Kirby comes from a design and architecture background. After graduating from RISD where she pursued her masters in interior architecture, Kirby went on to pursue opportunities in high-end residential development, design, and construction in New York, Seattle, Denver and Aspen. She became interested in instructional design while teaching undergraduate-level architecture courses as an adjunct professor. While developing curriculum, she realized there were not enough course hours to teach necessary technical skills, and she developed online courses to teach accompanying skillsets. That experience sparked her curiosity and the instructional-design journey. Teaching and design came into focus for Kirby during her time at Airbnb, where she worked on building out their Plus program.
Kirby is most excited when she is able to successfully break down a complex topic into an approachable and engaging lesson. When she isn’t designing, she can be found doing all things active outdoors, brewing kombucha, and playing the harp.
- M.Des., Rhode Island School of Design, 2015
- B.A., Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 2011