Emily utilizes her background in ecology and her experience with large-scale sites on many MVVA projects, including the ARC Wildlife Crossing Design Competition, Segment 5 of Hudson River Park, and a graduate student housing project for Princeton University. Through design, Emily addresses the complex intersection of ecological systems, resource management, and socio-cultural dynamics to create a more balanced, creative, and resilient land use system.
Emily earned a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Planning from the University of New Mexico, where she graduated summa cum laude. She received her Master's degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was the recipient of the Ian L. McHarg Prize for Excellence in Ecological Design and an ASLA honors award. In 2009, Emily received the Hart Howerton Research fellowship to travel through the Netherlands and Denmark studying urban ecology. She is the 2010 National Olmsted Scholar and is currently pursuing research on infrastructural regionalism. Prior to joining MVVA, Emily worked as a restoration ecologist in the Pacific Northwest, as a planner addressing issues of sprawl in the Desert Southwest, and as a designer for the PLANYC Urban Reforestation Initiative. She joined MVVA in 2010.