Emily is motivated by the way the design of public space can affect the physical, social, and emotional well-being of all people. She has a Masters of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and has Bachelors of Arts in Architectural Studies and Urban Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently a designer at Studio Ludo and the project manager of the National Study of Playgrounds research project.
She has held architecture and planning roles in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, in the US and abroad. Through her professional and educational experiences, Emily has worked on design projects at a multitude of scales, from large district plans to small art installations. Her focus on design through a planning lens helps her see site-specific projects in the context of large-scale neighborhoods and systems. She also has vast experience in childcare, working or volunteering at schools and daycare centers, which gives her a unique approach to play space design and research.