Dr. Traci Rose Rider is the Doctor of Design Faculty, Assistant Professor of Architecture, and PhD Faculty at North Carolina State University’s College of Design. Dr. Rider’s research has focused on the relationship between the design culture and the notion of sustainability, exploring factors impacting environmental attitudes of designers including environmental education, learned associations, and informal influences. Dr. Rider teaches courses focusing on sustainability and beyond for the School of Architecture, addressing topics such as the issues of existing buildings and operations, and the WELL Building Standard and Living Building Challenge. Her funded research projects include methods for introducing building science and health topics to middle school students in North Carolina through STEM exercises, as well as supporting the development of interdisciplinary focus areas for the NC State in the areas of Sustainable Cities. Dr. Rider often works with North Carolina communities that have a community development need, using participatory action research and student involvement to help facilitate the development of concept designs to help strengthen North Carolina’s communities in terms of economy, human health, and the environment.