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 US
Green Building Council LEED Faculty, and a member of the first class of LEED
Fellows. LEED Faculty are selected and trained by the US Green Building
Council to teach USGBC coursework in the LEED Rating System. 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.
Between 2002 and 2013, Kris has worked on over 100 projects applying for
various levels of LEED certification, including several LEED Platinum
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 is 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.