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Melissa Kops

Pirie Associates
Project Architect
New Haven, CT
Melissa Arminio Kops, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, LFA has been practicing architecture for more than 12 years.  Melissa’s passion comes from approaching every project as a chance to elevate the human spirit by encouraging a healthy connection to place, community, and ecology. She believes sustainability centers on human health and wellbeing, which is directly impacted by clean air, water, and ecosystem health. Melissa has made it her mission to contribute to her community and raise awareness of sustainable design. She is on the board of the Connecticut Green Building Council, advises the City of New Haven on sustainability measures, and has been involved with the Open Architecture Collaborative. An ambassador for the International Living Future Institute and co-facilitator of the Connecticut Living Building Challenge Collaborative, she gives presentations about all aspects of the Living Building Challenge, a green building certification system that defines the most advanced level of sustainability.