Kristina Rakestraw
Kristina Rakestraw
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Hi, I'm Kristina.

I am a user experience designer with a diverse skill set including system design, interaction design, storytelling and user research.


Prior to UX, I spent four years designing schools, community spaces 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. By engaging in the wider design community in Seattle over the past five years, I have been exposed to a new way of approaching design and have met many inspirational designers and mentors along the way. My ambition and exposure to UX design ultimately pulled me towards pursuing higher education in HCI. Building a solid foundation in HCI has fueled my continuing passion for design with a deeper understanding of human-centered design research. I am now 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, places and things. My ability to problem solve in teams and communicate ideas visually are my greatest superpowers.

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

Problem solving in teams
Working with ambiguity
Empathizing with others
Conveying ideas visually
Growth mentality
Formal training in Architecture & HCI



2018 Impact

Currently working for Anthro-Tech, a user-centered design consultancy focused on government agencies, nonprofits and enterprises with a social-impact mission.

2017 Transition

Transitioned from working in Architecture in order to become 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 Hexagon and Design Thinking SeattleDesign Thinking & Innovation. The more I learned, the more curious I became. 

2013 Beginnings

Graduated from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Architecture. Soon after, I moved to Seattle to begin a career in Architecture. 

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