Hello, I'm Emi.
I am formally trained in architecture, ergonomics, and educational leadership. That means I spend most of my days thinking about learning environments.
I wonder about how people learn: the contexts, mindsets, and people who can instill lifelong curiosity. I help build organizational models in education and design spaces to support them. I create graphics that make information easier to understand.
I'm a registered architect in Oregon, researching user experience design in schools, productive nomads and their co-working environments. My expertise lies in engagement strategy and school design, which are my current focus at Mahlum Architects.
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what i stand for
I am an ADVOCATE, an ARTIST, and an ARCHITECT.
I promote equity, authenticity and hard work.
I am fascinated by social engineering and all kinds of user research; I'll meet you where you are.
I AM TRIBAL.
I ebb and flow with the energy of my companions.
I engage in critiques as an offer of care: an important moment to be vulnerable together in communication.
I LIVE TANGIBLY.
I study different scales, direct and indirect forces, and put my faith in science.
I strive to produce more than I consume.
I THINK WITH MY BODY.
I dance, row, and play my way through a jam.
I organize things with my hands until I feel out a pattern or place or spirit.
I LEARN BY BEING UNCOMFORTABLE.
I seek out unique communities and their indescribable challenges.
I believe that if you’re not struggling, you’re not learning.
These are my teachers
They shape light, spirit, sound, space, bodies, and humor to make sense of the randomness around us. They help me understand what I'm seeing, feeling, and sensing. Together, we interpret chaos to create form.