Kristine Harding is among those architects named to the AIA College of Fellows in 2018, an honor awarded to AIA members who have made significant contributions to the profession of architecture. A principal at KPS Group, Kristine leads the firm’s Huntsville office and serves on the Board of Directors. Her clients include the Huntsville International Airport, Boeing, Redstone Federal Credit Union, Oakwood University, the City of Scottsboro, Commercial Office Properties Trust (COPT), and the University of Alabama in Huntsville. In addition to her demanding role at KPS, she has held numerous leadership positions in professional and civic organizations, and was named to the Alabama General Contractors Hall of Fame in 2017.
KPS now counts two Fellows among its leadership – unusual for any firm, but particularly so for a firm of our size.
Only some 3% of AIA members have achieved the distinction of Fellowship, 41 of them in Alabama, since the inception of the College of Fellows in the 1920s. Kristine Harding is the third woman architect in Alabama to be elevated to AIA Fellowship, and the first Alabama architect to be named to the College of Fellows since 2014. A trailblazing architect whose focus over the past 13 years has been to bring the architectural licensure process into alignment with the technical and practical aspects of the 21st century, Kristine is passionate about our profession’s need to embrace the real world demands faced by its diverse population of young professionals. Her achievements in facilitating architectural licensure through leadership roles in both the AIA and the National Council of Architectural Review Boards (NCARB) have redefined the profession’s approach to ensuring the resiliency of practice and helped to forge alliances between the two organizations.
Kristine served as the FY 2016-17 President of NCARB, is a past president of both the Alabama Council AIA and the North Alabama Chapter AIA, and was Chair of the State of Alabama Board for Registration of Architects from 2005 to 2007. She has received the AIA Alabama Council’s Accolade – one of its highest honors – as well as multiple certificates of appreciation from Alabama’s highest officials including Governor Kay Ivey. A participant in Leadership Alabama Class 16 and Huntsville-Madison County Leadership Class 14, Kristine has been active in many civic organizations including the Huntsville Sports Commission and the Madison County Marina & Port Authority.
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