Miller Hull

Chris Hellstern

AIA, LFA, Associate, Living Building Challenge Services Director

Seattle Studio

Every architect should be responsibly designing. According to Chris, influencing architecture from an ecological perspective is the most meaningful impact one can have on the industry, as it is so imperative that the field of architecture move forward at no less than the same speed that the climate changes.


As Miller Hull’s Living Building Challenge Services Director, Chris believes deeply in the future of living buildings.  “Living Buildings can be integrated so well into sustainable design curriculum, and can additionally tie into a lot of companies’ missions and goals. “

Chris has completed five certified Living Buildings in his career, with several more currently in design and construction. He has written extensively on the topic, authoring a book titled Living Building Education, has founded the Seattle 2030 Roundtable, and has co-founded the Healthy Materials Collaborative. He is also involved with public policy at a local, state, and federal levels, helping with code development, state laws, policy development, and public testimony. As an Affiliate Instructor with the University of Washington, Chris taught a graduate sustainability course for the College of Built Environments. Chris is also recipient of the AIA’s Young Architect Award.

Lectures & Juries

  • Ben Dalton, Chris Hellstern and Tina Angeles to speak at Net Zero Conference on September 16, 2020
  • Steve Doub and Chris Hellstern to speak at Metropolis Magazine Perspective: Sustainability on July 30, 2020
  • Chris Hellstern to speak at Metropolis Magazine Webinar on June 30, 2020
  • Chris Hellstern to speak at Virtual Housing Design Week presented by AIA Seattle on June 10, 2020
  • Ron Rochon and Chris Hellstern to speak at Living Future 2020 virtual conference on May 8, 2020
  • Chris Hellstern to speak at Carbon Friendly Forest Conference
  • Chris Hellstern to speak at 2019 Living Future unConference
  • Chris Hellstern to speak at Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference
  • Related Projects

  • Hotel Westland
  • The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design
  • Loom House
  • Natural and Environmental Science Testing and Teaching Center (NESTT) Concept
  • Newhouse Building Replacement
  • Washington State Library Archives Building