A LEED Accredited Professional since 2004, and trained as an Eco-Nest Builder in the alternative construction method of straw, clay and timber structures, Courtney is an architect licensed in Colorado with over ten years of extensive experience in sustainable design and construction. To architecture, she brings knowledge of natural construction and the LEED Green Building Rating System, as well as practices of positive environmental impact or biophilic design, which recognizes the inherent human need for nature together with sustainable and universal design strategies to create environments that truly enhance life.
From 2007-2010 Courtney served as the President of the Board of Directors for Colorado Housing Inc., a non-profit organization providing self-help housing solutions in Southwest Colorado, where she led the effort of developing affordable, practical, and appropriate strategies for sustainability. She has also been actively engaged in the development of design guidelines and the planning of downtown core of Pagosa Springs, by serving on the Town of Pagosa Springs Downtown Master Plan Steering Committee and the Town of Pagosa Springs Wayfinding and Signage committee.
Courtney’s love of great architecture and ceramics was ignited at an early age. Raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Courtney grew up visiting the designer and tile-maker Henry Mercer’s distinctive poured concrete structures: Fonthill, the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, and the Mercer Museum. During college, she was trained by numerous tile-makers in the Mercer Moravian Tileworks tradition.
Through architecture and tile production, Courtney actively supports and fosters environmental sustainability, practices and awareness.