Information about current students
Recent Student Honors, Awards, Fellowships
- Supasai Vongkulbhisal: 2019 Chester Fritz Fellowship
- Julie Kreigh: received recognition from EDRA’s Certificate of Research Excellence for 2019 for her dissertation
- Yohan Min: 2019-2020 Clean Energy Institute Graduate Fellowship
- Barbara Rodriguez Droguett: 2019 winner of UW3MT’s Three Minute Thesis Competition
- Yue Liu: 2018 Robert E. Thunen Memorial Scholarship, Microsoft Azure Research Award, and Richard Kelly Grant
- Yue Liu: Best paper, 2018 Building Performance Analysis Conference
- Adnya Sarasmita: 2018 Chester Fritz Fellowship
- Holly Taylor: 2017 The National Archives of Australia and the Australian Historical Association Research Scholarship
- Shannon K. Tyman: 2017–2018 and 2016–2017 Project for Interdisciplinary Pedagogy (PIP) Fellowship
Daniel D. Akerele
M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Ibadan, Nigeria (2018)
B.Tech. Civil Engineering, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Nigeria (2014)
My research is focused on sustainable construction from the material science standpoint. I am currently researching alternative cements for commercial and infrastructural applications and ultimately to reduce embodied carbon footprint from concrete production. I am also interested in innovative and sustainable materials to solve construction challenges as well as sustainable construction practices.
M.S. Real Estate, University of Washington (2019)
M.Arch., Washington University, St. Louis (1997)
B.A. Architectural Studies, University of Washington (1993)
B.S. Building Construction, University of Washington (1993)
I am interested in researching how U.S. housing policies and economics impact housing availability for people of all income levels and social groups and the successful means and methods to deliver more livable and healthy housing for those neglected by the current market-driven system. My additional interests are in production techniques that lower housing costs and increase supply to create healthy housing for people at all income levels with the least impact on the built environment.
M.S. Housing and Regeneration, London School of Economics (2006)
M.A. Government, University of Manchester (2001)
B. Soc. Sci. Politics, University of Manchester (1998)
My research is focused on the management of public park and recreation services in urban areas. I am particularly interested in the role of the modern green space manager and the way in which our public park services are delivered in the face of extreme poverty. Public parks are on the frontline in our cities responding to complex social and environmental challenges. This role is likely to get more important in the future. Short-term, broken window styles of park management that try to control and sanitize park use are not sustainable. I am exploring the application of an ethic of care to the delivery of park services, what this could entail and how this would change current practice.
M. Design for Human Health, Boston Architectural College (2021)
B.S. Arch., University of Louisiana at Lafeyette (2017)
I am specifically interested in sense of place studies, with a focus on healing from trauma. While this topic can be studied through the lens of material studies, building techniques and so much more, I am particularly interested in areas of intersectionality and cultural studies. This topic also can be related to or may cover my other interests: resiliency, policy, and gender studies/LGBTQ studies.
M.S. Architecture in History & Theory, University of Washington (2020)
B.A. Arabic Language & Culture, California University of Pennsylvania (2016)
My primary research interest focuses on preventing avian fatalities resulting from collisions with buildings and structures through effective glass, lighting, and landscape design strategies. My broader objective is to demonstrate how these design strategies are integral to sustainable building objectives and avian conservation goals throughout the built environment. I also plan to explore how providing habitat space for birds and protecting wildlife supports visual biodiversity, positively impacting human well-being and the local ecology.
My additional interests include discovering the intersection between biophilic design elements in early Middle Eastern Architecture and sustainable architecture in the contemporary Middle East.
Novi T.I. Bramono
Ph.C., University of Washington (2021)
M.S. Urban Environmental Management, Erasmus University, The Netherlands (2011)
B.Arch., Universitas Katolik Soegijapranata, Indonesia (2002)
I am interested in sustainable buildings with an emphasis on energy efficiency, health requirements, indoor air quality, incentives, and green financing. This interest is shaped by the emerging trend towards healthy buildings that improve the occupants’ productivity and health. My research agenda focuses on reconceptualizing sustainable building’s performance to meet the building’s health requirements and energy-efficiency and promote this in policy decision-making settings, including improving the risk responsiveness of codes and standards for building practices.
