Jill Sornson Kurtz

Jill Sornson Kurtz

Bethlehem, PA, US



Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, US, Course Instructor

Teaching and developing course material for the College of Architecture Planning and Design’s first Intro to Public Interest Architecture course to be taught in the May and Jan intercessions. The class will focus on qualitative research to understand a client's needs, maximizing a projectʼs positive impact on the community it serves through partnerships, as well as showing students opportunities to address some of the critical issues faced by under served populations through design.

May 2012 - current

reBuild Sudan, San Francisco, CA, US, Board President

Leads a team of people committed to "doing development differently" in South Sudan through local partnerships and appropriate design technology. Currently we are building our first prototype school with community and local contractors aiming to be a regional resource for future building efforts as well as replicate the school design with other Lost Boy Organizations.

Dec 2009 - current

reBuild Consulting, Santa Clara, CA, US, Founder, Partner

Directs the LEED Certification process efficiently, strategically, and holistically with building owners, architects, and engineers. Manages the company’s licensing, accounting, marketing and business development.

- Lead efforts to certify the world's 5th LEED Gold Data Center (Bend Broadband)
- USGBC presenter for LEED Stories from Practice National Webinar
- Instructor for LEED workshops with GreenStep Education

Sep 2009 - current

Brightworks, San Francisco, Sustainability Advisor

Facilitated eco-charrettes, LEED tasks and documentation, and certification process for building design and construction teams. Created company wide project management tools to visually mange complex data. Taught classes for up to 150 people on LEED strategies / management as well as study classes for the LEED exam.

- Presenter at CalGreen 2008 Conference
- Instructor for USGBC Workshops
- BAE, BRE Properties, Chevron, Cisco, CSU Chico State Hewlett Packard, Yahoo

Aug 2007 - May 2009

Engineering Ministries International, Mussoorie, India, Intern Architect

Designed and led programming and design meetings for non-profit organizations. Traveled throughout India designing schools, orphanages, community development centers and hospitals. Developed sustainability guidelines and resources for office to benefit future projects.

Aug 2006 - Jun 2007

Spangenberg Phillips Tice Architects & GLMV, Wichita, KS, US, Intern Archtiect

Worked summer and winter breaks throughout my five years of architecture school. Designed and managed drawings for a variety of healthcare, elementary education and commercial projects. Assisted in construction administration for hospitals and high scale commercial projects.

Jan 2000 - Jul 2006


Union University, Mill Valley, CA, US, M Arts Intercultural Studies

A graduate of 2-year program based on an integrative framework of theory, research, and practice designed to enhance interdisciplinary competency and build an essential foundation for intercultural study and engagement. Learned the methods and practices of Ethnographic and Visual Anthropological Research through a project in a food bank and homeless community in San Francisco as well as a six-week intensive research project of the Omani Bedouin in Oman.

- Published a 100pg Collaborative research and analysis document, he Changing Face of Oman: How institutional Changes are Impacting the Omani Bedouin, Nov ’10
- Wrote Integrative Design: Opportunities for Public Interest Architecture, May ‘11
- Panel Presenter at Association for Integrative Studies Conference, Oct ’11

Aug 2009 - May 2011

Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, US, BArch, College of Architecture

Excelled in a 5-year program in the College of Architecture and Design. The program built an academic foundation of understanding in history, theory, and design with the practical knowledge of building construction and specifications.

- AIA Kansas Student of the Year, May ‘05
- First LEED AP in the College of Architecture, Jan ‘05
- AIA Emerging Professional Essay Winner, Jun ‘05
- Dean's Advisory Board
- Dean's Scholarship (5 yrs)

Minor in Leadership Studies
Completed Leadership minor program in order to develop leadership skills, foster an ethical decision making process, and cultivate inclusivity in a diverse and changing working world.

Aug 2000 - May 2005

Czech Technical University in Prague, Prague, CZ, BArch, Study Abroad

Spent a semester abroad in the Czech Republic in order to broaden my worldview on architecture, heighten cultural awareness, and develop international communication skills.

Jan 2004 - Jun 2004


An Integrative Approach to Qualitative Research: Interdisciplinarity as an Interpretive Framework, Other

A collaborative paper based on the panel presentation I gave with colleagues in Oct '11. The paper is in its final draft and should be published in late '12.


Integrated Design: Rethinking the Way We Build, Other

Published paper in the Association for Integrative Studies - Pathways Newsletter, Nov '12


Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good, Other

Amy Sherman published an interview of me discussing my philosophy of the merging of my professional work with my personal values, Dec '11


Integrated Design: Opportunities for Public Interest Architecture, Other

Self Published Thesis paper, May '11


Reflections of Africa: Stories & Photographs, Other

Photography shows at the following galleries:
Meridian Gallery, Union Square / San Francisco CA, Aug '10, Oct '11
Gaia Arts Center / Berkeley CA, Dec '10


The Changing Face of Oman: How institutional Changes are Impacting the Omani Bedouin, Other

Published a 100pg Collaborative research and analysis document, Nov ’10


Beyond the Walls: An Architect’s Journey through India, Other

Photography show for Final Friday Art Walk, Wichita KS, Jul '07


AIA Designing Tomorrow's Architect Essay Winner, Award

Organized around the concepts of innovating, envisioning, connecting, and empowering, the 2005 Conference dynamically explored its theme of “Designing Tomorrow’s Architect.” With
more than 70 invited participants on hand, the conference provided a forum through which architectural internship could be strengthened and revitalized.

Twenty-seven emerging professionals—each of whom had written an essay as part of a competition that determined which young professionals would attend the conference— contributed a lion’s share of feedback. The advisory committee had selected a diverse group of young professionals who represented different firm sizes, experience levels, and geographic distribution.


Areas of Specialization