Kristi Byers

architect | founder
aia, leed ap bd+c

Kristi’s design eye, technical expertise and consensus-building leadership skills have been honed over her 18 years of project and community leadership experience on commercial, civic, university, K-12, mid- and high-rise mixed-use, residential and master planning projects throughout Southern California and across the U.S. 

Sustainable design and healthy buildings have always been a passion for Kristi.  She became a LEED Accredited Professional in 2007 and has served as LEED Coordinator or LEED Project Manager on several notable, sustainably-designed projects around the country.  Government and corporate clients have sought her expertise for educating their staff about sustainability, greening their building operations, strategizing for building and site purchases and planning for future sustainable renovations.

An active member of the architectural community, Kristi has served on the American Institute of Architecture San Diego Chapter’s Board of Directors in roles that ranged from Public Advocacy Commissioner to President; and the American Institute of Architects California Council Board of Directors, Council Repositioning Committee and Advocacy Advisory Committee.  She has been a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Downtown San Diego Partnership, United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW).  She is a LEAD San Diego Core Curriculum Graduate and has served as a subject matter expert for the writing of the LEED Exam and the California Architects Supplemental Exam.  She enjoys staying connected to San Diego’s academic institutions and has taught as a visiting professor at San Diego State University (2014) and adjunct professor at Woodbury University (2009 – present).

joe chisholm

project manager | designer

Joe brings a welcomed and uncommon skill set to the Kristi Byers, Architect team due to his past life in construction management and construction scheduling.  A graduate of Woodbury University’s San Diego Architecture School, his approach to projects balances good design within the context of constructability and client budget.

He is known for his problem-solving skills and his ability to navigate the permitting process and jurisdictional overlays that come along with complex projects.  He shines during the construction administration phase – advocating for our clients while knowledgably working through the challenges that come up in the field.

Also skilled at 3D modeling, 2D graphics, and branding, Joe manages much of the firm’s web presence and social media and is actively pursuing licensure.

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