Expertise and Current Research Activity
Through Studio 804, Inc., a not for Profit Corporation, my students and I have been producing sustainable demonstration projects in the region for the last several years. Prior to this we had been working in transitional neighborhoods in Kansas City in an attempt to re-ignite interest in urban living and promote sustainable design and building practices. We have done one build project every year for the last twenty years.
Over the last six years, we have designed and built six LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum buildings in Kansas; the 5.4.7.Art Center for tornado ravaged Greensburg, KS, (the first LEED Platinum in the state - the highest award achievable), two LEED for Homes in Kansas City, the Center for Design Research, the Center for Sustainability at Johnson County Community College and the EcoHawks building on the KU west campus.
We weigh heavily the environmental impact of our design decisions and take pride in leading the conversation about the need for environmental stewardship. Universities are about ideas and service to communities. Our role is to demonstrate the ideas and concepts that will propel us into a future that builds on the successes and mistakes of the past. The Studio is a model for architectural education and few, if any professional firms have equaled our number of completed LEED Platinum buildings. More than half of the funding for these projects comes through industry partnerships forged on Studio 804’s international reputation, widespread publications and awards.
In addition, I was recognized as one of the thirty most admired educators in architectural education this year according to the Design Intelligence annual rankings.
B.Arch, University of Notre Dame
M.Arch, State University of New York