Emeline Gaujac (she/her/hers)

For Emeline, architecture is about improving the daily lives of people, and it’s the architect’s greatest social responsibility to care for the public and the environment.

  • I’m from  Burlington, VT.

  • My education  M.Arch, Northeastern University

  • Community service  2020 Restaurant Reopening Assistance during COVID-19; BSA, Volunteer Patio Cafe Workshop; BSA/ Boston Main Streets, Our Cambridge/Boston Kindergarten Design Program; BSA/Boston/Cambridge

  • My earliest design memory  When I was younger I walked into a gothic cathedral in France. I looked up at the daunting ceiling, awestruck by its dominance and beauty. No one raised their voices above a whisper, and I tiptoed with every footstep. The grand windows filtered light onto the floor creating warmth in the cool stone space. That memory has followed me ever since, and influenced me to design architecture that instills a type of feeling in a space for the people who experience it.

  • I’m influenced and inspired by  my creative parents. My mom is a wedding coordinator who every weekend reimagines an old wood barn into a place where a couple will celebrate one of the best days of their life. My dad is a French chef who has cooked all over the world.

  • I’m inspired by  strong women in the industry who have paved the way for young women designers like myself to succeed.

  • On Saturday mornings, you can usually find me  drinking coffee in the sunshine on my back porch, while I listen to the waves crash and watch the sunrise over the ocean.

  • Favorite book  Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson, who recreates history to let readers feel like they were really there. In this book he humanizes the famous architects who helped build the Chicago World's Fair, and concurrently tells the story of a serial killer at large at the time, giving thrill and fear to our past.

  • If I could snap my fingers and become an expert in something, it would be  the electric guitar. I love rock music.

  • The best piece of advice I've ever been given  Never stop being impatient for new opportunities, and know when to be patient for the right opportunity.

  • My favorite creative endeavors  Learning to play the ukulele and taking care of my garden