UMass Amherst Architecture Professor Sigrid Miller Pollin Receives BSA Women in Design Award of Excellence

Sigrid Miller Pollin
Sigrid Miller Pollin

AMHERST, Mass. – Sigrid Miller Pollin, professor of architecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, received a 2017 Women in Design Award of Excellence from the Boston Society of Architecture on Nov. 9.

The award, which recognizes those who have “designed one’s own life in design, whose work exemplifies the best of process and product, and who uses a position of achievement to give back to the world of design and to the community at large,” was presented at the ArchitectureBoston Expo Awards luncheon.

Pollin, an American Institute of Architects fellow and principal of Miller Pollin Architecture, is nationally recognized for her exceptional work in promoting aesthetically innovative and sustainable designs. These artistic and scientific approaches are exemplified in Pollin’s most recent work, Crotty Hall, which is UMass Amherst’s first net-zero energy building, designed to produce as much energy as it consumes. Named in honor of James and Pamela Crotty, the 16,800-square-foot building houses the university’s economics department.

Since joining the UMass Amherst faculty in 1998 as a professor of architecture within the department of art, architecture and art history, Pollin has been instrumental in developing the master of architecture program, and inspiring a holistic design approach among students.

Pollin’s honors include the AIA New England Citation Award for Excellence in Architecture (2013), the UMass Amherst Distinguished Faculty Lecturer (2010), and the UMass Amherst Chancellor’s Award for Creative Activity (2010).