Sho-Ping Chin Women's Leadership Summit Grant
Architectural Designer and Planner at Perkins Eastman
University of Virginia (B.S. in Architectural Studies)
Catholic University of America (M.Arch and MCRP)
Emily Pierson-Brown has been a fierce advocate for gender equity since growing up the only child of a single mother. Passionate about studying architecture from a young age, Emily attended the University of Virginia where she received a B.S. in Architectural Studies. After taking a 10-year detour from architecture to spend time with her other passion – books – as a retail manager for Borders Books & Music, Emily returned to graduate school to earn her Master of Architecture and Master of City & Regional Planning from Catholic University in Washington, DC. She graduated summa cum laude and was voted by her classmates to speak at graduation. Her Masters’ thesis, “Tactical Equity: Collective Memory, the Communal Porch, and Creating an Architecture of Opportunity” was awarded the Best in Thesis honor.
Emily is currently an architectural designer and planner with Perkins Eastman in Pittsburgh, PA, where she focuses her work on building equitable and healthy communities, particularly around senior living. In late 2018, Emily launched the current iteration of Women+ in Design Pittsburgh with several other women in the design professions locally. The organization strives to build camaraderie within the industry and offer a support network for women’s leadership, mentorship, and professional development in architecture and design.