M.S. Urban Design, Seoul National University (2012)
B.L.A., Seoul National University (2010)
I have a strong interest in urban conservation, which aims to enhance sustainability in old urban areas physically, economically, and socially. I would like to study management of changes in old (historic) urban areas, specifically focusing on creative approaches such as adaptive reuse projects, contemporary designs, and long-standing communities. In addition, I am also interested in urbanism issues in developing countries in East Asia, international preservation principals, gentrification, public places.
Jonathan A. Childers
Ph.C., University of Washington (2016)
M.P.H., environmental and occupational health, University of Washington (2014)
M. Urban and Regional Planning, environmental planning and policy, Virginia Tech (1999)
B.S. Biology, Virginia Tech (1997)
I am interested in environmental democracy and the material and social dynamics that interact to affect community well-being and ecological health. While completing my Master of Public Health degree at UW, I led projects for the Health Impact Assessment of the Cleanup Plan for the Duwamish Superfund Site in Seattle, and then evaluated the outcomes of that HIA. Research for my PhD in the Built Environment will build on that work, further considering the determinants and production of adaptive capacity, resilience, sustainability, and vitality.
Summer Xuan Dai
M.A. China Studies, University of Washington (2022)
B.A. Advertising, Communication University of China, China (2010)
As a former insider in the Chinese bookstore industry and the author of a book on my insights into it, my research focuses on the interactions between specific communities or groups and urban public spaces in contemporary China. Currently, I am studying how Chinese youth are involved in shaping and reshaping urban public space in the midst of social change. I seek to explore the changing role of Chinese youth since the early 20th century to the present, and how this changing role affects their practices of shaping the urban landscape.
M.S. Environmental Construction: Sustainable Building Systems, University of Massachusetts at Amherst (2021)
B.S. Building & Construction Technology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst (2020)
My personal research interests include emerging building technologies, such as BIM, and their integration into the field, augmented reality within construction, sustainability within the construction management industry, net-zero or net-positive energy buildings, and emerging building technologies as a whole. I am also interested in building energy performance for new construction and retrofits, decarbonization of buildings, passive sustainable design for buildings, and building to grid optimization.
M.S. Construction & Project Management, Queens University of Belfast, U.K. (2019)
B.Arch., Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, India (2017)
My research interests extensively include the story of logistics and supply chain management in the construction industry, project delivery systems procurement ways, and contract administration which aims to deliver high quality projects and energy efficiency for a resilient future. I also want to research BIM and project management software to ensure what is being delivered and what is the real value that aligns with the organization’s goals, and to learn comprehensively about contracts and modes of procurement for effective project management and to avoid disputes. I also aim to develop a holistic approach to the planning, monitoring and control of construction projects by integrating the technical knowledge of design, engineering and construction with financial, legal, IT, commercial leadership and managerial skills. I have additional interests in sustainable supply chain management, lean construction, project scheduling, planning and project delivery for sustainable built environments.
Ph.C., University of Washington (2020)
M.S. Construction Management, University of Washington (2013)
B.S., Construction Engineering Management, Oregon State University (2002)
In addition to working in the construction industry, I plan to research reliability in supply chains and its impact on economic stability in prefabricated materials. I will further explore how human behaviors, such as communication, impact project reliability. I have helped design and teach the newly launched undergraduate digital tools course at UW and am an active member and leader of the Cascadia-Seattle LCI community of practice.
M.Tech. Construction Economics, Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria (2021)
B.Tech. Quantitative Surveying, Federal University of Technology Minna, Nigeria (2014)
My research interests include emerging technology in architecture, engineering and construction, artificial intelligence in construction, construction health and safety, integrated projects delivery, construction cost estimating, lean construction, risk management in infrastructural projects, and sustainable infrastructural projects. Additional interests: cost estimating and management of infrastructural projects and construction management education.
Ph.C., University of Washington (2020)
M.S. Arch. History/Theory, University of Washington (2018)
M.Arch., Illinois Institute of Technology (2009)
B.Arch., Visvesvaraya Technological University, India (2006)
I plan to examine the intersections of architectural practice and theory, specifically, the interweaving of structural and material compositions with theoretical frameworks. My research focuses on the architecture of modern/contemporary cultural spaces being shaped by influences of technology, interdisciplinary dialogue, culture, and urbanism. I have additional interests in materiality, complexity theory, minimalism, construction history, and transnational and global architects/architecture.
M.S. Architecture in Design Technology, University of Washington (2017)
B.A. Architecture, Cambridge University, UK (2014)
I am interested in developing analysis methods and metrics for accurate daylight analysis. More concretely, I would like to work on developing color accurate sky models through analyzing HDR photographs, and to integrate it to annual daylight simulation method. Additionally, I am also interested in integration of daylight simulation in environmental design.
