28 OCT 13 | why we love emily — worldly experience and a huge heart

Emily stalked me (but not in a bad way). She identified WORKSHOP8 as a cool place to work and made sure that we met face-to-face during the national AIA convention in Denver this summer (June 2013). I was exhausted from my trip to Japan, so I think our first meeting next to Argent’s big blue bear at the convention center, was less than thrilling for Emily. But, we kept in contact and when W8 held interviews later in the summer, she got a call back.

During our interview we simply fell in love with her energy. She is well traveled and really cares about matters at the heart of W8’s values: social, environmental and economic responsibility. We resonated with her BHAG and hope her fierce, positive energy will permeate our team.


“To translate compassion into architecture, dedicate my skills and time to projects that improve the lives of the masses, teach what I’ve learned to the next generation, and have fun while doing it all.” 


Emily was born in Denver, but spent her childhood in Florida and North Carolina. While attending NCSU, Emily studied abroad in Prague and after graduating with a Bachelor of Environmental Design in 2008, turned down an architecture job to move to Darmstadt, Germany with a friend to teach Business English at Deutsche Telekom. After adventures in Europe, she finished her Bachelor of Architecture at NCSU in 2010.



Emily’s eclectic experience includes organizing a national conference focused on Public Interest Design, building chicken coops in Africa through the Poultry Project, designing a 56-unit housing project in Harlingen, TX, volunteering for SEED (Social and Economic Environmental Design) and co-managing a design/build studio in UTSoA in Austin, TX.



Emily’s past firm experience includes two non-profit architecture firms, Design Corps in Raleigh, NC and bcWORKSHOP in Dallas, TX. In December 2012, Emily moved to Aspen, CO to be closer to her boyfriend and the incredible Colorado ski slopes. After working on America’s most extravagant houses in Aspen, she is now happily in Boulder and ready to use her past experiences to better communities in the Colorado area with WORKSHOP8.