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Erica Cochran Hameen - Carnegie Mellon University. Pittsburgh, PA, US

Erica Cochran Hameen Erica Cochran Hameen

Assistant Professor | Carnegie Mellon University



Erica Cochran Hameen has served as a studio critic at multiple universities. Her architectural experience includes over 50 educational, media and broadcast, residential, community and transportation facilities. She is also an active member of several community service and non-profit organizations. In 2021, she was named the school’s first director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). She also serves as the co-director of the Center for Building Performance & Diagnostics (CBPD) and as track chair of the Doctor of Design (DDes) program. She serves as an instructor for multiple graduate and undergraduate courses, recently developed a new course focused on energy efficient and healthy retrofits, and has led several national research projects focused on energy efficiency, energy policy, and environmental quality. Formerly, she was program director for the nationally recognized UDream program at CMU, which from 2009-2016 worked to increase diversity in the urban design and architecture professions nationally, and in the Pittsburgh region specifically.

Areas of Expertise (3)




Education (3)

Carnegie Mellon University: Ph.D., Building Performance & Diagnostics

Carnegie Mellon University: M.S., Sustainable Design

Virginia Tech: B.Arch.

Media Appearances (3)

One year later - Erica Cochran Hameen: A Half Dozen Students Can Lead a Revolution

Architect Magazine  


The assistant professor and Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture's inaugural director of diversity, equity, and inclusion is emboldened by her students and research to achieve equitable outcomes for everyone.

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'Cool’ roofs, cooler designs as the building industry embraces energy sustainability

Washington Post  


“The median age of commercial buildings in the U.S. is 36, with almost a third of commercial buildings over 50 years old,” noted Erica Cochran Hameen, co-director for the Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture. “Knowing most of our students after graduation will work on projects that involve an existing building, it is critical to educate them on advanced retrofit and building upgrade design strategies and technologies.”

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Will workers return to re-imagined offices post-pandemic?

PBS NewsHour  

We're going to start spacing our desks so that people are six feet apart. We're not, we're going to have to think about how we pass each other in the corridors and looking at what those corridor widths are. And some places might need some plastic shielding.

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