M.L.A., Rhode Island School of Design (2018)
B.Engr. Landscape Architecture, South China University of Technology, China (2016)
I research our perceptual and embodied experiences of places. I investigate this topic via: (1) the material and immaterial qualities of landscape architecture and how the geometrical space registers these elements dynamically through time; (2) interdisciplinary theories that acknowledge bodily relations with space, including phenomenology, environmental psychology, embodiment and affordance in cognitive psychology, enactive architectural experience in neuroscience, and conciseness of place in East Asian aesthetics. For more information, see hongfei-li.com.
M.A. Environmental Horticulture, University of Washington (2019)
B.S. Environmental Science—Environmental Communications, Northern Arizona University (2013)
My research interests are in organizational excellence and change theory, systems approaches to sustainable development, and the use of virtual reality for providing increased transparency and understanding of sustainable building and green infrastructure technologies. I am intrigued by post-colonial theory and alternative understandings of decision-making and creative processes within institutions, organizations, and communities that collectively define value and objectives as they relate to creation of the built environment. I’m particularly interested in how these collective understandings and decision-making structures can work to ensure equitability and participation that centers diverse semantic and cultural approaches to sustainability.
Mohammed G.S. Mohamed
M.S. Construction Management, University of Washington (2021)
B. Law, Cairo University, Egypt (2014)
M.B.A., Admadu Bello University, Nigeria (2000)
M.S. Arch, Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria (1999)
B.S. Arch., Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria (1997)
Dip. Arch., Sudan University of Science & Technology, Sudan (1991)
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Khartoum, Sudan (1990)
My research interests are in lean construction principles with a focus on lean project delivery systems, offsite and prefabrication construction, construction supply chain networks, and target value design. In addition to that my interests include life cycle project economics and modeling, building economic and quantitative risk analysis, a public-private partnership for projects, value engineering and management, and new technologies in construction.
Ph.C., University of Washington (2015)
M.Arch. (with distinction), Harvard University (1993)
B.Arch., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (1987)
My research interests focus on the contemporary problems of integrated architecture, engineering, and construction practices, particularly the communication processes and team workflows that support them. This work is at the intersection of AEC and the sociological and organizational theories that help identify and analyze the activities within professional practice collaboration. I am using qualitative studies to build theory and practice models for Lean Construction, sustainable design and construction, and integration across design, construction, and facility management. I am also working with technological constructs like BIM and COBie that form foundations for new kinds of collaboration.
I am a licensed architect, and have been a long-time educator in architecture and construction. I have taught design and construction studios, building detailing and assemblages, and architectural theory, and have been recognized institutionally and nationally for teaching excellence. My instructional research is focused on studio-based learning and design thinking.
M.S. Construction Management, University of Washington (2022)
B.S. Civil Engineering, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Kenya (2017)
I have an interest in project delivery methods and their impact to project success. I also have an interest in project control and construction contracts. Privatization in construction and private-public partnerships is another area of interest. Additional interests: project cost management, sustainability.
M.L.A., Rutgers State University (2019)
M.S. L.A., Rutgers State University (2018)
My particular interest and great passion lies in the social consequences of inclusive landscapes in immigrant communities, especially in relation to public space. I would love to research the typologies and requirements of an inclusive place-making that conveys respect to different needs and activities, especially under today’s political atmosphere in terms of immigration and the xenophobia surrounding it. My doctoral study will try to establish a comprehensive understanding of the inclusivity and livability of more recent immigrant communities, as concerned directly with the narrative of everyday activities. How can inclusive public spaces in immigrant communities that serve diverse populations, including outsiders, promote environmentally as well as socially sustainable development of those communities? I would also like to explore the theory of space syntax with regard to an inclusive place-making process. By analyzing spatial configuration of public landscapes that are shaped by people’s everyday activities, space syntax offers empirical studies regarding reciprocal impacts of human behavior and the environment.
M.A. Conservation Studies, Historic Buildings, University of York, United Kingdom (2016)
M.S. Architecture, California Polytechnic State University (2008)
B.S. Architectural Engineering, California Polytechnic State University (2008)
I am interested in exploring the development of historic structural systems. I plan on researching a historic development in structural engineering and construction, exploring the history, including the introduction and implementation of the system, balancing a historic narrative with a technical engineering exploration, as well as considerations for modern construction – in both new and preservation contexts. I am particularly interested in focusing my research on the development of the West Coast and Pacific Northwest. I am a structural engineer and am also interested in structural engineering topics, including teaching and the history of the structural engineering field, as well as broader topics related to the history of construction and building technologies, historic preservation, and sustainable design.
