Croxton Collaborative Architects mourns the passing of a guiding light and creative force in the evolution of the firm’s design philosophy and culture of design excellence. Our memories of Kirsten bring forth a wide-ranging list of her qualities: literate, intelligent, talented, humorous (with a sharp wit), generous—stubborn when she felt she needed to be and possessing high expectations of herself and those around her.
Kirsten stood out from the beginning of her career and was selected to serve as the liaison to the New York firm of SOM by her London office. Kirsten soon adopted New York City as her new home base and her life-long sense of adventure was reflected in her wide-ranging travels and exploration of nature.
In 1985, when the firm just six years old, Kirsten Childs joined Randolph Croxton in a thirty-year role of collaboration and leadership within the firm. The central turning point in the design philosophy and values of the firm, came with a commission for Kirsten’s long-time client, NRDC. There, Randolph and Kirsten forged an architectural and interior design embodiment of ecologically informed or “green design” that informs all the work of the firm, and one could say, the work of all U.S. firms as a result of their leadership efforts in both the architectural (AIA) and interior design (ASID) professions as well as instrumental roles in the founding of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE). Leadership projects such as Audubon House Headquarters in New York City and the EPA Headquarters in Washington D.C., among many others, were foundational to the green model programs such as LEED which followed, formalizing a new approach—a greener and more sustainable design of the built environment
Kirsten was honored as the 2010 Designer of Distinction by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) for her lifetime of contributions to the profession of interior design and to the field of sustainable design. The recognition is the highest honor that ASID bestows on one of its members.