By Joshua Burd
Ware Malcomb has tapped one of its top architects in the region as its director for sustainability, a newly created position for the international design firm.
In her new role, Erica Godun will be responsible for developing and supporting the firm’s sustainability-focused service offerings and be a resource for clients and team members on the application of green integration, according to a news release. She will also create tools that enhance the firm’s internal training platform and delivery of environmentally responsible design solutions.
Godun has more than 25 years of experience in architecture and design and has been passionate about environmental sustainability throughout her career, the firm said.
“We are excited about introducing this new position to our firm and the value that Erica brings to the role, as sustainable design is becoming more crucial to the built environment,” said Matt Brady, an executive vice president with Ware Malcomb. “Over the last seven years, she has demonstrated tremendous leadership and advanced several critical sustainability initiatives for the firm.”
Godun is accredited under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design scale and was one of the first at the firm to be accredited under WELL Building Standards, the news release said. Since joining the practice in 2015, she has worked to positively impact the sustainability of multiple projects, assisted fellow team members in expanding their understanding of health and wellness related to the built environment and remains a strong advocate for sharing knowledge within the firm and the design industry.
A licensed architect in New Jersey and New York, Godun has worked on projects ranging from corporate office, industrial and laboratories to government and education facilities, the firm said. She initially joined Ware Malcomb as a studio manager for interior architecture and design before being promoted to a regional operations director, overseeing its Newark, Princeton and New York City offices.
Godun received bachelor’s degrees in architecture and fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. In addition to her LEED BD+C and WELL professional credentials, she completed the Fitwel Ambassador course and currently serves as president-elect on the board of directors for Commercial Real Estate Women New Jersey, or CREW-NJ.