TECHNE’ [tekna] is a term in Greek philosophy and derived from the Greek word arkhitekton (“master builder”) for architecture. It means to challenge forth; to make something from nothing.
The Doric column is a symbol of humanity’s strength. The column is as old as architecture itself and symbolize hope and prosperity. In this case, the column represents a window of space opportunity, opening up the solar system to exploration, habitation, and settlement. The left side of the column represents part of the inner solar system, the 3 planets of Venus, Earth, and Mars. The right side of the column represents part of the outer solar system, Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus. The horizontal lines represent the continuum of space and the column represent “Space Architecture” opening up the solar system to exploration, habitation, and settlement in support of becoming a multi-planet species.
Architecture has evolved alongside humanity as humans have evolved. From the beginning days of humanity, humans needed basic shelter (architecture) which evolved from caves to nomadic temporary shelters composed of sticks and skins. Architecture has evolved from a basic shelter function to much more today encompassing the complexity of urban cities and symbolism. Space Architecture is the function of providing “shelter” for humans to thrive in outer space.
Space Architecture is the theory and practice of designing and building inhabited environments in outer space, responding to the deep human drive to explore and occupy new places. Architecture organizes and integrates the creation and enrichment of the built environment.
Kriss J. Kennedy
Architect, Space Architect [Texas Architect Registration # 15161]
TECHNE‘ Architects, LLC
Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Houston-SICSA
Mr. Kennedy has been a licensed architect in Texas since 1995. Mr. Kennedy worked as a Space Architect for 30 years at NASA-JSC, retired December 2017. He is a recognized exploration habitat expert at NASA and the international aerospace community. Prior to designing space systems at NASA, Mr. Kennedy worked with numerous architectural firms in the United States. Currently, he is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Space Architecture at the University of Houston-Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture, a Space Architecture Consultant, and operates his terrestrial architecture practice. He has held key leadership and management positions at NASA such as Project Manager of the Deep Space Gateway Habitat Internal Architecture Study project; key strategic roles in the Human Health and Performance Directorate, Deputy Project Manager of the Deep Space Habitat project; Manager of the Habitat Demonstration Unit Project; supported the Constellation Lunar Surface Systems Habitation Team; Lunar/Mars Architecture Team; ISS Hardware development, and Technology Strategic Roadmaps and development, among many other leadership positions in numerous space design projects. Mr. Kennedy has worked on over 45 NASA design projects and published over 60 papers in the field of aerospace human spacecraft design. He has 2 NASA patents, one of which is the “TransHab” (Inflatable Spacecraft) won the 2017 NASA Invention of the Year. Mr. Kennedy is skilled in leadership, project management, strategic planning, space architecture, and space habitat expertise for future human exploration missions DDT&E. He has dedicated his career to the definition, development, and testing of exploration habitation systems and planetary surface base definition for the human exploration and expansion into Space, the Moon, and Mars.
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS and SPACE ADMINISTRATION: Retired. JSC is the lead center for human exploration of space. Future missions involving humans require master planning and uniquely specialized habitats. Worked on over 40 spacecraft design projects over the past 30 years at NASA.