Erin Lilli

Erin Lilli

Student of the PhD program in Environmental Psychology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York

Erin is a PhD student in the Environmental Psychology program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and holds a Master of Architecture and a Master of Science in Architecture with an emphasis on Sustainable Design from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her MS thesis, titled Perceptions of Density in the Suburban Residential Built Environment, received the King Student Medal for Architectural Research in 2013.  Prior to joining CUNY, Erin worked as an independent architectural/graphic designer and architectural marketing coordinator for an international design firm. In addition, Erin’s interest in socially just design led her to numerous volunteer projects including those with the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter of Architecture for Humanity of which she was a co-coordinator.

Erin’s current research interest are in social, political and economic analyses of perceptions of neighborhood change, place identity, the production of space and habitus. These interests are currently directed toward a case study of perceived change and modes of resistance in a traditionally white, working class neighborhood in Brooklyn.

In addition to her own research pursuits, Erin is a teaching assistant in Urban Studies at Queens college and works with in CUNY’s Center for Human Environments in three capacities: as a research assistant for a nationally funded project with the Housing Environments Research Group studying the impacts of Community Land Trusts on disrupting inequalities,  as a co-founder and member of the User Design Information Group currently developing a research proposal to study contemporary models of social science praxis in design firms, and as a Research Associate and supporter of the Public Space Research Group.

Research Interests: place identity, place attachment, phenomenology, assemblage theory, environmental/place perception, affordances, semiotics, psychology of architecture, environmental character, nostalgia, mental mapping, imageability, morphology, public space, gentrification, participatory action research.

Tenure: 2016 – present

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