Vice President, Architect & Researcher at HKS
Erin is a passionate advocate for the power of place to heal, connect, and serve vulnerable populations. She is an architect and design researcher and podcast host of Shared Space. In her leadership role at HKS, she helps integrate research and practice to advance the creation and communication of knowledge across the firm. Prior to joining HKS, she was a senior researcher and medical planner at HOK in New York, and a Research Consultant with the Center for Health Design and Georgia Institute of Technology. Erin served as Adjunct Faculty at New York School of Interior Design and The Pratt Institute. She is an industry scholar at Cornell's Institute for Healthy Futures, an advisor for the WELL Building Standard, and served on the board of trustees for the Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation for nearly a decade, and the research chair for the majority of her tenure.
Her research is widely published in international scientific journals and industry publications, including Environment & Behavior, Fast Company, Health Environments Research and Design Journal, The Journal of Nursing Administration. . Erin has been recognized as a Top Young Professional by Engineering News Record, a Rising Star by Healthcare Design Magazine, and as Healthcare Design's Best Under 40 by the Academy of Architecture for Health. Her work on design's role in combating loneliness has been featured by SXSW, Curbed, KERA (NPR), Loneliness Lab and Metropolis Magazine. Her podcast, Shared Space, explores how our physical spaces can help us live healthier, happier and more connected lives.