Emily found her way to architecture via a multifaceted creative background that includes exhibit design, theatrical set and lighting design, and photography. Emily attended Wesleyan University, where she double majored in Theater with a focus on set and lighting design, and Neuroscience & Behavior. After college, she returned home to the D.C. area, where she worked for local theaters and a museum design and fabrication firm, all of which cemented her interest in spatial design and her belief in the importance of teams in honing ideas.
Architecture provides a space for Emily to integrate all her experiences and interests. In 2015, she moved to the Bay Area, where she has family roots, to get her Master’s of Architecture at UC Berkeley. While there, she received the John K. Branner Traveling Fellowship and spent time traveling across Europe and Asia researching architectural responses to death and mourning.
At WDA, Emily works as a Designer with our Residential and Retail practices. In her personal time, she enjoys hiking, photography and cooking. She can often be found working on personal design projects with her husband or entertaining their dog Geode.
- What is one of your favorite works of design?
- The Honda CB160 motorcycle. Pure beauty. If I am around one, I can’t stop looking at it.
- What is one of your favorite design-focused places?
- The Art Institute of Chicago has the highest number of art pieces that blew me away in one collection.