Naomi Darling, AIA, NCARB, LEEP AP BD+C is founding principal of Naomi Darling Architecture and Five College Assistant Professor of Sustainable Architecture. An architect with a background in environmental and structural engineering, climate change science, ceramics and sculpture, Naomi brings a distinctive approach to every project that draws upon her diverse background. Every project is a collaboration with both the client and site - design solutions reflect the translation of ideas in to built material form. Naomi personally oversees the design and development of every project.
Naomi received a BSE degree from Princeton University in structural engineering and architectural design and a Masters of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture. At Princeton, Naomi’s thesis work on the South Pole Station was recognized with the Calvin Dodd MacCracken Senior Thesis Award - the highest thesis award in the School of Engineering. While at Yale, Naomi was awarded the George Nelson Traveling Scholarship for research into “The Integration of Architecture and Landscape in a Peripatetic experience of the Chinese Garden.”
Prior to founding Naomi Darling Architecture in 2011, Naomi trained in Seattle, Washington, with Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects and in Tokyo, Japan with Kengo Kuma and Associates.
As Five College Assistant Professor of Sustainable Architecture, Naomi teaches in a shared position between Mount Holyoke College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Naomi has also taught at the Yale School of Architecture, Brown University, Hampshire College and the Dalhousie University Faculty of Architecture and Planning.