Kris is a LEED Fellow, Architect, Principal and founding partner of Environmental Dynamics, Incorporated (edi), an architecture and sustainability consulting firm with offices in Albuquerque, NM and Boynton Beach, FL. She has been a registered architect since 1999 and a LEED AP since 2002. She is also a US Green Building Council USGBC Faculty member, and was recently appointed to the first class of LEED Fellows. 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.
As the partner in charge of edi’s sustainability consulting services, Kris manages their building optimization services, which include LEED consulting, energy and daylight modeling, water budgeting and material management. Kris has developed practices that provide communication criteria for and assure quality on all of edi’s projects, which range from architectural design to A/E/C consultation. 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. Edi’s office in Albuquerque is LEED-NC Gold and LEED-EBOM Platinum, and their office in Florida is LEED-CI Gold. Between 2002 and 2010, Kris has worked on over 70 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, 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.
USGBC Faculty are the official instructors of USGBC's instructor-led workshops working with USGBC's education delivery partners. As USGBC Faculty, Kris is authorized to teach the following instructor-led workshops:
- LEED 101: Green Building Basics and LEED
- LEED 201: Core Concepts and Strategies
- BDC 251: Understanding the Building Design and Construction LEED Rating Systems
- BDC 301: Implementing the Building Design and Construction LEED Rating Systems
- IDC 301: Implementing the Interior Design and Construction Rating System