Assistant Professor of Architecture
Areas of Expertise
Ecological urbanism, residential design, sustainable architecture, urban design
Rollings, an architect by training, is an educator and researcher interested in systematically examining how the design of the physical environment affects mental and physical health across multiple scales. She studies influences of built and natural environments (e.g., floor plan arrangement, ceiling height, window size, building condition, street connectivity, land use mix, density, proximity to nature) on health outcomes such as dietary intake, physical activity, stress, anxiety and depression. Additionally, Rollings develops environmental assessment tools for architects, researchers and other practitioners to quantify attributes of the physical environment related to health and sustainability outcomes, especially among vulnerable populations (low-income, children, aging, mentally and physically impaired). Results of this work inform the design process, architectural programming, city planning, policy and design guidelines with the goal of establishing healthy, socially responsible and sustainable buildings and cities. Rollings holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from Cornell University and a B.Arch. from Notre Dame.