One of the earliest adopters of the LEED accreditation system, Katie has 15 years of experience at the leading edge of sustainable design and implementation.

A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with dual Bachelor’s degrees in architecture and building science, Katie joined Centerbrook following six years at EYP Architecture & Engineering, where she quickly found a niche in sustainable design.

“I believe that design can make people’s lives better and I have dedicated my career to improving the ways that our profession can do this through sustainable and evidence based design techniques.”

Very few can say that they wrote the book on green building guidelines, but Katie has. At her previous job, Katie co-authored the initial U.S. Department of State, Overseas Building Operations LEED Green Building Guidelines, which provided guidance to other architects on how to design a LEED-certifiable US Embassy Building. Her time at EYP was also highlighted by working on eight different LEED-certified buildings, including one Platinum and two Gold.

Katie came to Centerbrook as a senior architect and quickly became of the firm’s leaders in sustainable design. One of two leaders of the firm’s Evidence Based Design Committee, she works to standardize Centerbrook’s evidence-based design process and create guidelines for building performance. Her interest in sustainability has also led to a position on the board of directors for the Connecticut chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council as well as serving as an ambassador for the USGBC’s ADVANCE program.

Promoted to associate in 2012, and again to associate principal in 2014, Katie is one of Centerbrook’s most visible architects on the lecture circuit. She’s presented six different times on evidence-based design, including twice at the AIA National Conference.

“By educating our peers on the process of incorporating research from past projects into future designs, we can elevate our profession and create buildings that improve the environment as well as the health, wellbeing and happiness of our clients.”

Concurrent with her sustainable design work at Centerbrook, Katie served as the project manager for the additions and renovations at The Temple-Tifereth Israel. She’s been a part of the design team for a diverse set of projects, including: University School and LancasterHistory.org, – both certified LEED Silver – Quinnipiac University’s School of Nursing & Health Sciences, and master plans for the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur and the Madeira School. Katie is also currently working on office renovations for two globally recognized corporations.

FACTS:

• Board of Directors, U.S. Green Building Council-Connecticut chapter
• ADVANCE Ambassador, U.S. Green Building Council
• Juror, Environmental Design Research Association 2016 Great Places Awards
• Volunteer: Rotaract Club, Habitat for Humanity, Architecture for Humanity
• College All-American in track & field; competed in the National Olympic Distance Triathlon
• Enjoys painting figures and landscapes