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Kathleen Smith

Living Building Challenge Technical Director, International Living Future Institute
  • Kathleen SmithKathleen Smith, a LEED Fellow in the inaugural class and nationally recognized expert in sustainable design, is the Technical Director of the International Living Future Institute. She is an architect by training with over 25 years of experience in sustainable design, construction and education. Prior to her role at the Institute, Kathleen served key roles in several other organizations including principal of her own firm, Ecosmith Architecture & Consulting; national sustainability service line leader for AECOM; and project architect and director of consulting for Van der Ryn Architects.

    Kathleen has worked on dozens of high performance buildings in the commercial, residential, healthcare, and institutional sectors. She has also worked with various institutions to develop policies, programs, and trainings to establish, measure, and document sustainability goals and performance. 

    Kathleen has also played a leadership role on projects to develop policies and codes for various government agencies that have had far reaching impacts in advancing green building and sustainability beyond a single building.

    Kathleen is recognized as an inspiring and highly effective educator. She has lectured and taught workshops and classes extensively. As a member of the USGBC’s LEED Faculty since 2003, Kathleen has taught numerous workshops nationwide. She is also the co-author of two books: Rebuilding Community in America and The Northwest Green Home Primer.

    Over her career, Kathleen has been an active volunteer in many non-profits: including USGBC, GBCI, Cascadia Region Green Building Council, Northern California Chapter of the USGBC, Urban Ecology and Architects/Designers/ Planners for Social Responsibility. 

    She currently lives with her family in a cohousing community on Bainbridge Island.