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BA & MArch Montana State University
MArch II Cornell University
In fall 2015, Kris Palagi, NCARB, joined the LSU faculty as an assistant professor of architecture to instruct undergraduate design studios and building construction seminars. He is a licensed architect in the state of Hawaii, where he has practiced since earning his Master of Architecture from Montana State University in 2000. Palagi held a full-time position at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s School of Architecture for six years prior to attending Cornell University for a post-professional Master of Architecture.
Palagi’s interest in challenging construction standards began while working on William Massie’s design-build project, the Big Sky House in rural Montana, and matured while working at DeJesus Architecture and Design on Kauai. As project manager, his work contributed to a 2010 Honolulu AIA Award of Merit, as well as a Distinguished Entrant award for the Ohana Hale Kauai and Anahola Cottage, respectively. As a principal at Cogent Designs, his investigation of experimental construction continues with projects under construction in Hawaii and California.
In service to the profession and the community, Palagi held a director position on the AIA board, Honolulu chapter, and he mentored students and young professionals as the state IDP coordinator. He also engaged students in projects of community outreach through design for the Department of Hawaiian Homelands, the Hawaii Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation, and the United Chinese Society.
Palagi’s scholarship focuses on beginning design pedagogy, specifically exploring the poetics and environmental impact of materials by challenging the logic of assembly. His philosophy of teaching shadows his perception of great architecture—that constructed moments evolve through a maelstrom of creativity, technical knowledge, and the drive to understand and challenge preconceived relationships.
Arch 3001 Architecture Design V
Arch 3007 Architecture Systems
Arch 1002 Foundation Design Studio II
Arch 3008 Environmental Control Systems