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Kristen Parrish

Kristen Parrish

Associate Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
Arizona State University
PO Box 873005
Tempe, AZ 85287-3005


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Associate Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


Kristen Parrish is Associate Professor and Graduate Program Chair for the Construction Management and Technology degrees in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, one of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University.

Prior to joining ASU in 2012, she was a Scientific Engineering Associate in Building Technologies at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).

Parrish’s expertise is in energy efficient building design and construction. In particular, she explores how non-technological barriers to energy efficiency influence design and construction processes and develops novel approaches to address these barriers. Notable projects in this space include working with the US Department of Energy to develop a case study library of energy-efficient small commercial buildings, working with the Salt River Project to develop energy management strategies for residential and commercial buildings, and working with LBNL to develop ISO 50001 (Energy Management Standard) implementation and documentation for commercial buildings. In recognition of her contributions in this area, she was asked to serve as a leader for the Architectural Engineering Institute's Sustain Technical Group, a position she has held since 2020. 

Parrish's work also explores the planning and delivery processes for capital projects. She has co-developed three tools that assist capital project teams in planning their projects, and has supported efforts to integrate energy efficiency into design standards and guidelines at ASU and other institutions. 

Finally, her work explores how to create more inclusive classrooms and cultures for engineering and science at ASU and beyond. She has completed multiple projects for the National Science Foundation on these topics, each of which confirm the importance of an inclusive environment for increasing the retention of women and under-represented groups in engineering. Parrish has tken on leadership roles in this space as well; she serves as the Chair of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Inclusion Faculty Advisory Council (IFAC) and as Associate Director of the RISE (Research in Inclusive STEM Education) Center at ASU.  

Parrish is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Women Engineers and the American Society for Engineering Education.

Read a faculty profile of Kristen Parrish written in conjunction with the grand opening of the College Avenue Commons in 2014.


  • PhD, Civil Engineering Systems, University of California-Berkeley, 2009
  • MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Structural Engineering), University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2005
  • BS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2004


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Journal Articles


Gin, L., D. C. Pais, K. D. Parrish, S. E. Brownell and K. C. Cooper. 2022. New online accommodations are not enough: The mismatch between student needs and supports given for students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education 23(1):1-9. DOI: 10.1128/jmbe.00280-21. (link )

Rybkowski, Z. K., P. Arroyo and K. Parrish. 2022. Assessment of current target value design practices: consistencies and inconsistencies of application. Construction Managment and Economics 40(7-8):598-617. DOI: 10.1080/01446193.2022.2037146. (link )


Arababadi, R., H. Naganathan, M. Saffari Pour, A. Dadvar, K. Parrish and O. Chong. 2021. Building stock energy modeling: Feasibility study on selection of important input parameters using stepwise regression. Energy Science & Engineering 9(2):284-296. DOI: 10.1002/ese3.847. (link )

Clark, R., A. Spisso, K. Ketchman, A. E. Landis, K. Parrish, R. Mohammadiziazi and M. M. Bilec. 2021. Gamifying sustainable engineering courses: Student and instructor perspectives of community, engagement, learning, and retention. Journal of Civil Engineering Education 147(4):. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EI.2643-9115.0000047. (link )

Cruz Rios, F., H. Naganathan, L. Tello, S. Adams, A. Cook-Davis, M. El Asmar, D. Grau and K. Parrish. 2021. Catalysts and barriers faced by Native American engineering undergraduate students in Arizona. Journal of Civil Engineering Education 147(2):. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EI.2643-9115.0000033. (link )

Sherman, R., G. E. Gibson Jr, E. Merrow and K. Parrish. 2021. Examining the impact of rate-of-return regulation on capital project planning. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management 147(8):. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0002069. (link )

Sherman, R., H. Naganathan and K. Parrish. 2021. Energy savings results from small commericial building retrofits in the US. Emergoes 14(9):6207. DOI: 10.3390/en14196207. (link )

Sherman, R., K. Parrish and A. J. Lamanna. 2021. Identifying and categorizing risks incumbent in US nuclear power plan construction. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management 147(4):. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0002018. (link )


Harris, N., T. Shealy, K. Parrish and J. Granderson. 2019. Cognitive barriers during monitoring-based commissioning of buildings. Sustainable Cities and Society 46(Apr):101389. DOI: 10.1016/j.scs.2018.12.017. (link )


Burke, R. D., C. L. Dancz, K. Ketchman, M. M. Bilec, T. H. Boyer, C. I. Davidson, A. E. Landis and K. Parrish. 2018. Faculty perspectives on sustainability integration in undergraduate civil and environmental engineering curriculum. Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice 144(3):. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000373. (link )

Burke, R. D., K. Parrish and M. El Asmar. 2018. Environmental product declarations: Use in the architectural and engineering design process to support sustainable construction. Journal of Construction Engineering and Managemetn 144(5):. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001481. (link )

Elzomor, M., R. D. Burke, K. Parrish and G. E. Gibson Jr. 2018. Front-end planning for large and small infrastructure projects: Comparison of project definition rating index tools. Journal of Management in Engineering 34(4):. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000611. (link )

Elzomor, M., C. Mann, K. Doten-Snitker, K. Parrish and M. V. Chester. 2018. Leveraging vertically integrated courses and problem-based learning to improve students' performance and skills. Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice 144(4):. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000379. (link )

