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Elizabeth English

Amphibious Housing Architect

Dr. Elizabeth C. English is a pioneer in the emerging field of amphibious architecture. Her current research focuses on developing amphibious foundation systems as a flood risk reduction and climate change adaptation strategy. Her work supports the preservation of traditional housing forms and respects local cultural practices with projects addressing real needs in Vietnam, Canada, Nicaragua, North Carolina and Louisiana.

Elizabeth has experience in education, practice, teaching and research. She holds a BA in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University, an MS in Civil Engineering from MIT, and a PhD in Architectural Theory from the University of Pennsylvania.

Elizabeth is founder and director of the Buoyant Foundation Project, and founder and organizer of the Building Resilience Workshop series. Both projects promote strategies that work in synchrony WITH water, enhancing community resilience and encouraging the use of redundant forms of flood mitigation. Elizabeth also chaired and actively co-chairs ICAADE, the earliest International Conference on Amphibious Architecture, Design and Engineering, first held in Bangkok, Thailand.