Emma Silverblatt

Emma Silverblatt is an architectural designer focusing on cultural work with social impact. She is currently an associate at SO – IL in New York City, where she leads a variety of public projects, most recently managing the design of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in Cleveland, Ohio. With a history in participatory and community-based design, Silverblatt also coordinates the Jackson Heights team for SO – IL for the Urban Design Forum and the Van Alen Institute's Neighborhoods Now program, providing pro-bono design/build services and creating low-cost interventions for the improvement of public space.

Prior to joining SO – IL, Silverblatt worked at REX on the World Trade Center Performing Arts Center, leading the development of the marble facade and theater interior scopes. Her personal research centers on alternative forms of housing development, grounded in the perspective that housing is a human right and that architecture has agency to work towards affordable housing for all.

Silverblatt holds a B.S. in Architecture from The Ohio State University and an M. Arch. I from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Classes (Selected)

  • Arch 4101/4102/5101/5115 Option Studio

Publications (Selected)

  • Silverblatt, Emma R. "Systemic Radical Change." In Shelter for All : Homelessness in New York City, The Urban Design Forum, 2020
  • Silverblatt, Emma R. “Il Redentore.” Essay. In Andrea Palladio in Los Angeles 01, Vol. 01. Pax Monographs, 2020
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