Emily Grof

Emily Grof

Grand Rapids, MI, US

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For me, design is about optimism. Being optimistic that every space I design might, even for the shortest moment, make a positive impact on an individual, a community, or an entire ecological system. Being optimistic that each aspect of a project, no matter how small, has the ability to evoke a feeling. I thrive in collaborative environments where I can utilize my interior design background, architectural curiosity, and inherent desire for sustainability to develop meaningful spaces and experiences.  


Progressive AE, Grand Rapids , Graduate Architect

Participate and assist as an active team member in all phases of the design process including predesign, schematic design, design development, construction documentation, bidding and construction administration
Support in the coordination of building systems with consultants, confirmation of conformance with all applicable codes, and support the interface with municipal building department and other governing agency officials to coordinate approvals with senior staff.
Provide technical design support to project team members.
participation in the development of project specifications and their coordination with the drawings.
Support communication and coordination with all disciplines, consultants, vendors, and contractors to ensure adherence to the contract documents and provide support as necessary.

Nov 2018 - current

Cornwell Architects, Traverse City , Architectural Intern

Participated in design teams working on urban planning, architecture and graphic design
Developed office wide improvements to construction document standard practices using my technical knowledge and communication skills
Established new clients through networking events and social media

Jun 2017 - Sep 2017

Michigan State University Infrastructure Planning and Facilities, East Lansing , Junior Interior Designer

Maintained resource library and managed relationships with manufacturers and sales representatives
Maintained accuracy of working campus drawings and models with frequent site visits
Created and edited construction and presentation documents and produced eye-catching renderings for display around campus

Mar 2014 - May 2015


University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, US, MArch, Architecture

Specialization in Urban Sustainability

Sep 2015 - Jun 2018

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, US, Bachelors, Fine Arts in Interior Design

Minor in Arts History and Visual Culture and Specialization in Sustainability

Aug 2011 - May 2015

Areas of Specialization