RAMSA Green Lecture Series Presentation: Productive Architecture
Gregory Kiss has been working to advance the art and technology of environmentally responsible architecture for over 30 years. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University, he founded Kiss + Cathcart Architects in 1983.
Mr. Kiss pioneered building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), designing some of the world’s first BIPV projects, and authoring a series of studies for the US Department of Energy/National Renewable Energy Lab. Continuing the theme of building skins as productive surfaces led to the idea of building integrated vegetation, for energy, habitat, and aesthetic benefits; and ultimately for food production. He proposed the first vertically integrated hydroponic greenhouse systems in 2007. In projects like the 2020 Tower and the 2050 City, he investigated the potential for integrated energy, water, and food systems to create beneficial microclimates and self-sustaining buildings, neighborhoods, and cities.
Notable projects include Bushwick Inlet Park, (AIA Top Ten Green Project of 2014); the Bronx River Greenway River House; Stillwell Avenue’s photovoltaic glass train shed for New York City Transit; Bocas del Toro Station for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama; Passive House Multifamily housing in NYC and a series of rooftop hydroponic greenhouse classrooms for New York City schools.