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Alexis Karolides, AIA

Former Principal (Buildings)


Alexis Karolides, AIA, LEED AP worked as a principal architect working in the Electricity practice area at RMI. She is experienced in commercial, institutional and industrial architecture with a focus on healthy design, resource-efficiency and environmental sensitivity.

Alexis has led RMI’s biologically-inspired design research and co-developed, with the Biomimicry Guild, a prototype biomimicry solutions database and portal. Her consulting projects for RMI have ranged from resource-efficiency consulting for high-tech industrial companies to new "green" retrofit standards for the Air Force, to green design planning for cities such as Madison and Atlanta. She is also a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and a sought-after commentator for national media on resource-efficient and sustainable design for residential, commercial and industrial sectors.

RMI Projects

  • Supermarket energy efficient new design prototype and retrofit standards (client confidential)
  • Cambridge Energy Workshop
  • A prototype portal, co-developed with the Biomimicry Guild, linking biological solutions to human design challenges
  • EDS (HP) datacenter design charrette and corporate sustainability consulting
  • Microchip processing fab (client confidential) consulting
  • Sustainable development consulting for the City of Las Vegas


Alexis has provided leadership in RMI focus areas including designing for health and healing, green community development and industrial design. She has given hundreds of presentations at venues ranging from large international conferences to small community workshops and provided interviews for media ranging from the New York Times to public radio. Before coming to RMI, Alexis was a project architect and sustainability manager for a mid-sized Texas architecture firm and an adjunct faculty in the Building Construction and Technology Department for Austin Community College.


  • Rice University, Master of Architecture, 1992
  • Carleton College, Bachelor of Arts in Physics, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Distinction Award: solar/alternative energy, 1988

Professional Affiliations/Recognition

  • Registered Architect – Colorado
  • U.S. Green Building Council, LEED® Accredited Professional
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • AIA Committee on the Environment, National Advisory Group, 2007-present
  • National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine: Environmental Health Roundtable Member, 2003-2006
  • President’s Council on Sustainable Development and Renew America Green Building Award, 1999 (with other members of Rocky Mountain Institute’s Green Development Services team)

Selected Publications

  • Contributing author to: Sustainable Healthcare Architecture, Wiley & Sons: 2007, edited by Robin Guenther and Gail Vittori.
  • Green Building: Project Planning & Cost Estimating, R.S. Means, 2004, coauthor.
  • Design for Health: Summit Report for Healthcare Decision Makers, 2005
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