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Barbara Erwine

Lecturer - part time
University of Washington

Barbara Erwine is an architectural design and research consultant and lecturer at the University of Washington. Drawing on her training in science and architecture, her work celebrates the integration of passive design with architectural place-making. She has facilitated integrated design processes for a wide range of projects, from commercial buildings to urban neighborhoods. An advocate for sustainability, she helped develop one of the first US cohousing communities, where she now resides.

Biography

Barbara Erwine is an architectural consultant, educator, researcher and writer. Combining her early technical background as an analytical chemist with a mid-career switch to architecture (MArch, University of California at Berkeley), her design work celebrates the integration of passive design strategies with architectural place-making. A strong advocate for the use of natural light in buildings, she has participated in research on daylighting and sustainable design at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Seattle City Light, the Lighting Design Lab in Seattle and Paladino and Company.  She has published numerous papers on sustainable design and contributed chapters to the Advanced Lighting Guidelines, Safe and Healthy School Environments, and the Collaborative for High Performance Schools Best Practices Manual. She is a LEED AP and has facilitated the integrated design process for a wide range of project types, including commercial buildings, urban neighborhoods, and sustainable site master plans. She has also taught sustainable design workshops for architects and numerous courses at the University of Washington, Department of Architecture, where she is currently a lecturer. An advocate for sustainable life styles, she helped develop and design one of the first cohousing communities in the United States, where she now resides.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

     Sensory Design for Architecture
     Sustainable building/site design consulting and master planning
     LEED AP – expert consultant/trainer & USGBC reviewer
     Architectural Daylighting Design Optimization
     Electric Lighting Integration & Daylight Controls
     Teaching/Lecturing - University Level and Practicing Professionals
     Post Occupancy Research on Sustainable Design Including Building Energy Monitoring
     Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) economic analysis
     Publications - Research Papers, Trade Periodicals, Technical & Marketing
     Cohousing Development & Community Facilitation
     Technical and narrative nonfiction writing

Personal Interests

    My personal interests include:
    • Love of the wilderness: kayaking, hiking, backpacking, and bicycling
    • Photography
    • Travel and narrative non-fiction travel writing
    • Poetry writing
    • Buddhism as a spiritual path
    • Sustainability

Books

Featured Title
 Featured Title - Creating Sensory Spaces ERWINE - 1st Edition book cover

Articles

Journal of Environmental and Architectural Phenomenology, Vol. 29 No. 1 Winter/Spring 2018

Counting Community


Published: Feb 14, 2018 by Journal of Environmental and Architectural Phenomenology, Vol. 29 No. 1 Winter/Spring 2018
Authors: Barbara Erwine
Subjects: Built Environment, Philosophy, Anthropology - Soc Sci, Social Psychology, Environment and Sustainability, Urban Planning, Urban Studies

This travel story follows the events of a tiny Andalusian plaza, as chronicled by a family of travelers. Over the course of a day on the plaza, the author traces the history and roles plazas have played as the heart of communities through the centuries and how this has evolved with rise of suburban neighborhoods and privatization of public realms. This phenomenological dive into the life of this small town immerses readers in the life of this special place at the crossroads of culture.

ARCC/EAAE 2014 | Beyond Architecture: New Intersections & Connections

Multidimensional Space: The Intersection of Architecture and Engineering in the


Published: Feb 01, 2014 by ARCC/EAAE 2014 | Beyond Architecture: New Intersections & Connections
Authors: Barbara Erwine
Subjects: Built Environment

The paper presents a new framework for design of sensory spaces including light, color, temperature, smell, sound, and touch. Each sensory dimension is identified as an independently shaped space with characteristics of location, boundary, intensity, duration, etc., which may coincide with or only partially overlap the tectonic space of solids and voids. Bridging the gap between design and engineering this multisensory approach creates body-centered projects grounded in place.

2nd International Congress on Ambiances, Montreal 2012, Proceedings

Multidimensional space - Environmental poetics


Published: Sep 01, 2012 by 2nd International Congress on Ambiances, Montreal 2012, Proceedings
Authors: Barbara Erwine
Subjects: Built Environment, Environment and Sustainability

The paper investigates the design of sensory spaces including light, color, temperature, smell, sound, and touch and the cultural spaces brought to life by habitual use. The multidimensional sensory framework presented explores how the shape and location of these independent sensory spaces may be either congruent (reinforcing each other for an intense nodal experience) or dissonant (creating an illusion or just bad design).