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Chinowsky, Paul

Professor Emerita/Emeritus


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research overview

  • Professor Chinowsky is currently conducting research in the areas of infrastructure adaptation to climate change and high performance organizations in the EPC industry. In the area of climate change, Prof. Chinowsky has developed one of the first models which place an engineering perspective on infrastructure adaptation in direct response to climate change. He is currently working on research for groups including the Environmental Protection Agency, United Nations, and the World Bank to continue to refine these models and provide a global baseline for infrastructure adaptation costs. Prof. Chinowsky is actively collaborating on these topics with experts from economics, engineering, and climate in a global collaboration network.


  • systems engineering, climate change, organization leadership


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courses taught

  • ARCH 3114 - History and Theory of Architecture 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    Focusing on buildings, this lecture is a survey of the built environment starting with some of the first structures built by humans and moving through time to the Industrial Revolution. The course focuses on the development of major styles, influential people, and the drivers of building form.
  • ENVD 2101 - Planning and Implementation: the Context of Design
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    Explores the regulatory and procedural context in which design decisions are made and implemented. Includes an examination of finance, policy, and development procedures necessary in bringing conceptual designs to life.
  • ENVD 3114 - History and Theory of Environmental Design at the Small Scale: Buildings
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Focusing on buildings, this class surveys the built environment from the beginning of time through the present day. Emphasizing developments in the western world, it develops students' recognition of major styles, influential people, and drivers of building form.
  • ENVD 3300 - Special Topics: Intermediate Design Lab
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Design lab exploring new and emerging themes in environmental design. May be repeated up to 18 total credit hours.
  • ENVD 4361 - Special Topics: Social Factors in Design
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Addresses variable topics in the relationship of human experience and behavior to the built environment, e.g., social research methods in environmental design.
  • ENVD 4363 - Special Topics: Physical Factors in Environmental Design
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022
    Includes such topics as appropriate technology, public policy and natural hazards, organization of the designing and building process, and physical elements of urban development.
  • ENVD 4972 - Honors Research Methods and Thesis Preparation
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    To prepare students for undertaking an independent research or design project in Environmental Design, this asks students to engage with existing literature in the field. Students will understand how research and design projects are conducted, and how their own work fits within a long tradition of scholarship. Department consent required.
  • ENVD 4979 - Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022
    Working with an advisor, students prepare, complete, and defend an honors thesis project, either written or creative.


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