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Liz McCormick

Ph.D. Candidate, ABD


McCormick is a licensed architect, educator, and researcher whose work explores healthy, climatically sensitive, and contextually appropriate building design strategies that connect occupants to the outdoors while also reducing the dependence on mechanical conditioning technologies. Her dissertation research is tentatively titled, “Blurred Edges: Exploring Past and Present to Develop the Theory of the Indoor/Outdoor Relationship in Urban American Office Buildings”

Liz is also a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Passive House Consultant. With over 10 years of experience as a practicing architect, she has worked on a variety of project scales from single-family passive houses to LEED-certified commercial office buildings and campuses. While pursing her PhD at NC State, she is also an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Building Technology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She completed her Master of Science in Building Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as bachelors’ degrees in architecture and fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. Liz is also an active member of numerous professional and academic organizations, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), AIA Charlotte Climate Action Committee, National Passive House Alliance (PHAUS), the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE) and is a board member for the Building Technology Educators Society (BTES).

Advisor: Dr. Traci Rose Rider


Ph.D. in Design NC State University, 2020-present

SMarchS in Building Technology Massachusetts Institute of Technology

B’Arch Rhode Island School of Design

BFA Rhode Island School of Design

Area(s) of Expertise

▪︎ Indoor air quality
▪︎ Healthy buildings
▪︎ Accessible design
▪︎ Democratized innovation