Associate Professor of Architecture at Rural Studio
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture
Bachelor of Architecture
8448 Highway 61 Newbern, AL 36765 Phone: (334) 624-4483
Master of Architecture, University of Oregon, 2012
Bachelor of Architecture, Auburn University, 2003
Registered Architect in Virginia
Emily McGlohn is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture at Auburn University. Emily earned her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon. Her undergraduate Bachelor of Architecture degree is from Auburn University. She is a registered architect in Virginia. Dedicated to supporting architectural practice through design education excellence, Emily proudly teaches 3rd-year design studio at Rural Studio in Newbern, Alabama. Since 2017 she’s served as the 3rd-year curriculum coordinator and job site superintendent. Building and teaching at Rural Studio helps her intimately understand and therefore critique contemporary building enclosures, family house design, and client engagement. Working closely with her teaching team, Emily and her students have built three homes for local community members, and one is under construction. Students propose alternative assembly details and test them each academic year. Feedback on cost, construction, materials, and performance helps advance Rural Studio’s Front Porch Initiative goal of developing a family affordable home model for use by other housing development non-profits across the country. This feedback loop of applied research through design-build and back again is central to her research agenda and teaching pedagogy. Pleased to serve her community and profession in West Alabama, Emily is a happy resident of Greensboro, Alabama.
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Emily’s research ties strongly to her teaching at Rural Studio. Affordable house design including assembly methods energy efficiency, and lifestyle centered planning are her areas of interest. Project clients have more to say about what they need from an architect than what traditional interviews provoke. Developing methods to teach empathy and observation to architecture students through drawing and representation is another focus for Emily. Rural America’s challenges creates many opportunities for partnerships; Emily is currently working with engineers from University of Alabama and University of South Alabama to bring decentralized wastewater treatment systems to West Alabama. Rural Studio will be the pilot location for the first system.