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About Elizabeth Golden
Elizabeth Golden is an architect and an associate professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington where she teaches in the areas of design, materials and building technology. She has organized and participated in a number of design initiatives that combine expertise from the university, nonprofits, governmental agencies and other educational institutions. These collaborations have resulted in the realization of the Gohar Khatoon Girls’ School, the largest institution of its kind in Afghanistan, and Niamey 2000, a multifamily housing project located in the capital of Niger. Both projects have been widely published and featured by international media outlets including Architectural Record, Architectural Review, and the BBC World Service. Gohar Khatoon has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects with a 2018 Honor Award. Niamey 2000 received a 2016 Award of Merit from the AIA Seattle and an R+D award from Architect Magazine.
Prior to teaching at UW, Elizabeth practiced internationally, most notably as an architect on the Potsdamer Platz project in Berlin with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop / Christoph Kohlbecker GmbH. In addition to her work in the field, her research and writing shed light on building practices that support social engagement, sustainable development, and cultural continuity. She is the author of "Building from Tradition: Local Materials and Methods in Contemporary Architecture" (Routledge, 2018), which documents the resurgence of interest in the handmade building and the position of traditional materials within the context of globalization.