Emily White

Position Associate Professor 
Email ewhite14@calpoly.edu




office hours F23 Tuesday & Thursday 12:00-2:00 pm via Zoom
web page www.emilywhiteprojects.com


Emily White is an architect working with perceptions of space, invisible atmospheric phenomena, and thin materials ranging from inflatables to sheet metal. She uses techniques borrowed from manufacturing and construction to produce drawings, large-scale installations and building. Emily’s work has been exhibited at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Pasadena Museum of California Art and Materials & Applications. She has lectured and published on topics ranging from manufactured islands to the history of code in fibrous architecture.

Emily holds a Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and a Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College, Columbia University. She has taught design studios at the University of Southern California, Woodbury University, the University of California at Berkeley and SCI-Arc.  She joined the faculty of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2015.


Educational Credentials:

M.Arch, Southern California Institute of Architecture, 2006
B.A., Barnard College, Columbia University, New York NY, 1999

Teaching Experience:

Assistant Professor, Architecture, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA
Lecturer, Southern California Institute of Architecture 
Lecturer, Woodbury University School of Architecture 
Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design 
Lecturer, University of Southern California School of Architecture 

Professional Experience:

Principal, Emily White Projects, San Luis Obispo, CA
Principal, Layer, Venice, CA 
Project Designer, Testa + Weiser, Venice, CA

Registered architect Washington


Selected Publications and Recent Research:

  • White, Emily. “Projection in the Round,” presented at the National Conference on the Beginning Design Student, 2016
  • White, Emily. “Point Clouds, Constellations, Coordinates and Other Lists,” presented at TxA Emerging Design and Technology Conference, 2015
  • Mount, Christopher, ed. A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California, “Horn of LA,” pp. 246-7, Skira Rizzoli, 2013
  • Labong,  LeiLani Marie, “In the Studio,”  California Home + Design, October 2012
  • Edwards, Meghan, “Show of Force,” Interior Design, August 2010
  • Sokol, David, “On the Fringe,” Interior Design, April 2010

Selected Grants:

  • Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities Grant, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
  • Faculty Development Grant, Woodbury University
  • Innovation Inside Curriculum Grant, University of Southern California

Selected Activities:

  • 2017 Wavelength, Forth Lauderdale International Airport, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • 2013 Horns, SPACE Gallery, Portland, ME
  • 2013 Help Yourself, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2013 Three Horned Beast, Plummer Park, West Hollywood, CA
  • 2012 A Loose Horizon, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA
  • 2012 Scissor Series, California Home + Design Showcase, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2011 Unruly, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
  • 2011 Cloud, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2010 Squid Capsule,  Materials & Applications, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2010 Fat Fringe,  The Fix Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2010 Come In! A Spatial Intervention, A+D Museum, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2010 California Design Biennial, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA

Selected Lectures:

  • Artist talk, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA, 2012
  • “Women in Architecture Today,” panel, Annenberg Beach House, 2012
  • “Out There Doing It,” LA Forum for Architecture & Urban Design, 2011
  • “Creating at the Precipice of Control,”, Santa Monica Art Studios, 2011
  • “Art is Architecture” panel,  Los Angeles Art Show, 2011
  • “Los Angeles: City of the Future,” Exhibition & Gallery Talk, LACE Gallery, 2007


Updated 12.07.2022

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