Emily Réfi, LEED AP | Emily is currently a project architect and lead designer at Waterleaf Architecture. She approaches building and site design holistically to create beautiful, functional and environmentally responsible spaces that people love to live and work in. She is LEED accredited and believes that sustainability is inseparable from good design.

Emily is a licensed architect with over 15 years experience in residential, commercial and community projects; new construction as well as renovation, adaptive reuse and planning. Prior to joining Waterleaf Architecture in 2013, Emily led an independent practice in Portland with a specific interest in modern, sustainable urban infill projects.

Emily’s award-winning work has been featured on HGTV, modern design & sustainability-focused local tours, and has been published extensively. She stays connected to the academic side of design by serving as a visiting adjunct instructor. With  an insatiable desire to “make stuff”, she dabbles in furniture design, graphic design and finish carpentry.


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