Emily Zinselmeier

Emily Zinselmeier

Philadelphia, PA, US

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PennDesign, Philadelphia, PA, US, Research Assistant (Daniel Barber)

• Evaluate building energy consumption via eQUEST (QUick Energy Simulation Tool) models to better quantify how advances in architectural shading systems have impacted environmental performance
• Compare thermal conditions in projects with low-tech solutions to those with modern kinetic facades
• Generate digital renderings to act as visual counterparts to data presented in Barber’s book

Jun 2017 - current

Van Pelt-Dietrich Library at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, Architecture Intern

• Survey initial sites/completed buildings and create corresponding drawings in plan and elevation
• Adapt and standardize existing AutoCAD files to reflect renovation projects undertaken within last decade
• Catalog materials database; select and present various samples to supervisor for use in facilities projects

Jan 2015 - current

Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM), Philadelphia, PA, US, Research Assistant (Shu Yang Group)

• Spearheaded independent research project focused on active building facades over 10-week period
• Designed and fabricated origami modules using Tyvek paper and polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) mixed with Expancel beads to mimic Gaussian curvatures associated with flower petals, facilitating water collection

May 2016 - Aug 2016

475 High Performance Building Supply, New York, NY, US, Architecture Intern

• Generated technical drawings and diagrams (using AutoCAD and SketchUp) detailing recommended building assemblies for architects and engineers working to achieve airtightness (Passive House Standard)
• Designed and promoted 60-page eBook (using Adobe InDesign) centered around 2x Construction practices
• Edited and compiled CAD files for use in Department of Energy’s Solution Center for clean energy solutions

May 2015 - Aug 2015


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, Bachelors, School of Engineering and Applied Science

Bachelor's of Science in Engineering (BSE) with dual major in Materials Science & Engineering and Architecture, minor in Hispanic Studies

Aug 2013 - Dec 2017


William Graham MSE Senior Design Award 2017, 1st Place

One MSE team selected for best Senior Design project after yearlong department-wide competition. Topic: Humidity-Actuated Panels for Active Architecture


Michael Yaron Award 2017, 3rd Place

Three senior architecture students awarded for exceptional development throughout six-semester, cumulative design studio sequence at the University of Pennsylvania


Tau Beta Pi Scholarship 2017, Scholarship

Top senior engineering students in Tau Beta Pi (national engineering honor society) honored for high scholarship, campus leadership and service, and promise of future contributions to the engineering profession


Wendy Evans Joseph Travel Scholarship 2016, Scholarship

One undergraduate architecture student chosen each summer to undertake a monthlong funded research project abroad; selection based on research proposal, academic merit, and design portfolio. Topic: independent research project investigating water’s place in an urban context, exploring its prominence in Islamic architecture in particular


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