Hilary Harris

Hilary Harris

Niwot, CO, US



An architect, developer, and visionary, purpose-driven leader with twelve years of experience creating and building a climbing gym development business. Extensive experience with all stages of real estate development, business planning, design, construction, operations and expansion of climbing gyms in various markets across the US. Lifelong commitment to protecting the environment and reducing carbon emissions. Early adopter of LEED and green building practices in both residential and commercial design, including design-build work at Bensonwood.

Hilary is passionate about creating beautiful spaces for people and communities to thrive in today and far into the future.


EVO Rock + Fitness, Multiple Locations, Founder, Co-Owner, Architect

--Co-owned, designed, and developed climbing gyms throughout the US
--Performed market studies and demographic analysis for projects
--Negotiated land acquisitions
--Hired and managed contractors
--Designed and trademarked the EVO Rock + Fitness™ brand
--Developed scalable systems for operations, program development and marketing
--Secured funding and private investments to fund the projects
--Formed standardized financial reporting for investors
--Created the EVO Rock + Fitness concept - brand, design, mission, vision and programs
--Hired, trained and managed staff
--Recommended and led corporate strategy
--Drove company growth to outperform original projections by more than 60%
--Developed and managed a $3M budget
--Wrote proposals, forecasting and business plans for future development
--Developed and maintained strategic partnerships
--Organized and managed large events to grow and engage our membership base

Aug 2009 - Mar 2021

Bensonwood, Walpole, NH, US, Architect

--Worked with design team on multiple custom homes integrating the OpenBuilt system
--Responsible for client communication, schematic design, design development, construction documents, code research, specifications and construction oversight.
--Architect, Unity House, the first Net-Zero Home built in Maine, LEED Platinum
--Introduced and developed sustainability standards for the company

Apr 2003 - Nov 2008

Bast & Rood Architects, Hinesburg, VT, US, Architect Intern

Architectural intern, LEED AP. Duties included drafting, schematic design, models, energy modeling and project management of building projects including:

--Northern Power Systems Headquarters, Waitsfield, Vermont
--Littleton Opera House Renovations, Littleton, NH
--Mountain View Grand Hotel Renovations, Whitefield, NH

Jan 2001 - Apr 2003

Urban Design Group, Denver, CO, US, Architectural Intern

Entry level intern. Responsible for drafting red lines and working on vision boards

May 2000 - Apr 2001


Harvard Business School Online, Leading in Finance

Leading with Finance provides participants with a thorough understanding of the principles of finance—a conceptual toolkit for making smart financial decisions and the confidence to clearly articulate those decisions to key stakeholders.

Jan 2020 - Mar 2020

University of Colorado at Denver, Denver, CO, US, MArch, Architecture

--Emphasis on sustainable design
--Master's thesis: Environmental Learning Center for Early Childhood Education
--Summa cum laude

Sep 1996 - May 2000

University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO, US, Bachelors, Environmental Conservation

Sep 1987 - May 1991

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