Filarski is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a Certified Planner, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a Certified Flood Plain Manager. Filarski holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture and Environmental Design from Goddard College where he was a Teaching Fellow in their innovative and internationally renown Design and Construction Program where the students designed and built the college’s facilities.
Ken’s professional practice path and his focused journey of exploration has never followed traditional definitions or expectations. One day he realized Ubi, his yellow Labrador retriever was the epitomy of Ken’s model for exploration and curiosity. Ubi, short for Ubiquitous, was a body and mind in motion, continually exploring everything and everywhere. Ubi never followed a straight line in his life, yet he was never lost, always seemed to know where he was going, always arrived on time or early, with joy and good humor. We should all do as well.
Filarski’s wide ranging breadth of interests and passionate explorations are reflected in his professional accomplishments, achieving high standing and recognition in a number of different, but highly complimentary disciplines.
• Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, The College of Fellows (FAIA), from 1987
• Teaching Fellow, Design and Construction Program, Goddard College, 1972-1974
• Master’s Degree in Architecture and Environmental Design, Goddard College, 1974
• Richard Upjohn Fellow, The American Institute of Architects, from 1985
• Registered Architect, State of Rhode Island, from 1976; Commonwealth of Massachusetts, from 1987
• Certified Planner, American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), from 1989
• Leadership in Energy and Design Accredited Professional, LEED-AP with specialty in Building Design and Construction (LEED-AP BD+C), U.S. Green Building Council, from 2009
• Certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED-AP), from 2008
• Certified Flood Plain Manager (CFM) accredited by the Association of State Flood Plain Managers, recognized by FEMA, from 2001
• Certified Disaster Relief Responder, Rhode Island Architects and Engineers Emergency Response Task Force (RI AEER TF-7) from 2008
• Certified National Safety Assessment Program Officer and Trainer in Disaster Relief, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, (SAP+AEER) 2013
• Certified Education Facilities Planner of the Council of Education Facilities Planners International (CEFPI), from 2010
• National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Certificate holder (NCARB), from 1985
He is the youngest architect inducted into the prestigious American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, elected in 1987. In addition to Fellowship in the AIA, which is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an American Architect, his AICP and LEED-AP BD+C credentials place him in rare company. As architect, planner, and LEED Accredited Professional who is a Certified Flood Plain Manager experienced in coastal, estuarine, and riverine, and inland water body planning and design, his professional standing and accomplishment across these interrelated disciplines is singular and unique.
Filarski is Chair of the Upper Northeast Regional Committee USGBC and is Chair of USGBC Rhode Island. He Chaired the Upper Northeast LEED for Neighborhood Development Regionalization Task Force for the USGBC.