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Emily Mohr

  • LeFevre Emerging Practitioner Fellow, Architecture Section
298 Knowlton Hall

Emily Mohr is the 2018-19 LeFevre Emerging Practitioner Fellow at the Knowlton School. In 2017-18, she was the school's Migg Caulkins Urban Visiting Professor in Architecture. Mohr holds a B.S. in Architecture from Ohio State and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University where she was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Medal and the Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize. Emily has worked as a designer in several architecture offices, including Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG.)

As a founding member of the design collective mr Studio, Mohr’s work has been exhibited at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles. 

Recent Work

Vacation House

With few exceptions, paradigmatic moments in architectural history, theory and practice can be indexed with examples taken from a single building type: the villa (or vacation house.) Both a historic seat of feudal power, and a contemporary lifestyle accessory of the upper class, the villa and the vacation house are the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of the discipline. 

Experimental architecture is made possible by the Eugénie and Emile Savoyes of the world on remote, rural sites. As a project of excess, there aren’t many serious problems to solve when dealing with the vacation house, other than architectural ones.

Rather than bemoan this scenario, we embrace the possibilities of such a bloated project. We think the vacation house is the most architectural project there is: superfluous, unnecessary, and, because of this, unconstrained from the characteristic responsibilities of work-week architecture (gravitas and firmitas). The vacation house is architecture that is working for the weekend: venustas architecture.