Kristen is a computational designer and researcher focused on the integration of automation into sustainable architectural practices. Kristen holds a Master of Architecture (MArch) degree and a Master of Environmental Design (MEDes) degree from the School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape at the University of Calgary and has previously completed a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree at the University of Victoria. Kristen has worked as a Research Assistant at the Laboratory for Integrative Design (LID) for three and a half years, where she worked on numerous small scale design-build projects for community driven installations that used digital design and prefabrication techniques. Kristen has also held two Robotic Fabrication teaching assistantships at the School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape.
Kristen has presented at numerous conferences including the University of Calgary's Environmental Design Research Conference, the Schulich School of Engineering's Integrated Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities Symposium, the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) Conference, and has lectured at the University of Calgary, Dialog Design's Calgary office, and HDR in Vancouver. Kristen has also hosted and presented at various exhibitions, including the Designing Out Waste exhibition and the Circularity in Digital Design thesis exhibition.
Kristen's research has been published in the 2019 ACADIA Conference Proceedings and in the 2019 publication entitled "Designing Out Waste: A Brief on Robotic Refabrication."