Erin Putalik is an architect and a doctoral candidate in architectural history and theory at the University of Pennsylvania. She practiced at Williams and Tsien in New York where she worked primarily on large civic projects. Her doctoral research focuses on the relationships between architectural experimentation with newly developed wood materials, emerging resource conservation ideas and scientific forestry practices in the early 20th century.
Putalik brings her interest in public architecture, materials innovation and resource management to her teaching and situates contemporary design education within a long history of creative inquiry, design experimentation, public ethics and innovative material practices within the field of architecture. She has taught design studios at the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech, as well as seminar and lecture courses and undergraduate thesis.