April 1, 2021

Kyle Ritchie Joins CannonDesign as Sustainable Design Lead for Education Practice

Sustainable design and circular economy expert Kyle Ritchie—a LEED BD+C, ID+C, WELL and EcoDistricts Accredited Professional—has joined CannonDesign to lead sustainability efforts for our global education practice.

In this role, he’s partnering with PK-12, college and university clients to design solutions that act as an investment rather than a cost by driving economic, social and environmental value.

“Designing for sustainability is no longer an option—it’s now a movement and an expectation that’s permeating all facets of the education industry,” said Eric Corey Freed, CannonDesign’s Director of Sustainability. “I’ve known Kyle for a while and can attest to his ability to think big and help institutions develop ambitious strategies that reduce environmental impacts and make a difference. He pushes the boundaries. He’s a change agent. And that’s exactly what our clients need.”

Kyle joins us from Ayers Saint Gross where he managed sustainable design for education projects, leading the documentation for LEED, WELL and other rating systems and standards. Prior to that, he ran his own business—Carbon 6—where he provided sustainability services to firms and designers new to the green building field in Indianapolis, Indiana.

As a trained scientist with a deep understanding of sustainable buildings and what it takes to create comprehensive climate and sustainability plans, Kyle’s a trusted partner to institutions seeking to not only reduce their negative ecological impact but create a positive one. He leads teams in performing and analyzing energy models, energy audits and feasibility studies, as well as recommending ways to conserve energy, water and carbon, while eliminating toxic materials in projects. He’s also an expert on the circular economy model of production and consumption, which is aimed at eliminating waste and the continual use of resources. His book, “Circular Economy for Dummies,” which he co-wrote with Eric Corey Freed, comes out on April 27, 2021.

Kyle notes “sustainability” is often approached with a do-less-bad mindset. “But we live in a world that needs more good rather than less bad,” he said. “Our buildings can act as a tool to facilitate that evolution from the conventional ‘take, make, waste’ lifecycle model to a ‘take, make, reuse, repair, recapture’ lifecycle. I’m particularly inspired by CannonDesign’s Living-Centered Design process and how it works to systemically address issues like climate change and sustainability. Sustainability isn’t a buzzword at this firm. It’s a threshold we’re looking to reach and surpass. I’m truly excited about the momentum CannonDesign has and look forward to helping our education clients uncover and enact bold commitments.”

Kyle holds a bachelor’s degree in natural Resources and Environmental Management from Ball State University and a master’s degree in Sustainable Design from the Boston Architectural College (BAC). As an adjunct professor at the Boston Architectural College, he teaches courses on energy in the built environment and resilient design. He regularly speaks on topics related to sustainability; he gave presentations on the circular economy at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conference in 2019 and 2020.