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Judy is an architectural researcher and consultant focusing on the impacts of the built environment on avian species. Judy aims to educate designers, conservationists, and the public about the most effective ways to protect bird species by evaluating solutions to the dangers birds face due to built structures and designed spaces. Judy’s research focus is bird building collisions. Her research also includes reducing light pollution, providing habitat space, supporting biodiversity, and connecting humans to nature through interactions with avian protecting or inspired designs.

     Judy is currently a Ph.D. student in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington. In 2020, she graduated from the University of Washington with a Master of Science degree in Architecture, History and Theory. Her interdisciplinary thesis outlined the benefits and dangers of built environments, including a meta-analysis of currently available solutions to prevent bird building collisions.

     In September 2020, Judy founded Birdphilic. Birdphilic aims to use sustainable and biophilic designs as a tool in avian conservation while promoting a balance between human well-being and avian welfare in the built environment.

     Judy grew up in central Pennsylvania, where her interest in birds began while volunteering as a weekend raptor caretaker and educator for a local raptor aviary before moving to Seattle. This experience inspired Judy to shift her research focus from sustainable and nature-inspired Middle Eastern architecture to protecting birds as part of sustainable and biophilic design.

     Judy’s historical projects include researching the history of women in avian conservation, the significance of bird species in ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian Art, a world history of avian art and architecture, and avian vernacular (bird nests/boxes, aviaries, and enclosures).

     Based on her ongoing analysis of bird-protecting designs, Judy plans to release a Bird Protecting Designs guide for architects, designers, and homeowners in 2022. What would you like to see in a design guide? Email Judy to let her know your ideas!

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