Senior Associate / Building Science Director, Page
Both genetics and environment ensured Jill Kurtz’s destiny in the practice of making buildings. The child of a contractor, she spent much of her youth drawing on old blueprints and visiting her father at job sites which instilled in her a love of the craft of constructing buildings. Early in her career, extensive international development work in East Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia showed her that doing more with less is a means of survival for much of the world. This was her ‘ah-ha’ moment as she realized the global value of sustainability in the creation of buildings. Combining these two passions, Jill has since devoted her career to integrating sustainability into best building practices.
Coupling a B. Arch from Kansas State University with a M. of Intercultural Studies from Golden Gate and a M. Environmental Building Design from the University of Pennsylvania, Jill combines a research-based approach with a client-centric mindset in her leadership of Page’s Building Science practice. She leverages her strengths as a systems thinker and her ability to “speak engineer” to work across the firm’s interdisciplinary practices to integrate building performance analysis into project delivery methods and tools. Her 15 years of sustainability consulting experience helped her develop a unique framework for Page to ensure the firm honors its promise of creating design that makes lives better through high-performing, healthier and more resilient buildings.