Erin Sharp Newton

Erin Sharp Newton




Erin Sharp Newton is the Healthcare Design Director at Posen Architects, LLCArchinect Author of Newton's Notes, holds a Master’s in Architecture from UCLA and a Master’s in Design from Domus Academy in Milan, Italy. 

Her exposure and experience spans all areas of design, from architecture to the fine arts, from industrial design to technology. Her rich worldly background living and working between the US and Europe has provided a unique context for development and contributions, enabling her to offer vision, creative intelligence and critical solutions to the design process.

An advocate for human concerns in design, including serving as a Fellow at the Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health, as Co-Chair for the Department of Health & Human Services Hunterdon County Local Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol, and the former Vice President on the Executive Board of Hunterdon Drug Awareness Program, she supports solutions from a grass roots to global level. For these efforts she was awarded the Top 50 Women in Business Award through NJBiz. 

Recognized for her leadership and advocacy for the architecture of mental health, she contributes a sharp, intense, and humanistic approach to architectural design, and Behavioral Healthcare Design. She currently serves as President-Elect to As an Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects, she also serves as the Co-Chair to the Women in Architecture Committee, Co-Chair to the Equity in Architecture Committee and is an At-Large Trustee for AIA NJ.  She was acknowledged by the Charter High School of Architecture and Design for outreach to Children’s Crisis Treatment Center in Philadelphia, and aims to lift up through design in all her affairs. 

Her favorite part of life is spending time with her husband, step-daughter, family & friends.



Erin's Professional Blog on Archinect:

Newton's Notes

Architecture, Design, Humanity,
Mental Health, Behavioral Health,
HealthCare Matters

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Posen Architects LLC, West Orange, NJ, US, Design Director, Healthcare

Healthcare Design Director serving as an integral resource and leader for the firm’s healthcare, behavioral and mental health work throughout the NY/NJ/PA metropolitan areas.

“Erin brings proven experience, exceptional educational qualifications, and dedication to wellbeing. She is a leader and advocate for both clients and users. Healthcare is one of our areas of expertise and Erin will be a valuable asset to our team, our long-standing clients as well as future healthcare projects. We look forward to her design contributions and to her active thought leadership and mentoring,” - Dennis Posen, AIA, Managing Principal of Posen Architects.

Jan 2022 - current

NK Architects, Morristown, NJ, US, M. Arch

Thought Leader focused on Healthcare & Behavioral Health project excellence. Vital in pioneering the firm’s focus in Behavioral Healthcare Design and for promoting this area of work. Responsible for full scope of project delivery, from Business Development, Master Planning & Visioning through construction on Large and Medium scale projects. Active in Research, Evidence Based Design, Communications, Publications & Mentoring.

May 2015 - Jan 2022


University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA, US, MArch, Architecture & Urban Design

Sep 1996 - Jun 1999

Domus Academy, Milan, IT, Masters, Design

May 1993 - May 1994


2019 Best 50 Women in Business, Award

The “2019 Best 50 Women in Business” by NJBIZ award honors New Jersey’s most dynamic women in business, who have shown dedication to business growth, professional and personal accomplishments, community involvement, and advocacy for women.


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