Emily Marthinsen, AIA

Assistant Vice Chancellor
Physical & Environmental Planning
Campus Architect

Emily Marthinsen is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Physical & Environmental Planning and Campus Architect at the University of California, Berkeley. As Campus Architect, she is responsible for the campus design review process, project definition and early project planning. In her role as Campus Planner, she is responsible for providing comprehensive physical and environmental planning services for the Berkeley campus, including implementation of the 2020 Long Range Development Plan, management of the environmental entitlement process and coordination with the City of Berkeley.  

Emily graduated from the University of Chicago and earned a Master in Architecture degree from UC Berkeley. She is a licensed Architect in California and has thirty years of relevant work experience at Berkeley and with design and planning firms in Berkeley, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Alexandria, Virginia. Emily’s private practice work focused on pre-design planning and programming for community and non-profit clients and for public agencies.  In 2000, she joined UC Berkeley's Office of Capital Projects,  became Assistant Vice Chancellor in 2005, and Campus Architect in 2014.

Emily has taught and been a design studio critic at UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Society for College and University Planners (SCUP) and the Association of University Architects (AUA).  She is the 2017 Chair of the national AIA's Public Architects Advisory Group and a frequent presenter and writer on campus planning issues.

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