In fall 2015, Kris Palagi, NCARB, joined the LSU faculty as an assistant professor of architecture to instruct undergraduate design studios and building construction seminars. He is a licensed architect in the state of Hawaii, where he has practiced since earning his Master of Architecture from Montana State University in 2000. Palagi held a full-time position at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s School of Architecture for six years prior to attending Cornell University for a post-professional Master of Architecture.
Palagi’s interest in challenging construction standards began while working on William Massie’s design-build project, the Big Sky House in rural Montana, and matured while working at DeJesus Architecture and Design on Kauai. As project manager, his work contributed to a 2010 Honolulu AIA Award of Merit, as well as a Distinguished Entrant award for the Ohana Hale Kauai and Anahola Cottage, respectively. As a principal at Cogent Designs, his investigation of experimental construction continues with projects under construction in Hawaii and California.