Erin Pellegrino

Erin Pellegrino

New York, NY, US



Erin Pellegrino is a Visiting Lecturer in Architecture at Cornell University and principal of the studio Make, Think, Design. Her work focuses on design/build interventions with deep contextual relationships and rich material expression. Her most recent work is a series of renovations of modernist structures on Martha’s Vineyard. Her pedagogy and design sensibilities are driven by the idea of architecture as an instrument through which program, materials, spatial and human relationships are orchestrated. 

In 2018, NCARB named her an inaugural Scholar of Professional Practice, and she has a professional focus on the practice of architecture and design in the future. In 2016, Pellegrino realized a public mountaineering shelter in alpine Slovenia, a collaborative project recognized with the AIA New England Design Honor Award, the Core 77 Design Award in Built Environment, two Architizer A+ awards, a Paul M. Heffernan International Fellowship, and a nomination for the EU Mies Van der Rohe Award.

Before focusing solely on her own work, she trained in the offices of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and Studio Gang, honing a focus on craft, rigor, and quality. She graduated from Cornell University’s Bachelor of Architecture in 2014 where her design excellence was recognized with the Charles Goodwin Sands Memorial Medal for her thesis on architecture and the sense of smell. She also holds a Master of Architecture II from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and an MBA.



Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning., Ithaca, NY, Visiting Lecturer

Jan 2017 - current

make, think, design., New York, NY, US, Founder

Make, Think, Design is a creative agency that manifests ideas from creation through iteration to fruition. Through our work, we seek to uncover, build upon, and create meaningful relationships through design at various scales. Our projects and collaborations coalesce context, material, time and detail to push for new approaches to process, program, and site. We work with a hands-on approach, often in a design/build capacity and closely with craftsmen and consultants.

Our consulting arm focuses on the development and strategic innovation of business design and development. We develop narrative, visual and spatial identities, and assist to craft representations that synthesize vision and
collateral to drive innovation and growth in young companies.

Jan 2013 - current

Studio Gang, New York, NY, US, Design Team Member

Feb 2018 - Jun 2018

Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, NEW YORK, Designer

May 2016 - Mar 2017

NuVu Studio, Cambridge, MA, US, Design Coach

Jun 2015 - May 2016

ofis arhitekti, Ljubljana, SI, Project Architect - Specific

Jan 2015 - Apr 2016

FXCollaborative, New York, NY, US, Architectural Intern

May 2013 - Aug 2013

Cubellis, Freehold, NJ, US, Architectural Intern

Oct 2009 - Jan 2010


Harvard University, MArch, Master's of Architecture II

Aug 2014 - May 2016

Smartly Institute, Masters, MBA

Jan 2015 - Jan 2016

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2009 - May 2014


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