Kristina Rakestraw
Kristina Rakestraw
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Hi, I'm Kristina.

I am a UX designer with a diverse skill set including architecture, human-centered design research, storytelling, and an ability to lead others.


You can view my resume, connect with me on LinkedIn, or send me a message at

Prior to UX, I spent four years designing schools, community centers and homes in fast paced architecture firms, serving many different people along the way. I enjoyed designing entire environments and working within the real world needs and constraints of architecture until my ambition pulled me towards pursuing higher education in HCI. Building a solid foundation in HCI has fueled my continuing passion for design with a clear understanding of human-centered design research. Having expanded my understanding of evidence-based design, I am able to apply my design skills to the UX field with more intention and grit.

A background in architecture taught me the important role context plays on every design problem. Good design is about clearly defined problems and thoughtfully crafting meaningful interactions between people, things, and places. My ability to collaborate, lead and serve others are my greatest superpowers. When I’m not designing, you’ll find me hiking somewhere in the mountains.

Problem solving in teams
Working with ambiguity
Rapid iteration
Defining constraints
Bias towards action
Empathizing with others
Conveying ideas
Time management
Growth mentality
Formal training in Architecture & HCI


2018 Exploration

Currently looking for a design position to work alongside a diverse team of thoughtful, hardworking and motivated researchers, designers, and software engineers.

2017 Transition

Transitioned from working in Architecture to becoming a full time graduate student in the MHCI+D program at the University of Washington. 

2015 Discovery

Discovered UX through various design mentors and local design events, such as Design Thinking and Innovation. The more I learned, the more curious I became. 

2013 Beginnings 

Graduated from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor's of Architecture and moved to Seattle to begin a career in Architecture.