Erin Pellegrino

Erin Pellegrino

New York, NY, US



Erin Pellegrino is an architectural designer focusing 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 design sensibilities are driven by the idea of architecture as an instrument through which program, materials, and spatial and human relationships are orchestrated.

Before focusing solely on her own work, Pellegrino spent time in the offices of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and Studio Gang, honing a focus on craft, rigor, and quality design. She holds a bachelor of architecture from Cornell University, an M.Arch.II from the Harvard GSD, and an MBA.

Most recently, her design excellence has been recognized with a Design Honor Award by the American Institute of Architects, New England for the Alpine Shelter project in Slovenia, as well as a nomination for the EU Mies van der Rohe Prize. She was also awarded the Paul M. Heffernan Travel Fellowship, to travel and build the project in the Julian Alps. She has participated in lectures at IUAV in Venice, Italy, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, UVA in Charlottesville, Virginia, and at the Anchorage Museum in Alaska. Most recently, Alpine Shelter Skuta was awarded a Core77 Award for architecture in the built environment, and was featured on the cover of Phaidon Press’s publication, Environmental Living.

Described as a “maker and a thinker with a strong emotive dimension to her work”, Erin Pellegrino is interested in the human qualities of space. 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 perfume. MiniCity Detroit was awarded first prize in Redesigning Detroit, a competition for the redesign of a vacant city block in Detroit, Michigan. In spring 2013, she was nominated to represent Cornell University’s Bachelor of Architecture program for the AIANYS student work competition. She has also been awarded both the Seipp Prize and York Prize, also from Cornell University.

In the summer of 2011, Erin traveled to South Africa as a part of a Design + Build team to construct an early education crèche in Johannesburg.  Other projects include a collaboration with Jake Rudin on a renovation of  a Richard Meier home in Ithaca, NY, which was awarded a Historic Ithaca Preservation Award.



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

Jan 2017 - current

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

Feb 2018 - Jun 2018

Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners, 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, Masters, MBA

Jan 2015 - Jan 2016

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

Aug 2009 - May 2014


Areas of Specialization