Ph.C., University of Washington (2018)
M.S. Construction Management, University of Washington (2015)
B.Engr., Andalas University, Indonesia (2012)
I am interested in research related to emerging technology in the AEC industry, and looking for opportunities to conduct experiment-based research whenever possible, particularly research related to virtual construction or construction safety. I have additional interests in public-private partnerships, lean construction, and project delivery.
M.A. Architectural History, University of Virginia (2021)
B.Arch., Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture, Pakistan (2018)
My general research interests focus on architectural production in post-colonial societies. I started my research in my Masters with a study of architecture in Pakistan after independence and how simultaneous tensions and fusions between ideals of nationalism and religion have influenced the production of architecture in the country. Through this study I am also focusing on expressions of national identity through architectural form and space and the role that a 20th century expression of Islamic architecture has played in the formation of a post-colonial nation state. In my PhD I hope to expand this inquiry to the larger South-Asian region and/or the Post-colonial Muslim world.
Ph.C., University of Washington (2015)
M.S. Architectural History/Theory, University of Washington (2013)
B.A. Anthropology, University of Washington (2002)
My research focuses on historic preservation theory and practice, particularly related to vernacular buildings and cultural landscapes. Specifically, I am interested in understanding how the intellectual framework that underlies public policy can better support the preservation of community gathering places and other historic sites that are significant for their contemporary cultural uses, social values, and roles in traditional economies. For more information about my research, please see “Recognizing the Contemporary Cultural Significance of Historic Places: A Proposal to Amend National Register Criteria to Include Social Value” on the US/ICOMOS site. In addition to pursuing doctoral research, I am the owner and principal of Past Forward Northwest Cultural Services, a consulting business specializing in historic preservation research and heritage education projects.
Master of Design Studies‚ Graduate School of Design, Harvard University (2020)
Sustainability, Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University (2018)
BA Political Science, Columbia University (1985)
I am a teacher, farmer, designer, artist, and life-long student of the land and the people who work upon it. My work emerges from direct connection to the land, its beings and processes, and I and her co-farmers labor on it. I am keenly focused on regenerative practices and design for connection: human to body, human to human, human to beyond human, human to system. I walk my talk and implement connection in my daily life by working the soil with my hands, practicing embodied methods of connection and understanding such as generative scribing (MIT), social presencing theater (MIT), creative interviews (VT Council on Aging) and creating environments where people can safely connect to body, others, beyond human, system. My volunteer work for the Vermont Medical Reserve Corps and the weekly free Worcester Community Lunch and food shelf also keep me connected to the people of rural Vermont and inspires and informs my practice.
I am dedicated to regenerating farmland—a rapidly disappearing and critical asset to this country and its people—and farm communities. Since purchasing a highly neglected 174-acre farm in Vermont’s Worcester Range two years ago, I have regenerated 23 acres of hayland, yielding mulch and nutrient rich forage hay particular to New England which ultimately helps reduce climate miles. I am working with several governmental organizations to increase the yield and potentially trial perennial wheats with pastured livestock.
My design, installation, and video art work explore the connection across difference—specifically human to beyond human, rural to urban, and digital small machine (laptop) class to physical big machine (truck and bulldozer) class—and have been published and exhibited in magazines, design festivals and international galleries. I delight in teaching others about my passions and practice, and in helping people connect, understand, and care for each other, their bodies, and the beyond human.
I live with my two dogs, Fantastic! and Nausicaa, and adore my three capable and kind grown children who keep me real and laughing on the daily.
Elizabeth A. Umbanhowar
Ph.C., University of Washington (2020)
M.L.A., University of Washington (2007)
B.A. English, Carleton College (1989)
Through my studies, I am undertaking a critical investigation of the historic and future role of digital visual culture and technology in mediating, navigating and shaping personal and social cognition and connectivity in our contemporary urbanscapes. While design professions are actively adopting new digital technologies into the classroom and workplace, there has been less research on the role of mobile technologies and Virtual and Augmented Reality on user/stakeholder experience. I am collaborating with allied disciplines to establish methods to evaluate and potentially develop digital mobile technologies that will measure and enhance experience, engagement and connection to outdoor or public places. Ultimately I am interested in: how the use of and access to evolving digital mobile technologies effect human health and well-being; what are impacts on individual and collective rights to occupy, define, and participate in public places; and what are the implications for the teaching and practice of landscape architecture?
