Fiona Cousins: Two Degrees: Climate Change and the Built Environment
Department of Architecture Fall 2012 Lecture Series
Glanzer-Curtis Family Lecture
Fiona Cousins graduated from the University of Cambridge with degrees in engineering science and interdisciplinary design for the built environment. After graduating, she joined Arupﾒs London office. Over the years, she has worked at Arup in a variety of roles and is currently a principal with the New York City office and member of Arupﾒs Americas Board. She has been involved in the development and implementation of both diversity and sustainability policy for Arup.
Cousins has a strong interest in the energy use and the thermal performance of buildings. This enthusiasm for low-energy design and technical performance has driven her work throughout her career, starting with the specialist analysis of thermal behavior. In turn, her enthusiasm has led to a passion for fully integrated design solutions, where each discipline plays a part in developing the project. She has had the opportunity to apply this approach in her recent work, which includes a number of complex laboratory and gallery projects for which she lead as project director. The parallel threads of integrated design and high-performance buildings have inspired a practice that specializes in translating ideas of sustainable development into practical programs of action.
Cousins served for 10 years with the New York Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and has been honored as chair emerita. She has recently been elected to the Board of National USGBC.