Ketchman, K., V. Khanna, K. Parrish and M. M. Bilec. 2018. Small business electricity disaggregation: Where can we improve? Towards increased transparency of appliance modal parameters. Energy and Buildings 176(Oct):194-202. DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2018.07.020. (link )

Ketchman, K., K. Parrish, V. Khanna and M. M. Bilec. 2018. Synergizing disparate component-level energy resources into a single whole building tool to support energy conservation action in small commercial buildings. Energy and Buildings 176(Oct):325-332. DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2018.06.053. (link )


Arababadi, R., M. Elzomor and K. Parrish. 2017. Selection of energy efficiency measures to enhance the effectiveness of pre-cooling in residential buildings in hot arid climate. Science and Technology for the Built Environment 23(5):858-867. DOI: 10.1080/23744731.2016.1262660. (link )

Arababadi, R., S. Moslehi, M. El Asmar, T. Haavaldsen and K. Parrish. 2017. Energy policy assessment at strategic, tactical, and operational levels: Case studies of EU 20-20-20 and U.S. Executive Order 13514. Energy Policy 109(Oct):530-538. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2017.07.042. (link )

Collins, W., K. Parrish and G. E. Gibson Jr. 2017. Development of a project scope definition and assessment tool for small industrial construction projects. Journal of Management in Engineering 33(4):. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000514. (link )

Dancz, C. L., K. Ketchman, R. D. Burke, T. A. Hottle, K. Parrish, M. M. Bilec and A. E. Landis. 2017. Utilizing civil engineering senior design capstone projects to evaluate students' sustainability education across engineering curriculum. Advances in Engineering Education 6(2):. DOI: 10.18260/3-1-370.620-31325. (link )

Dancz, C. L., K. Parrish, M. M. Bilec and A. E. Landis. 2017. Assessment of students' mastery of construction management and engineering concepts through board game design. Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice 143(4):. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000340. (link )

Ketchman, K., C. L. Dancz, R. D. Burke, K. Parrish, A. E. Landis and M. M. Bilec. 2017. Sustainable engineering cognitive outcomes: Examining different approaches for curriculum integration. Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice 143(3):. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000324. (link )


Barnes, E. and K. Parrish. 2016. Small buildings, big impacts: The role of small commercial building energy efficiency case studies in 2030 Districts. Sustainable Cities and Society 27(Nov):210-221. DOI: 10.1016/j.scs.2016.05.015. (link )


Ghosh, A., K. Parrish and A. D. Chasey. 2015. Implementing a verticaly integrated BIM curriculum in an undergraduate construction management program. International Journal of Construction Education and Research 11(2):121-139. DOI: 10.1080/15578771.2014.965396. (link )

Holloway, S. and K. Parrish. 2015. The contractor's role in the sustainable construction industry. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Engineering Sustainability 168(2):53-60. DOI: 10.1680/ensu.14.00026. (link )

Parrish, K., R. Singh and S. Chien. 2015. The role of international institutional partnerships in delivering low-energy building design: A case study. Sustainable Cities and Society 14(Feb):383-389. DOI: 10.1016/j.scs.2014.05.007. (link )


Parrish, K. and M. V. Chester. 2014. Life-cycle assessment for construction of sustainable infrastructure. Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction 19(1):89-94. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)SC.1943-5576.0000187. (link )


Ladhad, A. and K. Parrish. 2013. Phoenix's first net-zero energy office retrofit: A green and lean case study. Journal of Green Building 8(4):3-16. DOI: 10.3992/jgb.8.4.3. (link )

Parrish, K. and C. Regnier. 2013. Proposed design process for deep energy savings in commerical building retrofit projects. Journal of Architectural Engineering 19(2):71-80. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)AE.1943-5568.0000114. (link )

Sanders, M., K. Parrish and S. Earni. 2013. Savings to sustainability: Application of a novel approach to delivering a sustainable built environment. Journal of Architectural Engineering 19(3):156-163. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)AE.1943-5568.0000119. (link )


Green, R. A., K. Gunberg, K. Parrish and T. Munger. 2007. A simple uniform hazard design spectral shape for rock sites. Seismological Research Letters 78(2):323-343.

Conference Papers


Askari Tari, N. and K. Parrish. 2022. A novel process for selecting a PCM for a building energy retrofit. ASHRAE Transactions. 2022 ASHRAE Conference. Atlanta. (link )


Arababadi, R. and K. Parrish. 2017. Reducing the need for electrical storage by coupling solar PVs and precooling in three residential building types in the Phoenix climate. ASHRAE Transactions. 2017 ASHRAE Conference. (link )


Arababadi, R. and K. Parrish. 2016. Modeling and testing multiple precooling strategies in three residential building types in the Phoenix climate. Pp. 202-214 ASHRAE Transactions. 2016 ASHRAE Annual Conference. St Louis. (link )


Parrish, K., J. M. Wong, I. D. Tommelein and B. Stojadinovic. 2007. Proof of concept of set-based deisgn for reinforced concrete structures. Pp. 213-222 In: Pasquire, C. L. and P. Tzortzopoulos eds., 18-20 July 2007, East Lansing, MI.