Emily Kemper

Emily Kemper

Portland, OR, US



Emily lives in Portland, OR, but hails originally from Cincinnati, OH, where she graduated with a six-year Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2002 from the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. Through the college's cooperative education system, Emily had the opportunity to work in architecture firms in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and New York City, as well as study design in Europe for three months.  Upon graduation, she worked in architecture firms for several years, where she became passionate about sustainable design and resilient cities. This led her to the Master of Building Science program in the USC School of Architecture, where she focused her research on residential energy efficiency, net zero energy architecture, and sustainable urbanism.  At USC, Emily was the President of the Graduate Architecture Student Association (GASA), the Graduate Student Representative to the AIA-LA’s Board of Directors, and a member of the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation Student Advisory Board.  After graduating from USC with awards in Leadership and for Outstanding Graduate Thesis, Emily moved to Portland, where she works as a building science professional consulting on energy programs for a national energy efficiency company.  Emily remains engaged in the local and regional building community; she has taught a building technologies course as an adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon, Portland extension; she was an at-large representative to the City of Portland's Residential Infill Project Stakeholder Advisory Committee; and she has been the appointed public member of the Oregon Governor's Residential and Manufactured Structures Board since 2011.  


Emily's School Blog on Archinect:

University of Southern California (Emily)

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University of Southern California (USC), Masters, Graduate Building Science

Aug 2007 - May 2009

University of Cincinnati, BArch, 6-year Bachelor of Architecture

Sep 1996 - Jun 2002


Saul Goldin Memorial Student Lighting Design Scholarship Competition, 1st Place

$5,000 Scholarship for Graduate School


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