2014 Climate Fellow
Founder of Urban Death Project
Katrina Spade 2014 Climate Fellow
Create a meaningful, equitable, and ecological alternative to existing options for the care and processing of the deceased by building urban body composting centers.
Katrina Spade is the founder and executive director of the Urban Death Project, a new system for gently and sustainably disposing of the dead using the process of composting. Katrina has focused her design career on creating human-centered, ecological, architectural solutions. Prior to architecture school, she studied sustainable design and building at Yestermorrow Design Build School, with a focus on regenerative communities and renewable energy. While earning her Masters of Architecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she worked with the Facilities Planning Department to develop sustainable design guidelines for all new construction and major renovations on campus. Also during her graduate student tenure, she received a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture to build and monitor a compost heating system, a project which helped initiate the Urban Death Project. Katrina earned a BA in Anthropology from Haverford College, and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As a graduate student, she received the AIA Henry Adams Medal and the Western MA AIA Graduate Student Scholarship for her work.
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