Kris Palagi

Kris Palagi

Associate Professor

225-578-4268 | 223 Atkinson Hall

Architecture BA & MArch Montana State University
MArch II Cornell University

Kris Palagi is an assistant professor at Louisiana State University’s School of Architecture. He holds an NCARB certification with active professional architectural licenses in the state of Hawaii and Louisiana. An opportunity in 2000 to work on William Massie’s nationally recognized design-build project, the Big Sky House in rural Montana, instigated Palagi’s scholarship on the critique of construction assemblies. His understanding of the profession matured while working on the island of Kauai as a project manager at DeJesus Architecture and Design. There his work contributed to a 2010 Honolulu AIA Award of Merit for the Ohana Hale Kauai residence. As a principal at Cogent Designs, Kris’ investigations focused on a site responsive approach to structural design with projects built and under construction in the state of Hawaii and California. In 2015, following six years of teaching at the University of Hawaii Manoa School of Architecture, he earned his post-professional Master of Architecture from Cornell University.

Now in Louisiana, assistant professor Palagi’s professional work, pedagogical approach, and creative research align through various scales of design-build projects. Each draws upon his experience to challenge the methods, techniques, and sequences of construction — or, as he defines them, the Logic of Assembly. His pedagogy and research into fabric formwork for cast-in-place concrete walls have been recognized at National and International architecture conferences, such as the National Conference on the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS), the Building Technologies Educator’s Society (BTES), Sustainable Architecture International (S_Arch), and the Architectural Research Center Consortium (ARCC).


Arch 1001 Foundation Design Studio
Arch 3008 Environmental Control Systems
Arch 4031 Architectural Structures III
Arch 5001 Comprehensive Architectural Design