Emily Matis

Emily Matis is an architectural designer on the west coast with midwestern roots. She holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Studio Arts and a Bachelor’s of Arts in English w/ Film Studies from Michigan State University, and a Master of Architecture Degree from The University of Oregon. As a graduate student, she had the opportunity to learn about regional renewable energy mix design, waste management, and Scandinavian architectural design through The Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. While finishing her Masters, she contributed research on multimodal street design and active open spaces for sustainable urban design literature, as well as immigration conditions and renewable energy planning analysis in Sweden and Denmark.

Since graduating, Emily has been designing k-12 learning spaces and higher education campuses at a mid-size architecture firm. She is an associate member of AIA Oregon and their Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, a member of NOMA PDX, and just completed her fourth year as a volunteer teacher with Architecture Foundation of Oregon’s Architects in Schools program. She is active as the co-chair of her firm’s internal EDI Education and Outreach teams, creating learning content, inviting guest speakers, and organizing local volunteering opportunities, in addition to being chosen to serve on the 2021 National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s Think Tank Committee. In her free time, Emily can be found snowboarding on Mt. Hood in Oregon, being a goalkeeper in a recreational soccer league, or restoring her grandpa’s 1970’s cabin in mid-Michigan.