Emily’s interest in architecture was sparked by a first-hand epiphany about the effect of the built environment on one’s state of being. During her early career in finance, a switch in office surroundings opened her eyes to the positive, or negative effects architecture can manifest. This experience led her to studying architecture, the perfect blend of creativity and math, and there was no turning back. Time spent studying abroad in Copenhagen fostered Emily’s appreciation of the Mid-Century Masters and a holistic approach to design where building structure, fixtures, furnishings, and fabric all work in harmony. She brings this philosophy to her current design projects, and has applied it on the design and construction of her home (and the furniture within) in Portland’s Mississippi neighborhood.
Emily is currently leading students in the REvive Jacmel project to design and construct a medical clinic in Jacmal, Haiti. In addition to her work at Waterleaf, Emily has taught studio and media classes at the University of Oregon’s Portland Architecture outpost. In her down time—once children Grace and Theo have gone to sleep—she can often be found experimenting in the kitchen. For her, cooking is meditative and an unconventional design challenge to create something healthy and delicious. She records and photographs her successes on her blog, The Architect’s Kitchen – give her recipe for pecan tassies a try!