Ph.C., University of Washington
M.L.A., University of Washington
B.A. Asian Design, University of Washington
My research focuses on the phenomena of combat-related trauma, and endeavors to identify, analyze and disclose the historical, physiological and psychological effects of said trauma, incorporating some of the current philosophical, theoretical and psychological literature on the tragedy and terror inflicted by humans upon each other under the guise of nationalized hegemony. I seek to articulate a new paradigm. Identifying space and place in the natural world where groups of people can gather to share their essential narratives, aggregated stories, and recognize the inherent struggle in their pilgrimage to find a safe space in which to recover from the horror and inhumanity of war and the memories of said events that have often defined their lives.
M. Design Studies, Boston Architectural College (2018)
B.A. interdisciplinary Studies/Architecture, Evergreen State College (2012)
I am interested in researching equitable revitalization methods in marginalized communities so those communities can be revitalized without creating mass displacement and erasure of the existing culture. I have been using environmental psychology as a lens to analyze the neighborhood and explain the existing value there to people who do not inherently see it. I am interested in delving into how design can be used as a tool to empower communities to strive for spatial justice. I have additional interests in culture, place, identity, collectivism, belonging, community, equitable community development, human well-being, affordable housing, economic empowerment, and interdependence.
Earlier student honors, awards, fellowships
- Leann Andrews: 2016–2017 Fogarty International Clinical Research Fellowship
- Barbara Rodriguez Droguett: 2015 Beca Chile CONICYT Government of Chile Scholarship
- Daniel E. Coslett: 2014 CEMAT Research Grant (Centre d’Etudes Maghrébines à Tunis) dissertation research grant, Tunisia and Algeria
- Julie Kriegh: 2014 AIA Upjohn Initiative Research Award—People + Energy + Place: Understanding Behavior in High Performance Buildings and Communities
- Daniel E. Coslett: 2013 Ottenberg-Winans-Honors Fellowship (University of Washington African Studies Program), dissertation research grant
- Julie Kriegh: 2013 AIA Upjohn Initiative Research Award—Tenant Engagement in High Performance Buildings and Communities
- Amber Trout: 2013–2014 AAAS Emerging Leaders in Science and Society Fellowship
- Shu-Mei Huang: 2011–2012 Dissertation Fellowship, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange
- Chiaoyen Yang: 2011–2012 Dissertation Fellowship, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange
- Chiaoyen Yang: 2011 Chester Fritz Endowment Fellow
- Ozge Sade: 2009–2010 Fellow, Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations
- Kuei-Hsien Liao: 2009–2011 Scholarship, Taiwan Ministry of Education
- Chiaoyen Yang: 2008–2010 Scholarship, Taiwan Ministry of Education
- Shu-Mei Huang: 2008–2010 Scholarship, Taiwan Ministry of Education
- Meriwether Wilson: 2008–2010 Honorary Fellow, University of Edinburgh, School of GeoSciences
- Kuang-Ting Huang: 2008–2009 China Studies Program Fellowship
- Paula Patterson: 2008–2009 American-Scandinavian Foundation dissertation research fellowship
- Jayde Lin Roberts: 2008–2009 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowship
- Jayde Lin Roberts: 2008–2009 Gething Travel Award
- Kuei-Hsien Liao: 2007–2008 Chester Fritz Endowment Fellow
- Ashish Nangia: 2007–2008 Research Cluster funding from Simpson Center for the Humanities
- Eric Noll: 2007 Public Humanities for Doctoral Students Fellowship
- Ashish Nangia: 2006–2007 India Association of Western Washington South Asian Studies Scholarship
- Paula Patterson: 2006–2007 Valle Scholarship, Finland
- Jayde Lin Roberts: 2006–2007 Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Asian Language Study
- Paula Patterson: 2005–2006 FLAS Fellowship for French
- Meriwether Wilson: 2005–2006 Henry Luce Fellowship
- Paula Patterson: Summer 2005, FLAS Fellowship for Finnish
- Jayde Lin Roberts: 2004–2005 FLAS Fellowship for Hindi
- Paula Patterson: 2004, Kate Neal Kinley Memorial
- Ken Camarata: 2003–2005 Gerberding Fellowship
- Ken Yocom: 2002–2006 National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Fellowship
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