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Three Members of CDS Receive LEED Accredited Professional Certification

Community Design Studio, the Architecture & Design division of Christiansburg’s Community Housing Partners, is proud to announce that three of their apprentice architects were recently certified as LEED Accredited Professionals.

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) created LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) as a rating system for green building.  LEED Accredited Professionals are professionals who have demonstrated thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and familiarity with LEED requirements, resources, and processes.  To become accredited, applicants must take and pass the LEED Professional Accreditation exam.

James Ruhland, III joined CDS in 2005 and brings over seven years of architectural experience to the position of Project Manager. He holds both a bachelor's and a master's degree in Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He has experience with a variety of project types including government, public housing, museums, and private residential. James also donates graphic design services to Roanoke College's Theatre Department.

Josh Holloway joined CDS in 2007 and currently serves as an Intern Architect. He graduated with his bachelor's in Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2005 and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Josh brings with him both architecture and construction experience from a variety of organizations, and also volunteers for an on-campus ministry at Virginia Tech, Habitat for Humanity, and the Red Cross.

Kelley Day joined CDS following her graduation from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in May 2007 with a bachelor's in Architecture, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. During her tenure at Virginia Tech, Kelley served in the American Institute of Architects student organization and was an active member of the Women’s Rugby Football Team. She also studied abroad in Europe during her fourth-year of architecture school where she traveled through 7 different countries and 24 cities.