About Kris

Hello. I'm a New York-based designer, writer, and creative activist. I want to help catalyze more ecologically resilient urban systems through inclusive civic design. I love frank dialogue and bikes.

At the moment, I'm unpacking my bike after bicycling down the Mississippi River from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico for four months. Just before that, I stayed quite busy with three simultaneous jobs in Chicago:

  1. Urban Designer in the Planning Department of the Chicago Park District: I designed the revitalization plans for over 40 parks. I'm most excited about a new teen center I designed for Carver Park, which opened Summer 2015. I also helped out on a team for over 75 parks, leading the design for about half of those, for the Chicago Plays initiative in 2015.

  2. Community Designer (and third employee) at Latent Design, a very spirited, progressive architecture firm and urban design startup: I helped launch a major commission for the Chicago Department of Transportation's Make Way for People program.  Our Activate! Chicago initiative will re-imagine 35-40 underutilized transit plazas over three years through special events and an entrepreneurial incubator program.

  3. Freelance writer for Architect's Newspaper: Feel free to check out my recent articles.

I exhibited my graduate thesis, Tend Cycle System, for a Master in Architecture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014. It proposes new forms of infrastructure of public bike amenities for downtown Chicago. I also gave a PechaKucha presentation on this project for the National AIA Convention 2014, which you can listen to here.

Before returning to graduate school in architecture, I was an art and architecture critic in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as well as a curatorial intern at the Hirshhorn Museum at the Smithsonian.

Crossing disciplines has always anchored my intellectual pursuits. I earned a BA from Bates College in Lewiston, ME, where I studied both Art and Economics. The Northeast grounds my material sensibilities. When I'm not working, I'm in the woods with rescue dog in Vermont or bike-touring just about anywhere.

Let's chat: kemoreau [at] gmail [dot] com