Kim Rollings

Kim Rollings, PhD

Assistant Professor, School of Architecture and Concurrent Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology



Curriculum Vitae

Kim Rollings is an architect and environmental psychologist who studies the effects of architecture and design on physical and mental health, especially among vulnerable populations. She applies advanced research methodologies to systematically analyze influences of built and natural environments (e.g., floor plan arrangement, ceiling height, building condition, street connectivity, land use mix, density, proximity to nature) on a variety of health outcomes including dietary intake, physical activity, stress, and psychological wellbeing. Additionally, Dr. Rollings develops environmental assessment tools for researchers and practitioners to quantify built environment attributes related to health outcomes within housing, school, and neighborhood environments. Results of this work generate empirical evidence and inform the design process with the goal of establishing healthy, socially responsible, and sustainable buildings and cities.

Dr. Rollings received a Ph.D. in Human Behavior and Design and an M.S. in Applied Research in Human-Environment Relations from the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis at Cornell University, and a B.Arch. from the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. She also completed additional training in environmental psychology and architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and psychology at Columbia University.

Current Projects

  • (See for project descriptions and associated publications)
  • School cafeteria design: Cafeteria Assessment for Elementary Schools (CAFES)
  • Housing and neighborhood design and children’s mental health
  • Design guidelines for facilities serving adults experiencing mental illness and homelessness
  • Nature and the built environment

Areas of Expertise

  • Built Environment and Health
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Research methodology
  • Residential Design
  • Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism
  • Urban Design

Recently Taught Courses

  • ARCH 41121 Design VI, Fourth-Year “Healthy Places & Spaces” Studio
  • ARCH 21111 Sophomore Design Studio
  • ARCH 40312/60312 Social Factors & Sustainability: Effects of the Built Environment on Health
  • PSY 33685/60685 Social Factors & Sustainability: Effects of the Built Environment on Health
  • ARCH 57213 Research Assistance: Architecture, Health, and Sustainability Research Group
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