Emma Riggs

Emma Riggs

Houston, TX, US

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My name is Emma Riggs and I am currently working in a high-end residential architecture firm in Houston, Texas. I help manage and develop multiple projects ranging from new construction to renovation at around $500/sq ft construction cost.

My current employer offers architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture in-house, enabling me to work in all disciplines and phases of design throughout many projects. This has helped me to prepare for licensure and obtain over half of my required experience hours in all categories. 

My academic architectural work acts as an aggregate of formalistic design and explorations of technology through structure and ecology. The territories and matters collected from various projects generate ideas and objects. This recontextualizes the environment into one that is sublimely familiar, yet integrated into the pre-existing ecology of the landscape. Working with sites such as Marfa and White Sands offered surreal scenes of proportion and objectivity ripe for architectural discourse. Both territories appear in my work as isolated and rugged terrains shaped by geological forces. The sparsely populated landscapes led to the consideration of specific programs with minimal civic restrictions leading to architectures of Superstructure.


Curtis & Windham Architects, Inc., Houston, TX, US, Intern Architect

I spend half of my time drafting in CAD and half in project and client management. This includes but is not limited to communicating with contractors, consultants and preparing for client meetings with the lead project managers. I also have created hand-renderings which are shown in my professional portfolio, as well as landscape designs, grading and drainage calculations, and an interior install.

Aug 2018 - current

z4z4 Arquitectos, Lubbock, TX, US, Intern

Preparing competition drawings in AutoCAD, Illustrator and Photoshop to convey the ideas behind completed projects.

Jan 2018 - May 2018

Curtis & Windham Architects, Inc., Houston, Intern

A summer internship which introduced me to the firm and residential design. I helped in all phases of design and prepared presentation drawings and construction documents.

May 2017 - Aug 2017


Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, US, MArch, College of Architecture

August 2013 - December 2016: Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Minor in Mathematics

January 2017 - August 2018: Master of Architecture

Aug 2013 - Aug 2018

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