emcarchitecture

We are proud of our founding partner, Ursula Emery McClure, as she takes on new challenges with her new position as Senior Project Designer at Perkins and Will. They are lucky to have such a visionary and talented designer, educator, mentor, and advocate for the built environment.

As a founding partner, Ursula cannot be replaced. She has been a driving force in our work for over 20 years. Founding Partner Michael McClure along with our integral team member, Sarah Young, look forward to the challenge of continuing the tradition of excellence at emcarchitecture.

emc will continue to provide a critical voice, design services, and design research for our clients, our culture, our place.

emerymcclure architecture is a collaborative effort. Current design team consists of the partners and Sarah Young.  We would like to thank all of the interns who have made important contributions to the work over the years:  Brooke Strevig, Katie Murphy, Page Comeaux, Kiwana McClung, Katie Pitre, Elliot Manuel, Kristina Bailey, Nick Bailey, Tim Dumatrait, William Doran, William Soniat, David Lachin, Justin Greenleaf, Stephen Darre, Steven Archeneaux, Tim Gaiennie, David Jaubert, Brian Taylor Robinson, Claire Walpole and Greg Becnel.  We are also indebted to our past collaborators:  Kristy Cheramie, Sarah Young, Bradley Cantrell, Drew Shawver and Jeff Carney.

emerymcclure architecture is a Lafayette-based architecture and design firm that participates in the unique built and social environment of this region.

In the contemporary global era where complex systems predominate and "nature turns out to be more like human nature -- unpredictable, sensitive to the surrounding world, influenced by small fluctuations" we agree with John Urry that "this suggests enormous interdependencies, parallels, overlaps and convergences between analyses of physical and social worlds."1 Our research practice speculates on the role of design in the confluence of multiple, seemingly contrary systems and aspires to develop tectonics that configure their futures. Our sites are never grounded, our conditions are never predictable, and our parameters are always in flux; they exist at the edges and transformational zones where infrastructure, geology, cultural habitation, and ecology cohabit at best as a composition of disparate parts, an assemblage. Our research practice essentially searches to define the assemblage in order to reveal the elusive potentialities found within complex systems. emerymcclure architecture practices to contribute to the rich and unique global traditions where sociocultural and physical contexts are entrenched in the way architecture is established and constructed.

1. John Urry, “Complexity,” Theory, Culture & Society, Vol. 23 (2006): 111-117 at 11.


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