Andrea Murray

Visiting Lecturer in Architecture, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

 By appointment

Andrea is an architect, planner, and LEED Accredited Professional who, after seven years at Bread Loaf Architects, Planners, Builders, recently started her own practice in Middlebury. She focuses her professional energies on integrating sustainable and healthy design elements and strategies into all her buildings and their relative communities. Having grown up in Rochester, Vermont, Andrea moved home in 2003 from New York City where she worked on various projects with William McDonough + Partners, Flynn-Stott Architects, and the City of New York. Andrea has a Bachelor Degree in English from Syracuse University and a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from the Pratt Institute. Andrea was on the Board of Directors of AIA Vermont and edited their monthly newsletter for four years, 2003-2007. Andrea lectures at conferences throughout Vermont on Integrated Design-Build and Sustainable Design. She has published several articles on similar topics and has received numerous awards for her work.  Andrea lives close to campus with her husband, two sons, and two dogs.

Andrea teaches Introduction to Architectural Design and Architecture and the Environment.  In addition, she is the very proud Lead Faculty Advisor to Middlebury’s 2011 Solar Decathlon team.



Course List: 

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HARC 0130 - Intro. to Architectural Design      

Introduction to Architectural Design
Are you fascinated by buildings and interested in trying your hand at architectural design? This course will introduce you to principles of architecture and teach you the skills architects use to explore and communicate design ideas. We will consider urban and rural settings, sustainability, energy efficiency, functionality, comfort, and the role architecture plays in shaping community. Classroom instruction by a practicing architect will provide hands-on drawing, model-making, and materials research as well as field trips to see innovation in the works, including house tours (both in construction and finished). Students will work in teams and individually to analyze existing buildings and design their own. Students seeking to improve their understanding of the built environment are encouraged to take this course. No prior experience is needed. ART

Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Fall 2017

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HARC 0231 / ENVS 0231 - Architecture & Environment      

Architecture and the Environment
Architecture has a dynamic relationship with the natural and cultural environments in which it operates. As a cultural phenomenon it impacts the physical landscape and uses natural resources while it also frames human interaction, harbors community, and organizes much of public life. We will investigate those relationships and explore strategies to optimize them, in order to seek out environmentally responsive architectural solutions. Topics to be covered include: analysis of a building's site as both natural and cultural contexts, passive and active energy systems, principles of sustainable construction, and environmental impact. Our lab will allow us to study on site, "off-the-grid" dwellings, hay-bale houses, passive solar constructions and alternative communities, meet with "green" designers, architects, and builders, and do hands-on projects. 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. lab. ART

Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2018

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HARC 0330 - Interm. Architectural Design      

Intermediate Architectural Design
This studio course emphasizes the thought and method of architectural design. Members of this studio will be involved in developing their insights towards cultural value systems and their expression in the environments they create. Participants work primarily in the studio space and rely heavily on individual instruction and group review of their work. The course provides a foundation for more advanced study in the areas of architecture, landscape architecture, and other fields related to the design of the built environment, and an opportunity to work with the Cameron Visiting Architect. (HARC 0130) 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. lab ART

Fall 2014

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HARC 0510 - Advanced Studies      

Advanced Studies
Supervised independent work in art history, museum studies, or architectural studies. (Approval Required)

Winter 2015, Winter 2016, Winter 2017, Winter 2018, Winter 2019

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HARC 1024 - Arch. Design: Micro-Housing      

Mircro-Housing: An Introduction to Architectural Design
In this course we will focus on the “tiny house movement.” The need for affordable, energy- efficient, and flexible housing is ever increasing. In urban areas especially, livability and density are in question. Students will design and build models of micro-dwellings, single and multi-unit residences, that address these and other issues. Middlebury alumnus Addison Godine (’11.5) will join as a Cameron Visiting Architect and share his experiences with Middlebury’s 2011 Solar Decathlon house and his latest endeavor: uhu (urban housing unit), the micro-residence he designed to inspire people to live more lightly on the planet. In this course, students will also develop the skills needed to design and represent their architectural concepts. (This course is not open to students who have taken HARC 0130) Students may substitute this course for HARC 0130 in the History of Art & Architecture major ART WTR

Winter 2018

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Program in Environmental Studies

Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest
531 College Street
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753