Erin Putalik, RA

Visiting Instructor

Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts and Architectural Studies, Brown University
Master of Architecture, University of Michigan


Erin Putalik is a visiting instructor, teaching studio and lecture courses in the core professional program. Prior to joining the faculty at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Erin taught undergraduate studio at the University of Virginia and worked for Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects in New York.

Erin Putalik’s graduate and professional work has focused on architecture that enables a functional and experiential hybridization of building and site. She has traveled extensively in China and Southeast Asia with the University of Michigan and again as the inaugural KPF Traveling Fellow, studying ad-hoc construction techniques as determined by region and climate. Erin Putalik also recently spent two summers in Southwest Turkey, documenting ancient water and defense infrastructure with survey archeologists from the University of Michigan.

While in New York, she could often be found installing storm water filtration gardens along the banks of the Gowanus Canal, or building public furniture out of reclaimed materials. Erin Putalik is a licensed architect in New York.