Erica Cochran-School of Architecture - Carnegie Mellon University

Erica Cochran

PhD, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, NOMA, Assistant Professor and UDream Coordinator

Office: MMCH 415 (Intelligent Workplace)


Erica Cochran, PhD, Assoc. AIA, NOMA, LEED AP is an Assistant Professor and UDream Coordinator at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and an Architectural Designer.  Erica serves as an Instructor for multiple graduate and undergraduate courses, recently developed a new course focused on energy efficient and healthy retrofits, and is an instrumental coordinator with the CMU’s UDream program, which provides recent graduates a deeper understanding of urban design through research projects and internships.  Erica has served as a studio critic at multiple universities.  Her architectural experience includes over fifty educational, media & broadcast, residential, community, and transportation facilities. She is also an active member of several community service and non-profit organizations.

Erica has received numerous honors for her research and architectural design project participation including awards from the AIA, NY Landmarks Conservancy, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Faculty and Graduate Student Awards, and most recently Best Proposal in a Department of Energy (DOE) Competition presented at the White House Conference Room.

Erica holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech, a Master of Science in Sustainable Design from CMU, and a PhD in Building Performance & Diagnostics.  Erica’s doctoral research investigated the impact of school building and neighborhood physical and environmental characteristics on student and teacher health and performance. She is also a contributing researcher for a Sustainable Engineering textbook and serves as one of the Principal Investigators for the Energy Efficient Buildings (EEB) Hub established by the DOE as an Energy-Regional Innovation Cluster.