Karen Walker | U.S. Green Building Council
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Karen Walker

  • AP-BDC Certified
  • AP-Homes Certified
  • AP-O&M Certified
  • AP-IDC Certified
Lambertville, MI

While at Kent State University, I interned with Phillip/Sekanic Architects in
Warren, Ohio. Upon graduating in 1999 with a Bachelor of Architecture, I
continued my internship with Munger Munger Associates in Toledo, Ohio. In
April of 2002 I had the privilege of becoming a registered architect and
joined The Collaborative in 2003. At The Collaborative my work varies from
project coordination and drafting to LEED documentation. In 2015, I joined the jdi group as a senior architect.

As a founding member of the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the US Green Building
Council; I’ve served on the board for multiple years, including time as
Secretary and Vice-Chair. In addition, I have been communications committee
chair, web site developer, newsletter editor and contributor green schools
committee chair, regional priority task force Chair, and LEED v4 point of

Another passion includes involvement with the AIA Toledo chapter. My first
role was as mentor for the High School Design Competition, which is their
signature scholarship program. In 2003 I was the competition’s committee
co-chair.. My most recent role was as Director At Large for the Chapter and
liaison to the Northwest Ohio Chapter of USGBC. Past responsibilities also
include Intern Development Program Coordinator and member of the 2002 and
2010 AIA Ohio Convention committees.

In an effort to be a conduit between organizations, I help organize an all
day workshop in October between AIA, NWOC, and the Associate of General
Contractors, Toledo Technical Society, Construction Specification Institute,
and Toledo Regional Architects Contractors and Engineers.

On a personal note…I was raised in a small, agricultural community where we
learned the value of the land for all its resources. This respect for the
environment sustains my career as an architect. My interests lie in promoting
sustainable design practices in all aspects of our communities, from creating
LEED certified buildings to building greenhouses at local schools as part of
their neighborhood gardens. I believe the most important resource on the
planet is children. My deeply rooted passion is for schools and how the
building engages students as the silent teacher. In my spare time, I conduct
independent research on special needs environments and how to improve the
education of challenged learners.