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Erin Hamilton

Current Student—Ph.D in Architecture

Erin Hamilton, LEED GA

emham@umich.edu
Specialization: Design Studies
Advisors: Prof. Jean Wineman (chair), Prof. Raymond De Young (co-chair)

Project Description:

People affect and are affected by the built and natural environment. This reciprocal relationship, currently underutilized in promoting sustainability, is the foundation of my research. Looking beyond the overly-narrow roles of building user and green consumer, and the confines of a single building, my work explores the possibility of Ecological Citizenship. Both theory-building and pragmatic, my project asks how green design informs Ecological Citizenship. It uses empirically derived frameworks from environmental psychology to identify physical and social features useable by designers intent on creating contexts in which to cultivate Ecological Citizenship, in addition to environmentally sustainable buildings.

Conferences:

  • Hamilton, E. "Reframing Sacrifice: Designing for Personal and Ecological Well-Being." Paper presented at: Building With Change. 45th Annual Conference of the Environmental Design Research Association; 2014 May 28-31; New Orleans, LA.
  • Wineman, J. and Hamilton, E. "Promoting Energy Conscious Behavior in Energy Efficient Buildings." Paper presented at: Building With Change. 45th Annual Conference of the Environmental Design Research Association; 2014 May 28-31; New Orleans, LA.
  • Wineman, J. and Hamilton, E. "Occupant Participation in Energy Conservation." Paper presented at: Conference of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium; 2014 February 12-15; University of Hawai'i, Honolulu, HI.
  • Gibbons, E., Stults, M, Hamilton, E. "Transitioning From Intention to Action and From Planning to Implementation." Paper presented at: The Climate, Mind, and Behavior Symposium; 2013 June 10-12; The Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY.
  • Hamilton, E. "Building an Experience: Mindful Awareness in the Built Environment." Poster Presented at: Healthy + Healing Places. 44th Annual Conference of the Environmental Design Research Association; 2013 May 29 – June 1; Providence, RI.
  • Dong, W. and Hamilton, E. "Establishing an Expanded Approach to Sustainability Through Cross-Cultural Comparisons of Feng Shui and Green Design." Paper presented at: 5th International Conference on Design Principles and Practice; 2011 February 2-4; Sapienza University, Rome, Italy.

Funding:

  • Dow Doctoral Sustainability Fellowship
  • 2013-2014 Center for the Education of Women Scholarship