Principal and Founder | Filarski/Architecture+Planning+Research

Kenneth J. Filarski


Ken is Principal and Founder of FILARSKI/ARCHITECTURE+PLANNING+RESEARCH, an integrated architecture and planning, ecology design studio and research workshop. The firm’s practice is dedicated to excellence in design and planning creating our working landscape of ecology directed toward social responsibility and stewardship, lifelong learning, sustainable and renewable environments, and appropriate technology and economics in our urban, rural, coastal, and corporate communities.

Ken is one of few professionals be both a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Fellow of the U.S. Green Building Council. He is also one of the first SITES Accredited Professionals, an AICP Certified Planner, a Certified Flood Plain Manager, and nationally certified by the State of California Office of Emergency Services (Cal-OES) as a Disaster Assistance Trainer, Disaster Responder, and a Disaster Train the Trainer.

As co-chair of the AIA’s Disaster Assistance Committee, Ken helps develop local and national AIA response to disaster events and the COVID-19 pandemic. He is a co-author of the AIA “Re-occupancy Assessment Tool v1.0, v2.0, v3.0”, which has been adopted by the USGBC as one of the initial Safety First Pilot LEED Credits.

He is an active leader in Rhode Island, servicing on the Advisory Board for the Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council for the State of Rhode Island; Executive Committee of the Providence/Cranston Workforce Development Board; RI Ratepayers Advisory Board; RI Floodplain Managers Association; and RI Green Infrastructure Coalition, among others.