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Elizabeth Golden

Elizabeth Golden

Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Golden is an architect and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington, where she teaches in the areas of design, materials, and building technology, with an emphasis on sustainable systems. Since joining the UW faculty in 2009, she has organized and participated in a series 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 a number of media outlets including Architectural Record, Architectural Review, and the BBC World Service. Niamey 2000 also received a 2016 Award of Merit from the AIA Seattle and an R+D award from Architect Magazine.

Elizabeth is also 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, Elizabeth’s research and writing sheds light on building practices that support social engagement, sustainable development, and cultural continuity. Her forthcoming book, Building from Tradition: Local Materials and Methods in Contemporary Architecture (Routledge, 2017), looks at the resurgence of interest in the handmade building and the position of traditional materials within the context of globalization.