Erica is an assistant professor and UDream program director at Carnegie Mellon University, as well as an architectural designer. She serves as an instructor for multiple graduate and undergraduate courses, recently developed a course focused on energy-efficient and healthy retrofits, and is an instrumental coordinator for CMU’s UDream program, which provides recent graduates with a deeper understanding of urban design through research projects and internships. Her architectural experience includes over 50 educational, media and broadcast, residential, community, and transportation facilities. She has served as a studio critic at multiple universities and is an active member of several community service and nonprofit organizations.
Erica has received numerous honors for her research and architectural design project participation, including awards from the American Institute of Architects, New York Landmarks Conservancy, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Faculty and Graduate Student Awards, and Best Proposal in a Department of Energy (DOE) Competition presented at the White House Conference Room. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech, a Master of Science in Sustainable Design from CMU, and a PhD in Building Performance & Diagnostics. Her doctoral research investigated the impact of school building and neighborhood physical and environmental characteristics on student and teacher health and performance. Erica is also a contributing researcher for a sustainable engineering textbook and served as one of the principal investigators for the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI), established by the Department of Energy as an Energy-Regional Innovation Cluster.