Emma Silverblatt

Emma Silverblatt is an architectural designer with a focus on community-based, and cultural production. Her current firm, POST-, expands the traditional boundaries of practice to event, exhibition, media, writing, and installation. 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.

Emma was formerly an associate at SO – IL, where she led a number of significant projects, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in Cleveland, Ohio. She also functioned as coordinator of the Jackson Heights team for the Urban Design Forum and the Van Alen Institute's Neighborhoods Now program, providing direct pro-bono design/build services to communities for three years.

Prior to SO – IL, Silverblatt worked at REX on the World Trade Center Performing Arts Center, where she developed the translucent marble facade and theater interior scopes.

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




Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Architectural design
  • Architectural theory
  • Collaborative practice
  • Participatory and collaborative planning

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Classes (Selected)

  • Arch 4101/4102/5101/5115 Option Studio
  • Arch 2301 Analysis I : Buildings, Drawings & Texts
  • ARCH 3308 :  Special Topics in the Theory of Architecture I


Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • International Downtown Association Award of Excellence for Neighborhoods Now with 82nd Street Partnership (2022)
  • Urban Design Forum Fellow, Forefront Steering Committee (2019–present)
  • Urban Design Forum Forefront Fellowship (2018–2019)

Publications (Selected)

  • NYC Public Design Commission. "Neighborhoods Now : 82nd Street Partnership" in Streetscapes for Wellness, 2022
  • 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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