Kristi is responsible for leading and growing the Creative Environments practice. She focuses on discovering and defining the connections between environment, culture and outcome. She pulls together interdisciplinary teams to think deeply about the interaction between physical and virtual space, and explores the widest possible definition of “environment” in service of our client’s desired outcome.
Prior to joining MAYA, Kristi worked in Washington, DC as a management consultant, facilitating culture change tied to physical change for federal agencies. She has worked in California and Arizona as a behavioral strategist creating workplace, mixed use development, and hospitality strategies. Kristi was also the CEO of her own firm that provided consultative services for architecture, interiors, FF&E (furniture, fixtures and equipment), and construction. Additionally, she was on the faculty at Arizona State University teaching in both the Colleges of Architecture and Business, with research focused on the impact physical environment has on human behavior.
Kristi has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Forbes, and other top-tier outlets. You can also find her speaking about workplace, culture, community, and the future of work at conferences across the country.
M. Arch, Arizona State University
New York Studio School of Drawing Painting and Sculpture
Ecole des Beaux Arts, UPA7, Paris
BS Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology
Places I’ve Lived
New York, NY
San Diego, CA
I am a connector of people and ideas. I notice where there might be a related interest, and then make that available. I see potential in people and situations, and am driven to create a path for that potential to become manifest.
Outside of MAYA
Outside. Playing, camping, hiking, outrigger canoeing or skiing.
Quote That Inspires Me
“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.”
Favorite Places to Visit
The woods, the beach, and Mokolodi park outside of Gabarone, Botswana.
Movies I Love
I love the visual richness of the sets in the movie Diva, the boundless optimism and opportunity for a female lead in Tank Girl, and the classic story of The Princess Bride.
Earliest Memory of Using Something High-Tech
We had a PDP (Digital Equipment minicomputer) in our house when I was in high school. I remember family dinners that included discussions of artificial intelligence and how a computer might actually understand language.