Learning Beyond Architecture School with Emma Greenberg

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Emma Greenberg 

Emma Greenberg came from a family of artists. Growing up, she loved drawing and painting, and enjoyed visiting museums with her family. She studied art history in college and knew that she wanted a career in the arts. 

Emma knew that architecture would allow her to work in the arts, so she pursued a master’s degree in architecture from Louisiana State University. She wanted to go to New York, so she moved there and started working in a small firm designing commercial retail projects. 

After a few years, Emma decided that she wanted to step out of her comfort zone, so she began doing interviews and landed a job at a high-end residential firm. There, she learned how to do very detailed drawings, but she soon realized that the firm wasn’t what she wanted to be doing with her career, so she took a step back and decided to focus on finishing her licensing exams. When she was done with that, she was ready to start building her own brand. 

Listen to the episode to hear about Emma’s experience with the licensing exams, how the connections she made at the Young Architect Conference have helped inspire her, and what Emma’s learned about client relations in architecture. 

What You’ll Hear on This Episode   

  • Why Emma went into architecture
  • How Emma ended up in New York
  • Emma’s first few architecture jobs after college
  • Emma’s experiences with the licensing exams
  • What Emma struggled with while preparing for and taking the licensing exams
  • How Emma began building her own brand once she was finished with the exams
  • Emma’s podcast-style interviews on YouTube
  • Emma’s experience at the Young Architect Conference
  • The importance of content creation in architecture
  • What Emma has learned about client relations
  • Emma’s advice for aspiring architects
  • What Emma knows now that she didn’t know then
  • The book that changed everything for Emma
  • Emma’s favorite resource 
  • Emma’s favorite timesaving trick
  • How listeners can find Emma

 Top 3 Takeaways from This Episode

  1. It’s OK to step back and focus only on your exams if you need to.
  2. Getting out and going on-site can be a valuable experience. 
  3. Architecture is a multifaceted business.

Emma Greenberg’s Advice for Aspiring Architects

 “I think that first and foremost, I would go on site. A lot of construction topics aren’t really covered in architecture school. It’s one thing to draw something on the computer, but it’s another thing to go onsite, talk to a GC, and see those details you drew, like reveals and overhangs, and how it works with the countertops.”

Favorite Quotes

“What I know now is how multifaceted architecture is.” –Emma Greenberg on what she knows today that she didn’t know back then

“For personal I would say Atomic Habits by James Clear.” –Emma Greenberg on the book that changed everything

“That would have to be Google Calendar.” – Emma Greenberg on the resource she can’t live without

“Best timesaving trick is definitely time blocking.” – Emma Greenberg on her best timesaving trick

Resources Mentioned in the Show:

Emma on Instagram
Emma on LinkedIn
Emma on YouTube


Michael Riscica

Michael Riscica is a Licensed Architect, and the creator of Young Architect, an online platform and community dedicated to helping the next generation of Architects become the most successful generation of Architects. 
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