hundred Associate members in the state. Her work with CSI includes serving as the Central Virginia chapter’s Membership and Communications chair, and having earned her CDT certification in December 2020.

In 2022, Caitlin was honored to have received CSI National’s inaugural “Outstanding Emerging Professional” award for her work as an emerging professional in CSI. Additionally, in 2021, Caitlin was honored to have been recognized by her hometown as one of Harrisonburg, Virginia’s “10 Under 40” business leaders. Her passion for helping others led to presenting a workshop at the 2022 Young Architect Summer Series, titled “Goal-Setting for the Busy Professional (in 3 Simple Steps!).” Outside of Gaines Group and Emerge AEC, Caitlin does graphic design work and volunteers at the Virginia Quilt Museum.