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Member Profile: Alexis Karolides, AIA

Alexis Karolides, AIAAlexis Karolides, AIA, LEED AP, Certified Passive House Consultant, has just joined Point Energy Innovations in Oakland, CA, as Principal Architect. Point Energy Innovations is a consulting firm focusing on “next level” super-efficiency, clean energy, and sustainability for the built environment. Ms. Karolides comes to the firm after 15 years as a Principal at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) in Colorado, a nonprofit organization that provides market-based solutions, engaging businesses, communities, and institutions to cost-effectively shift to efficiency and renewable energy. Most recently at RMI, Ms. Karolides led the Superefficient Housing Initiative, focusing on healthy, affordable, resource efficient housing, particularly public and workforce housing. She recently helped DOE initiate the Challenge Home Student Design Competition, which, in its inaugural year of 2014, attracted 28 university teams to design cost-effective, zero-energy-ready homes for mainstream builders.

In prior years, Ms. Karolides led RMI’s Green Development Services, working with real estate developers, owners, cities and design professionals to foster resource-efficient, life-enhancing buildings and communities. Clients included the cities of Las Vegas and Madison, Berea College, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and Royal Ahold (Stop & Shop). Ms. Karolides also worked with commercial and industrial clients, including Kaiser Permanente, EDS (now HP), AMD, HEB, Wal-Mart, and several heavy industry clients, addressing corporate sustainability, building efficiency and industrial process efficiency. She led, in conjunction with Health Care Without Harm, the Boston Design for Health Summit, catalyzing sustainability planning at leading hospitals throughout the region. She also led RMI’s research in biologically inspired design, developing, with the Biomimicry Guild, a prototype for a biomimicry portal that links human design challenges to solutions found in nature, now found at AskNature.org.

She has led energy innovation and sustainability workshops around the world, from Tianjin, China to Cambridge, MA, is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences, has authored articles and contributed to books on green building, and has provided commentary for national media including the New York Times and National Public Radio. Ms. Karolides is a Board member for the Passive House Alliance US and previously served on the AIA National Committee on the Environment and the National Academy of Sciences Round table on Environmental Health.

Ms. Karolides looks forward to joining colleagues at the AIA East Bay Chapter, and immersing herself in the creativity, innovation, and natural beauty that abound in the Bay Area.

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