Kris is a LEED Fellow, Architect, Principal and founder of Environmental
Dynamics Integrative Consulting, LLC (EDI-Integrative Consulting). She has
been a registered architect since 1999 and a LEED AP since 2002. She is a
member of the first class of LEED Fellows. The LEED Fellow credential
recognizes established leadership, mentorship, advocacy and technical
expertise in the green building industry. To broaden her experience of and
approach to integrated design in the field of architecture, she studied with
Biomimicry 3.8 and attained the designation of Biomimicry Specialist. Kris is also an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning.
EDI-Integrative Consulting’s building optimization services include identification and facilitation of sustainability goals, LEED project management and certification, energy and daylight modeling, envelope performance assessment, water budgeting and building resource management. Kris has developed practices that provide communication criteria for and assure quality on all projects. These standards define deliverables and provide a framework for the integration of sustainability with architecture and construction schedules, as well as offer a preferred format for internal communication and with client teams.
Kris was a pioneer of LEED in the southwestern U.S. She was the LEED AP for the first LEED Certified building in New Mexico and nationally for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the first LEED Silver building in Albuquerque, the first LEED Certified school in Arizona, and the first LEED Silver hospital in Oklahoma. Her office in Albuquerque is LEED-NC Gold and LEED-EBOM Platinum. To date, Kris has worked on over 100 projects applying for various levels of LEED certification, including several LEED Platinum buildings.
In addition to practicing architecture and providing consultation, Kris facilitates workshops and teaches classes on LEED and green building. Highlights include multi-state workshops sponsored by the Center for Green Schools, a course on sustainable design through the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning, the National Council of Construction Education and Research (NCCER) course titled Your Role in the Green Environment for construction apprentices, and a community workshop to facilitate the implementation of the New Mexico Governor’s Green Building Executive Order. She also teaches USGBC LEED curriculum and facilitates LEED exam study sessions. In addition to teaching, Kris has been invited to speak at numerous engagements around the country.
Kris is an active volunteer. She was on the steering committee that founded the USGBC-New Mexico chapter. She was a founding board member of Elevate, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to develop evolving strategies for the reconciliation of community and the environment. She served on the Association of General Contractor’s Construction Leadership Committee, and is a former board member of the New Mexico Recycling Coalition. Kris regularly mentors students and professionals interested in
learning more about green building and sustainability planning.