Kathryn Rogers Merlino is an assistant professor of architecture and an
adjunct assistant professor in the department of landscape architecture.
She teaches courses on architectural history, theories of preservation and building reuse, vernacular architecture as well as graduate and undergraduate design studios. Courses include Building REuse Seminar; Appreciation of Architecture, Public Spaces Public Life master studio with Gehl Architects (co-taught with Nancy Rottle in Landscape Architecture), Architecture in Rome (history, design studio) and design studios 400, 401 and 503. She serves as the undergraduate program coordinator and on the executive committee of the department.
Her current research argues that the reuse of existing buildings – both everyday ‘non- historic’ and ‘historic’ – is a critical part of our sustainable future. Recent projects include working with the Washington State Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation developing methods to communicate how historic preservation rehabilitation projects can be high performing, sustainable and historic. Another project with the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Green Lab, is developing metrics for measuring urban grain of existing, older neighborhoods, and seeks to illustrate how older fabric can contribute to more vibrant city neighborhoods.
After receiving a B.A. in Architecture from the University of Washington, Kathryn practiced in the Seattle area for several years and worked with Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects (now Olson Kundig), where she received several awards for projects designed with the firm. She received both a Master of Architecture and a Master of Architectural History from the University of Virginia in 1999. She sits on the executive committee of the department and serves as the undergraduate program coordinator and the graduate faculty advisor. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Vernacular Architecture Forum, and recently completed four years on the King County Landmarks Commission. A Seattle native, Merlino lives up the street from the UW with her husband, two children, one fish, two hamsters and a cat named Zero
Position: Assistant Professor, Architecture and adjunct Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture