Meet B.Arch Instructor:
Amy Leedham believes that sustainability – environmental, social, and economical – should be a design parameter with equal importance to program, form, materiality etc. Her design sensibility is inherently connected with her technical knowledge about building science and she values the contribution of empirical data to design decisions. Amy’s experience as both a designer and a sustainability specialist on multidisciplinary teams has reinforced her belief in the power of integrated collaborative design and she hopes to share this valuable experience with the next generation of architects. She chose a job that allows her to be both a designer and an environmental analyst because the feedback and knowledge gained from analyzing a design should be directly available and connected to the design progression and this can’t happen effectively if the analysis occurs in a separate silo. As building codes become stricter, and the impacts of climate change become more visible, architects will have to be able to address energy, water and carbon in all of their projects and this requires greater exposure to these issues from the very beginning of their architecture education. Amy has focused her interests on conceptual stage energy modeling, holistic site assessment, and water conservation strategies.