Kate grew up in an artistic family with strong ties to extended family in France. After a B.A. at UNC-Chapel Hill, and two formative design internships in Strasbourg and Paris, Kate enrolled at the Rhode Island School of Design for post-graduate studies.  While there, she was awarded a prestigious scholarship, graduating with a Master of Architecture. 

Kate served at a large civic architectural firm in Chicago and then Phoenix, before ultimately shifting her focus to interior design while working under her true mentor, David Michael Miller.  Under Miller, Kate learned relentless execution of architectural detail, and the pursuit of a sculptural expression through scale, color and form - regardless of 'style' or 'trend'.  

In 2000, Kate moved to New York and held senior project management positions at several top interior design firms, including Eric Cohler, and Sills Huniford.  In 2004 she founded Kate Hauser + Co., and later decamped to Fairfield County, Connecticut where she now lives with her husband, Michael, their two mad-skiing sons, and a mutt named Pablo.