Sustainable Building Practices

September 9th, 10:45am PT

Anastasiya Konopitskaya, NCARB

Anastasiya Konopitskaya, NCARB, is a licensed architect with over 10 years of experience in residential and commercial construction in New York City and Los Angeles. Some notable projects include the WWII Museum in New Orleans, the Jim Henson Exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image in New
York, the American Airlines Terminal at LAX, and the
Lispenard Luxury Condominiums in TriBeCa. She is a
co-founder of Coexist Build, a full-service architecture firm and manufacturer focused on healthy building.

She spearheaded the creation of Lunaria Farm, a 10-acre regenerative organic research farm that serves as Coexist’s facility of innovation and product development, resulting in the creation of Coexist’s insulating Hemp Block. Several buildings on-site will serve as case studies, equipped with sensors to better understand building performance and
health. She’s been awarded several grants with the
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to expand Coexist’s research in building materials, agronomy, and material science.
In 2018 she designed the Hemp House on Wheels as a. campaign to bring hemp-based building to the people and continues to speak and educate her peers at AIA, universities, and public venues. She is the creator of the Traveler, the first DIY kit for a backyard or cabin retreat designed to incorporate hemp-based building materials.

Her work has expanded to designing entire communities focused on natural building, health, and wellness across the U.S. and abroad. As a founding member of All Together Now PA, she believes in building resilient and self-reliant communities that work for all. She us a member of U.S. Architects Declare, an organization committed to combating
climate change through design, and will be WELL Accredited Professional this Fall.