Erin Sharp Newton
associate aia, fitwel ambassador
Erin is a part of NK’s Healthcare Design Group and brings years of national and international experience to the firm, enabling her to contribute a sharp, intense, and humanistic approach to design. Committed to client and user focused solutions, she believes that integrity and creativity are fundamental to the success of the multi-faceted world called “Architecture.”
Erin holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from UCLA and a Master’s in Design from Domus Academy in Milan, Italy. She lived and worked for many years traveling between the US and Europe. Her exposure and experience spans all areas of design, from architecture to the fine arts, from industrial design to technology. This rich worldly background has provided a unique context for development and contributions, enabling her to offer imagination and vision as well as critical solutions to the design process.
Erin has been vital in developing the focus of Behavioral Healthcare Design and for encouraging this important area of work. As an advocate for human concerns in design, she is a Fellow at the Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health; serves on the Department of Health & Human Services Local Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol reporting to GCADA and on the Community Alliance Steering Subcommittee; and serves as Vice President on the Executive Board of the Hunterdon Drug Awareness Program, supporting solutions for mental health and addictions. As an Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects, Erin was involved with the Charter High School of Architecture and Design and Children’s Crisis Treatment Center in Philadelphia.
As a juror and mentor, Erin has been active with major architecture and design schools including Sci-Arc, UCLA, Woodbury, the Art Institute, Drexel, Moore College of Art, Cornell, as well as teaching at the Domus Academy, Milan Polytecnico, and Venice Polytecnico. Erin's work has been recognized and featured in venues throughout Italy, where she served as a Creative Director working in Milan.
Her favorite thing in life is her family, and she cherishes her free time with her husband and stepdaughter, treasure hunting and exploring the world with the wind.
Check out some of Erin's updates on Archinect here: Newton's Notes