As Associate Principal and Director of Research, Kathy plays an instrumental role in the development of high-performance green building projects, such as Dockside Green—one of the highest scoring LEED Platinum Certified projects in the world and an AIA Committee on the Environment Top Ten Green Project, one of the best known sustainable design awards in North America. In addition to her involvement in project work, Kathy directs the Vancouver office’s research and sustainable design advisory team, where she facilitates sustainability charrettes and the use of the Integrated Design Process, manages applications for the LEED Green Building rating system and Living Building Challenge, and is responsible for the procurement of funding for green initiatives for the firm’s projects.
On a firmwide level, Kathy helped author, implement and direct Perkins+Will’s Sustainable Design Initiative, which examines the firm’s internal operations across its 23 offices and offers strategic planning to position the firm as the leading green high design firm in North America. Through this national leadership role between 2004-2011, Kathy managed a network of firmwide green team leaders, a corporate budget, and was responsible for establishing strategic direction for the firm—helping to position Perkins+Will internationally as a recognized leader in the sustainable design movement.
In addition to her leadership position within Perkins+Will, Kathy is an active member of the Vancouver green building community, and is a past faculty member for the Living Building Challenge and the Sustainable Building Advisor program. Kathy recently served as a board member of the Cascadia Green Building Council for four years and acted as the organization’s Chair in 2007.