Sustainability in Practice: How KSS Architects Approaches Sustainable Design

Amidst an array of existing sustainability rating systems and frameworks, KSS Architects sought to dig deeper into our own understanding and approach to sustainability as a firm. Through a collaborative process, we determined nine essential attributes for holistically sustainable architecture: materiality, food, water, land/habitat, energy, wellness, community, biophilia, and equity. In the video below Alicia Heinsen and Jessica Mangin, leaders of KSS’ Stewardship Practice Group, explore the internal process KSS employed to refine our approach and offer examples of the nine attributes of sustainability implemented in practice. This brief video provides insight into how KSS approaches sustainability—supported by tangible project examples of sustainability in practice—to achieve our goal of creating meaningful and lasting change through architecture and design.