Alumni Profile: Chris Benedict AR’86

Chris Benedict AR’86

Benedict-Christine-1Chris Benedict AR’86 is Principle of Chris Benedict, R.A., a New York City firm that specializes in healthy, durable and energy efficient buildings. Her work, in collaboration with Henry Gifford, mechanical system designer, includes new construction apartment buildings, substantial gut rehabilitations of large and small existing buildings, single family homes, commercial spaces, artist lofts, offices and industrial spaces. Her first high performance apartment buildings, the substantial gut rehabilitation of 18 small multifamily buildings in Brooklyn, was completed in 1998. In 1999, she was named Energy Professional of the Year by the International Association of Energy Engineers. Benedict’s designs for one 38-apartment, and three 22-apartment new construction projects on the Lower East Side use 15% of the energy of typical New York City apartment buildings at no additional construction cost. Her buildings rethink infrastructure and feature innovation and invention. By demonstrating that high performance buildings can be delightful and affordable, Benedict has influenced building design, building codes and architectural education in New York City.

Chris Benedict’s designs for a 38-apartment, and three 22-apartment-new-construction projects on the Lower East Side use 15% of the energy of typical New York City apartment buildings for no additional construction cost. Her buildings rethink infrastructure and feature innovation and invention. By demonstrating that high performance buildings can be delightful and affordable, Chris has influenced building design, building codes and architectural education in New York City.

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In 1999 she was awarded Energy Professional of the Year by the International Association of Energy Engineers.

Learn more about Chris Benedict’s passive dwellings in New York City.
Chris Benedict received the President’s Citation in 2005 and was inducted into the Cooper Union All of Fame in 2009.