Guardian Glass™ North America announces Kris La-Borde has joined the team as a regional technical advisor. La-Borde will provide glazing performance technical support for fabricators, glaziers, architects, consultants, developers and specification writers with a focus on the commercial sector. As part of the North America Technical Services team, he will support the West region sales team and Guardian’s Kingsburg, California manufacturing facility. La-Borde reports to Jacob Kasbrick, director, North America commercial segment and technical services. 

“We are very happy to welcome Kris to the team, where his extensive façade engineering experience will make him a valuable resource to Guardian Elite™ Fabricators, Guardian Select™ Fabricators and our architectural partners,” Kasbrick says.

La-Borde has more than 16 years of experience in engineering across the globe with the past 12 years specific to the façade and building enclosure industry. He previously was a façade engineer for Thornton Tomasetti in Los Angeles and London, spending 8 years focusing on North American façades and enclosures. Prior to that, La-Borde spent 4 years with Swiss façade contractor Yuanda where he engineered façade systems and specialized in curtain wall for commercial developments across mainland Europe and the U.K.

Already experienced with Guardian Glass after multiple project collaborations, La-Borde is now part of Guardian’s network of regional technical advisors that offers highly knowledgeable, extensive, locally based building construction expertise on a wide array of topics related to glass and building enclosures, from codes and standards to energy modeling and performance analysis. La-Borde will help centralize, develop and communicate Guardian’s vast technical services and expertise to industry peers and colleagues while exploring new opportunities and advances in the industry. 

La-Borde holds multiple memberships and certifications, including:

  • California Licensed Professional Engineer
  • American Society of Civil Engineers 
  • Building Enclosure Commissioning Process certification 
  • Accredited Commissioning Authority + Building Enclosure certification


He has a master’s with honors in civil engineering from Cardiff University, U.K.