Kenneth J. Filarski | U.S. Green Building Council
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Kenneth J. Filarski

  • AP-BDC Certified
  • AP-Homes Certified
Providence, RI

Kenneth J. Filarski is the founder and principal of FILARSKI/ARCHITECTURE+PLANNING+RESEARCH, an integrated design and planning, ecology studio and research workshop. The studio is recognized with national, regional, state, and local awards in architecture, planning, urban design, and sustainable building/ecological systems applications and research from professional societies, government agencies, and citizen organizations.

Filarski is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, an AICP Certified Planner, a LEED Accredited Professional, a SITES Accredited Professional, a Certified Flood Plain Manager, and a nationally Certified Disaster Assistance Trainer and nationally Certified Disaster Responder. Filarski holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture and Environmental Design from Goddard College being a Graduate Teaching Fellow in their innovative and internationally renown Design/Construction Program. At Goddard students designed and built the college’s sustainable facilities that were ahead of their time. That work is internationally recognized for the building designs, which the Vermont Historical Preservation Commission termed as being “unique to the state and the country”, and recognized for the design/build model of sustainably integrating our built footprint gently on the land. The work at Goddard is described as “monumental” in concept and execution.

Ken was a founding faculty member in the School of Architecture, Art, and Historic Preservation at Roger Williams University teaching design studios, research, and technical courses. He was an Adjunct Faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design teaching social aspects of architecture research and design studios. He taught architecture in grades 4 - 8.

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, Graduate 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 National Safety Assessment Program Officer and Trainer in Disaster Relief, State of California Office of Emergency Services; Rhode Island Architects and Engineers Emergency Response Task Force 7 (AEER+SAP) 2013
• National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Certificate holder (NCARB), from 1985
• 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
• SITES Accredited Professional (SITES AP), Sustainable SITES Initiative, U.S. Green Building Council, GBCI, from 2017
• Certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED-AP), from 2009
• Certified Flood Plain Manager (CFM) accredited by the Association of State Flood Plain Managers, recognized by FEMA, from 2001
• Certified Deep Energy Retrofit (DER) Professional, National Grid, from 2014

Filarski is Chair of USGBC Rhode Island and the Upper Northeast Regional Committee. He served on the USGBC Chapter Steering Committee and Chaired the Upper Northeast LEED ND Regionalization Task Force.