Research Assistant Professor
Heather Burpee, Research Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Integrated Design Lab, is a nationally recognized scholar in high performance buildings -- buildings that reduce energy and promote healthy indoor environments. Her work bridges practice, research, and education with collaboration between practitioners, faculty, and students. Her research addresses both qualitative and quantitative aspects of buildings including tracking health impacts and synergies between environmental quality, natural systems, sensory environments, and energy efficiency. She has led several efforts to create protocols for performance based tracking and auditing for hospitals, higher education, and commercial buildings. She regularly applies these roadmaps in practice, consulting with leading design teams nationally that are charged with implementing high performance buildings.
As the Director of the UW IDL's Discovery Commons, she leads outreach and education at the Bullitt Center "The World's Greenest Building," providing tours and other educational opportunities related to high performance buildings to multi-faceted audiences. Heather is a Pacific Northwest native and received her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Washington College of Built Environments and her undergraduate degree in biology from Whitman College.