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Patricia Andrasik is an assistant professor and head of sustainability outreach at the School of Architecture and Planning. Her diverse and extensive background in architecture and interior design fused with her LEED AP BD+C and LEED AP O+M credentials and sustainable design coordination experience have been a strong technical platform for her transition to academia. She joined The Catholic University of America’s Master of Science in Sustainable Design Program as a full-time tenure track faculty this year as an extension of her professional work.

As the performance of a building is becoming not only a requirement in assessing sustainable building design, but also in evaluating post-design to document the effect of sustainability measures, Patricia brings an element of necessity to the MSSD program by offering courses that will increase a students’ marketability in the field of sustainability metrics. Patricia uses BIM (Building Information Modeling) software such as Green Building Studio, Vasari, Ecotect and DIVA to inform design decisions through performance goals and has used these skills to inform new courses. Her research focus has evolved to study how various analytical tools transition into facility performance evaluation and measure against actual data through system tracking in operations and maintenance.

This past year, Patricia has been a member of a variety of thesis committees, and has developed several new courses- ARPL 530 Lighting Analysis, ARPL 533 Sustainable Strategies in Building Assessment, ARPL 539 LEED Lab and ARPL 540 Building Performance Analytics - to foster her research interests in building analytics, human factors, and third party green certification, as a means of improving sustainable building design potential, and to train student architects to meet current market needs of their profession.