My name is Kristopher Gerard Menos, and I go by “Kris.”
I am a human being. I am also a designer, and a co-founding Principal of Human Being Design, a full-service design practice at the intersection of personal identity and community. We offer services including: residences, installations, everyday items, and memorial artifacts.
My partner and I are currently developing: a private residence on the peak of a six-acre site in north Santa Fe, New Mexico, multiple residences in the northeast US for private clients, and a series of multi-human urns for private clients. We’ve recently been responsible (in collaboration with Woolley Morris Architects) for the construction documents and construction administration for a mixed-use complex consisting of six conjoined two-and-one-half-story row houses, and a two-story building containing 17 apartments above a 12,000 square-foot ground floor of commercial space near the Princeton Junction Train Station in New Jersey.
I have also been a Board Member and the Director of Research and Design for the nonprofit, youth-oriented community gardening organization Trenton Grows. In the spring of 2018, the organization established a “Garden Club” for first- through fifth-grade students at an underperforming charter school in Trenton, New Jersey. I was part of a team of three to hold twice-weekly meetings with approximately 25 to 30 student volunteers between the ages of six and 12. With the help of the students, we designed and built a small, temporary educational garden on the school’s grounds using mostly recycled materials. Through this hands-on process, we introduced the students to every phase of the organic gardening process, from seed to harvest. It was a joy to mentor these amazing and enthusiastic students, and on the final day of Garden Club to feast on our harvest with them and their families, sending each family home with remaining plants and produce. Over the course of this incredible experience I was personally involved in activities including: proposal writing, curriculum and pedagogy development, small-scale fundraising, material research and procurement, as well as basic resource planning and site coordination.
In 2017, I received a Master of Science in Architecture Studies (SMArchS) degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Architecture under a Graduate Fellowship, with a concentration in Architectural Design. My graduate thesis, entitled Post-Mordial: Esoteric Embodiment, proposed an alternative mode for the ritual treatment of the deceased. View the project in full here.
Beginning in 2004, I’ve had professional experience in the fields of urbanism, design, architecture, and construction. This includes a term as an Architectural Research Fellow with the nonprofit urban think tank Terreform ONE, researching, designing, and fabricating exhibition models and materials for the NYC Post Carbon City State project. With Woolley Morris Architects, I worked directly with the firm’s Design Principal on projects such as the NYS Office of Cultural Education, Collections Processing and Storage Facility in Albany, and the St. John’s Hospital neighborhood rehabilitation effort in Syracuse. With the concrete contractor Pacific Structures, I worked as an intern on the construction of a ten-acre, 1,500-unit mixed-use residential development in San Jose.
I’ve been involved in a diverse range of projects, across a wide range of scales: memorial objects, products, exhibitions, gardens, residences (single-family, multi-family, and condominium), senior living and assisted living facilities, dormitories, schools and government facilities, cultural spaces, cafés, auto dealerships, retail strips, master plans (residential, commercial, and academic), speculative urbanism, etc.
For undergraduate study, I attended Syracuse University under the School of Architecture Scholarship, and attained a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) degree with dual majors in Architecture and the History of Architecture. Upon graduation, I was a recipient of the 2013 James Britton Memorial Award for Outstanding Thesis for Isotopia: Architectural Visions from a Posthuman Future. This project was shown in the 2013 AIANY Architecture School Exhibition at the Center for Architecture. View the project in full here.
My particular areas of focus include: transhumanism and posthumanism, paper architecture, agricultural and food-related architecture, exhibition and installation design, physical modeling, concrete construction, and digital fabrication.