TOLEDO, Ohio, November 5, 2009 – Kris Phillips, Associate AIA, LEED AP was recently presented with the AARC / King Student Medal for Excellence in Architectural Environmental Design Research. Phillips was nominated for the award while a candidate for a Masters Degree at Lawrence Technological University. One student is chosen from each architectural school nationwide to receive this honor. The award was based on his graduate research titled “Biomiemtic Architecture – A Design Methodology Inspired by Nature.”
According to Phillips, biomiemetics is “a new science in which biological organisms and natural ecosystems are observed and emulated in an effort to design systems, products, or even buildings that are innovative, efficient, optimized, and sustainable. In biomimetics, nature is regarded as a mentor who can teach better methods to solve contemporary design challenges based on eons of trial and error.”
Phillips’ nomination was sponsored by the late Virginia North, Assistant Dean and Professor of Graduate Studies at the University. “Her recommendation was an incredible honor. She was an innovator in our field, an amazing mentor and teacher, Phillips said. “Receiving such an award was uniquely gratifying. Her support made it even more so. Her untimely death was a personal loss; and I will miss our academic dialogue that had continued even after I completed my degree.”
The award is named in honor of the late Jonathan King, co-founder and first president of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (AARC). Selection of recipients is based on criteria that “acknowledge innovation, integrity, and scholarship in architectural and / or environmental design research.”
Phillips has more than 10 years of experience in multiple building types. His design work at SSOE focuses on industrial facilities as well as sustainable solutions and LEED certification across all sectors. He is a member of the United States Green Building Council (UGBC) and also belongs to the American Institute of Architects as an associate member. He is currently serving on the board of directors for the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the USGBC.
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