Patsy Welch has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and spent two years studying painting and fresco at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1974-1976. Her paintings have won awards in exhibits in Europe as well as in the U.S.
In 2003, at the age of 52, she went back to school and received her Master of Architecture degree from The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 2006. While in graduate school specializing in green architecture, her elderly parents began having physical difficulties. She began making frequent trips to Memphis, Tennessee, to aid in their care. There, she saw firsthand how the condo that served them so well for over 20 years, had become a dangerous place with uneven floor surfaces, dark hallways and small bathrooms increasing their risk of falls. As a result, she began to explore ways to design a home that could easily adapt to one's needs while aging. Her master's thesis in architecture focused on aging-in-place as well as sustainability. FlexHouse builds on this work with its aging-in-place conceptual design coupled with sustainability features.
Welch Design, LLC