The newest episode of our university podcast, ‘MindfulU at Naropa University,’ is out now!
“What would you see if you were looking at the world from the point of view of a person in a wheelchair? Or if you’re mobility impaired, or blind, or deaf? As architects, we need to learn to look at what kind of physical environment we are creating for people. What’s missing? What else could we do here, in this central courtyard, that would make the space better? Students will answer ‘a fountain, ‘a garden,’ ‘a shaded area where you could study.’ We could add benches, hammocks–you name it. And then they all start seeing great ideas about the built environment.”
Scott Rodwin, Naropa University adjunct faculty teaching Building Design in the Environmental Studies Department, is one of the leading green architects in the country. An architect and a builder, Rodwin owns and runs a 13-person design build firm in Boulder. Scott graduated from Cornell in 1991 with an architecture degree and moved out to Boulder shortly thereafter, and has been working as an architect for about 26 years. During this time he has focused his career on creating the greenest buildings possible, and his firm specializes in extreme green custom homes.