Elizabeth Golden is an architect and an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington, where she teaches in the areas of design, materials, and building technology. Her teaching, research, and creative work foreground meaningful and sustainable design practices that meet the needs of diverse communities living in a broad range of locations. Whether in the United States or elsewhere in the world, the relationship between people and their built environment is at the center of every project.
Since joining the UW faculty in 2009, Elizabeth has organized and participated in a number of design initiatives that combine expertise from the University of Washington, nonprofits, governmental agencies, and other educational institutions. These collaborations have resulted in the realization of the Gohar Khatoon Girls’ School in Afghanistan, and Niamey 2000, a multifamily housing project located in the capital of Niger. Both projects have been widely published and featured by international media outlets including Architectural Record, Architectural Review, and the BBC World Service. Gohar Khatoon has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) with a 2018 Honor Award. Niamey 2000 received a 2016 Award of Merit from the AIA Seattle and an R+D award from Architect Magazine. Prior to teaching at UW, Elizabeth practiced internationally, most notably as an architect on the Potsdamer Platz project in Berlin with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop / Christoph Kohlbecker GmbH.
Elizabeth is the director of the Philippines Bamboo Workshop, a summer study-abroad program that introduces bamboo construction as a contemporary building craft and as a medium for connecting architecture students studying at UW and Foundation University in the Philippines. The program received an Architectural Education Award for Design-Build from Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture in 2017.
In addition to her work in the field, her research and writing shed light on building practices that support social engagement, sustainable development, and cultural continuity. She is the author of Building from Tradition: Local Materials and Methods in Contemporary Architecture (Routledge, 2018), which documents the resurgence of interest in the handmade building and the position of local resources within the context of globalization.
Elizabeth holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University GSAPP and a Bachelor of Architecture (professional degree) from the University of Arkansas. She currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Architectural Education .
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