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KPS Group, Inc. Announces Elevation of Kristine Harding to Fellowship in the AIA

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Design firm KPS Group, Inc. is pleased to announce that the 2018 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has named Kristine Harding to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to AIA members who have made significant contributions to the profession of architecture. Kristine is a principal at KPS Group, where she leads the firm’s Huntsville office and serves on the Board of Directors.  Her clients include the Huntsville International Airport, Boeing, Redstone Federal Credit Union, Oakwood University, the City of Scottsboro, Commercial Office Properties Trust (COPT), and the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

“I strive to serve in such a way as to inspire my peers to be role models and to commit to the moral imperatives that we have to the next generation,”says Harding.  In addition to her demanding role at KPS Group, she has held numerous leadership positions in professional organizations, and was named to the Alabama General Contractors Hall of Fame in the fall of 2017.

Kristine Harding is the third woman architect in Alabama to be elevated to AIA Fellowship, and the first Alabama architect named to the College of Fellows since 2014.  A trailblazing architect whose focus over the past 13 years has been to bring the architectural licensure process into alignment with the technical and practical aspects of the 21stcentury, Kristine is passionate about the profession’s need to embrace the real world demands faced by its diverse population of young professionals.  Her achievements in facilitating architectural licensure through leadership roles in both the AIA and the National Council of Architectural Review Boards (NCARB) have redefined the profession’s approach to ensuring the resiliency of practice and helped to forge alliances between the two organizations.

Kristine Harding is a consummate professional whose commitment to serving her clients’ interests is coupled with a comparable commitment to her profession, in particular its young members,” said G. Gray Plosser, FAIA, president and CEO of KPS Group.  “She is a credit to KPS and a key principal in our organization.”

Kristine served as the FY 2016-17 President of NCARB, is a past president of both the Alabama Council AIA and the North Alabama Chapter AIA, and was Chair of the State of Alabama Board for Registration of Architects from 2005 to 2007. She received the AIA Alabama Council’s Accolade – its highest honor – as well as multiple certificates of appreciation from Alabama’s highest officials including Governor Kay Ivey.  A participant in Leadership Alabama Class 16 and Huntsville-Madison County Leadership Class 14, Kristine has been active in many civic organizations including the Huntsville Sports Commission and the Madison County Marina & Port Authority.

Founded in 1965, KPS Group, Inc. provides architecture, interior design, planning, and related consulting services from its Birmingham headquarters and offices in Huntsville and Atlanta.  The firm’s distinctive portfolio encompasses a wide array of corporate, commercial, public, institutional, and civic projects. Its consistent emphasis on putting the client first and delivering solutions that add value have made KPS Group one of the most highly regarded design firms in the Southeast region. Kristine Harding, FAIA can be reached at (256) 704-1830, or via email at  Information about KPS Group, Inc. can be found at

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