February 18, 2015

Ellen Mitchell-Kozack, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, was promoted to director of the HKS DesignGreen group, working alongside Kirk Teske, the firm’s Chief Sustainability Officer. 

As director of sustainability, Mitchell-Kozack leads a team of passionate professionals whose focus is to reduce the environmental impact associated with the built environment. The role of HKS DesignGreen is to offer sustainable services for all project types, including working with design teams on innovative sustainable strategies, managing the LEED process and researching new sustainable products and technologies. 

"I'm very excited about Ellen's new role,” said Kirk Teske, FAIA, LEED Fellow, chief sustainability officer. “She is a great communicator with a contagious passion for sustainability.  She has already made quite an impact on our practice, our projects and our clients." 

In her seven years at HKS, she has managed certification for more than 40 LEED projects, both nationally and internationally, totaling over $2.8 billion in construction. Her experience spans across all HKS market sectors including hospitality, sports and healthcare.  Key projects include the LEED Platinum 50 United Nations Plaza in San Francisco and the 1,000-key JW Marriott Hotel in Austin, Texas. 

Mitchell-Kozack is a recognized industry expert in the field of sustainability, publishing numerous articles and serving as a resident expert on LEEDuser.com. Her additional accomplishments include:

  • led the successful HKS effort to be approved under the LEED Proven Provider program
  • named Director of Citizen HKS and Public Interest Design Practice Leader
  • named one of the 2013 Design Futures Council’s Emerging Leaders and awarded a scholarship to attend the Leadership Summit for Sustainable Design
  • named Executive Sustainability Editor for The Network magazine
  • selected to represent HKS in the 2012 AIA Dallas Emerging Leaders Program.
  • received training in public interest design and earned the SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) Accreditation

HKS, Inc. is a leading architectural design firm ranked among the top five architectural engineering firms, according to Building Design+Construction magazine. Since its founding in 1939, HKS has completed construction projects totaling more than $77 billion in more than 1,648 cities located in 84 countries. The firm operates from 26 offices worldwide. For more information, contact Trish Martineck at tmartineck@hksinc.com.

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