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Kathleen Smith is a project architect, sustainability/LEED consultant, and project manager with over 13 years of professional experience. She is currently principal of her own sustainable design and consulting firm, working exclusively on sustainable projects with a diverse group of clients. The firm's goal is to work collaboratively to create environments that are life enhancing, cost-effective, and sustainable.
Prior to establishing her own firm, Smith was senior designer, project manager, and consultant with Van der Ryn Architects in Sausalito, California. She continues to collaborate with them on many projects as their key LEED consultant and an expert in green materials, workshop facilitation, and integrated design processes.
Smith has diverse and extensive experience in sustainable design and systems including: non-toxic, renewable, salvaged, and recycled materials; ecological site planning; climate responsive design and energy efficiency; community housing; community-based participatory design processes; multi-disciplinary integrated design processes; and workshop and charrette facilitation. She has worked around the country and in Mexico and Japan on a variety of projects incorporating sustainable strategies and participatory design processes.
She is an experienced and sought after speaker and teacher on sustainable design and related issues, and is a faculty member with the U.S. Green Building Council.
Smith has a master's degree in architecture and is co-author of the book Rebuilding Community in America: Housing for Ecological Living, Personal Empowerment, and the New Extended Family.
She resides on Bainbridge Island, Washington.