Thomas Knittel, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB
Design Director for Sustainability, HDR
Thomas Knittel, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, is HDR’s Design Director for sustainability. He leads the design direction of projects in the Seattle architecture studio, with a focus on low-carbon solutions. His active mass timber projects on the west coast and Asia use HDR’s carbon-balancing methodology, targeting net-zero emitted carbon on day-one for structure, core and shell.
Tom’s recent project, the Orange County Sanitation District HQ, was just awarded one of the 2019 State of California’s mass timber competition awards. He leads HDR’s mass timber working group: projects include a mass timber lab in Braunschweig, Germany, the CNL campus in Canada, and several tall buildings in British Columbia.
He is a frequent lecturer on design innovation. His recent mass timber workshop at the University of Montana coincided with the completed ‘CLTree’ demonstration project adjacent to the Forestry building. Tom earned a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and is a recipient of over 25 design awards. He is the pro-bono design leader for an all-volunteer team for the USGBC’s Children’s Center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The LEED Platinum and WELL Gold orphanage is positioned for triple net-zero performance when completed this year. He serves on the advisory board of the Biomimicry Center at Arizona State University.
You can connect with Knittel by email or on LinkedIn.