Raised in Marblehead, Massachusetts, Kira is a 2016-2017 Thomas J. Watson Fellow, during which time she traveled independently for one year on a solo project titled "Mitigating Solastalgia: Familial Adaptation to Climate Change." Since coming back to the United States from Myanmar, Mauritius, Bulgaria and Sri Lanka (among other places) she has graduated, with distinction, from the Master of Landscape Architecture I and Master in Design Studies in Risk and Resilience programs at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She was awarded a 2021 ASLA Certificate of Honor at graduation, and is currently a 2021 Sustainable Partners Fellow. 
Previously she earned a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and B.A. in Policy Studies (environmental focus) and Asian Studies from Rice University in Houston, Texas. 
Her work involves communicating scientific information through design, and working to translate climate change data into tangible narratives. 
As a designer, she's interested in territorial applications of big climate change data, and practically interested in small-scale landscape design with a focus on ecology (no plural). 
For questions and collaboration: kbclingen@gmail.com