* There will be a change of plans for Friday 3/16 (3pm) - Special Guest Speaker Erica Cochran will speak about enviromental and sustainable building practices and architecture
Erica Cochran is an Adjunct Assistant Professor and PhD Candidate in the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Erica is a LEED Accredited Professional, holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech, a Master of Science in Sustainable Design from CMU, and is working towards her PhD in Building Performance & Diagnostics. Her teaching experience includes serving as an Adjunct Instructor for Master’s Synthesis courses, undergraduate design studio, LEED Buildings & Green Design, and working with the Remaking Cities Institute’s UDream program; a program which provides recent graduates a deeper understanding of urban design through research projects and paid internships. Erica is a co-award winner of the 2010 Isabel Sophia Liceaga Discretionary Fund Faculty Award and the 2009 first place winner of the George W. Anderson Graduate Student Award. Erica has also served as a studio critic at Pratt Institute and the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining CMU, Erica served as a Project Manager and Project Designer for firms in New York City and Connecticut. Her architectural experience includes over ten years of experience with educational, media & broadcast, residential, community, and transportation facilities. She is also an active member of several community service and non-profit organizations. Erica’s doctoral research investigates the impact of school building and neighborhood physical and environmental characteristics on student and teacher health and performance in dense urban environments. She is also a contributing researcher for a Sustainable Engineering text book and serves on the research team for the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster (GPIC) for Energy-Efficient Buildings Energy Innovation Hub.