Associate Principal, Perkins+Will
LEED AP BD+C
As Associate Principal and Director of Research at Perkins+Will, Kathy Wardle is instrumental in the development of high-performance green building projects, such as Dockside Green--one of the highest-scoring LEED Platinum projects in the world and an AIA Committee on the Environment Top Ten Green Project--and the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS), designed to be the most sustainable building 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 charettes 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, offering strategic sustainability direction to the firm’s 23 offices to position the firm as a leader in the sustainable design movement. This effort resulted in Kathy winning a Green Living 2013 Excellence in Corporate Responsibility (ECR) Award in the Building, Design and Development category. Kathy is an active member of the Vancouver green building community, serving as a faculty member for the Living Building Challenge and the Sustainable Building Advisor program, as well as recently serving as a board member of the Cascadia Green Building Council. Kathy regularly speaks and writes about sustainable design and healthy materials, and she recently authored articles on the need for material transparency in the marketplace.