UDream Program Director, Remaking Cities Institute
Erica Cochran, Ph.D, Assoc. AIA, NOMA, LEED AP is the UDream Program Director for the Remaking Cities Institute (RCI), an Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University 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. She serves as the program director of RCI'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, and a PhD in Building Performance & Diagnostics from Carnegie Mellon. Erica’s doctoral research investigates the impact of school building occupancy, facility characteristics, and neighborhood attributes on student academic performance and health outcomes. She is also a contributing researcher for a Sustainable Engineering textbook and serves as one of the Principal Investigators for the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI) established by the DOE as an Energy-Regional Innovation Cluster.