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July 31, 2013

Neolithic to net zero

Anderson author looks at our journey to 21st century architecture



“It’s just something that has to happen gradually,” said Montgomery.

Nevertheless, she has a sense of urgency. “I think it’s terribly important. ... I think we can have a really huge impact on the melting of the ice cap and the raising of the sea shore.”

‘Sustainable’ changed her world

Montgomery brings authority to her topic, but she brings a passion as well.

Montgomery is one-half of the duo who founded Anderson’s krM Architecture in 1978. Her husband, Kenneth, was the principal architect. The firm’s work is evidenced in public and private buildings all around Anderson and in other cities.

Montgomery is an interior designer and art educator whose hand is visible, for example, in the interior design of the Anderson Public Library.

Montgomery was at home raising nine kids, several of whom went on to become architects, prior to earning her bachelor of arts in education at Anderson University in 1975. She then earned a masters in art education from Ball State University in 1982. She taught at the university-level for seven years. In 2008, Montgomery tacked on a masters of architecture from Ball State.

“My emphasis was on sustainable architecture,” said Montgomery. “It sort of changed my world.”

Montgomery, now 79, founded her book first on the work she did in documenting the historical references that influenced architectural style in the United States for her masters thesis in 1982. Then, she explored what’s happening today, and why.

“It was something I felt like I had to do,” said Montgomery.

Montgomery’s 153-page book is a thought-provoking work, and its ample selection of photographs is engaging. The book is available through and in print or e-book form.

Like Nancy Elliott on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @ NancyElliott_HB, or call 640-4805.



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