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Christine Mondor describes herself as an eternal optimist regarding the power of design in shaping sustainable cities. And that’s what she has been working on for the past 15 years. She is using the power of design as an architect, educator and activist to shape places, processes and organizations nationally and internationally.
As a principal of the architecture firm evolveEA, Christine brings creative solutions to projects like the award-winning Millvale EcoDistrict Pivot Plan every day. She has taught architecture, landscape design and sustainability concepts at Carnegie Mellon and Slippery Rock universities, and at Chatham College. And she is deeply involved with organizations that promote design and the environment.
Currently she serves as chair of the Pittsburgh Planning Commission and she is a former president of the Green Building Alliance, a member of the Global Ecodistricts Protocol Advisory Committee, the Penn State University Stuckeman School advisory board, and former chair of the Design Center of Pittsburgh. Christine received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University and studied architecture and sustainable design in Scandinavia. Christine is a registered architect and LEED Accredited Professional, and a 2019 American Institute of Architect Fellow.
Listen in to our fascinating conversation about the power of design and the shifting role of architecture in this age of environmental challenges, and you’ll believe too.
Insights and Inspirations
- Christine likes what Jane Jacobs had to say – “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”
- She’s intrigued by the concept of naturally occurring affordable housing.
- She thinks that co-operative or fractional ownership models have legs.
Information and Links
- Christine loves Party with a Purpose and she’s working on two parties. The first is in partnership with Eco Districts and is a nationwide network for communities to create inclusive and integrated communities. The second is the 10th global EcoDistrict Summit to be convened in Pittsburgh in November, 2019.
- Christine loves community based efforts and the use of citizen science to transform places such as the Breathe Easy project completed in Millvale.
- Christine’s favorite brownfield rebirth is Malmo, Sweden’s Western Harbor. She really enjoyed walking through the amazing neighborhood that has been created and artfully weaves water into public spaces.
Image courtesy of evolve EA