Emelia Alvis

Project Coordinator


Emelia joined the BVH team in the summer of 2019 after graduating from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with her Masters in Architecture. An Iowa native, Emelia jumped state lines when she graduated from the University of Iowa with degrees in Psychology and Anthropology. Despite her Masters degree, she refuses to turn on her native state and remains the only Hawkeye in an office of Huskers and Cyclones.

Emelia’s interest in architecture developed from the expression of cultural values within the built environment. Her background in the social sciences drives her interest in the tangled nature of people and the places they occupy. Having entered the field relatively recently, Emelia is eager to build experience and knowledge in many different project types. She’s especially intrigued by the juxtaposition between past and future within adaptive reuse projects and the significance of interpreting value when it comes to historic preservation.

Outside of the studio, Emelia can usually be found walking her two rescue pups, binge watching the latest show (or The Office again), or competing with/against her husband in various athletic pursuits including hockey, cycling, and snowboarding.

What is your favorite place you have visited?
I have to pick just one? For now, a tie between Alaska and Oslo, Norway.

How do you engage with your community?
By exploring my city through events like Taco Ride and Pint-A-Gon and being involved with as many recreation league sports as I can.

What is your area of interest or research?
I’m most interested and passionate about the stories architecture is able to show and tell. I’m especially passionate about historic preservation and adaptive reuse because of the opportunity to discover and preserve values from the past while also creating a similar sense of wonder for future occupants.

What problem would you like to solve with design?
I’d love to see design continue to address the issues of affordable housing and a socially and environmentally sustainable future.

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