Prospective Students



Assistant Professor


University of Michigan, Ph.D. in Architecture (Design Studies) and Natural Resources and Environment (Environmental Psychology)
Dissertation: The Green School as Third Teacher: Investigating Student Engagement with the Teaching Green School Building.
Archeworks Alternative Design School, Certificate program in socially conscious design.
University of Missouri, B.S. Environmental Design, Pre-Architecture Emphasis (Minors in Art and Spanish)


August 2013
Assistant Professor. Interior Architecture
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Project Designer, Associate
Perkins+Will, Chicago, IL

March 2002- May 2002
Design intern
Mercedes Gonzalez Arquitectura Interior:
Madrid, Spain

June 2001-December 2001
Resource Manager
Interior Design Associates, Inc.: Columbia, Missouri

July 2000-August 2000
Design Intern
The Environments Group: Chicago, IL


Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional (2004)
National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Certified (2006)


Cole, L. (2013). The Teaching Green School Building: A Framework for Linking Architecture and Environmental Education. Environmental Education Research.

Cole, L. (2013). The Green Building as Medium for Environmental Education. The Michigan Journal of Sustainability.;rgn=main

Karwat, D., Sherman, L.S., Cole, L., Badiane, K.C., Coseo, P.J., & Larsen, L.S. (2013). A Lesson in Service Learning and Community Engagement.The Michigan Journal of Sustainability .;rgn=main

Larsen, L., Sherman, L.S., Smith, L.B., Karwat, D., Badiane, K., & Coseo, P. (2012). When Social Justice and Sustainability Collide in Poor Neighborhoods: Learning Through Teaching in Southwest Detroit. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Smith, L. “Mobi’s World.” Convention Challenged. Ed. Stanley Tigerman and Eva Maddox. Chicago: Archeworks, 2006. 62-63.


Smith, Laura. (2012, June). Architecture for Environmental Education: Investigating the Teaching Green School Building. Presentation at the annual conference for the Environmental Design Research Association, Seattle, WA.

Smith, L.B., Karwat, D., Sherman, L.S., Badiane, K., & Coseo, P. (2012, February). Teaching Urban Sustainability: Experiential Learning & Active Engagement in Detroit. Poster at the  University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School Centennial Celebration.

Smith, Laura. (2011, April). The Green School as Third Teacher: A Question of Engagement. Poster session at the Death and Life of Social Factors in Design Conference, Berkeley, CA.

Smith, Laura. (2010, May). Buildings as Environmental Educators: The Contributions of Engagement, Socialization, and Built Form. Environmental Design Research Association Graduate Student Workshop, Washington D.C.

Smith, Laura. (2009, May). Sustainability in the Art & Architecture Building. Presentation at the annual conference for the Environmental Design Research Association, Kansas City, MO.

Smith, Laura. (2009, March). Environmental Education in the Green Interior. Presentation at the annual conference for the Interior Design Educators Council, St. Louis, MO.


University of North Carolina
Research Methods
Interior Architecture Studio

University of Michigan
Sustainable Neighborhoods: Active Engagement in Detroit
The Psychology of Environment Stewardship
Environment & Behavior
Sustainable Architecture & Urbanism

Lawrence Technological University
Design in a Post Oil World
Interior Architecture Studio II

Harrington School of Design
LEED for Commercial Interiors


ARCC King Award for Excellence in Architectural & Environmental Design Research (2013)
Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute Doctoral Fellow (2010-12)
Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant (2011)
William B. Stapp Award for Excellence in Environmental Education (2011)
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship (Summer 2008)
Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Foundation Graduate Scholar (March 2008)
Perkins+Will Employee Excellence Awards (2005-2006)
Steelcase University Program for Undergraduates (June 2000)

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