Naomi Darling, Five College assistant professor of sustainable design, is teaching design courses with a sustainable lens at Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Professor Darling received a M.Arch from Yale School of Architecture, Yale University and a B.S.E. from Princeton University. Prior to joining the Five College community, Darling has taught courses in sustainability at the Yale School of Architecture, and in the Urban Studies Department at Brown University.
Naomi Darling, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a principal at Naomi Darling Architecture, a full-service architectural practice based in Amherst, MA and New Haven, CT. The firm aims to produce socially responsible and environmentally conscious projects at all scales in terms of size, time, and permanence with a special consideration of site and place. Current projects include a park in Old Saybrook, CT, a farmhouse expansion and renovation in Simsbury CT, and a Memorial Hall and Community Center in honor of Inazo Nitobe, in Sapporo, Japan.
Darling was one of 20 participants showcased in EP:2011, the second annual exhibition of work, art, and designs of emerging architects across North America sponsored by The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Center for Emerging Professionals. Her project, Kernan Tea House, was awarded an AIA New England Regional Award in 2013. Prior to founding her practice, Darling worked at Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects, Studio ABK, and Kengo Kuma and Associates.
Darling’s early experiences working as a researcher studying climate change in Antarctica and as a scientist aboard the SSV Westward were formative experiences that have helped shape her teaching and practice today.