Shannon graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2005 with a Bachelor of Architecture as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She started her career near her hometown in the San Francisco Bay Area where she worked in architecture for ten years. In the Bay Area she had the opportunity to work on a variety of education design projects that focused on client collaboration, creating thoughtful buildings whose aesthetics and utility enhanced the curriculum. Having worked on both ground-up projects and remodels, she prides herself on an understanding of how to integrate existing and new construction within the building site.
In 2015 Shannon joined Carlton-Edwards after moving to Asheville with her husband and two daughters.